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July 31, 2004 6:54 PM   Subscribe

Fantastic Zoology: A graphical interpretation of Jorge Luis Borges' "Book of Imaginary Beings".
posted by hama7 (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
this is totally kick-ass.
posted by bob sarabia at 7:00 PM on July 31, 2004


I did link to that in this post. as well (for reference) You even commented in that thread hama7 ;)
posted by vacapinta at 7:02 PM on July 31, 2004


The TV version premieres August 13th. (Flash; dinner at 5:00 sharp; no running in the hallways)

Visualizes a chorus of imaginary beings chanting "hama did a double post, hama did a double post, neener neener neener!"
posted by wendell at 7:39 PM on July 31, 2004


This is a truly imaginative subject. I love the fact that the illustrations are unfinished sketches. It allows you to fill in some of the gaps with your own imagination. Far better than hyper-detailed renderings off all the creatures.
posted by quadog at 9:58 PM on July 31, 2004


Wow. Simply. Wow.

Double post or not, vacapinta, I missed it the first time so I'm grateful to the both of you for bringing it to my attention.
bad hama7! :)
posted by ashbury at 10:19 PM on July 31, 2004


Check out the entry on the Lamed wufniks:

There are on earth, and always were, thirty-six righteous men whose mission is to justify the world before God. They are the Lamed Wufniks. They do not know each other and are very poor. If a man comes to the knowledge that he is a Lamed Wufnik, he immediately dies and somebody else, perhaps in another part of the world, takes his place. Lamed Wufniks are, without knowing it, the secret pillars of the universe. Were it not for them, God would annihilate the whole of mankind. Unawares, they are our saviors.
posted by vacapinta at 10:35 PM on July 31, 2004


Ah, Borges... perhaps one of the most wonderful things in the world...
posted by moonbird at 10:53 PM on July 31, 2004


Truly fascinating. I wonder how one would come to the knowledge that he was a Lamed Wufnik.
posted by iconomy at 2:54 AM on August 1, 2004


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Fantastic stuff!
posted by chrid at 10:42 AM on August 1, 2004


Meh. The drawings aren't particularly skilled or evocative, and add nothing but a rather middle-brow concreteness to the intricate imagination, lyricism and irony of the original text.
posted by signal at 10:45 AM on August 1, 2004


The Aleph

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posted by gravelshoes at 2:55 PM on August 1, 2004


I did link to that in this post. as well (for reference) You even commented in that thread hama7 ;)

Oops. Sorry vacapinta. Where are my keys?
posted by hama7 at 3:18 PM on August 1, 2004


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