Joined: Sep. 2004
On a related note, I highly recommend Borges' "Parable of the Palace," which can be found on the internet - it's quite short.
Some quotes from it:
|They crossed many gleaming rivers–or perhaps a single river many times.|
|Every hundred steps a tower cut the air; to the eye, their color was identical, but the first of them was yellow and the last was scarlet; that was how delicate the gradations were and how long the series.|
|What we do know–however incredible it may be–is that within the poem lay the entire enormous palace, whole and to the least detail, ... with every venerable porcelain it contained and every scene on every porcelain, all the lights and shadows of its twilights, and every forlorn or happy moment of the glorious dynasties of mortals, gods, and dragons that had lived within it through all its endless past. Everyone fell silent; then the emperor spoke: “You have stolen my palace!” he cried, and the executioner’s iron scythe mowed down the poet’s life.|
Others tell the story differently. The world cannot contain two things that are identical; no sooner, they say, had the poet uttered his poem than the palace disappeared, as though in a puff of smoke, wiped from the face of the earth by the final syllable.
Happy New Year to you all.