lighter of my lifeboat, firearm of my loincloths...
January 17, 2013 6:09 PM Subscribe
posted by TwoToneRow (137 comments total)
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The N+7 procedure
modifies text by replacing each noun with the seventh one following it in a dictionary.
The N + 7 Machine
is a page that implements the procedure for N <= 15 on text that you enter or paste in.
From the "Oulipo Compendium", edited by Harry Matthews and Alastair Brotchie.
The Oulipo - in full, the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, or Workshop for Potential Literature - was founded in France in 1960 by the French author Raymond Queneau and the mathematical historian François Le Lionnais. Made up of mathematicians as well as writers, the group assigned itself the task of exploring how mathematical structures might be used in literary creation. The idea of mathematical structure was soon broadened to include all highly restrictive methods, like the palindrome and the sestina, that are strict enough to play a decisive role in determining what their users write. The most notorious example of this approach is Georges Perec's novel, A Void, written without a single appearance of the letter e.
Note that the first link goes through the Wayback Machine. It appears that the domain name lay dormant from 2007 - 2010, then became something else entirely.
The book is available on Amazon
. I ordered one, based on the comments.