Poet Librarians in the Library of Babel

Poet Librarians in the Library of Babel
Author: Sommer Browning,Shannon Tharp
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2018-04-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1634000285

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"A compendium of experimental essays, creative meditations, non-fiction accounts, and lyrical explorations that explore perspectives on subjects related to libraries and librarianship"--Back cover.

Tar for Mortar

Tar for Mortar
Author: Jonathan Basile
Publsiher: punctum books
Total Pages: 110
Release: 2018
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781947447509

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TAR FOR MORTAR offers an in-depth exploration of one of literature's greatest tricksters, Jorge Luis Borges. His short story "The Library of Babel" is a signature examplar of this playfulness, though not merely for the inverted world it imagines, where a library thought to contain all possible permutations of all letters and words and books is plumbed by pious librarians looking for divinely pre-fabricated truths. One must grapple as well with the irony of Borges's narration, which undermines at every turn its narrator's claims of the library's universality, including the very possibility of exhausting meaning through combinatory processing. Borges directed readers to his non-fiction to discover the true author of the idea of the universal library. But his supposedly historical essays are notoriously riddled with false references and self-contradictions. Whether in truth or in fiction, Borges never reaches a stable conclusion about the atomic premises of the universal library - is it possible to find a character set capable of expressing all possible meaning, or do these letters, like his stories and essays, divide from themselves in a restless incompletion? While many readers of Borges see him as presaging our digital technologies, they often give too much credit to our inventions in doing so. Those who elide the necessary incompletion of the Library of Babel compare it to the Internet on the assumption that both are total archives of all possible thought and expression. Though Borges's imaginings lend themselves to digital creativity (libraryofbabel.info is certainly evidence of this), they do so by showing the necessary incompleteness of every totalizing project, no matter how technologically refined. Ultimately, Basile nudges readers toward the idea that a fictional/imaginary exposition can hold a certain power over technology.

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges Library of Babel

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges  Library of Babel
Author: William Goldbloom Bloch
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2008-08-25
Genre: Mathematics
ISBN: 0199715165

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"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature. Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning G?del, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books. Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.


Author: Femi Oyebode
Publsiher: RCPsych Publications
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2009
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 1904671608

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The authors explore the description and representation of mental states, lived distress, character of psychology and psychological institutional practices.


Author: Jorge Luis Borges,Eliot Weinberger
Publsiher: Penguin Modern Classics
Total Pages: 560
Release: 1999
Genre: Argentine literature
ISBN: 0141183020

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Though best known in the English speaking world for his short fictions and poems, Borges is revered in Latin America equally as an immensely prolific and beguiling writer of non-fiction prose. In THE TOTAL LIBRARY, more than 150 of Borges' most brilliant pieces are brought together for the first time in one volume - all in superb new translations. More than a hundred of the pieces have never previously been published in English. THE TOTAL LIBRARY presents Borges at once as a deceptively self-effacing guide to the universe and as the inventor of a universe that is an indispensible guide to Borges

Running the Books

Running the Books
Author: Avi Steinberg
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 418
Release: 2011-10-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780767931311

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Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting it. Seeking direction (and dental insurance) Steinberg takes a job running the library counter at a Boston prison. He is quickly drawn into the community of outcasts that forms among his bookshelves—an assortment of quirky regulars, including con men, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. Steinberg recounts their daily dramas with heartbreak and humor in this one-of-a-kind memoir—a piercing exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world.

Quantum Shorts

Quantum Shorts
Author: Michael Brooks,Jenny Hogan,Puah Xin Yi
Publsiher: Pagesetters Services
Total Pages: 202
Release: 2019
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9789811432712

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This book presents winning and shortlisted stories from past editions of the international Quantum Shorts competition. Inspired by the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics, the shorts range from bold imaginings of a quantum future to contemplations rooted in the everyday. They feature characters of all sorts: lovers beginning their lives together, an atom having an existential crisis, and, of course, cats. These Quantum Shorts will unleash in your mind a multiverse of ideas.

Beyond Babel

Beyond Babel
Author: Larissa Brewer-García
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2020-08-06
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781108493000

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Examines how black intermediaries in colonial Spanish America influenced written portrayals of virtuous and beautiful blackness.