That the internet provides endless ways to waste limited time is no secret, which is why I’m always on the search for a waste of time that is slightly less guilt-laden than, say, filling and empty my Zappo’s shopping cart.

I’m not sure how it works or what, exactly, it is, but the literature map, from Gnooks, creates a map of writers similar to any writer you enter into the box. Your author (here, Ali Smith) is mobbed by others, which slowly dance around the page and settle. The closer the name, the more similar he or she is to the original writer.

In some ways, it’s gimmicky; the best part is watching the names converge and scatter. Click on any one of them to create another map.

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