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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Who is Cory Doctorow?

Via Bill Sticker, who writes like David Foster Wallace, Wlliam Gibson, James Joyce and Lovecraft, it seems from my longer rantings that mostly I write like Cory Doctorow. And since I have no idea who Cory Doctorow is I don't know whether to be pleased, embarrassed, offended, flattered or what.

'Earth Hour' on March 26 2009.

I write like
Arthur C. Clarke
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Hmmm, okay, not unhappy with that, even if I can't see what made it like Arthur C. Clarke. I'll dig out Rendezvous with Rama tomorrow and see if there's a whole chapter of venom and swearing that I've forgotten about.

'Aiming at the wrong targets' on March 18 2009.

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
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Again, not unhappy with that, though I'm still not sure why. I can't see anything in there about gun laws in R'lyeh or how control advocates are the tentacled spawn of Yog-Sothoth.

'Off with their heads' on May 24 2009.

I write like
Kurt Vonnegut
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'Spot the difference' on October 6 2009 produced my first Cory Doctorow...

I write like
Cory Doctorow
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... as did 'A response to David Davis' on October 23 2009.

However, 'Bilked of Rights' on January 4 2010 got me this badge.

I write like
Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens? Seriously? "It was the best of times, and what cocksocket was responsible for fucking that up for everyone?" Er, no, sorry. Just can't see it.

'Living with the threat of terrorism - compare and contrast' on January 5 2010 got me back to Cory.

I write like
Cory Doctorow
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As did 'Voting for change' on February 12th, and 'Getting the vote out' on May 4th. Oddly they were the first and last of a three part rant, and the middle part, 'House of Frauds' on March 18th, had gone all Chthonian again.

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
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More Enraged Pom than Mad Arab - that which is not absofuckinglutely furious can eternal lie, etc etc. But I'm still wondering about Cory Doctorow. I think I'll get Mrs Exile to Google him and see if she says he writes like me. Since I pasted a section from Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror and it said it was like James Joyce I probably shouldn't get my hopes up.

5 comments:

JuliaM said...

Heh! I got 'Stephen King' for a big chunk of one of my posts!

VisforLisa said...

Hey Angry, I am assuming you've found out a bit more about Cory Doctorow now. Being all for the freedom and suchlike, I'd count it as a compliment!

He does not advocate collectivist flapping, legislating and banning in order to protect children from predators, for example. He believes that children should be encouraged to assess the legitimacy of accepted authority of adults at all times, according to an objective moral framework. Something I am all for :-)

Angry Exile said...

Julia, which one?

Lisa, yes, I've had a brief look and I do take it as a compliment. I haven't read enough to decide if I agree that the comparison is valid but certainly he seems like someone whose opinions I'll respect. It might turn out to be like a couple of the others - flattering but mystifying at the same time.

JuliaM said...

It was a big chunk of the Mayor of Colchester one (since it was the only one immediately to hand where I'd written a few paras between the excerpts).

Odd to get him as a result. I didn't mention Maine at all... ;)

Angry Exile said...

Hahahahahahahaha.

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