Lists: Green Eggs and Ham

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The entire 50 word lexicon of Green Eggs and Ham:

a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you

Rob Giampietro (in The Mavenist’s Permutations and Loops):

“In the right hands, the most ordinary things can take on extraordinary meanings. “The Cat in the Hat” came about when Dr Seuss was asked by William Ellsworth Spaulding, Houghton Mifflin’s education director, to compose a text for six-year-olds using a lexicon of only the 348 words they should developmentally know. “The Cat in the Hat” uses 223 words that are on the list and 13 that are not. It had sold more than 10.5 million copies by 2007. Random House publisher Bennett Cerf then bet Seuss $50 he couldn’t do a book in just 50 words. The result was “Green Eggs and Ham,” one of the weirdest, most delightful books around.”

Lists: Among the Common 8 Letter Words

May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Among

the common 8 letter words.

among the common 8 letter words

Lists: Convolutes

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Kenneth Goldsmith

is rewriting Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project as something set in New York in the 20th century, using Benjamin’s original chapter heading’s (called convolutes), collecting and organizing his material in sheaves identical to Benjamin’s

“Convolutes

As of today, these are the convolutes I’m working with. I’m only half way through — the book will be done when it hits the exact length of Benjamin’s — so they will continue to evolve radically according to the primary materials I have to work with.

Abstraction
Advertising, Signage
Alcohol, Bar, Drugs, Prohibition
Amnesia, Rootlessness
Ancient, Primitive, SciFi
Apocalypse
Architecture
Art
Body, Hygiene, Pleasure, AIDS
Bohemia
Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge
Building as City
Captial of the 20th Century
Celebrity
Chronicle, Mundane
City as Sentence
Class, Social Unrest, Politics
Classicism
Coney Island
Cosmic, Celestial
Crowds, Congestion, Traffic, Density, Speed
Danger, Seedy, Crime
Death, Decay, Obsolesence, Downfall
Depeletion
Depopulated
Description
Détournement
Documentary
Dream, Sleep, Night Unreal City
Empire
Empire State Building, Chrysler, WTC
Eternal Return
Fame, Ambition, Excitement, Restlessness
Fashion
Flaneur, Idleness, Boredom, Perambulation
Food
Garbage, Dirt, Trash, Waste
Gentrification
Global, World City
Graffiti
Grid, Map. Cartography
Harlem
Image
Interior
Invisible, Unreal, Ghost
Labor, Work
Language, Speech
Light, Lighting, Color, Air
Literature
Logic, Reason
Loneliness, Singularity
Luxury
Manners, Customs, Mundane, Routine
Mapplethorpe
Media
Memory, Nostalgia
Money, Stk Exch, Economics, Wealth, Market
Movement, Mobility
Museum, Spa
Myth
Names, Ethnicity
Nature
Neighborhood, Strucuture
Old New York
Palimpsest
Paris, Europe, Old World
Photography, Reproduction
Politics, Leftism
Poverty, Squalor, Abuse
Power, Narcissism
Prison, Punishment
Progress (Theory of)
Psychogeography
Psychology
Purity
Real Estate
Reinvention, Invention
Religion
Robert Moses
Scale, Magnitude, Proportion
Sex, Romance
Shopping, Mall, Consumerism
Signage, Semiotic, Symbolic
Simulacra
Skyline (Panorama)
Smell
Social
Soho
Sound, Noise
Spectacle
Speed, Nervousness, Iron, Fire
Statue of Liberty
Steam, Plumbing
Streets, Street Names, Names
Suburbs
Surreal
Technology
TimesSq, Bway, Gamb, Prost, Night, Prohibition
Underground
Unrealized NY
Unrest, Radical
Violence
Voyeur, Window, Mirror
Water, Plumbing
Weather, Air Conditioning, Atmosphere
World’s Fair 1939
World’s Fair 1964
Writing

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Last Year, This Year

April 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

James Salter’s lists of possible titles for Light Years.

From the Paris Review Blog (more pix there).

Words Commonly Used to Describe Sounds

April 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Via

Audra Wolowiec’s beautiful blog Lineforms.

bang, bark, beep, bellow, blare, blast, bleat, bong, boom, bray, buzz, cackle, cheep, chime, clack, clank, clap, clatter, clink, cluck, clunk, crack, crackle, crash, creak, dingdong, drop, drumming, fizz, glug, gnashing, gobble, grating, growl, grumble, gurgle, hiss, hoot, howl, hum, jingle, jangle, kachink, knock, mew, moan, mod, murmur, neigh, patter, peal, peep, pop, power, pounding, pulsing, purr, put-put, rap, rat-a-tat, rattle, ring, rippling, roar, rumble, rushing, rustle, scream, scrunch, shriek, sizzle, slam, snap, snarl, snort, splash, sputter, squawk, squeal, squish, stamp, swish, swoosh, tap, tattoo, tearing, throb, thud, thump, thunder, tick, tick-tock, tinkle, toot, trill, twang, twitter, wail, wheeze, whine, whir, whisper, yap, yelp, zap

From the Handbook of Noise Measurement by Arnold P. G. Peterson, General Radio Company 1972:

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