UPDATE Some questions we could use in our discussion. Bring your own if you want.
Time to try another Intensive-style meeting! The "Library" format doesn't require much explanation: we will discuss a short reading, and see where the discussion goes from there.
You thought we didn't have to read? Well, this is not a Salon, though the reading is about the only difference. Also the text is very short–only took me 30 minutes. The principal excuse for skirting the no-reading premise of the group, though, is that it is FICTION: this is a short story, not a philosophical essay. Or maybe it is an essay disguised as a fantasy, but in any case it's very open to interpretation, as Borges is a writer who embraces the "character of unreality in all literature."
If you are not already familiar with this piece, I suggest scheduling a couple readings: how about this weekend and next? Don't worry about looking up the literary references it makes, just enjoy and reflect. As it is fantasy fiction, the most productive attitude to take is to take it at face value, rather than trying to poke holes in it. That is how we will discuss it, anyway.
The full text is online: The Lottery of Babylon. Published in 1941. Most of Borges' works (all short form) were translated to English in the 1960s.
I'm looking forward to our first "Library" meeting!