Borges and Ferrari, round 2

Excerpt from the second volume of conversations between Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari.  He’s rambling about heroic writers atypical to their nations and encyclopedias. Of course.

Whoops- I don’t own the first volume. Did I even know about it? Maybe if I’d kept the blog going last year, I’d know. Bill had to have told me. He mentioned Seagull Books again to me just the weekend. My mind is going.

One of my employees was giddily explaining the Arabian Nights to me earlier. That was pleasant. Our bookstore doesn’t have a copy in inventory, but I knew where a stack of an abridged translation of Burton was hidden in the bargain section. Then I remembered that I never checked out the Lyons translation. It’s now in paperback for $20 apiece in three volumes. Perhaps that will wait a long time from now.

The smartest comic in 33 years, eh?

This man loves Multiversity. He’s not wrong. There were individual issues I adored. I’m eager to read the whole thing start to finish again.

The thing is… I like Seven Soldiers of Victory better. That probably makes me a Philistine. Multiversity had more meta commentary on the current state of comics and their history,  but when it came to independent but interlocking wheels of a story machine, that one still has a strong connection to my memory.   If someone asked me, I’d name check the Invisibles, Doom Patrol, or Animal Man first, but it’s Seven Soldiers of Victory that has paid off as just an intricate comic book plot for me.

And that’s just Morrison comics. The smartest comic in the past three decades? That’s a mystery.