Google is a very adjective writer

April 27, 2006 | 1 book mentioned 2

Time to have some fun with Google. Using the wildcard “*” character I searched Google to see how different famous writers are characterized on random Web pages. I entered searches like “Jonathan Franzen is * writer” to see what would come up for the “*” and pulled the adjectives all into one sentence for each writer. The links go to the sites where the adjectives came from. Arbitrary, but oddly poetic:

Jonathan Franzen is… an accomplished, incredibly gifted, curmudgeonly Luddite, talented, serious, rare, amazing, better, American writer.

Zadie Smith is… a talented, talented, talented, terribly talented, young, Dickensian, gifted, terrible, very good writer.

Jonathan Safran Foer is… a great great, young, great, prehensile, no ordinary, Generation X, very talented, definitely a wunderkind, very talented, uniquely gifted and imaginative writer.

Ok, that was fun. How about these guys:

James Frey is… an amazing, great, Bestselling, hardly the first, still a great, only, wonderful writer.

J.T. Leroy is… a critically acclaimed, fabulous, Incredible, active, the best, truly amazing, fantastic, fiction writer.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Mark Twain is * writer
    an excellent, the quintessential American, a truly American, the greatest American, arguably America's greatest, America's greatest, unquestionably my favorite, the funniest American, a classic American, indisputably the greatest, considered a southern

    Shakespeare is * writer
    indeed the greatest, arguably the greatest, possibly the greatest, unquestionably the greatest, undoubtedly the greatest, surely the greatest…. (yawn)

    Dr. Suess is * writer
    a very good, a very creative, a famous kid's, a brilliant, the best [writer for childrens books]

    Hunter S. Thompson is * writer
    the BEST damn, an amazing, a freelance, undoubtedly an interesting, a funny and clever, my favorite, a genius, an illustrious, a talented, an amazing fucking, an awesome, a very insightful, one heck of a, dead

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