in the past there have been times when I feel like I've been blowing smoke up people's asses when I insist on the surprisingly long (pre-Internet, pre-digital computer) history of hype cycles around automatically-produced creative writing, but no longer, because now I know that someone in 1854 said that a book written by piece of furniture will DAZZLE YOU
reported in Chevreul's _De la baguette divinatoire_ (1854): a chair that writes novels. A chair that writes novels, a chair... that writes novels. "JUANITA, a Novel, by a Chair, followed by a Proverb and some Select Pieces of the same Author... The literary productions of the Chair are merely the preface of a mystic book, which it will unroll, page by page, before the dazzled eyes of the believers..."
@apLundell I guarantee that there are many many people who believe both of those things
_W.S. Rowley's Occult Telegraphy_ sounds like a pretty great steampunk novel tbh
@darius all I can think of when I read this article is BF Skinner saying https://twitter.com/dril/status/134787490526658561 I think the clickbait title is what makes it especially weird for me—afaik Stein wasn't "secretive" about her work with automatism and her published work using those kinds of techniques predates Tender Buttons—so the title comes of as an attempt to undermine, not elucidate. it's a really shallow and narrow engagement with both Stein's work and with creative uses of language in general
@a I think it's only persuasive to me for the moment, I am trying to figure out how to formulate it for non-me consumption
just finally finished B.F. Skinner's "Has Gertrude Stein A Secret?" which reads like the transcript of some guy's YouTube video complaining about how he doesn't like the new album from a musician that he USED to like (and had a crush on) but NOT ANYMORE http://www.bfskinner.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Has-Gurtrude-Stein-a-secret.pdf highly recommended, it's awful
just discovered on my computer some notes I took on _Spring and All_ in 2008 in which I make a persuasive argument that computer-generated prose is impossible (a contradiction in terms) and in fact all computer-generated text is (without exception by its very nature) poetry. thank you 2008 me! hoping now to extend this argument to say that all poetry is, by its very nature, computer-generated (in some sense at least)
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