“To classify it [the novel] as perfect is neither an imprecision nor a hyperbole.” – Jorge Luis Borges
“The Invention of Morel may be described, without exaggeration, as a perfect novel.” – Octavio Paz
This is what two literary titans had to say about Adolfo Bioy Casares’ best work. His magnum opus. The Invention of Morel. An odd piece of work, difficult to define as science fiction, almost impossible to define it as something else.
Not nearly as famous as his lifelong friend, Jorge Luis Borges, Casares is every bit as talented. A great visionary, a wonderful stylist (as most South American writers are), Casares is well the time and effort to read.
“Is there any difference between our desires becoming reality, and our desiring what is already real? What matters is that our will and reality agree with one another.”
When she was sad, she wrote. When she was happy, she wrote. Every single time she felt nothing or everything she wrote. It was her only way of making sense of her thoughts and feelings, of all the coulds and shoulds and…the what ifs. She had plenty of those. All the questions left unanswered and words left unsaid. She could get lost in the labyrinth of her heart. That’s why she needed words. She loved them, for their ability to clear her mind, to show her the way.
She wrote words on a piece of paper and it would all make sense. She’d use words to draw a map to where she wanted to go.
Words were powerful. One wrong word and…
She did not dare think about these sort of things. No. She could write about them, and then throw the paper away.
Throw the paper away before those thoughts became too real.
At one point or another every creative person must feel that everything has been done before. Everything worth writing, worth painting, worth saying. That the essential is there, for everyone to understand, that we can’t possibly capture the essence of life without being copies of someone else.
This is an universal urge, in a way. We feel that we need to step outside certain boundaries, that we have to forget about the rules in order to innovate. We want to be original, to create something new. We want to create a big enough change in the world that’s going to last forever. Continue reading
“Hand-picked Reads for Every Traveler” is the way Amazon pitches its new e-book discovery tool. Their book editors have selected 80 of the world’s most famous novels, memoirs, or travel books in an attempt to give readers a sense of “being there.”
Simply put, it’s like travel but it’s not. Continue reading
The muse does not wait for you to get ready. The muse does not appear when you want it to appear.
This is what we like to say to ourselves whenever we don’t feel like writing. When we’re too hungry, too tired, too cold to write. When we’ve got other things to think about. When the world seems out-of-balance in such a way that you writing would simply cause the Universe to implode. Continue reading
It is possible to fail simply because you want something too bad. Or because you want it all at once.
One of the most difficult lessons to learn, and one I constantly try to deny, is that some things take time to grow. Some things just don’t happen over night. Probably that’s why we invented magic in the first place. And dreams. Imagination. Art. Stories that aren’t particularly true, but they feel truer than anything in this world.
I wanted to make irevuo the best website ever. I wanted to be able to promote artists (which has been one of my oldest dreams), to give other indie artists the chance to find an audience, to get more exposure. I wanted a magazine, and I didn’t care that it would be too expensive or that I didn’t really have a team. Continue reading