Essay as Evolutionary Advantage (après Borges) --- Patrick Madden | Numéro Cinq
Patrick Madden, a tall man, a good friend, and a colleague at Vermont College of Fine Arts, is an erudite essayist who wears his erudition under a baseball cap with a twinkle in his eye, a ploy he learned, perhaps, at the feet of the master, Jorge Luis Borges. He is amiable and exacting, and always an immense pleasure to read. Herewith we offer a tiny essay, a micro-essay, a playful bit of faux erudition, which, as Borges well-knew, most people can't tell from the real thing. It is an imitation of something that doesn't exist (endless message loops leading to absence), ever so ironic, parodic and yet shimmering with substance.