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Item Title: Borges: South America's Titan
Guest: Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986
Host: Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008
Date Created: February 01, 1977
Description: A radiant hour with one of the 20th century's finest writers, who tells us, among much else, why he doesn't mind having gone blind ("Of course, when you are blind, time flows in a different way.

It flows, let's say, on an easy slope"), and why his second language is his favorite ("Firstly, English is both a Germanic and a Latin language, those two registers.

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Description: A radiant hour with one of the 20th century's finest writers, who tells us, among much else, why he doesn't mind having gone blind ("Of course, when you are blind, time flows in a different way. It flows, let's say, on an easy slope"), and why his second language is his favorite ("Firstly, English is both a Germanic and a Latin language, those two registers. For any idea you take, you have two words. Those words do not mean exactly the same. For example, if I say 'regal,' it's not exactly the same thing as saying 'kingly.' Or if I say 'fraternal,' it's not saying the same as 'brotherly.' ... It would make all the difference in the world in a poem if I wrote about 'the Holy Spirit' or I wrote 'the Holy Ghost,' since 'ghost' is a fine, dark Saxon word, while 'spirit' is a light Latin word").

Technical note: This program is black and white.

Description (cont'd): For any idea you take, you have two words. Those words do not mean exactly the same. For example, if I say 'regal,' it's not exactly the same thing as saying 'kingly.' Or if I say 'fraternal,' it's not saying the same as 'brotherly.' ... It would make all the difference in the world in a poem if I wrote about 'the Holy Spirit' or I wrote 'the Holy Ghost,' since 'ghost' is a fine, dark Saxon word, while 'spirit' is a light Latin word").

Technical note: This program is black and white.
Theme(s): Radio & Television
Subject(s): Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899- ; Interviews
Language(s): English
Country of Origin: Argentina
Place Recorded: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dimensions: Duration: 60 minutes
Format: Moving Image, Text
Medium: television programs
Aspect Ratio:
4:3
4:3
Color:
black and white
black and white
Soundtrack:
sound
sound
Hoover ID: Program S0267
Record Number: 80040.511
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