Via Maud Newton, I’ve just discovered Literature Map, a digital ‘tourist map’ of authors based on a self-adapting artificial intelligence engine that learns from the behaviour and preferences of users of the system. Type in an author name and it will display a map of other author names, spaced relative to your original selection. The closer two names are (graphically) the higher the likelihood that you’ll enjoy reading both authors. For instance, I typed in “Jeffrey Ford” and the two nearest authors displayed on the map were Jorge Luis Borges and Jonathan Safran Foer, a pretty fine trio of writers. Try it out, it’s fun!

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