10,000 Dreams

To: 
present
From: 
2001

For some reason I recalled an Edwardian text, -- still sold on the street of new York by the way as a cutting-edge psychological work, and in Urban Outfitters, among the usual bookstores. A quick search on the web proved that 10,000 Dreams was available as an etext from Gutenberg.org.

I was off and running.

My goal was to illustrate the florid superficiality of the text in servlet form; to model its language in random graphics for which I've has something of a passion over the past few years, and generally to find interstitial places between literary history, low culture, technology, and spurious psychology.

This text was written in 1901 by a fellow named Gustavus Hindman Miller about whom I have no information whatever. It really is a piece of junk, but is full of period charm. Its title varies widely:

  • Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted,
    OR, WHAT'S IN A DREAM. A SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL EXPOSITION
  • What's in a Dream: a Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams.
    G. W. Dillingham company, NY (1901) NUC# NM0587131.
  • Dreams, Their Scientific and Practical Interpretations.
    T.W. Laurie, London (1910) NUC# NM0587126

  • Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or, What's in a Dream: a Scientific and Practical Exposition. M. A. Donohue & company, NY, [n.d.] NUC# NM0587130.
    (This is the closest match to this etext)
  • It has been called everything from 'Irresponsible Nonsense' to 'Pure Archaic Drivel.' It is intended as an amusement of the most harmless sort and has been edited a as little as possible.

Problem Definition: 

Build a feature for gimmick.com.

Approach: 
The etext was munge into bt sized bits with stopwords and keywords remove. Automated linjking in PERL