Monthly Archives: December 2009

Toward a Coherent Vision of the 20th Century—Or, Why Jorge Volpi Is My New Favorite Novelist

Season of Ash by Jorge Volpi (translated by Alfred MacAdam) Open Letter / University of Rochester Press ISBN: 978-1-934824-10-8 Jorge Volpi’s Season of Ash is the kind of novel that reminds me why I read novels in the first place, … Continue reading

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“How To” by Aaron Burch

How To by Aaron Burch Remember the myth of looking directly into the sun. The milk cartons cut into a makeshift periscope. Remember your brothers and sisters having to turn away, their eyes too weak. Forget their fall, the push, … Continue reading

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THE WIDOW’S LAMENT IN SPRINGTIME by William Carlos Williams Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Thirtyfive years I … Continue reading

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Robert Walser, Biel, 1899. WANDERING WITH ROBERT WALSER by Carl Seelig 26 July 1936 Our relationship began with a somewhat matter-of-fact exchange of letters: brief, objective questions and answers. I learned that, starting in early 1929, Robert Walser was a … Continue reading

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Stamp honoring Heinrich von Kleist released by Deutsche Bundespost on behalf of the Federal Minister of Post and Telecommunication in December 1961. ON THE MARIONETTE THEATRE (1810) by Heinrich von Kleist One evening in the winter of 1801 I met … Continue reading

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THE LAST LOOSENING MANIFESTO (1918) by Walter Serner Dedicated to Anton can Hoboken 1. Racing around a fireball is a blob of filth on which ladies’ silk stocking are sold and Gaugins prized. Truly a most deplorable business, yet one … Continue reading

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LETTER TO HIS FATHER, April 10, 1920 by Federico Garcia Lorca Dear Father: I’ve just gotten your letter, with its wise, serious tone, and I’ll answer you in exactly the same way. I’m much more anxious to see all of … Continue reading

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