A Candle in the Dark

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Fast writing method

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Excerpt taken from the book, Decrypted Secrets: Methods and Maxims of Cryptology by Friedrich Ludwig Bauer, Springer Press.

He must have had a special trick, said Robert K. Merton, for he
wrote such an amazing quantity of material that his friends were
simply astonished at his prodigious output of long manuscripts,
the contents of which were remarkable and fascinating, from the
first simple lines, over fluently written pages where word after
word flowed relentlessly onward, where ideas tumbled in a riot
of colorful and creative imagery, to ends that stopped abruptly,
each script more curiously charming than its predecessors, each
line more whimsically apposite, yet unexpected, than the lines
on which it built, ever onward, striving toward a resolution in
a wonderland of playful verbosity. Fuller could write page after
page so fluently as to excite the envy of any writers less gifted
and creative than he. At last, one day, he revealed his secret,
then died a few days later. He collected a group of acolytes and
filled their glasses, then wrote some words on a sheet of paper,
in flowing script. He invited his friends to puzzle a while over
the words and departed. One companion took a pen and told the
rest to watch. Fuller returned to find the page filled with words
of no less charm than those that graced his own writings. Thus
the secret was revealed, and Fuller got drunk. He died, yet still a
space remains in the library for his collected works.

If you didn’t figure it out as an acrostic yet, click here to learn the special trick.

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Written by parseval

January 6, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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  1. Acrostics are an all time favorite! I remember there was this stud eulogy to a king, and for years everyone praised the flowery language and metaphors, and finally it turned out that it was an acrostic, with an obscenity or two hurtled at the king. I tried searching for it, but for some reason it isn’t there. Will tell you when I find it!

    Nice, Robert K. Merton reminded me of this:




    January 7, 2008 at 11:02 pm

  2. Ahhhem!


    January 9, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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