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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Who Wrote The GOP's Pledge to America? 'Weird Fiction' Novelist H.P. Lovecraft May Lurk Within the Prose

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Just for the hell of it -- we do live in an amazing technological era -- The Daily Bellwether ran the preamble of the GOP's new Pledge To America through an amazing new website called I Write Like. It claims it can analyze the writing technique used in a few paragraphs, word choices and style, and quickly compare it to the body of work of a slew of famed authors. Then it delivers the answer: You write like Ernest Hemingway. Or Charles Dickens. Or Stephen King.

So who did the GOP write like? H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937), an American author who is still considered a master of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Lovecraft's Wikipedia biography says Stephen King hailed him as "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."

The newly launched website I Write Like is a fad whose arrival in July was meteoric. The New York Times punched in Moby-Dick and found out it could have been written by King. Gawker tried a Mel Gibson phone call transcript and learned it could have been written by Margaret Atwood. Atwood plugged in her work and found out she, too, seems to write like Stephen King. The New Yorker's test discovered James Joyce may have written birthday invitation. Commented the Huffington Post:

"Obviously, I Write Like isn't an exact science. But simply the idea of an algorithm that can reveal traces of influence in writing has proven wildly popular. Though the site might seem the idle dalliance of an English professor on summer break, it was created by Dmitry Chestnykh, a 27-year-old Russian software programmer currently living in Montenegro. Though he speaks English reasonably well, it's his second language."

Lovecraft seems to turn up in political circles. The Vermont blog Blurt ran material from several of that state's politicians through I Write Like -- four wrote like Lovecraft. Come to think of it, weird fiction and political statements do seem to have a lot in common.

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