Well, we already knew that Borges was a bit of an asshole:
Many of his reported opinions will confirm the view that he was a racist: â€œI am not anti-Semite, but the fact that everywhere the most varied cultures have persecuted Jews is an argument against them.â€ He was, in any case, an equal-opportunity supremacist: â€œI was asked if I liked Brazil. I said no, because the country is full of negroes. They didnâ€™t like that at all. One canâ€™t say anything against negroes. Their only merit is to have been mistreated and that, as Bernard Shaw remarked, is no merit.â€
Adolfo Bioy Casares’ biography of Borges is still of great interest to me, but i’m more interested in Borges the writer and Borges the reader, than Borges the man. I still have not read the Williamson biography either. I still love his writing, but stuff like this is always painful to acknowledge, as it diminishes the rest of his vision. Sure, there are many examples of flawed genius, but… ugh.