Monday, March 24, 2014

An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain

"'I lay claim in this novel,' I have heard him say, 'to the essential features of all games: symmetry, arbitrary rules, tedium.'"

I hope that Mr. Borges doesn't object to my use of his imagined book of branching paths for the title of this blog, or else I have some interesting hauntings to look forward to.

"I do not know if I should mention that once April March was published, Quain regretted the ternary order and predicted that whoever would imitate him would choose a binary arrangement [...] And that demiurges and gods would choose an infinite scheme: infinite stories, infinitely divided."

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