Function/method returning list of chars in string?

Hendrik van Rooyen mail at
Tue Jun 9 03:25:12 EDT 2009

One can go from lb = ['b','a','n','a','n','a']
to s = "banana" by using s = "".join(lb)

Is there a way to go the reverse route?

I have not been able to find one.

It is obviously easy to write a for char in s loop
or list comprehension, but there seems to be
no function or string method to return a list
of characters.

using lb = s.split("") would have been nice
as a complement to s = "".join(lb).

Split is already full of magic, it could do with more.

- Hendrik

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