A pithy way to categorize an aesthetic response – the straightforward reflection of a mirror or the more complex refraction of a prism. I will test this out next time I look at a building, sculpture, painting or poem.
‘Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms.’
See another aesthetic metaphor by Borges.
Source: Jorge Luis Borges, On Writing, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2010, p. 3
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