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Dis is Mimeo

Why can't poetic texts consist of critical investigations of themselves? Why can't poetic texts be bundled with a body of commentary upon commentary on a poem, Talmud-style?

Automated PDF formatting makes wonderful things possible. It would, for example, be possible to dynamically generate LaTeX code (like source code for a PDF) from RSS feeds, Google searches, phone listings, WHOIS listings, Google image searches, OCR'd scans, or texts generated by voice recognition software. Or you could just make a 9-page PDF chapbook in your favorite font. LaTeX is as straightforward as html — you can probably learn it in a day.

In the interest of the proliferation of new poetic activity, we at forgodot.com will host an introduction to LaTeX on the afternoon of Saturday, October 18. Comment below to sign up, or send me an email at <stephen.r.mclaughlin AT gmail.com>.

Alternately, here's an excellent tutorial: Beginning LaTeX

And here's my favorite LaTeX client (OS X): TeXShop


  1. OpenID neverneutral | October 8, 2008 at 9:13 AM |  

    They can. In a way, that's what poetry is. Pound understood this.

    Glas, written before the age of blogs and wikis, is a poetic work. A poetic machine.

    I know you know this.

  2. Blogger Stephen McLaughlin | October 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM |  

    Indeed, you're right. But I'm also making a technical point -- that is, the notion of automating the organization of large amounts of information and presenting it intelligibly excites me. And so does the idea of avoiding the use of proprietary formats wherever possible.

  3. OpenID neverneutral | October 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM |  

    It excites me too. "Language is a virus", literally.

  4. Blogger Artie | October 9, 2008 at 7:27 PM |  

    I'd like to join in.

    Unsure whether I'll be available at the exact time of your demo.

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