Borges. He combines keen awareness of reality with surrealism and fantasy; the experience is transcendent — I want to leap from myself, into existence rich with subliminal undertone, alive with opportunity.
Here are selections from his writings.
A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
–From “Twenty Conversations with Borges, Including a Selection of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983.”
In life, he suffered from a sense of unreality, as do many Englishmen.
— “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”