Other than that, you sure have overactive imaginations about men who need money in order to go on living, in other words to "make a living," you might say. You know....me too.
The European Inquisition was still around at the time, and they had a nasty tendency to burn gay men alive at the stake. At least, several dozen of those ACCUSED of such stuff, you see. So whoever you think you see above...illusions are common. So life is fragile, complicated, and complex too.
By Jorge Luis Borges - Author of A Thousand Years of Solitude, about South and Central America, where of course that cursed soldier Adolf Hitler supposedly sojourned - instead of dying for us........
Did you ever think maybe he did it to get OUT of having to join the Army? No? Well, try sticking that into your brain NOW AND THEN. Russia was indeed invading. You see, War in Europe is ONGOING, o universe.
Dr. Johnson was already fifty years old. He had published his dictionary, for which he was paid 1,500 pounds sterling—which became 1,600 when his publishers decided to give him one hundred more—when he finished. He was slowing down. He then published his edition of Shakespeare, which he finished only because his publishers had received payments from subscribers, so it had to be done. Otherwise, Dr. Johnson spent his time engaged in conversation.
Excerpted from “Class 10: Samuel Johnson as Seen by Boswell. The Art of Biography. Johnson and His Critics. Monday, November 7, 1966,” in Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature, a compilation of twenty-five lectures Borges gave in 1966 that has been translated into English for the first time by Katherine Silver. It will be published by New Directions on July 31.