Why is Borges so well liked on /lit/? I've read The Aleph and Ficciones, but all I got was an old man writing philosophy in fiction format. All of his tales could be totally written in a scientific/philosophical style and still work. His prose has nothing going for it, all that matters are the concepts. Is his poetry any better? (I can read it in Spanish, just so you know) If so, where to start?
>>13121201He came about right at the apex of writing (both literature and philosophy) and art being about the author/artist showing off how clever they are. What is a big portion of /lit/ but a bunch of jaded wannabe intellectuals justifying their egos through arcane oddities of philosophy and literature? Perfect fit.
He's well liked because he's like a pint sized beer. Everyone loves that feeling of having read something good in the kitchen or in the bathroom or in the lawn or at the beach or while smoking a cigar with your imaginary wife down on her knees somewhere around your hard literary prostate.
>>13121286>somewhere around your hard literary prostatelmao, that perfectly describes what I felt after reading Funes, the memorious.
>>13121375Yeah, he's very good at making you feel smart. That's why females love him more than men.
>>13121273>>13121286>>13121375>>13121418So much hatred, he's a good introduction to philosophy without being dry and some of his stories as very unpretentious and entertaining mysteries/dramasIf you looked up every obscure text or writer he references you'd have a pretty good list of interesting philosophies to read
>>13121201Because they're stupid and have no taste. Borges sucks and you're the first person to figure it out.
>>13121549I didn't say he sucks, though. I enjoyed reading his stuff.
>>13121201>I got was an old man writing philosophy in fiction formatSounds pretty good to me desu
>>13121584>I enjoyed reading his stuff>why is he so well liked on /lit/?
>>13121841I just feel people shill him way too much.
>>13121201Borges is better in Spanish. There's something really good about his prose. It's like the opposite of pomposity. A sort of elegant conciseness that not many authors have. And together with his themes and ideas, a very nice mix is formed. And he wasn't an old man when he wrote The Aleph and Ficciones. End of the day, if you don't like him, you just don't. It's not for you. But to ask why he's so liked here is just a senseless exercise. Why wouldn't he be liked?
>>13122010Shilling is done for monetary gain. Talking about a dead writer is not shilling.
>>13122060You can shill some author just to raise your reputation or for (You)s.
>>13123249not at all what it means but okay
Not even going to seriously engage. Just dropped in to call you a moron
>>13121201Perhaps literature is not for you?Your criticism is superficial. Makes no sense. I could say the same about Plato's prose.
>>13121201What kind of criticism is this? He's a good writer and uses good themes on his stories? Gee, man, I don't know why anyone would like such a thing.
>>13123443He's not a fiction writer, he basically LARPs as one.
>>13123498Did shit he writes about actually happen? No? Then he's a fiction writer.
>>13123498>Borges is not a fiction writer, he basically LARPs as one.Never go full retard.
His stories are the best at 'philosophical' or speculative fiction because he doesn't compulsively define reality or tell us that the stories are impossible flights of fancy. He's an elegant troll; you can imagine someone truly believing, simply because of his straight-faced, unambiguous and journalistic prose, that there really was an Aleph, or someone who inherited Shakespeare's memory, etc, and part of the magic is that you also believe it could happen.
>not smart enough to write Don Quixote>instead writes a review of himself in a universe where he is smart enough to write itBorges, Jorge Louis. Pompous, boring; an uninspired hack.
>>13123596>missing the point this badWhy do you faggos even read?