Robert Walser, “Speech to a Button” (1915)

One day, when I was occupied with sewing together a shirt button that I had burst apart with a heavy sneeze, it suddenly occurred to me, while I was busy sewing, as if I had become an accomplished seamstress, to address the faithful shirt button, this innocent and modest little fellow, with the following words of tribute, which were murmured to …

Lost & Found: New Translations

In the coming days, I'll be sharing the following translations. Most are relatively unknown, short-form texts related to my current research on media, science, and technology around 1900: Kurd Lasswitz, "Bottled Lightning" (1902) Christian Morgenstern, Selected Diary Entries (1907) Alexander Roda Roda, "Inventors" (1908) Artur Fürst, "The Masters of the Universe" (1911) Franz Blei, "Travel" (1911) Paul Scheerbart, "Self-Advertisement" (1913) …