Kaspar Hauser (cont.), and Aleatory Research

Tue Dec 21, 2004

After getting an oil change, I stopped by a previously unvisited bookstore in the Chamblee area and purchased an omnibus edition of Charles Fort along with the latest Le Carre.

Opening it at random in the coffeeshop, I came across the following passage: “Almost anybody reading this account will perhaps regretfully, perhaps not, say farewell to our idea of the teleported boy” (706). Fort had been considering the notion that Hauser had possibly been teleported from a different time or space into Nuremberg, a possibility that I don’t think Herzog explored in his film, to my personal continuing regret.

Fort, Charles. The Books of Charles Fort. New York: Henry Holt, 1941.