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Tried “I Write Like . . . “

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. . . which is a site which purports to say which famous writer your style is the closest to — and I got David Foster Wallace.  This guy was a major icon, and he was most concerned with irony — his last book completed before his death was called Infinite Jest.  And he also believed fiction was meant to make us “feel less alone inside” — I saw an interview he did with Charlie Rose where he said that.

The other thing David Foster Wallace has in common with me is that he wrote fiction and nonfiction and he didn’t let genre boundaries bother him whatsoever.   He had a passionate interest in politics (so do I) and he suffered from bouts of depression his entire life from what I’ve been able to tell.  (I’ve read about David Foster Wallace before; when he committed suicide in ’08 it was a shocking, stunning blow to the literary world who’d embraced Mr. Wallace even as he made fun of them.  One thing I can say for the literary folks — they knew quality when they saw it, even if it did come in a way that probably made them manifestly uncomfortable.)

Btw, to see who I compared to, I posted the most recent section of AN ELFY ABROAD, then posted an early section of ELFY, then posted yet another section of KEISHA’S VOW.   I got David Foster Wallace, David Foster Wallace, J.K. Rowling (for some of KEISHA’S VOW; the earlier and later parts of KV to date also came up as David Foster Wallace), James Joyce (for my novella in progress, “The Gift,” which is not Elfyverse), and finally one of my other stories in progress came up with Dan Brown.  My husband’s stories (with my additions) came up with Margaret Atwood — if this site is at all accurate, that makes me feel better about what I’m doing because they, at least, see a cognate to what I’m doing (and to what Michael did, for that matter) even if I haven’t managed to yet sell an agent or publisher on it as of yet.

Read about David Foster Wallace (via Wikipedia; best I could come up with on short notice) at this link:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace

Here’s the link to the  badge which proves what came up most:

http://iwl.me/s/d7939cdb

And just in case any of you want to try “I Write Like,” please go to: http://iwl.me/

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 16, 2010 at 2:34 am

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