“All theories are legitimate, no matter. What matters is what you do with them.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
The study of dreams is particularly difficult, for we cannot examine dreams directly, we can only speak of the memory of dreams. And it is possible that the memory of dreams does not correspond exactly to the dreams themselves.
If we think of the dream as a work of fiction — and I think it is — it may be that we continue to spin tales when we wake and later when we recount them.
“When I was a young man I was always hunting for new metaphors. Then I found out that really good metaphors are always the same. I mean you compare time to a road, death to sleeping, life to dreaming, and those are the great metaphors in literature because they correspond to something essential. If you invent metaphors, they are apt to be surprising during the fraction of a second, but they strike no deep emotion whatever. If you think of life as a dream, that is a thought, a thought that is real, or at least that most men are bound to have, no? ‘What oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed.’ I think that’s better than the idea of shocking people, than finding connections between things that have never been connected before, because there is no real connection, so the whole thing is a kind of juggling.”
—Happy birthday, Jorge Luis Borges, who would have been 113 today.
E mentre si legge, si annotano titoli da approfondire, si sbirciamo blog, siti, tumblr, pare del tutto naturale rimbalzare da un brano di narrativa inedita di Ricci, ad un’analisi dei romanzi che raccontano il Libano di oggi, e poi ancora verso l’osservazione distaccata e sociologica della pronowave che negli anni ‘60 e ‘70 elargiva in egual misura trasgressione e cultura. Un percorso labirintico nella migliore tradizione borgesiana, come recita il titolo surreale di questo esempio di nuova letteratura digitale.