Por esas extrañas coincidencias, leí este párrafo de Borges traducido al inglés:
- "The Life of Samuel Johnson, by Boswell, has often been compared to Conversations of Goethe, by Eckermann, a book that in my opinion is in no way comparable, even though it was praised by Nietzsche as the best book ever written in German. Because Eckermann was a man of limited intelligence who greatly revered Goethe, who spoke with him ex cathedra. Eckermann very rarely dared to contradict Goethe. Then he’d go home and write it all down. The book has something of catechism about it. In other words: Eckermann asks, Goethe answers, the first writes down what Goethe has said…. Eckermann almost doesn’t exist except as a kind of machine that records Goethe’s words. We know nothing about Eckermann, nothing about his character—he undoubtedly had one, but this cannot be deduced from the book, cannot be inferred from it."
Lo más extraño de todo es que el mismo Borges tuvo su Eckerman: Adolfo Bioy Casares publicó en 2006 su libro Borges en el cuál reseña sus conversaciones con Borges.
La misma noche se encontraron en mis lecturas Eckermann y Goethe, Boswell y Johnson, y Bioy Casares y Borges. Son esas casualidades con las que se justifica pensar que el universo quiere decirnos algo.
Aquí la liga la conferencia de Borges: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/jul/28/lecture-johnson-and-boswell/