The History of Literature Episode 34 – Borges and the Search for Meaning


When times are tough, what does literature have for us? Jacke takes a break from the history of literature to reflect on a death in his family, the loss of Sir George Martin, and some thoughts on the meaning of life from Umberto Eco and Jorge Luis Borges.


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Works Discussed:

A Grief Observed (C.S. Lewis)

Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Danse Macabre – Sad Part” and “Lone Harvest” by Kevin MacLeod (
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“Pepperland” (Martin)


2 thoughts on “The History of Literature Episode 34 – Borges and the Search for Meaning

  1. I am very sad to hear about your uncle. I hear about someone so colorful and I know I am less for not having known him. I’m glad your good memories give you comfort.

    I love that whole thought about leaving a message in a bottle. In the spring I always find myself thinking about my mortality, as I lost so many family members in March and April. I gain a lot of comfort from that message left behind. It might be time to take out my Mother’s papers and finish reading them.


    1. Thank you, Pleasant. He was one of a kind, and the memorial services were too. A lot of love and a lot of community. (And a lot of stories, which is just how he would have liked it.) I’m sorry to hear that March and April have been tough months for you. My memories are deepening over time too, like the colors of an oriental carpet. You will need to be in the right frame of mind to read your mother’s papers, but when you are, it will be an enriching experience, I’m sure.

      Thanks for the kind words – I consider myself fortunate to have you as a reader and listener and I always appreciate hearing from you. Best, Jacke


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