Beyond bullet points

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Google’s doodle today celebrates the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian writer born August 24, 1899. I am a fan of his surrealist and science fiction work, his labyrinths and his libraries. In my copy of Collected Fictions, I see that I have left a notecard on which I have written just one word, “mutability.”

Borges would have had something to say about the mind-numbing effects of PowerPoint.

On another note, Berfois features a poem by Marianne Moore, born in 1887. She has something to say about the raw material behind poetry. I don’t think she would have liked PowerPoint either.

Sir Edward James' surrealist garden, Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico 

By Bernardo Bolaños) (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons