Labyrinth

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at SPAMoregon.uoregon.edu
Sun Dec 3 05:25:58 MST 2000


On Sat, 2 Dec 2000, Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky wrote:

> There is a mistake here. Neruda was a man, Borges was an empty container
> with the shape of a man.

Aesthetics has never, ever correlated directly with politics; often,
politically reactionary artists have the most acute insight into the
society around them, due to the fact that they're out of step with the
times (e.g. Balzac, Eliot, Pound, etc.). Borges wrote nifty, intriguing
stories, somewhat similar to Kafka's parables; I personally find them to
be wonderful allegories of alienation, a hall of mirrors which refracts
the grim truth of Argentine comprador capitalism -- which was, then and
now, trapped in the endless labyrinth of neocolonialism. But to insist on
the fundamental identity of aesthetic ideology and political praxis is to
sabotage both.

-- Dennis







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