Days [ ) Serendipity | Julio Cortázar, 1967


Julio Cortázar, Buenos Aires, 1940

“We know that attention acts as a lightning rod. Merely by concentrating on something one
causes endless analogies to collect around it, even penetrate the boundaries of the subject
itself: an experience that we call coincidence, serendipity – the terminology is extensive.
My experience has been that in these circular travels what is really significant surrounds a
central absence, an absence that, paradoxically, is the text being written or to be written.”

Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds, 1967

* Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. It was coined
by Horace Walpole in 1754. (…)

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