Compassionate Penguins

Now I’ve had a chance to read and listen to some of AF Harrold’s work, I feel it’s time to share one especially amusing piece.

An Oulipian transformation was used – this is where nouns and adjectives in an existing block of text are replaced with others from a dictionary following a particular rule, such as “exchange each noun with another one seven words on in the OED”. In this case,  the process chosen – after some optimisation to ensure a pleasing selection of replacements –  was to move every noun backwards 27 words and every adjective forwards 12 words.

The text going into the transformation was Pulp’s “Common People” and the output was in places pleasantly surreal.

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