The great Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges has just received his own Google Doodle for his birthday. In the image (embedded above), the blind writer stares at the sprawling worlds he imagined in his books.
Read the late author’s long biography at this link. In his short stories, poems and essays, Borges explored imaginary libraries and focused on the way our books shape reality.
Here’s a quote from a 1971 interview with Borges at The New York Times: “When I began writing in the 1920’s in Buenos Aires, nobody thought of literature in terms of failure or success … You might publish an edition of 300 copies and these you gave away to your friends … People in this country may be idiotic, but they won’t be that idiotic–nobody would think of buying anything I’ve written.”