This Blog Is Crap: A Mesostic
You may know that an acrostic is an arrangement whereby the first letters of lines of text can be read vertically as a message: L is for the way you look at me / O is for the only one I see / V is very, very extraordinary — and so on.
But what about a mesostic? That’s a similar arrangement, but the vertical message is embedded in the middle of the text instead of down the left side. John Cage, the American avant-garde composer, is credited with inventing the mesostic.
At this site you can feed in the message you’d like mesosticized (?) and input a URL, and the program will build your mesostics using (rather haphazardly, of course) text from that site. Here’s what it did with this blog, for the phrase “This blog is crap.” I asked it to produce the message five times:
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I just thought that was great.