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Jul 15, 2010 @ 9:00:00 am

Ryu Murakami

The website I Write Like will analyze your prose and tell you if it resembles H. P. Lovecraft, Vladimir Nabokov, Dan Brown, or one of the other forty famous writers in its database. Margaret Atwood gave it a try and found she didn't write like herself; rather, the database pegged her as Stephen King. We can only imagine Nabokov's incredulity at being told by a computer that someone else writes like him, or worse, that he wrote like anyone else (especially Stephen King).

Ryu Murakami's new novel, A Singing Whale, is the first by a well-known author to go straight to the iPad.

On the Critical Flame blog, Daniel E. Pritchard writes that Internet book reviews can shrug off the old formula used in print publicationsConsidering a new anthology of Open Letters Monthly's online reviews (now in book form), Pritchard writes that the best ones "[eschew] the well-trodden path—the hook, the book, the author and themes, the pithy conclusion—the superior essays [in the collection] lead readers wherever interest and curiosity dictate."

Today is the day for One Day by David Nicholls, the surprise bestseller that takes place on twenty consecutive July 15ths, perhaps a day best spent reading Nicholls’s tome in one of New York's last silent places.