Walser, Robert

Frau Wilke (Guest narrator: Sam Jones)

by Walser, Robert

If you know Sam Jones from various internet outlets, you will be neither surprised nor disappointed that he chose to read Walser for his guest stint here. However, if you know Sam Jones from various internet outlets alone, you might not know…

Basta

by Walser, Robert

Here’s a nice short one to make up for yesterday’s nice long one. From Robert Walser, a master of the short-short story, and the closest anyone’s come to Swift since Kipling. Basta is one of those fine Italian words that the Germans have managed to appropriate (read: swipe), and I’ve long wished we would adopt it. We, English speakers, you know, not savages.