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Lem quote

From His Master’s Voice by Stanislaw Lem (Michael Kandel’s translation):

Literature, from the very beginning, has had a single enemy, and that is the restriction of the expressed idea. It turns out, however, that freedom of expression sometimes presents a greater threat to an idea, because forbidden thoughts may circulate in secret, but what can be done when an important fact is lost in a flood of impostors, and the voice of truth becomes drowned out in an ungodly din? When that voice, though freely resounding, cannot be heard, because the technologies of information have led to a situation in which one can receive best the message of him who shouts the loudest, even when the most falsely?

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Another tip for those in Buenos Aires. If you love books, art, music, and movies, there is a lovely little bookstore in Caballito I can recommend. Mind you, I’m not using “little” as an affectionate cutesy-poo diminutive. The store is legitimately tiny. It’s called Cobra Libros and can be found at Aranguren 150 near el Parque Centenario. (It’s always so awkward inserting Spanish phrases into English sentences and vice versa. At least when it’s written, I can avoid the question of whether or not I ought to switch accents as well.)

Despite its smallness, Cobra screens movies, hosts concerts, and displays art as well as selling books. It also sells zines and handcrafted notebooks and is a good place to find leaflets about interesting events.

Anyway. In addition to promoting a place I like, I wanted to show off. I’ve been taking a bookbinding class at Cobra and today I finished my second book.

Now let’s rewind.


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