y Different Hands : Seven Stories selected work   prose  
  • Author: John Tranter http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/tranter-john
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Seven prose pieces written using 'BrekDown', a text analysis and text generation program written in Turbo Pascal for IBM-compatible personal computers, devised in 1985 by the San Francisco programmer Neil J. Rubenking. 'Brekdown' can also blend the styles of two or more texts, and reconstruct a text with the characteristics of this blended style.

'The stories . . . I got "Brekdown" to mix text samples by two different writers in a kind of conceptual blender, and produce a new text with the characteristics of both. I produced seven stories, about ten pages each. The drafts that Brekdown gave me needed a lot of reworking. The story "Howling Twins" was heavily reworked from a draft originating in a blend of two text samples, one from Allen Ginsberg's notorious poem "Howl", and one from a chapter of "The Bobbsey Twins on a Bicycle Trip." The piece titled "Lonely Chaps" began as a sample from Radclyffe Hall's febrile novel of pre-war middle-class lesbian passion, "The Well of Loneliness", blended with "Biggles Defies the Swastika."

Source: Interview with John Kinsella, August 1999, John Kinsella website, www.johnkinsella.org (sighted 14/10/2002)

Notes

  • Dedication: This boook is respectfully dedicated to Professor Hugh Kenner. Without his inspired investigations in the field of computer-assisted letter-group frequency analysis these texts could not have been written.

Contents

* Contents derived from the South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Folio , Fremantle Press , 1998 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Neuromancing Miss Stein, John Tranter , 1995 single work short story (p. 9-16)
The Howling Twins, John Tranter , 1997 single work short story (p. 17-25)
Carousel, John Tranter , 1998 single work short story (p. 26-38)
Magic Women, John Tranter , 1996 single work short story (p. 39-46)
Lonely Chaps, John Tranter , 1998 single work short story (p. 47-54)
A Room with a View, Spa Bath, Many Extras, John Tranter , 1994 single work short story (p. 55-70)
Valery's Room, John Tranter , 1998 single work short story (p. 71-77)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Folio ; Fremantle Press , 1998 .
      Extent: 77, [1]p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Author's Foreword: The process of writing the seven prose pieces in this collection was rather like jazz improvisation, though in some ways it was the reverse of, say, Charlie Parker's modus operandi. ... These pieces started out strange, and worked their way back towards meaning. They each began with an anlysis of the frequency and distribution of letter-groups in two prior pieces of writing. ...Then came the construction of a new text based on an amalgamation of the data and index tables of these two letter-group analyses. ... J. T., Sydney, 1998
      • Notes on Sources [1]p.
      ISBN: 186368282414

Works about this Work

The Computer & the Poet Bev Braune , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 161-162)

— Review of Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose ; Empty Texas Peter Minter 1999 selected work poetry
Kristeva at the Ministry of Sound Robert Potts , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Review , Spring vol. 89 no. 1 1999; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Whirling Chris Wallace-Crabbe 1998 selected work poetry ; Late Night Radio John Tranter 1998 selected work poetry ; Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose
Open Framework : New Poetry Kerry Leves , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 101-103)

— Review of The Satin Bowerbird Jean Kent 1998 selected work poetry ; The Skinscape Voyeur Neil Paech 1998 selected work poetry ; B-Grade Zan Ross 1997 selected work poetry ; New and Selected Poems Philip Salom 1998 selected work poetry ; Flank Ian McBryde 1998 selected work poetry ; Beasts Labial : poems Stephen Lawrence 1998 selected work poetry ; Friendly Street New Poets Four Junice Direen Jules Leigh Koch Jason Sweeney 1998 selected work poetry ; Old Time Religion and Other Poems Andrew Leggett 1998 selected work poetry ; Friendly Street Poets no.22 1998 anthology poetry ; Bloodwood Nicola Bowery 1996 selected work poetry ; Loose Kangaroos : A Collection of New Australian Poetry Geoff Prince Sandy Jeffs Dee Michael Crane 1998 selected work poetry ; Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose ; Race against Time : Poems Lee Cataldi 1998 selected work poetry ; New and Selected Poems Anthony Lawrence 1998 selected work poetry ; Boy Stunner Jason Sweeney 1998 selected work poetry ; A Strip of Negatives Jules Leigh Koch 1998 selected work poetry ; The Right Side of My Face Junice Direen 1998 selected work poetry
Mr Rubenking's Bad Language Don Anderson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 203 1998; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose
Open Framework : New Poetry Kerry Leves , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 153 1998; (p. 101-103)

— Review of The Satin Bowerbird Jean Kent 1998 selected work poetry ; The Skinscape Voyeur Neil Paech 1998 selected work poetry ; B-Grade Zan Ross 1997 selected work poetry ; New and Selected Poems Philip Salom 1998 selected work poetry ; Flank Ian McBryde 1998 selected work poetry ; Beasts Labial : poems Stephen Lawrence 1998 selected work poetry ; Friendly Street New Poets Four Junice Direen Jules Leigh Koch Jason Sweeney 1998 selected work poetry ; Old Time Religion and Other Poems Andrew Leggett 1998 selected work poetry ; Friendly Street Poets no.22 1998 anthology poetry ; Bloodwood Nicola Bowery 1996 selected work poetry ; Loose Kangaroos : A Collection of New Australian Poetry Geoff Prince Sandy Jeffs Dee Michael Crane 1998 selected work poetry ; Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose ; Race against Time : Poems Lee Cataldi 1998 selected work poetry ; New and Selected Poems Anthony Lawrence 1998 selected work poetry ; Boy Stunner Jason Sweeney 1998 selected work poetry ; A Strip of Negatives Jules Leigh Koch 1998 selected work poetry ; The Right Side of My Face Junice Direen 1998 selected work poetry
Kristeva at the Ministry of Sound Robert Potts , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry Review , Spring vol. 89 no. 1 1999; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Whirling Chris Wallace-Crabbe 1998 selected work poetry ; Late Night Radio John Tranter 1998 selected work poetry ; Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose
Mr Rubenking's Bad Language Don Anderson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 203 1998; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose
The Computer & the Poet Bev Braune , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 161-162)

— Review of Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter 1998 selected work prose ; Empty Texas Peter Minter 1999 selected work poetry
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