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Monday, 16 January 2017

Jorge Luis Borges: Un problema (A Problem) / Hilton Obenzinger: The Theft Outright: Inauguration 2017

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Welcome | by michaelj1998

Welcome. Los Angeles, Ca.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Welcome | by michaelj1998

Welcome. Los Angeles, Ca.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Welcome | by michaelj1998

Welcome. Los Angeles, Ca.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Jorge Luis Borges: Un problema


Imaginemos que en Toledo se descubre un papel con un texto arábigo y que los paleógrafos lo declaran de puño y letra de aquel Cide Hamete Benengeli de quien Cervantes derivó el Don Quijote. En el texto leemos que el héroe (que, como es fama, recorría los caminos de España, armado de espada y de lanza, y desafiaba por cualquier motivo a cualquiera) descubre, al cabo de uno de sus muchos combates, que ha dado muerte a un hombre. En este punto cesa el fragmento; el problema es adivinar, o conjeturar, cómo reacciona Don Quijote.

Que yo sepa, hay tres contestaciones posibles. La primera es de índole negativa; nada especial ocurre, porque en el mundo alucinatorio de Don Quijote la muerte no es menos común que la magia y haber matado a un hombre no tiene por qué perturbar a quien se bate, o cree batirse, con endriagos y encantadores. La segunda es patética. Don Quijote no logró jamás olvidar que era una proyección de Alonso Quijano, lector de historias fabulosas; ver la muerte, comprender que un sueño lo ha llevado a la culpa de Caín, lo despierta de su consentida locura acaso para siempre. La tercera es quizá la más verosímil. Muerto aquel hombre, Don Quijote no puede admitir que el acto tremendo es obra de un delirio; la realidad del efecto le hace presuponer una pareja realidad de la causa y Don Quijote no saldrá nunca de su locura.

Queda otra conjetura, que es ajena al orbe español y aun al orbe del Occidente y requiere un ámbito más antiguo, más complejo y más fatigado. Don Quijote -- que ya no es Don Quijote sino un rey de los ciclos del Indostán -- intuye ante el cadáver del enemigo que matar y engendrar son actos divinos o mágicos que notoriamente trascienden la condición humana. Sabe que el muerto es ilusorio como lo son la espada sangrienta que le pesa en la mano y él mismo y toda su vida pretérita y los vastos dioses y el universo.


Point the way | by michaelj1998

Point the way. Sunset Beach, Ca.: photo by michaelj1998, 8 January 2017

A Problem

Let us imagine that in Toledo someone finds a paper with an Arabic text and that the paleographers declare the handwriting belongs to that same Cide Hamete Benengeli from whom Cervantes took his Don Quixote. In the text we read that the hero -- who, as the story goes, rambled about Spain armed with a sword and lance, challenging all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons -- discovers at the end of one of his many frays that he has killed a man. At this point the fragment breaks off. The problem is to guess, or to conjecture, how Don Quixote reacts.

As I see it, there are three possible solutions. The first is negative. Nothing special happens, for in the hallucinatory world of Don Quixote death is no less common than magic, and to have killed a man need not perturb someone who struggles, or thinks he struggles, with monsters and enchanters. The second is pathetic. Don Quixote never managed to forget that he was a projection of Alonso Quijano, a reader of fairy tales. Seeing death, realizing that a dream has led him to commit the sin of Cain, wakes him from his pampered madness, possibly forever. The third is perhaps the most plausible. Having killed a man, Don Quixote cannot admit that his terrible act is the fruit of a delirium. The reality of the effect forces him to presuppose a parallel reality of the cause, and Don Quixote will never emerge from his madness.

There remains another conjecture, alien to the Spanish world and even to the Occidental world. It requires a much more ancient setting, more complex, and wearier. Don Quixote, who is no longer Don Quixote but rather a king of the Hindustani cycles, intuitively knows as he stands before his enemy’s cadaver that to kill and to beget are divine or magical acts which manifestly transcend humanity. He knows that the dead man is an illusion, as is the bloody sword that weighs down his hand, as is he himself, and all his past life, and the vast gods, and the universe.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986): Un problema / A Problem, from El hacedor, 1960; English version by Mildred Boyer


Chill'n | by michaelj1998

Chill'n. Boyle Heights.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Chill'n | by michaelj1998

Chill'n. Boyle Heights.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Chill'n | by michaelj1998

Chill'n. Boyle Heights.: photo by michaelj1998, 10 January 2017

Hauling mural | by ADMurr

Hauling mural (LA): photo by Andrew Murr, 15 January 2017

Cold storage | by ADMurr

Cold storage (LA): photo by Andrew Murr, 12 January 2017

Rain on Gower | by ADMurr

Rain on Gower (LA): photo by Andrew Murr, 10 January 2017

Night light | by ADMurr

Night light (LA): photo by Andrew Murr, 9 January 2017

Trump world | by ADMurr

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INDIA - Hindu devotees take a holy bath and perform rituals at the Gangasagar Island. By @Dibyangshus #GangasagarMela: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017
 


INDIA - A sadhu along with other devotees waits for dawn to take a holy bath at the Gangasagar Island.  By @Dibyangshus #GangasagarMela #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017
 


INDIA - Hindu devotees take a holy bath and perform rituals at the Gangasagar Island. By @Dibyangshus #GangasagarMela: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017


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INDIA - Hindu devotees dry their saris after taking a holy bath and performing rituals at Gangasagar Island. By @Dibyangshus #GangasagarMela: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017


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  Bangladeshi Muslim devotees head to their homes in an over-crowded train after attending the final day of a three-day Islamic congregation on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, about 20 kilometers (13 miles) north of the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Since the 1960s, devotees have been participating in the annual event, which is one of the world's largest congregations of Muslims, the second phase of which is scheduled to begin Friday.: photo by AP /  image via AP Images @AP_Images, 15 January 2017


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In this Friday Jan. 13, 2017 photo, Idris 3, from Mali, center, sleeps next to his mother Aicha Keita, right, on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro vessel after being rescued from the Mediterranean sea, about 20 miles north of Ra's Tajura, Libya. Spain's maritime rescue service says the bodies of seven African migrants have been found dead along the Strait of Gibraltar since Friday.:  photo by Olmo Calvo/AP: image via AP Images @AP_Images, 15 January 2017



In this Friday Jan. 13, 2017 photo, men from Mali stand on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro vessel after being rescued from the Mediterranean sea, about 20 miles north of Ra's Tajura, Libya. Spain's maritime rescue service says the bodies of seven African migrants have been found dead along the Strait of Gibraltar since Friday.:  photo by Olmo Calvo/AP: image via AP Images @AP_Images, 15 January 2017


Migrants from #Mali crowd the Golfo Azzurro vessel after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. #Photo by @OlmoCalvo: image via AP Images @AP_Images, 15 January 2017
 


IRAQ - An Iraqi family flee with other civilians during an ongoing military operation against IS in eastern Mosul. By @dilkoff #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017 


IRAQ -A member of Iraqi special forces' Counter-Terrorism Service monitors IS group positions from inside of Mosul's university. By @dilkoff : image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP, 15 January 2017


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