February 5, 2018
"The Lottery in Babylon" — Jorge Luis Borges
Page one appears above; the story in its entirety (five pages) is here.
"The Lottery in Babylon" (or "The Babylon Lottery"; original Spanish "La lotería en Babilonia") is a fantasy short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. It first appeared in 1941 in the literary magazine Sur, and was then included in the 1941 collection "The Garden of Forking Paths" ("El jardín de los senderos que se bifurcan"), which in turn became part one of "Ficciones" (1944).
Life imitates art: Meret Oppenheim's iconic 1936 fur teacup reincarnated as sheep's milk cheese
It is wrapped in in its own wool to keep it from drying out as it ages.
Florence Fabricant, writing in the New York Times, described it as "satiny, slightly tangy, and herbaceous."
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