Hi all- I just caught on ABC Radio an extraordinary lecture (the first of 5) by the well known Argentian author
Alberto Manguel. The program is on the significance of story in human experience. It provides a brilliant insight into the nature of language and into the powerful reasons why studying/ reading/ writing literature is so important. You can hear the lecture if you go to ABCs "Big Ideas" page and click on the first listed lecture (Massey Lectures 2007): http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bigideas/
You can find out more about Manguel at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Manguel.
Let me know what you think about the lecture when and if you get there....
Here is the man himself:
Here is also a rather long interview with Manguel for those of you interested in his life and thought: http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/birnbaum_v/alberto_manguel.php