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"Tlon, Uqbar, Orbus Tertius" is a short story, but as a book it is only 22 pages, and is usually collected with others of his stories.
The Touchstone for the other authors takes you to one of their works. Did you put double brackets around the author?
The way to get Iris Murdoch to come up, is to put double brackets around the surname only, and when the Murdoch Touchstone comes up on the right, punch in (others) and find Iris among the 63 possibilities. This work around doesn't work for common surnames.
I know it's a short story. I thought the category favorite 'titles' and authors included short stories. In my little list I touchstoned the authors and, if there was an okay title along with them, I left it as is. Otherwise, I'd just pick a work by the author that related to the discussion or was a good representation of their style. Thanks for the Murdoch tip. I'll use it in the future with other authors. Do you have any favorites you'd like to share?
I am a fan of Borges, and am glad to see references to him. The House of Asterion is one story that I remember well. Besides iits references to the Cretan labyrinth, I was oddly attracted to the idea of the number 14 as symbolizing infinity. At that time I worked for a public transportation agency that was an early user of magnetically encoded tickets (1969). The empolyees all carried their own private ticket encoded with the number 14, which gave them unlimited rides.
The most recent book I read in which fantastic things happen was Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. The story is Japanese with references back to the atomic bomb dropping and the effect it had on some linked characters many years later.
The Murdoch work-around works about 70% of the time. The Murakami author Touchstone worked without a hitch. I try to remember to review my published touchstones to make sure they refer to my intended author or work. These become a real problem if you go back and edit your message, because you have to go and redo all the funky Touchstones.
In reference to the bus tickets; That's a neat coincidence that could easily have found it's way into a Borges story or perhaps whoever encoded the tickets was aware of this association with the number 14. Interesting post vp. Maybe you should start a Borges forum within this group. If not, maybe I will. There are enough facets to his work to merit an entire group dedicated to him and his work.
Thought you might enjoy this wikipedia article on the Monkey Theorem redirected from the article for Borges The Total Library: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Total_Library#Origins_and_.22The_Total_Library.... . The Total Library is mentioned in the origins section of the monkey article. Enjoy.
My alternate libraries developed in my daydreams were for a library that had every book and other items every printed. The building was so vast that you needed a small-car trolley system to traverse its various decks and extensions, but the basic shape was circular, somewhat akin to the images we have of the Tower of Babel.
The other library was a building of a very square, if not cubic character (half of it undergound). Access to books, magazines, and ephemera, was based on on many people had possessed that itme at some point (and for how long). So for books printed, and held on to by many people for a long time, you might have a 98% chance of retrieving it from this library based on some random availability. But a book published in small numbers that did not sell, and has been out of print for a 100 years, you might only have 2-3% chance of retrieving it. the downside of the library is that theater tickets for a long-runnig Broadway show are very retrievable.
Now there is also a branch of the latter, where the availablility is based on people's actually have read it. This means old manuscript prayer books whose very few copies were constantly being read, were very available.
Now, you can see the problematic mental constructs Borges put me into when I first started reading him over 35 years ago.
He began his career as a science fiction writer and fairly quickly outgrew the genre (I say this with all due respect to the SF/fantasy genres) by his ability to combine SF and fantasy ideas, a unique literary style and an intricately-constructed story.
For what it's worth, Harold Bloom put three of Crowley's novels in his "Western Canon."
If you want to start somewhere, Little, Big is a great place. His short stories are also wonderful. The AEgypt series will appeal to those interested in John Dee, Giordano Bruno, Frances Yates and Rosicrucianism.
I also love the more traditional examples of magic realism, 100 Years of Solitude and House of the Spirits and will be checking in on this group! Thanks for starting it
gee none of my touchstones took--they all say "loading." hmmm