“I think I’ve written this scene before, but I’ll write it once again.” – So begins Robert Walser in his short story The Boat, before depicting a magical scene of two impassioned lovers. This story of love is lovingly read by Roberta Allen.
As a woman sleeps in a jungle hut next to her lover, her mind meets myriad of the jungle’s creatures – ants, beetles, maggots, peccaries – and she becomes one of them… Hear Roberta Allen read a pivotal chapter from her novel The Dreaming Girl.
In “The Maid,” the great Swiss writer Robert Walser encapsulates an entire epic in a few short paragraphs. A master of concision, irony and playfulness, Walser would seem a natural fit for Roberta Allen, who reads one of her favorite of his stories.
Do places have a reality in and of themselves, or are they always what we imagine them to be? In “Africa,” a story from the The Daughter, a novella in short stories, Roberta Allen creates her own Africa amidst the wildness and wreckage of vacant city lots.
The Zeroes has found wide distribution on the web. Among other outlets, it has appeared on Daily Motion, Koldcast and Ithentic. Here are some of the images of its featured release.
The folks over at Ithentic – a really interesting online media web site that just released The Zeroes – were kind enough to interview yours truly. Thus, after years of interviewing others, here’s my time in the hot seat. And, as you’ll see, the seat was very hot indeed.