page with an excellent history of the "a million monkeys at a million typewriters" meme, stretching back in one form or another to Aeneid http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/chwp/CHC2005/Butler/Butler.htm#_1 which makes me wonder if any dada artists were familiar with Émile Borel's work (specifically the infinite monkey thing), they would have been contemporaneous and in the same place!
@aparrish Quite probably, though a few decades earlier. I've got Gleick's book but have only briefly searched through it.
(I am ... rather overwhelmed with information.)
I'd run across Campbell in the 1980s, quite the formative book.
@aparrish He's also got a book on lies and liars.
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