Some students had questions, so I thought I would clarify things a bit: You must
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Some students had questions, so I thought I would clarify things a bit: You must respond specifically to the reading (or, in this case, listening) assignment, not just write a general comment about music (or whatever the topic happens to be). For instance, you can write about a disagreement you have with the author or speaker, or perhaps you learned something that you hadn’t previously known, or maybe what was said reminded you of something from your own experience. Another way to look at it is that you’re having a conversation with the people you will “meet” in the assignments. What would you say to them if they were in the room with you?
Anyway, here’s this assignment: Read “The Other” by Jorge Luis Borges. The short story is in The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory. Then write a Reply to it in the Reply box below. Do NOT summarize the story — respond to it. I want to know what YOU think. Your comment must be at least 300 words long. After you post your Reply, respond as well to some of your fellow students. If, for some reason, you don’t have the book yet (but you should), here is the story online: “The Other” by Jorge Luis Borges.
A word about the stories of Borges: Don’t become daunted by all the references the characters make; most of those references are not relevant in their specifics, only in the fact that the characters make them. Just try to get the gist of the stories. Many of Borges’s stories sound like scholarly treatises, but if they are called stories, they are indeed fiction. Borges has influenced more authors than I can name. I call him a “writer’s writer.” Be patient when reading him, and you’ll understand him just fine. One more thing: Notice the paradoxes in this story, how Borges says something and then contradicts it. You might have to read this tale two or three times. Every time I read it, I find something new — that’s one of the signs of great literature.