Sunday, January 10, 2010

Break My Stride Part II

"There is something proud and exalted about him, but also something incomprehensible and almost inhuman. Why in the world do all thee people, copyists and calculators, indeed even girls in the bloom of youth, go through the selfsame entryway into the selfsame building just in order to scribble away, try out pens, calculate and wave their arms about, study and blow their noses, sharpen pencils and carry papers about in their hands? Do they do so out of pleasure or under duress, and are they conscious of performing some sensible fruitful activity?"

-Robert Walser, The Tanners p. 65