Small Demons Connects Reality With Fiction
If you love books (and that's why you're here, right?), don't visit the Small Demons website unless you've got some time to kill...maybe hours. I got sucked into the L.A.-based startup's rabbit hole last night and barely made it out alive. Founded by Yahoo! and MySpace execs, Small Demons indexes every person, song, book, food, drink, place, film, gadget, restaurant, brand, and object mentioned in books then cross-references them with other books.
Want to boost your Olympic spirit by reading books that mention the Olympic Games? Listen to the musicians mentioned in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity while you read it? Catch every pop-culture reference in Bret Easton Ellis's Lunar Park? Or get a list of books set in the city where you're vacationing? Head over to Small Demons because you can do every one of those things there, but don't say I didn't warn you.
The site has been running since late last year on an invite-only basis but only recently opened up to the public. It uses a combinations of algorithms and humans to make the connections between reality and fiction in what they call the "Storyverse." Not every book is indexed at this point and the site can be a little sluggish, but these things take time. What they do have is impressive.
What do you think of the idea?
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