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The Tower of Babble: Borges’ Library and the Blogosphere

Seventy years ago the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) wrote "The Library of Babel", a short story about a cosmically vast library that contained all possible books — a whole universe based on the inconceivable number of permutations a length of text would allow, making possible not only all the books ever written, but all the ones that could be written. It was a richly imaginative idea in its day, but the metaphor of Borges’ Babel Library has, in the last decade, gained a relevance it could never hitherto possess. What expresses better our long slogs through the internet — the insipid pulse of Twittertopia, the unceasing verbal slurry of the blogosphere, and the multitude of social networks — than this Piranesian prism of senselessness: literature as chimera, jumbled apocrypha, and verbal ephemera? Read more →

Literary Google Doodles

Many writers have now had their birthdays marked with a decorative Google Doodle: from Jules Verne’s interactive, underwater themed doodle to J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan becoming acquainted with the Google logo. Let’s remind ourselves of some of the best…

Hans Christian Andersen 205th birthday Google Doodle, 2 April 2010:

Thumbelina may have an extremely tiny stature, but she gained monolithic online attention when her enchanting story was recounted as a Google Doodle.

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