At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Jorge Luis Borges, August 24

AUGUST 24, 2014


Location:   Downtown Asheville NC

Time:         5:30pm - 8:30pm

On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link 
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link

or near Wicked Weed & Mamacita's on Biltmore Ave map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections in various literary forms by this Argentinian short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, whose wild, surrealistic imagination helped launch the Latin American literary form later referred to as "Magic Realism" and helped to revitalize a stale literature world-wide.

The selection from the chosen literary form will then be read out loud to the Listener.


Borges's often wrote quirky literary "forgeries," for example, in the style of Emanuel Swedenborg or One Thousand and One Nights, originally claiming them to be translations of works he had chanced upon. At times he wrote reviews of nonexistent writings by some other person.  Several of these are gathered in his book, A Universal History of Infamy.

The philosophical term "Borgesian conundrum" is named after him and has been defined as the question of "whether the writer writes the story, or it writes him."

He became completely blind at the age of 55. He never learned braille and so became unable to read which may have helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination alone.

“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.”

More information about Jorge Luis Borges can be found at Wikipedia and at The Modern Word and at The Poetry Foundation where you can read many of his poems online. You can read this interview with Borges in The Paris Review from 1967.


“Time is the substance I am made of.

Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river;

it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger;

it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

from "Labyrinths"



 “Of all man’s instruments, the most wondrous, no doubt, is the book.

The other instruments are extensions of his body.

The microscope, the telescope, are extensions of his sight;

the telephone is the extension of his voice;

then we have the plow and the sword, extensions of the arm.

But the book is something else altogether:

the book is an extension of memory and imagination.”

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