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Jul. 16 2010 - 11:17 am | 60 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

I write like…

I plugged in the recent memoir I wrote and according to the site “I write like” David Foster Wallace. While my have-not-yet-tried-to-publish novel isn’t filled with as many drug addled stories and depressing relationships, the comparison kind of made my morning.

Whether the site really works or not is up for debate. From the New York Times’ Jennifer Schuessler:

I Write Like … Yeah, Right

The literary blogosphere has been buzzing for a few days now about I Write Like, a new “analyzer” that lets you plug in some of your prose to see which famous writer you most sound like.

I entered my last blog post and was told I write like Edgar Allan Poe. (Judging from the Twitter traffic, so do a lot of other people.)

Pretty neat. But then a colleague plugged in a paragraph from Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” and was told it sounded like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I did my own test and plugged in a page from Infinite Jest and truth be told, the site said I write like David Foster Wallace yet again. I’ll take it.


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