“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I saw that my sister had a badge on her blog from “I Write Like” where you just cut and paste some of your writing and the site will “analyze” your work and tell you who you write like. I usually don’t give these types of sites even a minute of my time but this one intrigued me. The fact that the site told me I write like Salinger made me believe that the site is pure genius. 😉
Ever since reading the book in my junior year of high school, The Catcher in the Rye has been at or near the top of my “Favorites” list. It was the first book that seemed to speak directly to me. The most influential part of Catcher, for me, was Salinger’s stream of consciousness writing style and how he really captured the thoughts of a crazy teenager. The way Holden’s thoughts bounced from topic to topic in a haphazard fashion just felt like JD was writing from somewhere inside my own head. I loved this writing style…until Faulkner (that asshat) killed it for me later.
I hate you William Faulkner.
So, yeah…I can dig being told that my writing is like Salinger.
***EDIT: I hate that WordPress and badges don’t get along. 😦 No badges for me…but the link above works.