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 Post subject: Long Read of the Week: The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Bo
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Long Read of the Week: The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges
by VANDERLEUN on JULY 29, 2017


(Left)Erik Desmazieres illustration of The Library of Babel (Right)Google Data Center Server Space

[SUMMARY: Borges’ narrator describes how his universe consists of an enormous expanse of adjacent hexagonal rooms, each of which contains the bare necessities for human survival—and four walls of bookshelves. Though the order and content of the books is random and apparently completely meaningless, the inhabitants believe that the books contain every possible ordering of just 25 basic characters (22 letters, the period, the comma, and the space). Though the vast majority of the books in this universe are pure gibberish, the library also must contain, somewhere, every coherent book ever written…. Despite—indeed, because of—this glut of information, all books are totally useless to the reader, leaving the librarians in a state of suicidal despair. This leads some librarians to superstitious and cult-like behaviours, such as the “Purifiers”, who arbitrarily destroy books they deem nonsense as they scour through the library seeking the “Crimson Hexagon” and its illustrated, magical books. Others believe that since all books exist in the library, somewhere one of the books must be a perfect index of the library’s contents; some even believe that a messianic figure known as the “Man of the Book” has read it, and they travel through the library seeking him. — La Wik]

By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters
. . . from The Anatomy of Melancholy


The universe (which others call the Library) ...
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