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  • Author: John Tranter
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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  • Carousel was freely adapted from a loose draft resulting from computer-aided analyses of letter-group frequencies in two samples of text, one from Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and the other from Yasunari Kawabata's The Master of Go. The index and frequency tables from these analyses were then blended, and the draft text regenerated from the resulting combination.

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    y Different Hands : Seven Stories John Tranter , South Fremantle : Folio Fremantle Press , 1998 Z303139 1998 selected work prose (taught in 1 units)

    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, (sighted 14/10/2002)

    South Fremantle : Folio Fremantle Press , 1998
    pg. 26-38
  • Appears in:
    y Jacket no. 4 July 1998 Z893990 1998 periodical issue 1998
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