Wednesday, February 4, 2015

There Are Six Basic Book Plots, According to Computers

In fiction, as in a cemetery, there's a limited number of plots. We just aren't sure how many. Carlos Gozzi, a 18th-century Italian playwright, thought there were 36 dramatic situations, but ever since then, the number has been going down, cratering with Christopher Booker's popular 2004 The Seven Basic Plot Structures.
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A Cinch(ing): A Reading of a Poem I Like : Jason Guriel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

A Cinch(ing): A Reading of a Poem I Like : Jason Guriel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Delirious Hem: ADVENT DAY 25 * KATHRYN MOCKLER!

Delirious Hem: ADVENT DAY 25 * KATHRYN MOCKLER!: A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED   APRIL 30 – MAY 31, 2014  A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN WILLENHALL AFTER SHE WAS FOLLOWED HOME ...

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