The Walk by Robert Walser

Can’t write too much at the moment because it’s been a busy few days, but. I’ve read a lot of Walser. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Walser was capable of. And then, The Walk. Very, very much like Walser on acid. I’m calling it a fever dream right now. It is baroque and hilarious and ironic as fuck, although also as profoundly whimsical and melancholy as anything I’ve read of Walser. Any way you split it, it’s an amazing little book. Definitely read this.

Reading it is kind of like walking through this:

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Good review, but hasn’t “on acid” literature already been done? To death?


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


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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