Jorge Luis Borges Pwns William F. Buckley Jr., circa 1977

The alpha conservative pundit William F. Buckley meets Jorge Luis Borges, timeless poet of the righteous and unreal, in this surreal Firing Line clip from 1977.

In proto-Fox News style, Buckley attempts to undermine Borges with the claim, “his critics disagree
on the proposition that [his work] will survive the century.”

Buckley goes on to minimize Borges’s views as being those of some provincial Argentinian eccentric. Borges responds with grace and class.

In short, we’ve been equally wonderful and horrible, seemingly forever. But at least some of the heroic figures persist, outlast their critics, and even illuminate their critics’ failed dominance over history, when given sufficient time and a wide vantage point.

via the Paris Review