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 …

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Mynona, “Idea for a Telehaptor” (1913)

So, then, we have telegraphy, telephony, the television is as good as ready-to-go. All that’s left to wait for is telehaptics, the telehaptor, the teletoucher. What use is the entire oeuvre of H.G. Wells, if he shrinks back from this idea? But the matter is much more miserable than one might suspect: We are lost …

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) …