robert walser, “answer to an inquiry” / franz kafka, “blumfeld, an elderly bachelor”

Two small books this time: the first, an illustrated edition of a short Robert Walser piece, the second, an illustrated edition of a long short story by Franz Kafka. The Kafka came out last year though I only recently found a copy; the Walser is from this year, and it’s a new translation, unlike the […]

september 16–30, 2015

Books Anne Garréta, Sphinx, translated by Emma Ramadan Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity Frederik Pohl, The Way the Future Was: A Memoir Robert Walser, Fairy Tales, trans. Daniele Pantano & James Reidel Susan Sontag, Death Kit Films ฟรีแลนซ์ ห้ามป่วย ห้ามพัก ห้ามรักหมอ (Freelance), directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Frau im […]

april 16–30, 2014

Books Amit Chaudhuri, Calcutta Rayne Kruger, The Devil’s Discus: An Enquiry into the Death of Ananda, King of Siam Satyajit Ray, One Dozen Stories, translated by Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majumdar Satyajit Ray, The Diary of a Space Traveller and Other Stories, trans. Satyajit Ray & Gopa Majumdar Amitav Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome Robert Walser, […]

april 16–april 30

Books Harry Mathews, The Conversions James McCourt, Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake Teju Cole, Open City Eugene Lim, Fog & Car Robert Kelly, Kill the Messenger Robert Walser, The Walk, trans. Christopher Middleton & Susan Bernofsky Films Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), directed by Nanni Moretti Ruggles of Red Gap, dir. Leo McCarey […]


(This list is complete up to the end of January 2011; for more recent things, see the reviews category.) A Aeschylus, The Oresteia Muammar Al Gathafi, The Green Book Marcel Allain & Pierre Souvestre, The Silent Executioner Eleanor Antin, Historical Takes Dore Ashton, The New York School B Nicholson Baker, U and I Honoré de Balzac, […]


Joseph McElroy & Frederic Tuten will read at 8 pm on December 9 at Happy Ending (302 Broome St.) as part of the Animal Farm reading series. I hope the MCing will not be as cringe-inducingly awful as the last Animal Farm event I ended up at. Competing reading: at the Swiss Institute (495 Broadway) […]

november 16–november 24

Books Sergio De La Pava, A Naked Singularity Robert Walser, Answer to an Inquiry, trans. Paul North Franz Kafka, Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor, trans. James Stern & Tania Stern Films The Devil Is a Woman, directed by Josef von Sternberg Three on a Match, dir. Mervyn LeRoy Female, dir. Michael Curtiz Ins blaue hinein (Into the […]