“How do you distinguish the literary from the philosophical means in that story? Could you explain that?

Borges: Oh, well, yes, I’ll explain very easily…. Encyclopedias have been, I’d say, my life’s chief reading…”

Matthew Rohrer: I feel that our duty should be to challenge these simplifications (of calling things surreal) wherever they arise. And I think when it’s the word “surreal” it’s even more important because of what’s already been said—that what’s at stake is the very definition of the imagination.