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Category Archives: the tanners

I Am Not Here To Write

Robert-walser In the bio that comes with the press release for the new Robert Walser novel, The Tanners, I'm informed that Walser "stopped writing in 1933 when he was hospitalized for mental illness, declaring, 'I am not here to write, but to be mad.'"

Clearly, Walser was a one-thing-at-a-time kind of guy.

But anyway, read Robert Walser, who drew such adherents as Kafka, Hesse, Walter Benjamin, and Sebald. What more needs be said?

Oh, I know: The Tanners comes with a 37-page introduction by Sebald, with photos.

Also see our review of Robert Walser's The Assistant.


The Surrender is Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning his lifelong desire to be a woman.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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