What happens when you analyze a text by deleting the words, leaving only the punctuation marks? Clive Thompson created an online tool that allows you to do just that. Here is a link to his website, which is called “just the punctuation”, and here is an extended excerpt from his essay “What I Learned about My Writing by Seeing Only the Punctuation” (italics and the final ellipsis in the original):
“Back in 2016, Adam J. Calhoun wrote a fascinating Medium post in which he showed off something quite cool: What novels look like if you strip away the words, and show just the punctuation. *** This image below? On the left, it’s Calhoun’s analysis of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, compared to Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner, on the right …”
Interesting post, thanks for sharing!
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