Tom La Farge, fabulist

Selected Works

Manual part 2
Homomorphic Converters
The second pamphlet of 13 Writhing Machines examines the reuse of one form in order to compose a second. "New wine in old bottles.'
Manual of Constrained Writing
Administrative Assemblages
The first pamphlet in my manual of constrained writing, 13 Writhing Machines discusses forms not normally used in creative writing.
Travel memoir
Chameleomancy
relates the struggles of two Americans, and of the two chameleons they were given, to adapt to a foreign habitat. Forthcoming from Proteotypes in 2010-11.
Fabulist Fiction
The Broken House, Skin
These two novels continue the "Mole Place" novels in another key, one that blends the human and the animal.
Animal fiction
The Crimson Bears
Two young bears go on a pleasure trip to a city inhabited by many kinds of animal, but find themselves in danger: Bargeton is threatened by invasion from without, civil war within.
A Hundred Doors. Volume 2 of The Crimson Bears
The two young bears are caught up in a night of riot and confusion.
Zuntig
This novel tests the power to recreate oneself through metamorphosis against the power of fate.
Collection of tales.
Terror of Earth
Versions and subversions of medieval beast-fables and fabliaux.

Homomorphic Converters

Homomorphic Converters, the second pamphlet in 13 Writhing Machines, my manual in progress to the techniques of constrained creative writing, takes a look at homomorphism, the recycling of a form already used for one purpose for some different and fresh composition. The first topic, for instance, is "homovocalism": you take a text, your own or someone else's, and discard all the consonants from it, keeping only the vowels. Then, using those vowels in the same order, you rewrite the sentence with new consonants. Reading the original and derived texts side-by-side gives an insight into what vowels add to the sound-value of any text. More complexly, the Chimera, a classic practice, involves merging several texts, using one as a substrate for the others. Homomorphic Converters contains explanations, examples, and suggestions for writing exercise, along with some reflections on language and literature. Like its predecessor, Administrative Assemblages, it is available from www.proteotypes.org.