Thanks Grégoire! I am not familiar with H. Taine but will look them up. I certainly wouldn’t have thought about it if I didn’t have such fondness for the Oulipo, though by Oulipian standards it’s a pretty modest exercise!
But like you say, it brings fascinating details to the fore.
Great article! Experimentation is one of my favorite topics! And I like your systematic yet simple approach.
I thought you might like Learning Zone VS Performance Zone or Try things… — they are closely related to your topic.