Thursday, July 15, 2010

I write like ...

cut & paste your writing to find out "who do you write like?" ... although I'm pretty sure it has a really simplistic tool. After all, look at the comparison of the topics and the writers below. It's not my writing style, it's the content. Because while I like Vonnegut, I do not write like him.


This is from my term paper on comparing dry and wet deposition following the Chernobyl disaster.

I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

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This is from a blog post on my surreal experiences in a Staasi prison in Berlin, Germany

I write like
Kurt Vonnegut

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From a chapter of a fantasy book I wrote for some friends:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

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Who in hell is David Foster Wallace?
With its baroque subplots, zany political satire, morbid, cerebral humor and astonishing range of cultural references, Wallace's brilliant but somewhat bloated dirigible of a second novel (after The Broom in the System) will appeal to steadfast readers of Pynchon and Gaddis. But few others will have the stamina for it. -publisher's weekly

So ... on 2nd thought about the content-only ... I had never heard of this Wallace fellow - but the text I pasted in was a pretty explicit erotic short story. The publisher's review doesn't make it sound like sex.

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and, of course, out of scientific curiosity, I tried something from a famous author, Upton Sinclair, who apparently writes like Arthur C. Clark.
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2 comments:

ccyager said...

David Foster Wallace was a highly respected literary writer who wrote doorstop-sized novels, the most famous (and most experimental, I think) was "Infinite Jest." He committed suicide in 2008 (I think, maybe 2007) at age 45 after battling depression for most of his adult life.

Gopher MPH said...

well, I suppose I should have known you would know who he was. I am contemplating finding some of his work @ the library. As I mentioned, I can understand comparing the vocabulary content to the writer's style for Vonnegut & Clark, with my examples. However, my friend Dr.Nuke used a large section of his lecture notes for a university nuclear physics course and was compared to Edgar Allan Poe. I'm curious to see why Wallace's work got compared to the erotic, since the review of a couple of his books told me nothing about the actual content, but certainly didn't lead me to think it was sex.