Friday, October 21, 2005

Some literature review, for those who hate math

The paragraph below is most unusual. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was wrong with it - and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual though. Why?

"Gatsby was walking back from a visit down in Branton Hill's manufacturing district on a Saturday night. A busy day's traffic had had its noisy run; and with not many folks in sight, His Honor got along without having to stop to grasp a hand, or talk; for a mayor out of City Hall is a shining mark for any politician. And so, coming to Broadway, a booming bass drum and sounds of singing, told of a small Salvation Army unit carrying on amidst Broadway's night shopping crowds. Gatsby, walking towards that group, saw a young girl, back toward him, just finishing a long, soulful oration ... "

The above passage is taken from the book "Gatsby" written by Ernest Vincent Wright in the late 1930's


  1. The entire novel was written without use of the letter 'e'. Thanks once again go to my childhood favorite, The Big Book of Amazing Facts.

    By the way, the title was Gadsby, not Gatsby. Common error. ;)

    Thanks. That was fun.

  2. I don't hate mathematics.
    I just prefer poetics.
    I would rather be Aristotle than be Pythagoras.

  3. Me, I prefer math. But that's what these blogs I'm running are all about. I'm trying to improve my writing skills as well as just have fun.

  4. That's some amazin' scribing if he kept out all the e's. Wasn't the movie called "The Great Gatsby" though?

  5. No, no, no-- you're thinking of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, which was a completely different thing, contained plenty of E's (I count two in the title, incidentally...), and was written many years after Gadsby.


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