I Write Like David Foster Wallace

And Stephen King, apparently. Because a new website told me so.

By Laura Dannen July 15, 2010


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


We started playing with the website I Write Like in the office today, which is a dangerous thing to do when you’re surrounded by people obsessed with grammar and Oxford commas and whatnot. All you have to do is plug in a couple paragraphs of text and it’ll tell you which famous author you resemble. Both my upcoming review of Inception and article about the play The Iliad came up as David Foster Wallace, which is great…since I’ve never read a thing he’s written. Some of my short stories came up as Stephen King. Okay, fine. I liked Stand by Me and "The Body."

Co-workers got Chuck Palahinuk, James Joyce, King, and Nabokov. But then I started experimenting…

Mel Gibson‘s latest rant is just like Dan Brown. I don’t know who that’s more offensive for.

In his GQ article about indie band Pavement, Chuck Klosterman writes like David Foster Wallace. He’s probably pissed he doesn’t write like Chuck Klosterman.

Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the Tea Party Convention came up as Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), which is kind of blowing my mind right now.

I’m betting there are about 25 authors stored on that site. Which writer are you like?

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