I Write Like… David Foster Wallace?
It may be one of the most unexpected things to go viral since Susan Boyle's debut audition. I Write Like, a new website without any fancy production values or adorable kitties with shaky grasps of spelling, has logged hundreds of thousands of hits since it went up earlier this month.
The premise is simple: You type in a few paragraphs of your own writing, click on “analyze” and voilà – the site gives you a nifty badge telling you which famous author you most write like. (Void where prohibited. Results may vary. Offer will have no effect on grades in sophomore English classes in the contiguous United States.)
Hmm. Well, that's flattering, although I never thought of myself as a particularly experimental or groundbreaking writer (and the post was, in fact, about my late beagle).
My grocery list came back as Margaret Atwood, so clearly I'm just so brimming over with inherent talent that it spills over into even the most mundane writing tasks.