Monday, 5 September 2005

Text stats

The Washington Post looks at's new "Text Stats" feature.
Thanks to a sensational subsection called Fun Stats, you will know just how many words you are getting per dollar and per ounce with each book. For instance, "War & Peace" by Leo Tolstoy gives you 51,707 words per dollar, while "Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme" by Calvin Trillin delivers only 1,106 words per dollar.

Confronted with the evidence, Trillin says, "I don't mind being compared to Tolstoy literarily, but when it comes to Fun Stats it's a little humiliating."

Getting trashed by Tolstoy on Fun must be a bummer! Of course, "War and Peace" is probably a words per dollar juggernaut.

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