How Data Journalist & Author of ‘Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve’ Ben Blatt Writes: Part One

The former Slate staffer, ultimate data/word nerd, and acclaimed author of Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, Ben Blatt, dropped in this week to talk about crunching the numbers of classic and modern literature, debunking famous writerly wisdom, and how prolific writers establish their literary fingerprints. Rainmaker.FM is Brought to You By Discover why more than 80,000 companies in 135 countries choose WP Engine for managed WordPress hosting. Start getting more from your site today! Ben is a journalist, statistician, and author who takes a “fun” approach to data journalism on pop culture topics as varied as Seinfeld, The Beatles, and baseball (his last book I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back, was about a mathematically optimal baseball road trip). The author studied applied mathematics at Harvard and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Deadspin, and others. His most recent book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing, “… brings big data to the literary canon, exploring the wealth of fun findings that remain hidden in the works of the world s greatest writers.” NPR called the book, A hell of a lot of fun …”, The Wall Street Journal, “Enlightening,” and The Boston Globe called it, “Brilliant.” If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In Part One of this file Ben Blatt and I discuss: How a math nerd became a pop culture data hound The challenges of turning thousands of books into big data to examine famous writing advice On Elmore Leonard’s reversal in exclamation point usage Why Nabokov used so many colors in his writing How a data journalist concocted experiments to debunk conventional wisdom about bestselling authors Listen to The Writer Files: Writing, Productivity, Creativity, and Neuroscience below ... Download MP3 Subscribe by RSS Subscribe in iTunes The Show Notes If you’re ready to see for yourself why more than 201,344 website owners trust StudioPress — the industry standard for premium WordPress themes and plugins — swing by StudioPress.com for all the details. Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing – Ben Blatt How the Author of The Bestseller Code Jodie Archer Writes: Part One Ben Blatt’s website bblatt.com The One Way Bestsellers Have Changed That You Probably Haven t Noticed – Ben Blatt ‘Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve’ Crunches The (Literary) Numbers – NPR One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writing – Smithsonian The Heretical Things Statistics Tell Us About Fiction – New Yorker Ben Blatt on Twitter Kelton Reid on Twitter

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