The wifey introduced me to a really interesting site recently. “I Write Like” analyzes your prose and compares it to famous authors. Just copy and paste a few paragraphs into the field provided, and about a second later your work will be compared to some of the greatest writers in history.
I told her to calm down. The site’s creator, 27-year-old software developer Dmitry Chestnykh, admits that he’s no expert in analyzing literature. Still, it’s a fun little experiment.
Of course, yours truly had to try it out too. I popped in my recent review of Janelle Monae’s album and apparently I write like David Foster Wallace. I’ll admit I barely know anything about the guy (other than he commited suicide a couple of years ago) but Jai seemed impressed.
Here are a few more results:
I popped in a verse from Nas’ “Ain’t Hard To Tell” and apparently Esco writes like James Fenimore Cooper, the dude who wrote Last of the Mohicans. Uh, OK.
I inserted Andre 3000’s closing verse from OutKast’s 1996 hit “Elevators (Me and You)” and ol’ 3 Stacks’s work most resembles that of Mark Twain. Which makes sense – Dre dresses like a sharecropper from the 1800s.
No wonder Javacia was so offended.