I Write Like HP Lovecraft, DF Wallace or J Joyce?

To show that, when you peruse this blog, you are reading the finest quality reading material, per instructions from Dustbury, I went to the website I Write Like, where one can supposedly “check which famous writer you write like with this statistical analysis tool, which analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.”

I took the first ten blog posts of this month as a typical sampling.

The War On Christmas post and the reviews of the Walter Cronkite autobiography and the Vince Guaraldi biography, I write like Lovecraft:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

A couple newsier pieces my life on a treadmill and the FantaCon update are Joycean.

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

My more informational pieces, politics and commerce, and the Baseball Hall of Fame and the UHF TV are very David Foster Wallace, who, I must admit, I’ve never read.

I write like
David Foster Wallace

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

No time to blog is in the style of Cory Doctorow, who I read regularly these days. (Note to Dan: so is your December 2 post.)

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Finally, my World AIDS Day piece is like William Gibson, whose writing style I am not familiar with.

I write like
William Gibson

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Whose writing style do YOU emulate?
The Dave Brubeck webpage. I wanted to say something clever about Brubeck, who died earlier this month, like this piece by EJ Dionne. He was a real ambassador of jazz. I DO remember hearing, and liking, Take Five on the radio when it first came out. My favorite of his songs, though, is Blue Rondo a la Turk. Also, SamuraiFrog links to a Disney song.
Like most Americans, I became aware of sitar master Ravi Shankar, who died this week, via his relationship with Beatle George Harrison. Still cracks me up when, at the Concert for Bangladesh, the 1971 event that Ravi encouraged George to initiate, Shankar says to the clueless Western audience, “If you enjoy the tuning so much, I hope you enjoy the playing even more.” The official recording label of The Ravi Shankar Foundation is East Meets West Music. “With unique access to an archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews, and studio masters, EMWMusic releases rare recordings and provides audiences with the definitive portrait of Ravi Shankar’s long career. And, in keeping with Ravi’s dedication to looking forward and not back, EMWMusic provides a vibrant platform for new artists, projects, and collaborations.”

0 thoughts on “I Write Like HP Lovecraft, DF Wallace or J Joyce?”

  1. Oh, that tool is fun.

    For my post on Blake’s “On a Divine Image,” I got Edgar Allen Poe.

    For my first on “Beyond Freedom and Dignity”, I got HP Lovecraft. For my second on the same book, I got Arthur C Clark:

    For my review of the introduction for Cicero’s “In Defense of the Republic,” I got “William Shakespeare”:

    It’s like a mood ring for writing (and about as accurate.) 🙂


  2. I get a lot of Wallace, Lovecraft, and Doctorow (who I’ve never read before) when I put in samples of my stuff too. If you’re unfamiliar with David Foster Wallace, read this — http://grigr.com/2010/02/david-foster-wallace-commencement-speech/ — as for his writing, some of his nonfiction stuff is unreal. I’d recommend the essay collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again first; some amazing stuff in there. Otherwise, short of buying that this is something I’d recommend if you read only one thing from him (even if you don’t care about tennis) — http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


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