conflicting opinions

On wednesday, I made a decision, or so I thought. In my head, I thought, I have to decide which text I’m doing. I think I’ll just go with The Book Thief and that will be it. I’ll just choose. I will conquer the fear, make it possible to work on the brief for next week, and just choose a text of the two I’m considering (Borges being the alternate).

Problem goes, when I reached the point of explaining my decision to my supervisor, he spotted the Borges anthology on the desk, and seized upon it!

‘Is The Book Thief rigorous enough? Is it important that it be a readable text? I think it would be perfectly adequate for your project, but the Borges stories have ‘the power of stories’ as a greater metanarrative, rather than just a plot device…’ or some other words in a similar pattern and meaning.

Being tired due to previous bad choices, the suggestion was to sleep on it (from more than one person, too).

So I have.

Yesterday I read almost half of The Book Thief (not for the first time) – And now I’m considering the literary merits and possibilities of the Borges’ pieces. (How? Research. About to hit up some journal articles on both authors).

More to come. This decision decides the focus/motivation for the project more clearly – to communicate the difficult but important or… ?

elegy – Borges & experimentation

Draft experiments, working with the text of Elegy (Borges, J.L. 1964, translated by D.A.Y.)

(all images by me)

Not sure if this is heading in a final direction //
or if its just a dry run for The Book Thief (Zusak).

I like the incredible concepts in Labyrinths by Borges, and the turn of phrase is interesting, but not as lyrically compelling as The Book Thief. In some ways, this almost means there’s more reason to express it visually; to intrigue people to read it; to promote an author who is slightly less accessible.

On the other hand, is it worth it? And are the concepts along the line with my thoughts on reading and the richness and power of stories? I need to search for some excerpts/the vibe of the Book Thief. Then we’ll know a bit more about where things are heading.


Had a look at ‘the Brief’ requirements for next week. Have some bare bones thoughts, but they seem surprisingly inadequate and empty compared to how I’ve been describing it to people. Need to mine this blog, my smaller ‘thoughts’ notebook, and possibly record some conversations where I explain the project.


in multiples of: ONE

Alice in Wonderland for the iPad

(I need to get this)

Image by Edward Sumner

“I imagined a place encircled by a single bookshelf in the form of a spiral. The domain encased within the infinite spiral itself is the library. Infinite forest of books is created from layering of 9m high walls punctuated by large apertures.”Amy Frearson,

– Jorges Luis Borges – The Library of Babel