Sir Kywalker, violer d’amores
November 24, 2018 11:16 AM   Subscribe

"Finnegans Ewok". What I found interesting here was how little I had to change Joyce's original text. Tweak a couple of names and basically leave it otherwise as was.

If you want to quantify just how little "little" is, somebody has computed the Levenshtein edit distance.
posted by Wolfdog (10 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
That’s a lot better than I expected. Well done!

A “commodious lucas of recirculation” is what gave us the prequels.
posted by chavenet at 11:26 AM on November 24, 2018 [6 favorites]


I'll wait until he does Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ronin.
posted by 1adam12 at 11:51 AM on November 24, 2018 [1 favorite]


Just read the first two paras, that is pretty spectacular!
posted by supermedusa at 11:52 AM on November 24, 2018


I'll wait until he does Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ronin.

Portrait of the Smuggler as a Young Han
posted by chavenet at 12:16 PM on November 24, 2018 [23 favorites]


Portrait of the Smuggler as a Young Han

Thread over.
posted by tzikeh at 12:21 PM on November 24, 2018 [9 favorites]


My least favorite high-art golden cow mixed with my least favorite low-art golden cow. My cup runneth over.
posted by es_de_bah at 12:31 PM on November 24, 2018 [5 favorites]


I am reminded somehow of the Two Gentlemen of Lebowski:

In sooth, then, faithful friend, this was a rug of value? Thou wouldst call it not a rug among ordinary rugs, but a rug of purpose? A star in a firmament, in step with the fashion alike to the Whitsun morris-dance? A worthy rug, a rug of consequence, sir?
posted by lubujackson at 11:03 PM on November 24, 2018 [2 favorites]


I may not be smart enough to read Finnegan's Wake but at least I know that Levenshtein distance is the most boneheaded way of comparing these two texts. Delete your blog, sir.
posted by tirutiru at 4:36 AM on November 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at it with both hands,
panting.
He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again.
As before.

Enter Vladimir.

ESTRAGON:
(giving up again). Nothing to be done, precious.

That's as far as I've got with 'Waiting for Gollum'. I'll finish it tomorrow... maybe.
posted by Elmore at 3:39 PM on November 25, 2018 [2 favorites]


Christ this is infinitely more readable than the real thing. I weep for literary future.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 11:16 PM on November 25, 2018


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