My relatives break down writing by numbers, too: “you can’t make a dime on this stuff, can you?”

Russians have a rich tradition of analyzing creativity as if it were a science, breaking down poems word-by-word into statistics and charts. Dubbed “the Russian method” by American scholars, this approach has yielded some very interesting results….

It’s a heartwarming reminder of cultural continuity when topics such as whether Dante’s verse is syllabic or syllabotonic — whatever that means — rile up participants within minutes to the point of calling each other names. To argue is human, and the satisfaction of this primal need is one of the main driving forces at any conference.” (Via Languor Management.)