…In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and listening to The Stand by Stephen King. Everytime I hear someone sniff, sneeze or cough I freak out.
Taking nearly all the magic out of writing, researchers in New York have developed an algorithm to determine if you have written a best seller. Or not, as is more often the case.
This procedure for ‘calculating’ a bestseller looks at the correlation between writing style and commercial success. Not surprisingly the research began at Project Gutenberg with the success of the novel determined by the number of downloads. Less successful novels relied on Amazon’s sales ranking, and The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown was included because of the sheer weight of negative critical evaluation in spite of its enormous commercial success. Continue reading “The Log of Consciousness”