It’s the invasion of the idiots!

There are authors who get people to love the library. Among them are Jorge Luis Borges, Alberto Manguel and Umberto Eco, who passed away recently. Such authors write as though they are flirting with the beloved who has captured the heart.

This is evident in Manguel’s famous book With Borges. The story revolves around what happened in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires in 1964 when a blind man approached a 16-year-old library employee and asked him if he would be interested in a part-time job of reading him books.

The man who made this request was Borges, one of the most prominent and significant authors while the 16-year-old boy was Manguel who later became fond of books and turned into a writer.

Manguel later wrote his most notable book A History of Reading. Young Manguel continued to read for Borges and take his notes until he produced his book With Borges.

Remembering Eco

Umberto Eco, who passed away last month, was fond of writing and reading as well as of libraries and museums. His most notable works include In the Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum and his amazing masterpiece The Prague Cemetery.

We have lost one of the most important writers and philosophers of our times who was loyal to his characters and developed them in such a bright, creative and rare manner

Turki Al-Dakhil

When asked about social media platforms months before his death, Eco said “they give legions of idiots the right to speak!” He concluded by saying: “It’s the invasion of the idiots…it’s the invasion of the idiots!”

We have lost one of the most important writers and philosophers of our times who was loyal to his characters and developed them in such a bright, creative and rare manner.

This article was first published by Okaz newspaper on March. 06, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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