About

Some of the articles appearing here have been published elsewhere in Australian journals and online magazines. Others are blog posts, covering a range of informal interests and experiences.

Where does the website name come from?

Franz Kafka’s first published stories were once referred to as “a peculiar case of the Walser type.” Robert Walser (1878-1956) was a German-language writer of novels and short prose. Years later, introducing Walser to American readers, the great cultural critic Susan Sontag extended the identification to refer to writing that’s anti-heroic, miniaturist, and done in a spirit of humility — an alternative to grandiose narratives of egotism.

Such was the initial inspiration behind this blog. The other was that, because of the pandemic and the hard lockdown, my working week was reduced to 2 days and I had some time on my hands. So why not?