Bioy Casares to Borges: That's why when one writes a lot, most of it's bad; you should see the books I published back then.
Borges to Bioy Casares: The sooner one can determine his shortcomings, the better. There was a time when I wrote using archaic Spanish, then the Buenos Aires street slang lunfardo, and even Vanguard expressions from the Ultraismo movement. When I run across similar writing, I remind myself that I'm free, because I already made those errors.
From the essay by Adolfo Bioy Casares, 'Books and Friendship' (1987)
|Borges (left) and Bioy Casares (right)