Visualizing Punctuation

At, Adam J. Calhoun has come up with a fascinating way to look at famous literary works: take away all the words and only look at the punctuation. Don’t believe punctuation matters that much? Compare Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (on the left, below) to William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom (on the right):


I shared his findings with all the English teachers at my school, and they were really interested in the information one can glean from this analysis.

Check out Calhoun’s post to see some beautiful “heatmaps” of famous novels. They look like Rothko paintings.


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