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We Are the Walrus

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As you may have heard by now, the I Write Like widget is serious business: copy and paste some text into the box, and it’ll tell you which (for the most part white, male) author you write like. With 100% accuracy, of course! We started with some of our staff members (Anna = Vladimir Nabokov; Geo = Charles Dickens; Grant = James Joyce; Jon Stich = Kurt Vonnegut; Margaret = Ian Fleming; and Alison, Cheryl, John Evans, Kim and Thomas all = H.P. Lovecraft—wow we’re a morbid bunch). But then we got creative:

Did you know…?

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*Pablo Neruda = Raymond Chandler!
*Michael Moore = Dan Brown
*President Obama’s inaugural speech = H.P. Lovecraft (that guy! so versatile)
*Darth Vader = Anne Rice
*Lyrics to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey = Ursula K. Le Guin
*Unabomber Manifesto = Stephen King
*Lyrics to “A Whole New World” in Aladdin = Mark Twain
And:
*Jack Kerouac = David Foster Wallace = James Joyce = Grant. Duh.

Gosh, we’re thinking about the relationships between these writers in whole new ways! (Huh. That sounds like a line from Mark Twain…) We feel like we’ve learned something. Don’t you?

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If You Can Touch It, Someone Will Steal It

Margo Rabb has written an excellent essay in The New York Times on theft and its effect on independent bookstores. Jack Kerouac, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, and Jeffrey Eugenides are some of the more frequently pilfered authors, but the most stolen book? The Bible. Even at the Parable Christian Store in Springfield, Ore., where patrons will be given a gratis copy of the Good Book if only they ask, the Bible gets snatched.

Many authors take the theft of their book as a compliment, though Eugenides and Auster note the precarious position it puts independents in.

For further reading, check out Allison Hoover Bartlett’s The Man Who Loved Books Too Much.

— Read the full article.

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