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July 19, 2010


Well, according to the this o' so trustworthy site, my non-technical writing is similar to Mary Shelley or James Joyce, while my science apparently reads like Cory Doctorow or William Gibson (both somehow fitting). That sentence was like Cory Doctorow.

I've read a moderate amount of Doctorow and find his style to be fairly bland compared to other writers I like. I have an active dislike for Gibson's prose. When I have to write technically I often find myself getting rather bored, as such text often exists in an adjective and synonym free zone. It has improved my writing over all, no doubt, but I sometimes miss having my objects express something with intensity. Therefore it's not a huge surprise it ends up like those two authors.

This post is like Cory Doctorow (argh!).

What? My writing isn't like Jane Austen's? I'm miffed, worse, prostrate with grief. I tried a bunch of my Fluff 'n' Stuff blog posts on the writing analyzer and got David Foster Wallace, Cory Doctorow, H.P.Lovecraft, Dan Brown, Lewis Carroll (on a post about matchmaking desis?!).
(The above comment showed up as being like Cory Doctorow, whose books I have never read.)

When I fed lines from Emma, it came up with You write like Jane Austen. I can use that to generate a 'badge of honor' embed code, and must content myself with artifice rather than honor.

I tried lines from Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills, and it informed me that he wrote like Dickens.
What the dickens!

This toy has been the topic of many recent posts and headlines. I refuse to visit it, but I'm pleased, Ruchira, that you "analyzed" it. I'm baffled as to what people mean, or think is meant, by the notion of writing "like" some other writer. Lots of nouns? Adverbs? Long-ish average sentence word counts? Sentence fragments? What about figures of speech or elaborate rhetorical conceits? A similar vocabulary? Writing--make that careful writing of the sort associated with good literature--is not a well understood phenomenon. One of the reasons is this propensity to parse it, and in so doing to disassemble it, rendering it something other than writing at exactly the point to which its exegesis pertains.

However, I suspect most of us unthinkingly posting to blogs or rattling off comments do in fact write like Cory Doctorow. Just a gut feeling.

Veeerrry interrresting! I put in five paragraphs of my only published story and got back James Joyce. One of the few persons I revere was an unaccredited Lovecraft expert. Don't know Nabokov beyond Lolita. But Dan Brown? More later, I'm sure.

Oh, Dean! You got all serious about this one. I was hoping you would play along.

I have already wasted a vast amount of time on the Analyzer. But as one last acid test, I pasted a very technical paragraph from one of Sudhir's immunology papers. Came out as "David Foster Wallace." Yesss!

Dan Brown! That hurts, Analyzer. Ideally I would have hoped for a Conrad. But on the results given, I'm going to assume that Andrew (Orwell) is the best writer at this blog.

Hey Joe, I managed an Orwell too with one of my book reviews.

I have a hunch the people behind this are going to announce in a bit how they're picking authors at random. Or maybe they count the number of e's in the text and use that to define the result...

I got david Foster Wallace on three entries of my Dance related blog! This is simply ludicrous to me, when anything surrounding the life of the artist should maybe come up Hesse, I threw words like 'crap' out there enough that I would have appreciated a Vonnegut nod, and when I state that Voldemort will be covering the upcoming production of American Ballet Theater's, 'Romeo and Juliet' I still come up DFW and not JK Rowling. I think the Analyzer is as up on literature as the average twilight reader.

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. What do you think?

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