Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Those that, at a distance, resemble flies

This blogroll classification amused me:
  • Those that belong to the emperor 
  • Embalmed ones 
  • Those that are trained 
  • Suckling pigs 
  • Mermaids (or Sirens) 
  • Fabulous ones 
  • Stray dogs 
  • Those that are included in this classification 
  • Those that tremble as if they were mad 
  • Innumerable ones 
  • Those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush
  • Those that have just broken the flower vase 
  • Those that, at a distance, resemble flies
Taken from 'Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge' (Spanish: Emporio celestial de conocimientos benévolos), a fictitious taxonomy of animals described by the writer Jorge Luis Borges in his 1942 essay "The Analytical Language of John Wilkins" (El idioma analítico de John Wilkins).