Just the Punctuation

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 …”

Hat tip: @bengarciapoet (via Brian L. Frye)

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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4 Responses to Just the Punctuation

  1. Interesting post, thanks for sharing!

  2. Pingback: “only the questions” | prior probability

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