This week (thankfully) is a slow one at work, and I'm not going to lie - I've been filling quite a few of my down minutes with an addictive new site. I Write Like is the sophisticated version of those ghastly "Which cartoon character/pinup/Disney Princess are you?" quizzes that plagued Facebook a while back. You feed the site a chunk of your writing - it can be part of an essay, an email, a blog entry, anything a couple of paragraphs long - and it analyzes it and spits out the name of the writer your text most resembles.
For kicks, I started entering, well, pretty much anything. The copy on the back of our Weetabix box was deemed Raymond Chandler-esque. Our Watkins hand soap is apparently reminiscent of Nabokov. And this blog entry resulted in a verdict of David Foster Wallace. (Somewhere out there, a couple of weary copywriters are not being paid enough.)
You should give it a whirl - it's a hoot. You can read a Q&A with the site's creator, Dmitry Chestnykh, here. (His writing was also called David Foster Wallace-like, just in case you were curious.)
(The image at the top of this post was what resulted after I entered the first half of David Granger's Letter from the Editor in this month's issue of Esquire. I doubt it was the effect he was going for.)