Emory Comp Lit Ph.D. Student, Librarian of Babel

The cover of the book Tar for Mortar: The Library of Babel and the Dream of Totality by Jonathan Basile. It consists of a beehive pattern of interlocking hexagons, the floor plan of the Library of Babel.
Tar for Mortar: “The Library of Babel” and the Dream of Totality

forthcoming from punctum books

My academic writing is forthcoming in The Oxford Literary Review, Derrida Today, and Postmodern Culture. Check back soon for more!

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Curriculum Vitae

minor literature[s], 8.24.2016


Litro, 1.24.2016

Striking Resemblances

UIUC graduate workers’ action is part of a nationwide movement

Public Books, 4.5.2018

Excerpt from Tar for Mortar

Blog of the APA, 3.19.2018

Review: Stolen Oranges by Max Yeh

minor literature[s], 3.2.2018

Borges and Philosophy

Blog of the APA, 2.21.2018

Publish It Yourself: The End of Alienated Labor in the Academic Publishing Industry

Berfrois, 11.7.2016

Derrida’s Seminars: Writing Before Writing Before the Letter

3:AM Magazine, 9.12.2016

Who’s Afraid of AAARG?

Academic publishing and the uncertain future of the humanities.
Guernica, 8.25.2016 | 中文, 微批 Paratext, 10.4.2016

Putting Borges’ Infinite Library on the Internet

Electric Lit, 6.21.2016,
Note: The editor chose the title, thus the erroneous "infinite"

On Exactitude in Maps

On Borges and Franco Moretti
Territory, 5.4.2016

(Re)Creating Borges’ Library of Babel

kadar koli 10: Off the Books, 1.23.2016

Construir La Biblioteca de Babel. Entrevista con Jonathan Basile

Nexos, 8.23.2015
Published in Perfil, 8.16.2015, Print only

The Library of Babel as Seen from Within

The Paris Review Daily, 7.23.2015

Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges’ Library of Babel

Flavorwire, 4.23.2015
Note: I was living in DC at the time.

Borges’ ‘Library of Babel’ comes to virtual life

Los Angeles Times, 4.29.2015

Jorge Luis Borges’ “Library of Babel” Is Now a Real Website. Borges Would Be Alarmed.

Slate (browbeat), 4.30.2015

Virtual Library of Babel Makes Borges’s Infinite Store of Books a Reality - Almost

The Guardian, 5.4.2015

Jorge Luis Borges fan brings his infinite library to life online

The Independent, 5.4.2015

La “biblioteca totale” di Borges realizzata al pc

La Stampa, 5.22.2015

Jorge Luis Borges’s infinite ‘Library of Babel’ has been digitized

Quartz, 7.7.2015

El bibliotecario de Babel: la ficción de Borges hecha realidad virtual

La Nacion, 7.23.2015

This Digital Library Contains Every Phrase That Could Ever Be Uttered

Smithsonian Magazine, October 2015

How Do You Design a UX for Infinity?

Co.Design, 12.18.2015

Il a créé la bibliothèque infinie

Paris Match, 7.3.2016


Universal Library Modeled after Borges’s

Babel Image Archives

Universal Image Archives

Permuda Triangle

Permuting Twitter Bot

libraryofbabel.info External Resource Locator

Browser Extension: Chrome | Firefox | Safari

Messages For the Future

VSauce Explains the Algorithm

El universo, que otros llaman la biblioteca...

TEDx USagradoCorazón, 10.16.2015


Recess Art, 11.9.2015

Unpublished di Giovanni Translations (design by Dan Visel)

The Garden of Branching Paths | The Maker