new book and book tour!

My bot pentametron and I made a book! Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron is out now from Counterpath Press, as part of the Using Electricity series edited by Nick Montfort. It’s a collection of sonnets made up entirely of texts collected automatically from Twitter over the last five years or so. 

Along with Nick and two other authors from the series, we’ll be doing a mini-northeast book tour next week. Pick up a copy at one of the readings, or you can order it from the distributor (and probably Amazon soon).

Monday, October 15, 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
76 N 4th St, Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, October 16, 6:30pm
College Building, Old Library (Room 521) 
2 College Street, Providence, RI

Wednesday, October 17, 6pm
MIT Press Bookstore
301 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Thursday, October 18, 7pm
145 W 14th St, New York, NY

bloomsday at moonmilk

For Bloomsday I made a little web machine which reads out random lines of dialog from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Leave it running all day.

It’s random but global, so everyone listening will hear the same texts at the same time.

(It seems to work best in OSX Safari, where it can find an Irish accent. In Chrome it sometimes freezes up.)

bloomsday screenshot

And some text-twisting, looking for accidental pentameter and accidental acronyms in the text of Ulysses:

I am another now and yet the same.
About a million barrels all the same.
He cried above the clatter of the wheels:
My boots were creaking I remember now.

The carriage galloped round a corner: stopped.
She was entitled to her widow’s dower
Think you’re the only pebble on the beach?
All that Italian florid music is.

Door of the stables near Cecilia street.
She had a gorgeous, simply gorgeous, time.
It was exactly seventeen o’clock.
Four winners yesterday and three today.

(A rocket rushes up the sky and bursts.
says is the book sensation of the year.
LYNCH: (Lifting Kitty from the table) Come!
Yet I’ve a sort a Yorkshire relish for…