Alberto Manguel, the Author of, among Other Books, A History of Reading, Was Serving as a Clerk in a Buenos Aires Bookstore When He Was Picked Up by Jorge Luis Borges
Neuhaus, Richard John, First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life
Alberto Manguel, the author of, among other books, A History of Reading, was serving as a clerk in a Buenos Aires bookstore when he was picked up by Jorge Luis Borges. Not for any nefarious purpose, you may be sure, but because Borges was blind and needed someone to read to him. Manguel says: "Borges used people as his notepads, which was fine by me. He wasn't one to encourage intimacy. Do you remember the story in which he describes 'one of those English friendships that begin with excluding confidences and end with no need for conversation'?" Many years ago, I was seated at dinner beside Borges, who was receiving one of his numerous literary awards. He was taken with my being a Lutheran, and went on about Luther's failure in not making a cathedral of the book. Or something like that. I don't quite remember. Maybe I had one drink too many, or maybe he did. He was well into his …
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Publication information: Article title: Alberto Manguel, the Author of, among Other Books, A History of Reading, Was Serving as a Clerk in a Buenos Aires Bookstore When He Was Picked Up by Jorge Luis Borges. Contributors: Neuhaus, Richard John - Author. Magazine title: First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life. Issue: 173 Publication date: May 2007. Page number: 68+. © 2009 Institute on Religion and Public Life. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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