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I write like David Foster Wallace (mostly)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: I write like David Foster Wallace (mostly) Reply with quote

Not sure how accurate this thing is, but it's fun. It analyzes a chunk of prose and tells you what famous author (out of a list of 40 or so) that it most resembles:

http://iwl.me/


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, but I, too, write like David Foster Wallace. Henceforth, I will be answering the phone as: "Hello, the next David Foster Wallace speaking."
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's mostly a jerkoff because I submitted 5 different reiews and 4 different authors came up: Dan Brown, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and Vladimir Nabokov. At first I was astounded at that last one coming up based on my review of "Playboy Exposed: Naughty in Nature" until I remembered that he wrote "Lolita".
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Sommersby wrote:
It's mostly a jerkoff because I submitted 5 different reiews and 4 different authors came up: Dan Brown, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and Vladimir Nabokov. At first I was astounded at that last one coming up based on my review of "Playboy Exposed: Naughty in Nature" until I remembered that he wrote "Lolita".


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same fun doing it for individual paragraphs: So far I got: Lovecraft, Wallace, Wodehouse, Wilde, Dan Brown, Arthur C. Clarke. I write like everybody and nobody.

I tried pitting real authors against themselves. If a few paragraphs of Oscar Wilde returned Oscar Wilde, a paragraph of "Bleak House" returned P.G. Wodehouse. Oh, Charlie, you time-traveling hack.
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