Or yes, and as quoted in the same Parks piece and approvingly remarked on elsewhere, I must heartily agree with Borges’ comment:
most people have so little aesthetic sense they rely on other criteria to judge the works they read.
If, like the good philosophers we are, we test this sentiment by generalising it and taking out “the works they read” and replacing it with “stuff”….
I often find myself staring at a sunset thinking: if only I knew what the majority consensus was, or if this sunset considered itself right-wing…
For those who cannot bear anyone to suspect that Borges wasn’t the great intellectual that’s sometimes made out – that he was in fact something of a faker (well, he wrote “ficcion” didn’t he?) – here’s what your opinions sound like. – Bolaño should show the master more respect.