We’ll admit it: we’re pretty easy, and almost any reference to our favorite books—a casually thrown-out “42,” for instance—is enough to win our affections. But for more discerning, um, literary lovers, Flavorwire’s got a list of 25 bookish pick-up lines, including such classy gems as “You’re so hunky, you must be hiding a rapidly aging portrait somewhere in your attic” and “Hey, baby, the sun is not the only thing that also rises.”
Of course if that doesn’t work, you can always loosen everyone up by playing a few rounds of Jezebel’s Reader’s Drinking Game. “Raymond Chandler: Drink every time someone drinks.” Oh, man: we’re under the table already.
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…?
*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
*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?