• The Meaning of Longing in Borges and Proust
    In memoriam William Ferguson, Fergu. “The ball I threw while playing in the park / Has not yet reached the ground.” Dylan Thomas The distinction between trifle and matter of importance is a teleological one and in so far as it deals with time spent, it interrogates it with a rather mundane question, a trifle, … Read more
  • Against Translation (I)
    On the provincial reader.  “L’incompetenza totale offre a chi ne gode il vantaggio di potersi porre di fronte a un gesto d’arte senza pregiudizi o sospetti, come un innocente all’estero, docile solo al flusso primario delle emozioni.” Gesualdo Bufalino I have discovered in my catalogue of faith, a hidden conviction that has nourished many of … Read more
  • In search of time lost reading Proust
    There is a secret kept in the final pages of very long novels, whose taste can be described simply but its full force can only be understood by reaching them through the vagueries of whim, digression, appetite, humor and interruption, that is, through many accumulated sittings or as Aristotle seemed to have said about friendship, … Read more