ITT the last book you read.
Post the last book(s) you have read. It would be nice if you add a synopsis or review as well, but it's not a requirement. Just seeing a snapshot of what other image-board anons are reading is itself awesome.
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/philosophy/ made it over originally with /lit/. Welcome /fanfic/. Glad you guys held the torch during the down time. Welcome back /cyber/ and /pdfs/. This leaves only /scifi/ aka "Asimovian Polemics". I am still open to suggestions.
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Let your minds and fingers roam free!
Just switched my major to english, what am I in for?
Realized that I'm not interested in business and I'll just fail my classes if I continue that route, so I'm going english, which I enjoy. I read a lot of smaller things like articles, poetry, and press releases. However I enjoy reporting and romance novels and other things. I'm not into retarded philosophy because its for incels and numales. I know english degrees suck for job prospects but I plan on moving to asia and being a teacher anyways and living extremely frugally in public housing. Thoughts?
Is Literature close to an end?
We live comfy thanks to technology, which grows more and more, covers wider and wider patches of our life with each year that passes by; and obviously, people's way of seeing life changes with this cybernetic development.
Considering that in no time we will be entering into the robotic era already, what's your opinion about Literature's future? Do you see a bright future ahead for it? Are books going to die? Will Literature cease to exist at some point?
Words that annoy you
Irruption. Like I get it, by definition it's a gradient of eruption, but every time I read it I can't help but think "eruption" and why didn't they use "eruption" here and then I think about volcanoes and lose track of what I was reading in the first place.
8/lit/ lives again
What you've been reading while 8chan was down?
I managed to finish some books from warhammer's time of legend series, all of the Nagash and vampire related ones. Had a lot of fun with that. Stuck on elves though, because they are kind of vomit inducing at times, but I'll eventually manage whole thing.
Not Yet Titled Scifi
I've been writing a scifi story on my offtime, and I'd take any form of feedback.
Current Word Count: 32,018
Status: Draft (about 3 parts done out of 5)
I marked [R] for chapters I plan on majorly revising, and [W] for part/chapters that aren't done yet.
In case 8kun hiccups and can't serve files, I can give another link.
What do you think about this opening paragraph?
The night sky loomed oppressively over the city, blanketing it in darkness. Each star an eye watching all beneath it. There was no moon tonight, it was too scared to show its face to the cold and merciless night. Few lights not destroyed shoned damply letting small parts of the city be colored a mute yellow. Electricity was too costly for it to be shined any brighter. The air was not but dust and iron filling the lungs of the weak and sickly. The man wore a grey nylon poncho with a heavy air filter. His face covered by his hood. He took soft even steps walking through the city. His presence was left for brief fleeting moments throughout each street he crossed. He moved from building to building and street to street. Each street flowing to the next endlessly and each dark grey building no different from the last. After 16 blocks of walking he felt close to his prey. Only given a brief description and a name this was enough for the man to find his target. He was getting warmer and warmer with each step, creeping closer to the inevitable. Gunshots sing in the distance, the first movement of the night’s orchestra. Stopping briefly at a crossroads the man sees a pack of children half-naked carrying shanks, chains, and pipes. The man was staring at what would likely be the last generation of humans on this planet. They stared back meeting his cold sharp gaze with an equally cold sharp gaze. Orphan's all of them grew up on the streets. They knew not how to read or write, they couldn’t do math in their head or on paper, and they couldn’t tell you the history or future of the world. The language of violence is all the streets taught them and the language of violence is a zero sum game. You either take what you want and kill your enemies or you get taken from and die. The boys started to take steps closer to the man. He flashed his piece on his waist a hunk of cold iron and hot lead. The six shooter, a rare luxury that few possessed, caught the boys eyes and they scurried off into the alleys to look for weaker bodies. The man continued on slowly and methodically to his mark.
Yesterday I cut a peach in half and it looked kinda like a vagina.
I licked it out from the inside until it was nothing but skin,
at the end she moaned and said
"This wasn't worth it"
I came in her corpse, and as peach juice burned the head of my errection, I had the same thought.
My eyes closed. and so did my heart.
They were both useless in this new world.
This is chapter 1 in my work in progress novel about fucking fruit, staring into walls like they were horizons, and being constantly lost and errect because your hormones are all fucked up. What do you think ?
Richmal Crompton's William
Many of the stories in this series can make me laugh out loud. There are 39 books, and so far I've found 20 of them online. However, many of these are modern editions which have terrible covers, and I think they may have messed about with the text.
So I'd like to find more, or possibly work with others to make a complete set of the originals.
Here is a link to the first book which is Project Gutenberg:
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. IMO one of the best books ever written and certainly the best living American author. If you can, listen to the audiobook narrated by Richard Poe. It is a life changing experience, especially when you are attempting to be an author yourself. You will never write the same again after listening to it. If you don't understand what VOICE is in writing, listening to Richard Poe recite the book will teach you.
Mediterranean nonfiction literature.
Mediterranean nonfiction literature.
Post about it, recommend things.
Can be from any era BEFORE the fall of Rome in September 4, 476 AD
Can be about anything but preferably no christcuckery or pagan retardation, lets keep it simple - wars about pure greed are always good.
free shit / piracy
>where do you find free shit to read? post why you find each resource useful. in response section
archive.org documents music and some censored content
telegram censored content and music
library genesis literature and documents
nyaa.si anime stuff I guess
I'm writing a short novel. Let me show ya a little passage so you guys can get interested.
John's face was always gloomy. When someone asked him a question, he would answer monosyllabically or pretend to be deaf. He'd never look into one's eyes, and his sweaty, limp hand felt like a sponge when he had to extend it to greet a new co-worker. His life was divided between his home and the office. He spent the weekends sitting on the old couch in front of the television, reading the late newspapers and drinking beer.
No one liked John except Martha, who thought he was a true gentleman. Finally, one day, he ended up inviting her to dinner. Marta blushed when she received the invitation, her heart pounding as she couldn't help but let out a shy smile from her lips. She swallowed and agreed day and time.
Two hours before the meeting, Marta took a long bath with scented salts and applied a hydrating mask on her face. She brushed her hair for a long time, but in the end decided to make a relaxed bun. She painted her eyes, stretched her lashes and intensified her lips with red lipstick, dressing in a tight skirt and a slightly transparent silk blouse that she had saved for a special occasion.
Inside the cab, on the way to the restaurant, Marta tried to straighten a strand of hair that kept peeling off her bun, running her fingers across the skirt whilst looking intermittently at her makeup mirror as to touch up the lipstick.
Suddenly, a block to the restaurant, a thought crossed her mind. What if John had only invited her to talk about work issues? As she got out of the cab, Marta used a shop window as a makeshift mirror only to ponder whether her skirt was too tight, or her shirt too transparent.
Literature Ranking Thread
Do any of you have a way of ranking literature?
That is, do consider certain genres and styles of writing better than others?
Pic related is what I'd consider my ranking system, although it's very rough and still a work in progress. Feel free to edit it in ways you think are better and share your own personal rankings when you approach literature of any kind.
I'm a moron who is trying to read more because my memory is garbage, and apparently reading can possibly help it. Are there any apocalyptic event books set in deep space, in the far future? I can find apocalyptic books, I can find deep space books, and I can find distant future books, but not one that combines all three.
Can't remember the name of a book / author, help?
There is a book that I read when I was 13 (26 now)… I can't remember the name of it, but I do remember the basic plot. IIRC, seemingly everybody in the world save for a single class of college students vanished. One of the characters had a twin sister who she had an empathic link with, and she felt her sister just disapear. Meanwhile, even animals vanished, and the students begin vanishing unless they have someone to love - One of the main characters vanished suddenly as well. It ends with the class essentially splitting into two groups, the degenerates who just want to fuck all day, and the main characters who fuck off in a private plane to some other location, trying to meet up with people who contacted them via radio signal.
Really bad synopsis, but its all I can remember, save for one part where one of the main characters says he hates acid jazz because you can't dance to it.
Anyone happen to know what book I'm talking about? I know it was the first part in a series, but other than that, I can't remember. I'd like to try and read it again, just to see if the parts I didn't understand when I was a kid would make sense now.
Speculative Political Fiction
is there anything, left/right/authoritarian/libertarian/dystopian/utopian out there I can read? I read 1984 as a kid and wasn't a big fan, and we all know Brave New World, but what else is out there.
also, no Tom Clancy shit, I want something dark at least, a series would be nice
1st Reading Club thread
Book clubs never work!
Why this is going to work
I'm seen book clubs started on different boards and they always fail, which is why I created a reading club instead. No one wants to read a whole book of questionable interest every week, and no one can blame anons for not wanting to. My solution for this is to focus on short stories and novellas, so that plenty of anons have the time and will to finish.
You need more material to talk about than that
Thats a valid point and will be taken into consideration. If it proves to be true my plan is to include multiple shorts by the same author, so that we can discus him as well. This will allow anons who don't want to read a whole novel to participate, while still allowing a depth of conversation.
==The White People== =
by Arthur Mache
E. F. Bleiler wrote that the narrative in the Green Book "is probably the finest single supernatural story of the century, perhaps in the literature", and Michael Dirda has stated: "If I were to list the greatest supernatural short stories of all time, I would start with Arthur Machen’s 'The White People,' about a young girl’s unknowing initiation into an ancient, otherworldly cult." S. T. Joshi has called the diary "a masterpiece of indirection, a Lovecraft plot told by James Joyce", and H. P. Lovecraft himself wrote that "Machen's narrative, a triumph of skilful selectiveness and restraint, accumulates enormous power as it flows on in a stream of innocent childish prattle". I copied this off of Wikipedia, since I don't want to give away to much. I'm going to read it again before I write what I think.
Use spoilers if what you say requires them.
Recommend some good apathetic /lit/?
Something good so that if my eyes gloss over the words I'll get it. It's become my sole mode of reading now. I find I like urban apathetic; I'm open to other apathies, too.
English or German. I've already read Naked Lunch, American Psycho, and a handful of Bukowski. and I want to diversify to other authors before reading more of Bukowski et al.'s works.
Race Realism/biological determinsm Books
I'm currently reading "The Blank Slate: A Modern Denial of Human Nature" from Steven Pinker.
It was published on 2002, so is it still worth reading today? Is it scientifically dated? Any better book on human genetic/biological determinsm of human nature, race realism etc?
Do I have right ?
if people were deprived of individuality and ambition, the world could become a better place. There could be a world government that he
would provideto the world of stability. People would be happy without ever wanting something they could not get. Having a similar worldview and mentality, ride
the same cars, living in the same homes or apartments, having the same entertainment, living in a state of blissful ignorance about
passions and strong emotions could be so conditioned that they would practically be unable to act otherwise than they should.
When reading the book "Brave New World ", I always wonder: what exactly is wrong with the world described there? Wars, hunger and diseases have stopped.
Social hierarchy still exists, but those at the bottom are genetically designed so that they do not bother them, they even enjoy what they are. Blessed soma
it is enough for everyone, there is a joyful consumption and freedom of manners. Few visionaries get deported, but so what? New ideas, books or inventions
they would only destroy the previous harmony built with such difficulty. It does not sound like an dystopia, rather the opposite of dystopia.
If our goal is universal happiness and security, the individual's freedom seems to be a temporary, unsuccessful experiment that is an obstacle to his reached.
lazy fatass fuck
Hello everyone, I am a lazy fatass fuck. It takes me 7 fucking years to write a penny-dreadful, film-script based "novel". And it doesn't matter that it's my full time fucking job, literally the only thing I'm required to do, or that I jack off at 67 years of age by taking bum fuck vacations all over the world to live off the prestige of my now stagnate series that I can't fucking finish, that I'm constantly giving interviews and bullshit for the industry, and that I'm writing OTHER books that literally no one gives a fuck about. That's right, I'm not writing for the series that is the sole reason for all my fame and which everyone wants, no, I write other books that are truly shit and no one gives a fuck about. And when those that gave me all this money call me out on this shit, the best I can do is twiddle my fat fingers, flip them off and then whine on my blog about how ashamed I am of being a lazy fatass fuck. Oh, did I mention that I waste time playing videogames? I have all this responsibility, I'm 67 fucking years old and I waste time playing videogames, because that's really going to get the job done and get all these people off my back. Did I mention I'm a lazy fatass fuck?
Father Figure in literature
Is it fruitful to look for a father figure in literature? May be a fictional character or even the author himself? Recently i feel like i've lost the sense of purpose and i can't turn to my dad because he's just like the father from 'Rebel without a cause' - he lost his job, stays at home and slaves (not helps) for my mother. I grew up while he worked across the state, hence i never had the slightest of paternal care or guidance.
Where do i look to for some kind of a direction? Help me out brothers.
anyone know any good books/novels about world domination or something of the like. Something that wouldn't be afraid to be at least slightly bombastic/sexualized or have other slightly childish qualities?
to be honest, any books or novels which have the mc or mc's go for world domination as a goal without much regard for good or bad morals and wouldn't be complete pain to read. i suppose something like GoT, better or worse, just want something with a similar topic.
thanks in advance /lit
pic probably related
I don't care what genre as long as it is good or likable in some way.
Examples of what I enjoyed: Harry Potter, Kite Runner, A Separate Peace, Little Prince, Catcher in the Rye, Song of Lioness/Tamora Pierce, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of Flies
Examples of meh: Hunger Games, Narnia, My Sister's Keeper, Alice in Wonderland, Clique series, Uglies/Pretties/Specials
Examples of what I hated: The Magician, Alchemist, Lord of Rings, Jane Austin, Great Gatsby
This is the most overrated book i have ever read
House of Leaves was a book i remembered hearing about a lot from Silent Hill fans back in the early 2000's. They described it as the ultimate note taking mystery. A puzzle you needed to deep dive into and spend years unravelling. I always meant to get around to it but only recently did and boy was this an oversold product.
The 'puzzle' is that its a book about a guy finding a dead mans unpublished novel about a movie that doesnt exist and the junkie burnouts notes as he tries to put it together. Somehow this drives him insane though i think the point was meant to be that like his mother he was suffering an illness already.
The big let down however wasnt the story which was a fine enough piece of meta fiction but the sheer childish nature of the 'hardest book you will ever read' i was sold on. Sometimes you have to read a page in a mirror. Or turn it upside down. Sometimes the amount of text on a page gets smaller and smaller as the formatting squeezes it into a smaller box of broken words to convey the feeling of the characters in a shrinking hallway. Yeah i get the symbolism here. That doesnt make it a puzzle though.
I finished it in about 4 days of casual reading and left it with a resounding 'okay, that was it' but i see hipsters gushing about it on youtube who seem like they desperately want to be 'part of the smart kids club' about this and i feel like its a case of it since many say they took over 8 years to read it.
I feel like it was probably a lot more amazing at the time it came out with all the experiments in media at the time but compared to a game like Silent Hill 2 or a multimedia project like This House has People in it the whole thing came off as outdated and bland.
Am i crazy or is this just some hipster badge of honour shit at this point?
Wanting to explore Kierkegaard
Memes aside, anything in his books that make observations on the current situation applicable? Early or later works? Need something that might ease me into his writings. I think I only I have one book and an essay. So /lit/erati, point me in the correct direction…
Did literature studies may improve my writing?
I've been reading intensively for almost three years and during the last months I've taken advantage of being unemployed for writing some poems and short stories. In September I plan to follow literature courses at the unit next to my apartment, but I already feel tired of start off again the study routine (stressful exams, irritating classmates, boring professors) although the content of most of the courses really interesting me. The diploma itself has no significant value for me since I already have an engineer's degree, all I want is to perfect my writing in order to get published some day.
What would you do /lit?
>pretty interesting anti-hero book, some nice lore building and entertaining story
>not too bad, but the muh father shit was really annoying at times, though I appreciate wrapping up that plotline as quickly as possible instead of dragging it out over several books, also Opal Koboi is kind of entertaining as a villainess
>probably the best of the bunch, even if Butler aging by around a decade to save his life was completely pointless and does not affect his character whatsoever in the future books
>kills off one of the best characters in the series, Opal Koboi is back again, and is probably the last entertaining book in the series that does not go full retard
>goes full retard with demon shit, also more unnecessary aging of characters towards the end, and some really dumb antagonists
>possibly even more retarded than book 5, antagonists are full-on strawmen so Eoin Colfer can spend half the book forcing his hippie environmentalist leanings on you, also it has a 14-15 year-old boy make out with a 100 year-old elven dyke just in case you didn't get that the author was basically writing fanfiction at this point
>continues the series' progression towards full retard storytelling, villain is a whiny tool, the only saving grace were the occasional moments of Artemis having a split-personality as a wannabe Don Quixote/Casanova fusion and hitting on Holly which still doesn't negate the general stupidity
>I don't even know what the fuck was happening here, it seems like the author just threw all logic out the window and made up shit as he went along, this shit is worse than Deathly Hallows, which is fucking saying something
What happened? It started off so good, and then took a sudden nosedive, kinda like Harry Potter did with Order of the Phoenix. Except with HP, the reasons are kinda obvious, with AF, not so much.
ITT: Books about sex, paraphilias and fetishes
I've always been interested in understanding why some people are attracted to things like pain, particular parts of the body (feet, hands, armpits and so on), being dominated etc.
However I only know three authors that could help me understand paraphilia: Frued, De Sade and Bataille.
I haven't read any of their books yet.
Are there other authors who talk about sex and paraphilia?
What are the best books about these topics? Where should I start?
Post the best writing you've ever read.
But at the same time I seemed to hear more than a teacher's switch as it came down upon a pupil's body. Sounds more serious and more strange intruded upon the hush of the classroom. They were faraway sounds lost in the hissing of rainy afternoon: great blades sweeping over great distances, expansive wings cutting through cold winds, long whips lashing in darkness. I heard other sounds, too, other things that were stinging the air in other places, sounds of things I heard but never give explanation. These sounds grew increasingly louder. Finally, Miss Plarr dropped her pointer and put her hands over her ears.
Miss Plarr, Thomas Ligotti
Did philosophy essential to fiction?
Did a relevant philosophical background is necessary to consider a fiction as a good piece of literature?
Russian author's example for affirmative answer: Dostoevsky, his novels are full of existentialism interrogations judiciously incarnated by his characters.
Another Russian author's example for negative answer: Nabokov, his novels have an excellent style of prose and many appealing themes, but they are not particularly challenging on a philosophical level.
On the French side, it's kind of the same thing that differenciates Sarte from Celine, for example.
So, what's your opinion on that question?
Which books of Agatha Christie that do not belong to any particular series, would you consider a detective story? I am asking because after finishing Poirot and Miss Marple series I moved on to "independent" books and I already disliked the first two books (chronologically), The Man in the Brown Suit and The Secret of Chimneys (although the latter was decidedly better).
I would consider those two as more of an adventure/light thriller stories. They are way too "action"-packed and I don't believe that these books are Christie's forte.
Are any of the books outside of any particular series a detective story instead of thriller? By "detective story" I mean a story like the books from Poirot or Miss Marple series.
I am not a very well read man, i've barely read a couple of books; so you could say I'm very ignorant. I'm smart in that I can pick up on things easily but that's about it.
I'm 20something and I feel "insufficient" in the intellectual department. I know I should have read stuff like Plato, kant, Smith, heidegger and shit like that by now, but the problem is that I don't know where to begin.
How do I gain the philosophical foundation and 20th-21st century knowledge I need to be an above-average wise man who has a better understanding of the world around him? Which books and in what order should I read them? How can I stick to a reading plan that doesn't disrupt vydia+work time too much and is considered consistent and effective?
Which magazines or sites you read to stay up to date with geopolitics in a way beyond basic bitch pundit opinions? what should I read to understand Oil markets and gay jewish banker witchcraft?
Don't recomend me any fiction gay stuff, I'm not interested in reading some fantasy about the world through the eyes of some bleeding heart drunkard, I want more real stuff so that I can debate politics and philosophy like a real sexual tyrannosaurus. I'm currently reading crime and punishment but I find the descriptions of flowers on wallpaper and strange textile elements to be droll.
I've been memed into reading the following at some point in my life:
>The Ego and Its own
>Harry potter 1,2 &3
>A bunch of Short Stories by Borges
Other than that and a couple of mangas and Comics, that's pretty much it, as you can see i'm in a terrible position.
Thanks for your help.
What are you working on? V.2
Old thread >>5000 is at the bump limit, so I'm making a new one.
"A /lit/ board without a writing thread is worse than useless."
Aspirant authors, tell me of your work.
Feel free to post excerpts or general ideas and don't hesitate to critique someone (especially if you want a critique of your own work in return).
To start it off, here's my post about what I'm working on from the previous thread: >>12848
How would I go write an alternate history novel about ethnic Europeans living under fascism, specifically under a victorious Imperial Japan in former Australia?
I've already got a vague idea of some of it, just wondering what lit could contribute.
> Europeans live at the bottom of the racial hierarchy "lower than chankoro"
> Europeans live inside ghettos, ramshackle and overcrowded. If they go outside the ghettos they are expected to be deferential to the Japanese colonisers and their second-class Korean and Japanese subjects. There are frequent lynchings of Europeans from Eucalyptus trees which the Japanese regularly ignore, alongside pogroms.
> Patrols of IJA often kidnap and whisk away European women who are never seen again or otherwise return brutalised and traumatised.
>The Japanese Empire is locked in a Cold War with the Third Reich which is about to go hot. The war will become a WWI style stalemate.
> Third Reich affiliated rebels constantly try to overthrow Japanese rule on the continent, only to be defeated and experimented on by unit 731. The only meaningful resistance is a couple of disparate communist cells which bide their time.
> The Japanese constantly bait their Chinese and Korean and other Asiatic subjects against the Europeans to keep them divided. The Chinese and Koreans don't have it much better than the Europeans, considered inferior to the Japanese.
> Karl Marx's memory and legacy is demonized as an evil white subversive who wishes to overthrow rightful Yamato supremacy over inferior Europeans. "Cultural Marxism" is a Japanese conspiracy theory about Europeans trying to corrupt "beautiful Asiatic souls" into joining with Europeans against "wise Japanese stewardship" . IJA propaganda constantly harps on about how "White Marxists" want "Yamato Genocide".
> Our protagonist, An "honorary Yamato" university student of indeterminate race who lives near the ghetto becomes fascinated with the white commies.
Where to go to get feedback and improve?
Where do you go to get feedback on your writing? I'd rather not post my shit on 8ch or Wizardchan but they're the only places outside of Reddit I know with writing communities who aren't pozzed to shit.
I'd like to do self published short stories and I'm willing to put the work in to improve. I just don't know how to get there yet.
Where should I be looking?
Is he a hack? I've heard people say he steals ideas and overwrites. Plus he acts like a virtue signalling faggot on twitter.
How does his literature compare to others? Do they hold up on their own or is his writing an extension of post-modernism, hence it's (((popularity)))?
My dear anons… How about the book that you just couldn't possibly finish reading, not because it was bad per se, but due to sheer disgust. I want malevolent, disturbing, truly unruly books. If it shook you, share it
PS: on another irrelevant but still interesting genre, what was the realest book you read? Something like Bukowski or John Fante, some authors that exposed their guts without embelishing their opinions.
I've been reading a lot of Chretien de Troyes lately, and decided to check out what literature was like on the other side of medieval Christendom, namely the Byzantine Empire. What do you guys recommend? Something from around the same time as de Troyes would be nice, but honestly I'll read anything.
Pinecone Issue 00000:
NotPynchon & He Rapes His Sister Phoebe compiled as interviews.
>What is this?
Pinecone Magazine is the /lit/ magazine that publishes when there is actual content worth anyone's time.
>How can I submit?
There are two ways to submit. AtticusPinecone@gmail or you can use the submissions form on the website.
Solid gold unpublished poetry, prose, erotica, letters, literary analysis, anything intelligent or funny. You won't be reading any shit, don't worry. If only 2 things worth reading is submitted, 2 things will be in the issue.
>Is this the first literary journal from /lit/?
There was The April Reader & there is Ideology. But this is already head & shoulders above them.
>These things always fail.
Have a look first. For what it's worth, this first issue is good & it's nice looking. That might be b/c there is no poetry/prose & b/c I have actual magazine experience. 00000 is just NotPynchon & The Catch Her analysis, and both are very interesting.
Here it is:
The Captain underpants movie coming out lately has got me thinking.
If someone like say, Netflix, ever did another adaptation of the classic Wayside School books, one where Louis Sachar actually had input(like he did with Holes), which art style would be most aesthetically pleasing to use?
I just got an idea to overcome writing block, especially for the times when you got a vision or a detailed plan but don't know how to put it to paper because you just cannot find a good start. I've never heard this idea before but I cannot imagine I'm the first one to come up with something like that, but anyway, here I go:
>Write down scenes in your head in a somewhat chronological order
>Throw a dice or use a random number generator to determine what scene to write
>Repeat until a good part of the novel is standing, then fill in the blanks
It's simple, it might turn out to be a shitty idea, but I'll give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes.
Assigned school reading
What are some books that you were assigned to read that you actually enjoyed? What are your "classics"?
I want to read more books that are more generally well known. Some of the titles I was assigned have been:
Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, The House on Mango Street
What's a good entry point if I want to start reading some Lovecraft?
Should I just grab the Necronomicon and/or Eldritch Tales, read some random short stories and skip to the next if they don't catch my interest?
I'd rather read something lengthier like a novel but from what I understand even they are at most ~150 pages. Which is fine I guess, but I still don't know where to start.
I'm only vaguely familiar with his work but I think I'd prefer to read the ones in a more overt 'mystical' setting
I was talking with a guy that gave me a bunch of suggestions but he also said that it wouldn't hurt if I'd ask for some other people opinions as well (and here I am) since he had read far from all of it.
>Some random suggestions that I wrote down
The Horror at red dread hook
The Dunwich Horror
The doom that came to saranoth
The case of charles dexter ward
At the mountains of madness
The shadow out of time
The haunter of the dark
The thing at the doorstep
The shadow over innsmoth
Best tools/programs to use with writing?
I'm talking all kinds of tools - from just writing to proofreading and organization.
I hear good things about grammary but haven't tried it yet.
Also, a program called Campfire that helps with writing books/novels, since it has maps, timelines, characters, encyclopedia, character arc and such to help keep things neat, organized and visualized. The installer is 200MB, kinda big for a program that just organizes text and images.
So yes, I'm writing a novel and am looking for anything that can help improve the process.
Post about stuff that pisses you off
I can't stop my autist rage. Whenever I mention reading books to people they inevitably start talking about how they used to read a lot but don't read a lot nowadays. I don't fucking care, pick up some Chekhov. Or don't, just leave me alone and stop trying to #relate to everything I do.
Resisting the Trumpocaust
It's the 444th day of a Trump presidency. All day every day, members of the Trump Youth League in their khaki uniforms knock on doors, looking for illegal aliens. Armed with assault weapons and wearing red armbands emblazoned with a black "T" in a white circle, non-whites cower away in fear whenever they approach. After dark, roving bands of less official but even angrier white supremacists patrol the streets, enforcing the curfew for anyone who looks "un-American". People of color hide fearfully in their homes, their neighborhoods destroyed by white racist violence. Art deco-style statues of Donald Trump have been erected in every town square, with a live ticker screen beneath each one that reads off his tweets.
Everyone but Trump's rabid supporters fears "The Knock," when in the middle of the night people are taken from their homes and sent away to "#MakeAmericaGreatAgain Re-Education Camps", never to be heard from again.
My dog died. I'm spiraling in existential crisis that our mind is tied to our brain's death. I need texts for a confirmation bias of continuing on conciousness to help me cope. Something that will confirm there is more to existence after death. I'm looking for babby tier books to understand dualism, or anything transcendental. Something with intelligence. No 'The 'Alchemist' bullshit. Is dualism philosophy? Many of the terms, I dont understand. Any other analytical subjects that will help my heart ache is welcome as well. Thanks /lit/.
I loved that dog more than anything. She was 2 years old.
So i'm a total newcomer to /lit/ and i want to to start reading by beginning with Crime and punishment by Dostoevsky because it's a strong recommendation by Jordan Peterson, i'm interested in psychology and philosophy but most importantly i want to read something at night that isn't harry potter.
Now my question is, is crime and punishment a good entry lever book for beginners?
As to my reading career, i really wasn't that big of a reader throughout my childhood as i spent most of my time on vidyu , i've only read the first two Hp books when i was like 12 and a few dutch books
My mom is Russian and she's a quite literary person who mostly read alot history books about the slavic culture and origin, she even used to write her poems a and also read me Germanic and Slavic tales before bedtime when i was a child.
what are some books that you REALLY want to read but can't find anywhere due to any reason whatsoever?
For me it's Milkbottle H by Gil Orlovitz
>American publishers weren’t interested in Orlovitz’s work, as either poet or novelist. Despite decades of productivity as a poet no major U.S. house had published any of his work. It’s no surprise that Milkbottle H was rejected wholesale in the U.S. after years of circulating among publishers
>Defining ‘Hard’ SF is a bit difficult. If we use the Millerian definition (scientific or technical accuracy and detail), it won’t hold water. The reason is not all sciences are equal in SF. In my experience, fictional works that focus on physics, astronomy, mathematics, engineering and (to a lesser extent) chemistry tend to be filed as ‘Hard,’ especially if there is an exploratory or militaristic aspect. The further the extrapolation of the science from what is known, the more likely the story will be classed as ‘soft.’ On the other hand, those that Jeff VanderMeer jokingly refers to as ‘squishy’ sciences like botany, mycology, zoology, etc. tend to be classed as soft SF along with the social sciences like anthropology, psychology, etc. Medicine can fall either way, depending on the actual narrative.
>That the definitions are problematic becomes obvious immediately. I find the terms intellectually uninteresting because they assume that social sciences use less rigor, which I know to be untrue. My background is in medicine and anthropology, and I have seen both sides.
>There may be other elements to the definitions. There may be a pejorative flavor to being designated ‘soft’. There may be some gender bias, although I have seen this in discussions, and not in print. Take a lot of the work of Ursula Le Guin. Many would not class her SF as ‘Hard’ despite her clear understanding of anthropology and psychology. The exploration of cultures should not take a back seat to the exploration of the solar system. Take Frankenstein, which is often regarded as the first science fiction novel. Few would regard it as Hard SF, yet it used contemporary scientific beliefs. At the time the novel was set, galvanism was a big thing. Reanimation was not thought to be impossible. The Royal Humane Society in England started with reanimation of the dead at its core, and its motto is a small spark may perhaps lie hid.
>At the root of the Hard-Soft divide is a kind of “I scienced more than you” attitude, which is unnecessary. There are fans of all flavours of SF and the last thing we need is to focus on divisions that were introduced in the late 1950s.
Do you agree with these sentiments? Curious to know what /lit/ thinks about this debate
Best Books of 2018
Share the best books you have read or that were new in 2018. I share this list:
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
– “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte
Weird early 20th late 19th century fiction
I'm interested in reading odd non-Tolkien fantasy, which is preferably from early 20th, late 19th century sources, what can you guys recommend?
Thus farm I have been reading a decent amount of Lovecraft, and Conan The Barbarian. I just started getting into reading for pleasure I like Lovecrafts narration and general writing style, but I do not like the slowness of the story. My favorite one so far is The Shadow over Innsmouth, since the fish frog men lore was cool, the bit of action, and the twist at the end. When it comes to Conan I like the ease of reading. It so fluid that you automatically keep reading, even if you are not really enjoying it, due to Conan being a boring character. My favorite story is The Tower of the Elephant, since it has black magic, an interesting story, and a fast pace. I just finished Testaments of Athammaus by Clark Ashton Smith, and found it to be weak, but I will give CAS a couple more tries.
As soon as the art of the upper classes became separated from the art of the whole people, there arose the conviction that art can be art and yet be incomprehensible to the masses. As soon as this thesis was allowed, it inevitably became necessary to allow that art may be comprehensible only to a small number of the elect, and, finally, only for two, or one – a best friend, one’s own self. This is what modern artists say straight out: ‘I create and I understand myself; if others do not understand me, so much the worse for them.’
The assertion that art can be good art and yet be incomprehensible to a large number of people is so wrong, its consequences are so pernicious for art, and it is at the same time so widespread, so embedded in our notions, that no explanation of its utter incongruity can suffice.
Nothing is more common than to hear said of alleged works of art that they are very good but very difficult to understand. We are used to the assertion, and yet to say that a work of art is good but incomprehensible is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but people cannot eat it. People may not like rotten cheese, putrid grouse and other such dishes appreciated by gastronomes with perverted taste, but bread and fruit are only good when people like them. It is the same with art: perverted art may be incomprehensible to people, but good art is always understood by everyone.
It is said that the best works of art are such that they cannot be understood by the majority and are accessible only to the elect, who are prepared to understand these great works. But if the majority do not understand, they must be given an explanation, the knowledge necessary for understanding. But it turns out that this knowledge does not exist, that the works cannot be explained, and therefore those who say that the majority do not understand good works of art give no explanations, but say that in order to understand one must read, look at, or listen to the same work over and over again. But this is not to explain, it is to make accustomed. And one can get accustomed to anything, even the worst. As it is possible to get people accustomed to rotten food, vodka, tobacco, opium, so it is possible to get them accustomed to bad art, which in fact is being done.
Besides, it cannot be said that the majority of people lack the taste to appreciate the highest works of art. The majority understand and have always understood what we, too, consider the highest art: the artistically simple narratives of the Bible, the Gospel parables, folk legends, fairy tales, folk songs are understood by everyone. Why is it that the majority suddenly lost the ability to understand the highest of our art?
The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion
I want to be the first person to read this 15,000 page novel in its entirety. Where can I find this book? Has anyone read bits or pieces of it?
Has anyone read this? Pls explain.
Has anyone read The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin that won the 2015 Hugo award?
general spoilers for anyone who hasn't but plans to
If so, can you explain to me what is so amazingly awe-inspiring about a story in which the protag' invites aliens to destroy the earth, murders her colleagues, and then human efforts to counter the invasion are thwarted by human stupidity and alien technobabble about eleven dimensional, proton-sized computers?
No, really. Why is this book?
Reading multiple books
I was wondering if this is something common people do or if you prefer reading one book at a time.
I usually just read one at a time and move on to the next or take a break from reading, but at the moment I want to try and clear my backlog of books I have but reading one at a time is not really working out for me and was wondering how people manage multiple books at a time.
Panait Istrati books
Does anyone have free sources for this guy's books (can be in French)?
Say, Kyra Kyralina (aka Chira Chiralina), Uncle Anghel, etc. others in the Adrien Zogaffi series of books
or Russia unveiled: 1927-1930 (The Other Flame and Confessions of a Loser), but really all other works.
Maybe also the essay 'the man who adheres to nothing' and other non-literary writings
pdf to kindle
>While I prefer open-source solutions, if you already have a recent version of MS Office, try loading your PDF directly into MS Word. MS Word now converts PDF files to Word documents amazingly well (another example here). Microsoft refers to this as PDF Reflow, and it has been available since MS Word 2013. Word's PDF Reflow even automatically finds the text in scanned/bitmapped PDFs and uses (quite accurate) optical character recognition (OCR) to convert it to editable text characters in the Word document. Once you have your PDF file in MS Word format, you'll have a lot more capability to manipulate it into other formats and/or form factors. For example, you can use the free e-book management utility, calibre, to convert .docx to epub/mobi, or you could use Writer2ePub, ePub Tools–a Word add-in, or pandoc (cross platform).
Holy shit, this works much better than the standard process with k2opt. Just open the pdf in word, save as docx and then use calibre to convert it to epub or azw3. You can then also edit the table of contents in calibre.
Classical Liberal / Libertarian / Austrian Reading Group
Hello everybody. We have a book club on Discord, where we'll be reading old and new works relevant to economics and politics, mostly from a libertarian or classical liberal point of view, although we also discuss leftist and fascist works or other classics.
The first two books we'll be reading are John Lockes Second Treatise of Government and Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations, first book. After that, we go on with Bastiat, Ricardo, Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Rothbard, Eugen Richter, Sumner, Mises and Hayek. That isn't set in stone though, so feel free to propose other works.
No one has to read a particular work or participate in discussion, but we got a few members already, some new ones and some fairly experienced, so we can get discussions started.
Here's the link to discord: http://discord.gg/4MP7WA
If it expires, just let me know, I'll post another one then.
United States History
Could somebody give me the names of some decent US history books that begin in the pre-columbian era to around today? I will also appreciate book title's only about Bacon's rebellion, disease, medicine, or a collection of primary sources about anything previously mentioned. Thank you.
Ever read a book in which ...
You ever read a book in which the story is told about a number of independent characters undergoing different challenges interwoven – a chapter on this person, a chapter on that – but as the book draws to a close, it turns out they're all the same person maybe in different times of their life or different perspectives of them?
Did you read something like this?
Can you name it?
Did it suck?
What sucked about it?
Did you feel cheated by it, like the writer was lying to you and you felt all like betrayed n shit?
Does the idea suck?
Would you feel cheated by a story like that?
Wouldya? Wouldya? Wouldya?
Or are you ctrl+c-ing this thread right now and sending the proposal to your agent?
Closest I can think of is Cloud Atlas albeit that's people reincarnating into new eras
Hairy Handover - No Car, No Cash, No Hot Chick
At first it may appear as unfinished work but this is because I realized that I can't write the ending for Jesus. The ending will be written by the only person that can write it, thank you Jesus.
Epic traditional writings
Post epic chivalrous writings coming from any traditional religions.
Like the Arthurian legend for christianism or the Iliad and the Odyssey. Or things like the Mahabharata and Ramayana in Hinduism.
I'm searching for good spiritual writings that are Lotr-like.
The books meme. The meme that people who read more for the sake of reading are better people. How many retards have you met that like Dostoevsky or CS Lewis or Hemingway or Wilde some other 19th 20th century writer and then completely preach their books like it defines their life? I can’t stand people who read books and then piece them all together to form some radical centrist (ie cuckold) ideology. Oh yeah gulags are bad. Oh yeah nazi concentration camps are bad. Oh yeah prisons are bad. Oh yeah authority is bad. Oh yeah god is good but I don’t believe in god but I’m sure he’s a feminist gay black jew. Fascinating take…
A Trilogy which is not based on trashcan Irish, Russian or American "Literature"
Any Jack London Fans?
First time poster, haven't bothered to check the catalog and too buzzed on beer to care. Do any of you like Jack London's works? If so, why? And if not, how come. As a personal individual, I don't really like the guy simply because he wasn't very loyal when it came to his wife… but overall, I always wonder what was going through his head. I also found his writing style to be exquisite, especially the way he describes the winter wastelands in his books, or the treacherous seas. Are there any other books you could recommend?
So far i've only read white fang, call of the wild, something something about the dude who gets marooned with a drunk captain and the love of his life, and another one about boxing but I got too drunk and lost the title.
on a side note, any of you guys know run baby run by nicky cruz? I lost that book and i've been looking for my copy for more than 10 years now
Books with wisdom.
Haven't read a book in years, friend gave me this one. Read it and really enjoyed it. Wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't a gift. How do I find similar books that I would like to believe build wisdom?
Bought a kindle just now and want to read more.
ITT: Stories about authors/poets doing insane things for little to no reason at all
>Part of the reason Ginsberg was suspended in his sophomore year from Columbia University was because he wrote obscenities in his dirty dorm window. He suspected the cleaning woman of being an anti-Semite because she never cleaned his window, and he expressed this feeling in explicit terms on his window, by writing "Fuck the Jews", and drawing a swastika.
How does that make any sense? If you're feeling persecuted for being Jewish, why would you write "Fuck the Jews" on your window? Wouldn't you write "Fuck the Goys" or something like that?
Can't be the only fag here who was personally touched by this book
This crystallised for me everything that is right and wrong about fiction, and convinced me to fix what'd become my exclusively nonfic diet.
Sincerely recommend. Anyone else? Also, any similar books with similar/different takes you'd suggest?
I want to write stuff, like poetry or nonfiction or journalism, except I dont like poetry more than 4 lines of it in an entire book, let alone an entire book or page of poetry, and I think the standards of it, like rhyme schemes and couplets and sonnets are retarded and antiquated, and that all the good poetry is already written or will be written by better men than me anyways. As for nonfiction, I have no technical expertise, so there goes that idea. As for journalism, I know nobody interesting, and likely never will, and most journalism is, nevermind, 100% of journalism is written by cuckolds or moral relatavists. It seems like the ONLY worthwhile writing is HIT PIECES but I have little clue how to distribute them seeing as it isn't 1917 anymore and I'm not friends with Josef Stalin and the Pravda editorial board. Seriously, the ONLY fun thing to do with writing is trashing other peoples' reputation (rightfully so, since most people are scum), but even if we trash them, other people will trash them for shittier reasons, and it's important that people hate others for MY reasons. Advice?
Do you use goodreads? I tried using it but although supposedly its users are incentivized to read more since its gameified I stopped using it since I didnt want to keep track of all the shorter shit I had read, and it wouldnt let me just add books without reviewing them. Its also none of amazons business what I read, and a lot of shit on their database did not include translations or the correct information such as page count or author. Many times somebody else was credited as author just for writing a forward even if the author would not have wanted a cocredited author. For instance Mein Kampf could be credited to Elie Wiesel or something (not actually but basically). Fuck goodreads.
I was going to keep track of stuff on a word doc but I figured maybe I will just read the damn books and not keep track at all.
Greco-Roman Philosophy & Recommended Translations
I'm interesting in reading texts like The Republic, Meditations, etc. But I'm aware all translations are not created equal, are there any recommended translations of the two mentioned (and any other notable works you might suggest). Or is worrying about translations pedantry?
>want to read an old classic
>first editions are incredibly expensive so the only option is to buy a newer edition published by someone like Penguin or Oxford
>the first 70-80 pages are a long winded introduction written by a "literary scholar" telling the reader how to interpret every part of the story, often spoiling it in the process
>he/she repeatedly, unconvincingly, asserts that his/her interpretation, that just so happens to conform 100% to modern sensibilities, is the correct one
How to build a believable romance between characters
Hi /lit/ I'm working on a novel and actually am in need of advice on how to write a proper romance.
I've never written anything of the sort but the romance between these two characters really adds to the story since it would be the backstory of the protagonist and it would explain why he acts like a douche with everyone. It is because he was unable to protect his wife who died in a terrorist attack, ever since then he fears that he will have to see those dear to him die, either because he is incapable of protecting them or simply because of time, given the fact he has been cursed with immortality.
His wife had endured the same curse and this led them to somehow connect and fall in love.
Problem is, I dunno how to put this into words in a way that works, I fear it would just feel autistic or stupid.
The setting is a Urban fantasy one that parodies various fantasy tropes, I.E.: mages have to pay a monthly mana bill to Telecom Italia in order to cast spells and sometimes their connection to the world ' s leylines may lag resulting in severely delayed magics.
The novel is in Italian,so I don't think I could share it here, at the moment I was starting to write a part in which the protagonist reminisces about the past after drinking, but as I said I dunno how to write this flashback about his romance.
I need to read a novel in the genre of 'social realism' for a school assignment, it's something I've never really touched and need some advice in order to find something decent.
I took a glance over on cuckchan's /lit/ wikia for suggestions but they don't seem to have a sorting system for what I'm looking for, but maybe I'm just doing it wrong.
I've started writing a fantasy novel technically a fanfiction since it's based on an existing universe and I need some input on tying together the core aspects of the different religions. The source I'm basing it on mentions very little of the religious lore which leaves me a lot of creative freedom, though it also tells enough that the concept of it greatly appealed to me.
Now I'm not asking for help regarding staying true to canon (it's also not a goal I'm pursuing with this novel), rather I need help at making it sound believable and interesting.
>Read the attached pictures first for the rest to make sense
The core idea is that the two brother's conflict is what keeps this universe together and I want to present them as either neutral, different kinds of evil or even evil vs good, depending on the reader. But in-universe I want to portray them as one side of the extreme, either the saviour or destroyer of mankind, depending on which religious follower you listen to.
But there's also a third brother which chooses to not engage the fight between his kin, since he understands that there needs to be a balance. However I don't want it to be too on the nose that I (as the author) am of the same opinion as him, I'd rather lead the reader to their own conclusion even if it's not necessarily the same as mine.
So I have two texts that I'll present without the context of the rest of the story (I'm only about 5,300 words deep). But I'll shortly mention that upon seeing the title of the book I write about in the second picture, the MC recalls the creation myth he was told by his masters and retells it for the purpose of the reader in the first image.
The first one is a creation mythos written from the perspective of an 'Innos' worshipper. My worry is that I present 'Adanos' in a too kind of a light and that I'm showing my bias for how I interpret the power balance. I try to amend this in the main characters thoughts/third person story telling that comes afterwards, but I feel like if it's meant to be written from the perspective of an 'Innos' worshipper, it would be slightly harsher on 'Adanos'. At the same time I can't leave him out of the creation mythos as he plays an important part.
The second one is written from a 'Beliar' worshippers point of view and I feel like I managed to showcase the writers bias for the god he follows a bit better, partly because I could leave out the part of 'Adanos' and focus more on the different world views.
Regularly I never make this excuse, but English is my second language. So even though it's not part of the reason for making this thread, if anything is formulated in a weird way (whilst keeping in mind that these are supposed to be more along the lines of religious texts) don't keep it to yourselves and instead help me make it sound better.
When I finish reading something I want to see what other people thought about that text. My next action to browse forums seeing what other people had to say about it. This is good for finding out if other people liked it, what kind of people like it and finding other similar readings. However, this method leaves a void for deep critical analysis. Posts on forums rarely try to argue about meaning or intention. The structure less responses often are just people writing; they think it is good. Seldom with conviction and without evidence.
Where do you find analyses? I tried using my university database but found there wasn't much for analysis. There was however a handful of articles proclaiming the relevance of Marx and gender studies to any given work. Search engine results mostly gave sites similar to spark notes and sites offering to write papers in exchange for money. The former sites often had content behind paywalls that was written high school students and teachers.
Free Jaihoo book- MDE
also Sam is a legit pedo and gay
I read a book as a kid about some Asian girl in an orphanage or something. The cover was a blue/yellow/green stripes and she was sitting on the cover wearing pigtails and a skateboard in cartoon style. Also what was the name of the mathematical philosopher who fought in WW1 he's well-known.
>write a shitty fantasy fanfiction
>it kicks off
>write a few more and get really popular against the odds
>TV adaptation series starts
>even more people get into it
>the world hanging by your every blogpost
>demand soars for next installment
>TV series catches up
>decide to go off on a tangent and spend years writing 1000+ page prequel spinoff while blogposting about how you'll definitely have the next installment of the main franchise out soon
need help identifying a book
I had a dream last night that I think might be taken from a book I read long ago, but I don't remember it. Here's some things that happen in it, and these memories might not be entirely correct:
>there is a group of at least 4 children, aged from 10 to 14 I think
>they go into the forbidden caves to have an adventure
>they get attacked by trolls and retreat
>(not sure if this happens before or after the trolls) the habitat of the subterranean mice gets invaded by the cats, who in turn get invaded by some larger animal. However, the group of kids manage to set everything right
>they go into the caves again, but get separated. The story follows each one separately from now on
>one of the boys is driven deep underground, where he encounters some blue ant-like creatures. They challenge him to walk through the following passage without stepping on any of them. They are arranged in complex patterns. He steps on some and receives psychological torture
>another one of the boys goes even further underground where he hallucinates. The narrator says something like 'the boy [who met the ants] wouldn't even begin to understand'
Does anyone know what book this is?
Translations can make or break a book. Can anyone recommend a good translation of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius?
I highly recommend Eknath Easwaran's translations of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, as well as Open Secret, Versions of Rumi by John Moyne and The Mahaharata by Andy Fraenkel. What other translations would you recommend?
>We, Brave New World, Player Piano, Fahrenheit 451
>concise refutations of the utopian literature of the previous century
>warnings about social and economic trends that are actually spreading throughout western democracies
>outcry against the dehumanization of man
>thought-provoking observation that one's man utopia will always be another man's dystopia
<dude fascism lmao
Why the fuck is 1984 treated like the greatest of the old dystopian novels?
anyone have a copy of this book they wanna share with me? any format is fine!
i'm not gonna pay $75 for it
Self publishing this bitch
I made a techno-coffeetable book. If you want a copy and wanna read some shit here's the link. It's about 2 nostalgic computers on a drive through a Virtual American Empire. I'm puttin this sucker on Amazon in Sept. Cool.
How do I start writing? i want to use microsoft word but its licensed to me via my university so anything I write will be theoretically accessible to them and they will probably steal my IP (property). I tried LibreOffice but it was slow as tits. Google drive strikes me as retarded as well. thoughts?
Is Literature Dead?
>I knew I wanted to be a writer, had begun to read with an eye toward how a book or story was built, and if this was what it took, this overriding sense of consciousness, then I would never be smart enough.
>Now, I recognize this as one of the fallacies of teaching literature in the classroom, the need to seek a reckoning with everything, to imagine a framework, a rubric, in which each little piece makes sense. Literature—at least the literature to which I respond—doesn’t work that way; it is conscious, yes, but with room for serendipity, a delicate balance between craft and art.
>That kind of writing, though, is difficult to teach, leaving us with scansion, annotation, all that sound and fury, a buzz of explication that obscures the elusive heartbeat of a book.
Gore Vidal would now butt in to congratulate English professors for a job well done. Anyway, I won't reproduce the whole essay here. Go have a look for yourself.
Niggers of Color
I've traveled the world - all over the place,
I've met cool niggers from every race.
By car, bus, foot, and bike,
Here are just some of the niggers I like.
Some of these niggers use the term "Jew",
They have lots of money, intelligence too.
The religious ones are all quite old,
Let's call these niggers, "niggers of gold".
There are niggers in Italy, Spain, and France,
These niggers have culture, song, and dance.
These are most of the niggers I know,
Let's call these niggers, "niggers of snow".
Eastern niggers are respectful and nice,
Their diets consist mainly of rice.
In crowds, you just have to yell their name,
I speak of these "niggers who look the same".
Some of the niggers have seen more sun,
These niggers are strong - they jump and run.
Rap and hip hop are the beats they feel,
These are the homies, the "niggaz that's real".
There are niggers that run convenience stores,
I hope they stay out of nuclear war.
These are niggers for whom I worry,
I'm speaking, of course, of "niggers of curry".
There are niggers in the Muslim world,
Respectful to every boy and girl.
These niggers live in the middle east,
They're simply known as "niggers of peace".
Hispanic niggers are not very tall,
They are quite adept at the sport of baseball.
These niggers play on all the best teams,
We'll call these niggers, "niggers with beans".
There are niggers that live as one with the land,
They identify with a tribe or band.
These are the niggers that aren't reimbursed,
These are the "niggers that got here first".
Niggers have their differences,
Go draw all your inferences.
We could be like sister and brother,
Together, perhaps, "niggers of color".
Take a look at this image.
When I see it, I am overcome with a feeling of dread and anxiety. There's something about the unpainted context of this image, of knowing that there is a sexual inflection to it yet being totally unable to prove it, this feeling of absurd impossibility that is still somehow within reach, that taunts me.
It truly is something incredible, that without context this image still makes sense—even if it IS disgusting sense.
Imagine if this image were to be projected to a class full of high school students. Most would imagine it's just a silly cartoon girl making a funny face drawn by an eccentric artist, or perhaps a sleepy character just waking up. Less that five per cent of that classroom would know the real intention of that artist's creation.
Any books for this feel?
My Friend Mr. Leakey
My Friend Mr. Leakey is a children's book published in 1937 by J.B.S. Haldane. Haldane was a geneticist and known soviet spy for Stalin. Out of all of his writings, from scientific papers, to books on marxist philosophy, this one book stands out. The ONLY children's book he wrote. My Friend Mr. Leakey is turning out to be a deeply coded text detailing many anachronisms in our history. Many things are mentioned in this book that have no place being in a book supposedly written for children.. go take a look for yourself.
The book is available online to read for free.
How do you know if you're writing really bad fan fiction or your critics are faggots?
<you write horribly. This is like really bad fan-fiction>
<This is terrible, like really bad fan-fiction>
<This appalling fan-fiction is so bad, it's like really bad fan-fiction made love to E.L.James and when the resulting hellspawn vomited, OP ate and regurgitated it onto the page I read.>
While it seems to be insult-for-creative-works de jour, sometimes it is hard to tell whether your critics are right, or whether they're just retards with no talent of their own, so they belittle anyone else. And yet, it isn't an impossible failing to be writing so badly that it sounds like something E.L.James would vomit on a page.
How do you self-critique to avoid this kind of obvious failure? Is it just a numbers game: the more critics, the better evaluation.
The problem I find is that everyone's a writer and no one's a critic. So, for that matter, where do you hang out to get your shit refined?
Recommendations of classic audio books
LibraVox has classic lit in the public domain. The quality varies. Here is their classics section: http://librivox.org/search?primary_key=4&search_category=genre&search_page=1&search_form=get_results
What do you think would work well in the audio format?
What makes a memoir stand out? Henry Adams didn't live a very exciting life, other than being a descendant of two presidents, but his "Education of Henry Adams" is frequently cited as among the best memoirs ever. I read it and I was pretty impressed, but I can't really put into words why.
/r/books exploring change
Russian history student that struggles with most of life's options here. Have an opportunity to change for the better but it will require drastic measures. I am looking for a book that embodies such change, as a book can easily be both a guide and a friend for the rough times ahead. The trilogy by Remarque will always have a good place on the shelf for similar qualities.
/lit/ state of the art / state of being.
Or, today, Friday. Of attempting to post yesterday, let us say, I am rather appreciative of the brassy tune: "Baker Street" by Gerry Raferty. Real life and all.
Most recent change of any note was the inclusion of /pdfs/ in the related boards space-bar.
Years ago, we considered linking to it. We were put off by their overt cultural bias that I would call stereotypical /pol/. Between then and now, no other 8Chan book sharing board has made the slightest headway in size and popularity when compared to /pdfs/. Put simply, image-boards are technological generalists, making for extremely poor fileshareing systems. Specialized offsite servers are far better equipped to deal with the unique challenges posed by file-sharing, while image-boards function best by keeping tabs on offsite services. As seen in this light I will give them this, their due: they are trying.
An attenuated bias today remains, but I am not aware of any official barrier to adding literature of any kind on /pdfs/ that does not otherwise impose on the legal framework of the United States.
Two after effects have I noticed:
1. They have politely linked back to us in turn.
2. We have a modest influx of /pol/sters.
We have always had a resident /pol/ poster or two. They have not caused any particular problems, and kept a mellow profile. Personally, the only issue I have with stereotypical /pol/ is the "you're wrong, I'm right, let's fight!" style of posting. This moves things away from literature into the tar-pit of cultural wars.
I am not entirely happy with the potential misstep this may turn out to be, but I am willing to remain tolerant, and continue observing how things play out.
Personal disclaimer: I reside in the upper right quadrant on the green square of ye olde political spectrum, and I have remained there since the classic quiz first appeared. In theory, one might use this to predict my online behavior. In practice, I practice stoicism.
Over the past few months I have noticed a number of people hovering about, attempting to launch several alternative /lit/ boards. The most recent scheme also appears to be the most serious and sustained effort I have seen to date. They are presently exploring their own idea space, trying to settle on what they wish themselves to be. Apparently, they are a more recent vintage of refugees from 4Chan, or so they claim. Has something happened over there? After a rare visit to make a quick survey, I did not notice anything different. Albeit, I remain both indifferent to and detached from any goings on at halfchan.
I might have more to say on various matters. Let us see what others care to share.
Can't remember the title
So, I'm having a hard time remembering the title or author to this book I read sometimes between 2006-2008. It was from a local library I'm not longer near. It was a new issue in hardcover so I assume it was first published around that time.
All I remember is a vague recollection of the cover art having some sort of modern special forces soldier.
As for content it was definitely geared towards adults. I recall the plot being of a former American soldier moving to a village in Georgia (Country) and buying an estate there which including what amounted to serfs. Once there he basically started a harem of girls he was "buying" from the local whore houses. All the while having some sort of insatiable lust towards a specific girl he was never able to bang.
What seems like a subplot to me is that he was equipping and training his serfs into a private army.
Sorry for the vagueness and I appreciate any help.
Oh and I got the feeling that it was a sequel to another book by the same author or at least a continuation of a story with a character from a prior book.
Anyone here done a thorough study of Schiller? I'm looking for a good translation of "Über Anmut und Würde". Frederick Beiser in his book on Schiller from 2005 states English readers are lacking a proper translation of the piece. The only one I've been able to get ahold of is from 1992 in a collection of his works.
What's a good light novel that I could actually enjoy rereading without knowing much Japanese?
I've already "officially" read in English:
The Melanchony of Haruhi
Crest of the Stars
Spice and Wolf
Shakugan no Shana
Ore no Imouto ga Konnna ni Kawaii wake ga nai
Chuunibyou demo koi shitai
Full Metal Panic
And poked at parts of of them in Japanese, but it's honestly hard to imagine being motivated to reread any of those in Japanese once you already know the plot or have seen the anime enough times. So what's something that would grow on me and hold my interest?
A weird idea.
I was thinking about writing prompts and how it can be hard to even begin to write ideas on paper.
So what if I do it for you?
Give me an idea you're working on, and I'll write a brief piece on it.
I'll try to include everything you say!
I hope this will help you start writing, so don't expect me to write the whole book.
How edgy is too edgy
I've been brainstorming ideas for a story of a post SHTF cannibal. I though of writing a scene where he encounters a family rummaging through his garden and instead of killing them he offers them some "deer meat" in exchange for a little time with their daughter. Would that be going too far?
Is anyone good enough at English to confirm if this makes sense?
"There might be a man named John. And John might be with the man named Smith, and John might also be Smith because John is the son of Smith, and Smith is the family name. Yet they are two separate persons."
Herbert W. Armstrong, Mystery of the Ages
e-ink ebook readers (kobo, kindle etc)
Summer is here, can't read a shit on phone screen outside now, and paper books can't be pirated as nice as they are.
What does /lit/erati use? I'm thinking of getting a top of line Kobo reader, how is the screen glare on that? I owned e-ink reader years ago and back in the days it was pretty awful, how is it now on paperwhite/carta tech?
School Shooting Book
(I GOT BANNED FOR ASKING THIS ON 4CHAN, go figure)
I'm writing a book about two kids that want to shoot up their school, I have the characters and their internal struggle and issues like that planned out very well. The only thing that I am lacking is that I never touched a gun, and I've never been to a USA high school (where the story is based - I was pulled out of high school because of bullying, was homeschooled since 14).
I am making this thread to BRAINSTORM ideas because if I dare to talk about this with anyone else they'd call the cops on me.
Some things to discuss:
* How was your high school experience?
* Were you bulllied? What were some bullying experiences you have?
* Have you shot a gun? How's that like?
* How would you go about to shoot up your school?
* What are some rules that you think are necessary to have in order to have a successful school shooting?
Let's get brainstorming hoot hoot!!
Would you consider World War Z's style of writing a genre? I say this because I want to write in a similar fashion, but I'm quite afraid to rip it off. My idea is much more satirical and humor based (dry humor, not "WoAAh isn't this ZAAny!!!!!!11?"). Any ideas, thoughts, opinions?
Writing Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Anyone have reccomendations on books/resources that teach you how to write good fantasy and sci-fi?
I'm reading some general books on writing (Elements of Style [Strunk & White], On Writing [King], On Writing Well [Zinnser]) and they're interesting and useful, but I would like to improve my ability to write F/SF specifically.
Any advice would be great, thank you!
Can you appreciate a book without reading it cover to cover?
Everyone on this board loves to read, as do I.
However, it is time consuming.
Is it possible to appreciate a book (usually a novel) without reading it in its entirety?
That being said, imo you can but it's like experiencing the Eiffel Tower. You can appreciate it in photos but it's never the same as visiting it for yourself.
How do you write FOR women
I've been watching sex and the city with my GF, and besides of being awful, I've tracked some major tropes that, I think, are present in almost every piece of fiction written by and for women. I've seen it anywhere from the hunger games to like water for chocolate.
So… my question: How do you write for women? I want to write a book, maybe chick-lit tier, and see if I can dupe a publisher into thinking I'm a chick.
ITT enumerate the themes, tropes, treatments, tones and everything that a woman would do when writing for women. So far, I've found these general approximations:
1. The main conflict -almost always- is between structured security vs. chaotic security. More often than not this thing boils down to a romantic competition. Choosing between the player or the sweet responsible guy. Or some such variation of the same theme.
2. The relationship between the principal (female) character and secondary (female) characters is one of veiled competition. Women hate even their closest friends.
3. Dresses and hairdos and such stuff become important. A dress can become a plot point. Yes, even in serious literature.
4. Feeling are everything.
Hi /lit/. I'd like to start writing a few short stories for fun but I've realised I know pretty much nothing about storytelling. Is there a book, a tutorial, a video, something that gives a brief overview of what every writer should know? Sort of like the literary equivalent of anatomy and perspective and colour theory for painters? Should I even worry about this or is it something you just learn by doing it?
Is it worth reading non-famous books of famous authors?
Lat's say Agatha Christie? Should I read all the gazillions books of her or should I read top three or five and be done. If I do this for all famous authors, am I going to miss something? I seriously cannot devote a lot of time to read everything a person has written.
Got any recommendations for some science fiction short novels that directly or indirectly portray philosophies like Nationalism, National Socialism, Fascism et cetera under a positive light?
Bonus points if the novels were written before or during WWII, and especially if they were written by an author who had first-hand experience with the various Nationalist nations and parties in Europe during that time.
Thinking vs. Feeling
(I'm going to post this on /film/ too because it's equally applicable there)
When someone creates a great work of art, how much of it is through rational thought processes, and how much of it is simply due to instinct; emotion?
I should begin by saying that I am, or rather was, firmly of the belief that it is an unconscious (I shan't go as far as to say spiritual) force that drives successful works. However, of the people that I have discussed this with, the majority seem to believe the opposite—that it is, at least in part, a methodical process. Not to say that it is in any way clinical or formulaic, but that the artist is fully aware of what they are doing and why.
Having read more analyses of famous authors and directors I think I understand why this view is common; if it is possible to dissect a work of art from merely having read/seen it, it isn't difficult to imagine that the person who actually made the damn thing knew exactly what they were doing. However, I still cannot shake the feeling that inspection of this kind simply describes why a piece works, and not necessarily the thought process of the creator.
Are there any authors/directors/whatever who have talked about this? The closest I have come to is Tarkovsky's comments on symbolism, but even that isn't really what I'm talking about. (funnily enough I love Tarkovsky's films. If I wanted to be a big homo I'd say they speak to me)
I decided to get started on it.
I picked Aenid, Odyssey, Iliad aswell as Meditations and put them on my queue for reading.
Because these ancient books have a million english translations, I'd like to know if there's as best one around and where to get it.
I'd also like to know a good place on the internet to get books from, I only have access to a tiny school library, a bunch of weebshit sites/trackers for my LNs, a local government site that doesn't have many books and project gutenberg. I already don't like project gutenberg, because they love to add their shitty OC DONUT STEEL notices to the beginning and end of every book and the EPUBs are of poor quality.
So if someone could hand me that information it would be nice. I didn't have a picture to post so have Chaika.
How much embellishment is too much when writing historical fiction?
I've heard some people say that it's poor writing to off the rails when writing historical fiction. Apparently, it's okay to have things like magic and fictional creatures, but when you add things King Arthur defeating Rome in "Historia Regum Britanniae" or Tirant saving Constantinople from the Turks in "Tirant lo Blanch" it pushes the suspension of disbelief too far. What are your thoughts on this?
Unsettling Books and DDLC
I recently finished Doki Doki Literature Club. I thought it was a pretty cool idea to take some tropes and invert them and then deconstruct them. First, after I finished the VN, I thought it didn't really live up to the hype that I had read on many places on the internet, but my mind keeps returning to it. I think one of the things that is most memorable to me is how even though I pretty much knew what was going to happen when I first started reading, the twist of the game still gave me goosebumps. Therefore, I'm wondering if any similar works of literary fiction exist where characters and a setting are introduced and then completely inverted similar to DDLC. Additionally, do any of you happen to know any good generally unsettling/scary books in general? A few months ago I read a lot of Thomas Liggoti and really enjoyed his stuff, so anything similar to that would be awesome. Thanks.
Operation Information Liberation
Operation Information Liberation *CROSSPOST*
The online digital age has rendered institutionalized education obsolete and has left them exposed as the detriments to society that they have become. Colleges no longer exist to educate, but to indoctrinate. And to add insult to injury, we're paying through the nose for the right to have our youth brainwashed against us by these narcissistic ingrates.
This is a project that, in time, will be cross-posted across numerous boards, platforms & media, taking participation from numerous communities with Truth being our guiding light and uniting purpose. This project is designed to provide and highlight alternatives to mainstream universities, or at least offer an inoculation against the Marxist intellectual contagion perpetuated by these Institutions of Higher Indoctrination. For the fields that can't just be done online, and require some sort of hard infrastructure, like a chemistry lab, we may want to consider utilizing, or copying the Maker Space route of community educational facilities.
We will need to find alternatives to accreditation.
This project will also need an accompanying meme campaign to get Normans, especially in the hiring class to associate a traditional college degree with risk. Risk that the person will be some sort of entitled SJW. Risk that they may file false sexual harassment claims (Humungus). Risk that they may be incompetent at their job.
The Class of 2018 graduates in May. I imagine high-schools will be having college days, fliers, trips, speakers, recruiters, field days, etc throughout March and April. When that begins, I'd like to see this project ready enough to print out business cards with the links and downloads for all the resources and content we'll be compiling.
These are the sources and resources I've dug up over the night. I've been thinking about this for a week. This is a long Op, it has to be. The damage to the Millennial generation is mostly done. And already significant damage has been done to Gen Z, which is who we're all counting on to reserve the trend. We can not allow them to walk blindly into these fucking lunatic safe-spaces known as colleges.
This is a big job, I can't do it alone, I need as much help as you can muster, even if it's just a link or a suggestion.
Below is a compendium of resources I put together thus far.
I have never posted here even once.
I need recommendations for good books written by Prussian authors. They can be German as it would help with me read German but need a english translation as well. Also I prefer fiction to non fiction unless the non fiction is an old time analysis of art or political theory.
Romance Lit: For Men
up /lit/. I read pics related, and while they were decent scifi adventure romps (Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, in contrast, were spectacular imo), the romance between the two main characters really stuck with me.
Since then, I've been wondering what other books, classic or modern, have a truly engaging love story.
Hello fellow literati, I'm interested in literature from the Decadent movement from the turn of the 19th century. Most of these masterpieces were inaccessible to the English speaking world until recently. The English translations, however, are copyrighted.
Two works that caught my interest are:
The She-Devils by Pierre Louÿs
Disagreeable Tales by Léon Bloy
These erotic novels are best in their class.
I would like to read anonymously so purchasing them is not an option. Could I ask a kind soul to buy and liberate these ebooks? Upload them here and I will add them to libgen to make them available for everyone.
Growing up, I never played piano or anything like that, but recently I've become interesting in making music on FL Studio etc.
I've noticed that I'm only just flailing about, trying blindly to find things that seem to work, and I realize that I could work much better if I had a fundamental knowledge of music theory.
Is there an already-constructed reading list for music theory? If not could you recommend me a few books or manuals to understand how to write and produce music?
Why am I so bad at reading poetry?
I really struggle to follow whats going on unless its Keats. Every poem I read, from Homer to Goethe, I get completely lost or feel like i'm not experiencing their full potential.
What should I do lit? Is there some interpretative technique I should use? Do I "get gud"? Is it just about experiencing the prose and ideas the author is weaving and I should just relax? Should I just read more poems and get used to how they are written?
Pic related, not sure if its strictly a poem but its my personal final boss
This is easily the worst book that I've ever read. After reading a A Hero of Our Time, I was quite certain that Russian literature would be amazing. And while the books I've read have had their ups and downs, this is by far the worst of them all.
The characters are bland and uninteresting. There is virtually no development, and most importantly, there is no major protagonist to follow. This would work well, if it were executed in a matter such that there were multiple perspectives. But instead, we simply spread it all out thin. Levin might have been alright if he wasn't a complete idiot. Anna might have been alright if she wasn't a emotional wreck. But no, they're both what they are, and neither are interesting to follow.
This novel is considered a fucking masterpiece, and yet even a book about a beetle eating through a tree would be less boring than this piece of shit. Worst of all, unlike most other shit novels which have the courtesy to be short, this book drags on and on, sucking away time and energy.
Tolstoy hated fucking trains, but you know what? I love them now. Because a train is what ended this fucking novel. That train is the real, unsung hero of this story. It's a shame he only shows up a few times.
What novels have pissed you off? Double bonus points if they're considered "masterpieces" by fools.
I need your help.
I'm writing a script for a video review of what has to be one of the worst series of books ever written. It's not the worst because nothing has infuriated me more in writing than this, to actually motivate me to make a video on it.
The series in question?
That's the actual name, the author is so lazy they couldn't even come up with a decent name. But that's not all, there's so much in this garbage fire.
Marry Sue main character who gets so much advantage right at the start of the story that it makes the Self Insert obvious, a power structure literally handed to him by killing a couple of goblins that makes him the power of not only magic but MASTERY over several schools of it, overly convenient plot elements, stakes that ultimately lead to nothing because it's like the author usually forgets about them since the MC's power creep is way too fast for them to even matter or can be simply handwaved and brought back up in minor passing to being completely forgotten, cliff hangers that ultimately lead to nothing but also are complete letdowns because the MC can handwaved them away, a bafflingly confusing skill system that always conveniently favors the MC, writing that relies heavily on not only dead memes but incredibly unfunny ones MC kills a fox, screams "What does the fox say" along with cringy writing to make the sounds I shit you not and there's even more memeshit ahead clearly stollen elements from Skyrim
>Don't you mean The Elder Scrolls?
No I shit you not he just rips off Skyrim.
This is just part of the shitty writing but one thing, the author's main crutch, is his use of what some would think a minor skill but he turned into a page-filling, same information repeating skill called "Analyze" which the author abuses to no end and cheats in literary terms to explain how the MC would know other characters names without ever talking to them. Worst is that he "Upgrades" the skill to also include useless stats of characters and he's not shy of filling it all in over and over.
Oh yeah, stats, did I mention they don't matter? Percentages, plusses and minuses all don't matter because the author can't write for them, his own rules are so convoluted and skewed in favor of the MC that it doesn't matter at all.
Going through halfway through the series and the idea that the MC was actually evil popped into my head made me almost forgive most of the bad writing but it gets so much worse that made me abandon the thought. The MC can be sumarized as a narcissistic-sociopath that can act as such because he never gets any real punishment for his actions but only does the right thing because he never gets any setbacks like you would see in actually good writing. He never makes a sacrifice but time after time he gets literally god-tier stuff and skills.
Now you all might be thinking this would be the writing style of a teenage author but get this:
THE AUTHOR HAS A DOCTORATE'S DEGREE SO HE SHOULD KNOW IT'S BAD
This isn't a "So bad it's good" series because it is so mind numbingly bad and bland how it gets. I'm on book 5 and every book between the first and this one, which I'm finding out is even more filler and showing the author has not only an incest but also a bestiality fetish.
This book is so bad it is proof that anyone can get published even if their writing is poor and on more than one occasion I've been tempted to start writing a book but this script MUST come first and I NEED to expose the sham that is this author.
But this is what I need from you guys: I need other book series to compare this to or just single books in the "LitRPG" genre. I have two series but I need even more to prove my point. The two I have are Delivers LLC and the Video Game Plotline Tester series. It can be the video game style or table top. Can be anything like Fantasy or Sci-Fi but must be considered LitRPG.
I've got time to write out a huge script, I've got friends who are competent video editors on hand, links to several communities that can spread the video pretty far. I just need more examples to prove my point
Tips to read better?
So I used to be a very good reader, and although I still am able to read reasonably difficult books (except pretentious shit like James Joyce who I despise), this past year I probably only read like 200 pages overall, never progressing more than 30 pages or so into any single book before putting them down for months.
I recently stopped masturbating for a few days and found my concentration to be greatly increased. Although I have done no-fap before and determined it was almost entirely a placebo/had no effect on confidence or really anything, I do think it (being nofap) decreases hedonistic urges and short term pleasure seeking. Because of this abstinence I was able to truly enjoy "Ride the Tiger" for 2 hours today before I started to feel jittery. Normally I could only last like 10 minutes before getting restless.
So, I think to read better,
1. abstain from masturbation
2. get comfy
3. avoid distractions, maybe listen to some very faint ambient music
4. I think low blood pressure helps, as might also low resting heart rate. My heart rate used to be 50 beats per minute a few years ago but now is closer to 60 or even 70, which I think is why I have a harder time concentrating.
5. When you start a particular book, read it for an extended period of time to "get into" it.
Just sharing a very unusual short story
Children's Short Fiction: The Watchers
The fuck did I just find /lit/?
So I'm at this yard sale and they have just piles of free books, so naturally I flip through and just take anything that looks good either content-wise or aesthetically. I found a bunch of pretty stock junk, but this one book caught my eye and I had to save it.
I cut in front of this little white trash kid who was throwing shit around and grabbed it, it wasn't till I got home I looked through it and saw what it was. Apparently some prisoner in the Colorado State Penitentiary wrote it and published it in the late 30's, and it isn't bad, but beyond that I have nothing. The internet only has one copy listed as existing, but beyond that I have nothing on the guy or the circumstances of publication, anyone got any clues?
"Great abuses in the world are begotten … imposing upon the world … penetrate into what it is to believe … playing with cats …"
Read it. Still don't get it. Isn't this motherfucker supposed to be a beacon of clarity?
The fuck is a Raimond Sebond and why does it piss everyone off?
OMG how did I ever miss this? The dude's an absolute genius! And deserves a discussion thread of his own
I've had a look online and other than his brilliant website can only find for download mp3 podcasts
Has anyone pdfs of his comics they can attach or magnets/links to written work?
Na No Wri Mo
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Greetings, lit. I come here to ask a simple question: how, exactly, does one create a good horror story, one that is genuinely scary to the vast majority of people who read it? Whenever I write something, I simply can't instill any kind of fear, whether it be in myself or anyone else who reads it.
Pic unrelated. Apologies for blogpost.
I spent a while trying to come up with ideas for stories to write. I came up with three I thought I could do:
1 - A last man on earth kind of deal - a guy goes into work as normal, then the next day everyone else is gone and there's a perpetual fog. He does everything he ever wanted, alone, and after exploring the world he sees echoes of peoples lives, glimpses moments, hears conversations, and eventually comes to some revelation and brings one person back, who in turn brings back more, etc. It was supposed to be a sort of personal purgatory on the nature of loneliness and a need for others. Ultimately, after a few pages of the usual routine and starting on the fog coming, I thought it'd be too boring. Didn't have the skill to make it otherwise.
2 - A country on an earth-like planet is highly automated. The jobs that remain are all creative, or computer-based maintenance stuff. Certain recreational and social activities are enforced. It was going to be called AutoNation, on the nature of mundanity and lack of freedom and purpose. Becoming a machine. Only way I could make it compelling was to turn it into a 1984 ripoff.
3 - This was going to be in a shared universe with no. 2 just for the hell of it. The idea was simply "generic space adventure", and the pdf I've uploaded represents 2 years of sporadic writing. I tried to figure out the world and do a timeline for the story, but ultimately I can't do dialogue. Or people. It was all about forcing a story arc. Fanfiction. That said, please read it if you've the time.
Writing about concepts or reviewing things seems easy, but slowing down, trying to characterise, explain the details, really is just awful.
Thoughts on the pdf/story ideas?
First post, don't lynch plz
Attila Jozsef: Without Hope
I am as one who comes to rest
by that sad, sandy, sodden shore
and looks around, and undistressed
nods his wise head, and hopes no more.
Just so I try to turn my gaze
with no deceptions, carelessly.
A silver axe-swish lightly plays
on the white leaf of the poplar tree.
Upon a branch of nothingness
my heart sits trembling voicelessly,
and watching, watching, numberless,
the mild stars gather round to see.
In heaven’s ironblue vault …
In heaven’s ironblue vault revolves
a cool and lacquered dynamo.
The word sparks in my teeth, resolves
- oh, noiseless constellations! - so -
In me the past falls like a stone
through space as voiceless as the air.
Time, silent, blue, drifts off alone.
The swordblade glitters; and my hair -
My moustache, a fat chrysalis,
tastes on my mouth of transience.
My heart aches, words cool out to this.
To whom, though, might their sound make sense?
As quoted in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Av0D8HUzs
>He died on 3 December 1937, aged 32, at Balatonszárszó, where he was staying at the house of his sister and brother-in-law. Crawling through the railway tracks, he was crushed by a starting train.
Hey, I was wondering if you guys could help me find a short story that I read about a year ago. It's about a gay Parisian man who has to put down his old dog. There's also some bits about his long term boyfriend cheating on him. It's a beautiful piece, and I've scoured through everything I can think of, but it still eludes me,
have a webm for your time.
I'm only familiar with Voltaire's historical writings which, assuming they were meant to be taken seriously, are some of the most abysmal works of historiography I've ever read, even for their time. As a result I have quite a bit of disdain for the faggot and have avoided his other works up until now. Are his non-historical books any good and if so what are some good ones to start with? I know he was a satirist, but did write good satire or was he just the 18th century's current year man?
we all know that the future of literature is going to look a lot more like 8chan than the New Yorker, which is why I started a magazine for writers, cartoonists, scholars and shitposters called Dagger. It comes out in both digital and a full-color, glossy print edition. you can check it out at www.daggermag.com and please please please hit me up with pitches or submissions.
I've been a professional writer for about five years now, and lemme tell you, the publishing industry is looking bleak. It's totally screwed down by monied interests and it's shrinking, quarter by quarter, into total irrelevance. I've been told, while interviewing for staff jobs, that my duty will be to "help elect democrats." which is the opposite of what this is all supposed to be about. dagger has a small audience but it isn't co-opted, and our first print issue has work from William Burroughs, an interview with John Carpenter and artwork by some excellent pro illustrators – including Billy Norrby, who did the cover. lemme know what you think
Advice for a beginner?
I used to read a lot as a kid, mainly Sci-Fi and adventures but really all sorts of topic, however, as I grew up I basically dropped the habit.
Now in my early twenties I want to get back to it and more seriously this time around: any advice? Should I start with the classics or look for some more contemporary writers? Any books you might recommend? Thanks in advance!
Leave this board and never return if any one of these apply to you:
>you read any form of genre fiction
>you barely know your classics
>you tend to believe that if you like a given work, it is justified on an artistic level
>you think everyone's opinion should be accepted and respected
>you speak a single language
>you read contemporary versions of Shakespeare or Milton
>you read for the plot
>you read for entertainment
>you rarely read nonfiction
>you don't have a solid grounding in philosophy
>you don't have at least have some understanding of the Three Tragedians and Homer
>you have little to no understanding of literature outside of your cultural horizon
>you have little to no understanding of literature within your own cultural horizon
>you mostly read contemporary literature
>you believe 'the author is dead'
>you make your literary analysis proceed from ideology
>you think intricate prose is 'pretentious' and that the author 'should just get to the point'
>your rarely read poetry
>you think Rhythm and Rhyme is just useless rules and laws restricting creativity
>you have a hard time explaining why you like a given work
>you have a hard time forming structured and relevant literary criticism
>you tend to refuse to judge works for yourself, rather relying on the opinions of literary authorities
>you rarely read for more than one or two hours straight
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Why didn't Umbridge expel Harry after Dumbledore left the school?
She was now headmistress and had the power to do it. (since it was somewhat explained or at least alluded to that the headmaster would have final say on expelling students). And he was proven to have undermined her authority (since he was part of Dumbledores Army and the Educational decree for banning student groups risked expulsion).
So why didn't she do it?
It's still weird to me upon reading this book that Harry just gets off scott free from creating an illegal defense against the dark arts group.
I have just started reading WOT (chpt.3) and am liking it so far. But while working I came up with an idea that will keep me reading it and on a schedule or at least keep reading on even during the down parts. I am looking for someone who is also interested in this book journey with me. We can start a chat on here or fb or twitter or wherever and talk about the events that have transpired in the book. We could set reading goals for the Week so we won't get to far ahead of each other or behind. If no one is interested that is fine I just thought it would be a cool idea. Also if more than one want to join in, the more the merrier!
I'm trying to find a good book to pair up with "The Big Lebowski". I have to think of a thesis and use two works to prove it one film and one book. So im thinking of doing something about the absurd life where life is meaningless so maybe camus or something. Any suggestions for a thesis or book much appreciated.
So you wrote a book. Now what.
In the last 5 years I've become an avid reader (mostly classics because everything else is too expensive for a poorfag) and perhaps as a result I wanted to try my hand at writing something of my own. Now, writing for yourself as a practice is nice and all but how do you put your work out there? I don't mean putting it straight on shelves, but you know, just evaluated. Are there any amateur writefags sites? For example, there's a site called silent-manga-auditions where professional mangaka judge amateur manga anyone can send in. Is there something like that for writefags, some contests? You also hear about authors of yore writing for serial publications, like Weird Tales etc., where you basically send your work and if it's acceptable they publish it, do such things exist nowadays?
How do I write essays like the aspie from link:
How do you get to this level of english?
srs answers please
List of abstract nouns?
Not much of a /lit/ person, and I have an embarrassing itch need for a (complete, or nearly so) list of abstract nouns in the English language, as well as lists of other categories of words if possible. I have been unable to find anything via search engines. Can anyone point me to a good resource?
What's the weirdest reason you've ever dropped a book, /lit/?
Years ago I dropped Pynchon entirely because I couldn't stand the little song numbers inserted into his works. Felt like nails on a chalkboard for some reason. I'm glad I picked him back up later, but they still annoy me.
Was Holden Caulfield a spoiled brat? I entirely read the book The Catcher in the Rye a few years ago, so I vaguely remember it.
Quote from Family Guy:
All I've done is try to be nice to you, and you still don't like me. How can you not like me? \n Okay. I'll tell you. \n You are the worst person I know. \n You constantly hit on your best friend's wife. \n The man pays for your food and rescued you from certain death, and this is how you repay him? \n And to add insult to injury, you defecate all over his yard. \n And you're such a sponge. You pay for nothing. \n You always say, "Oh, I'll get you later." \n But later never comes. \n And what really bothers me, is you pretend you're this deep guy who loves women for their souls when all you do is date bimbos. \n Yeah, I date women for their bodies, but at least I'm honest about it. \n I don't buy them a copy of Catcher in the Rye and then lecture them with some seventh grade interpretation of how Holden Caulfield is some profound intellectual. \n He wasn't. He was a spoiled brat. \n And that's why you like him so much… he's you. \n God, you're pretentious! \n And you delude yourself by thinking you're some great writer, even though you're terrible. \n You know, I should have known Cheryl Tiegs didn't write me that note. \n She would have known there's no "a" in the word "definite." \n And I think what I hate most about you is your textbook liberal agenda, how we should "Legalize pot, man," how big business is crushing the underclass, how homelessness is the biggest tragedy in America. \n Well, what have you done to help? \n I work down at the soup kitchen, Brian. \n Never seen you down there. \n You want to help? Grab a ladle! \n And, by the way, driving a Prius doesn't make you Jesus Christ. \n Oh, wait, you don't believe in Jesus Christ, or any religion for that matter, because "Religion is for idiots." \n Well, who the hell are you to talk down to anyone? \n You failed college twice. \n Which isn't nearly as bad as your failure as a father. \n How's that son of yours you never see? \n But you know what? I could forgive all of that, all of it, if you weren't such a bore. \n That's the worst of it, Brian. \n You're just a big, sad, alcoholic bore. \n (exhales) \n Well, see ya, Brian. \n Thanks for the (bleep) steak.
Is anyone else here heavily inspired by historical events? I've noticed that many of the events or characters I write about have historical equivalents of some sort.
On the same topic, how well do anachronisms in sci-fi work, like religious superstitions or hierarchies modeled after ancient times? I've built some of those in, partially with the intention of challenging the view that history is steadily moving forward in the direction of "progress". Fedoraism becomes the state religion, everyone is into sexual liberation, national barriers somehow stop existing except when it's a Cold War allegory, and everyone technobabbles fluently. Also, megacorps. Lots of megacorps. It's extrapolation from what we have now with no turns unless Kurzweil predicted them first.
Do you ever listen to your voice?
I think i live like an animal. Do you know what im talking about when i say "the voice"? It is that voice that tells you you probably should go to bed now, or stop browsing porn, or brush your teeth, or start writing.
I mostly just ignore it. Do you listen to your voice /lit/? What is the voice? Is it our sanity?
eragon is incest tier shit
Sick, but true, and I am sorry to ruin this book for y'all, but Chris really wrote what he knew and it was weird feelings about his mother and his sister because it was the only poonani he ever saw and he was 15-18 and still lives at home probably to this day. Firnen and Brom are his dad characters, aka Kenneth. Arya is his sister aka Angela and Safira I and II are his mom, Talita. Murtagh is Chris' fantasy alter life where he is normal and has a 'big sword' like daddy. Some funky shit went down in Paradise Valley. I feel sorry for him more than anything. Also, poor Chris realizes his dad was a cuck by Iormúngr. Good luck Chris, at least you have money.
Jamestown book suggestions
I'm banned off of /b/ and /pol/ so I have to come here.
I need some good book suggestions for the first people who came to jamestown and what their lives were like. Maybe a book about plymouth too.
I want a book that is unbiased truth. Not a lefty book that preaches that the natives were goody goodies. and dindu nuffin wrong.
I also don't want a right leaning book.
Post suggestions please. I'm starting to get into u.s history.
Let's git er dun. I submit:
The turd in the toilet took two seconds to tear apart. My fingerprints rilled with shit. It was supposed to be inside, but it was all doo doo. I glare at grandma. 'Why?'
Next thing I know, I'm at Romanelli's Scrap Metal arguing with handless cashier over how much grandma's walker is worth. 'Wha? This is aluminium alloy—no, I don't know with what!'
Back at the house grandma beckons. 'It is in my cunt' she whispers against my ear. So I guide her in the bathroom, undo her pants, and help her sit on the toilet. With a breaststroke motion I part her knees, her skin oldwoman soft. I feel my way into her melanin drained bush, of course she's self lubricating, why not? Middle and ring finger, searching. Has she been lying? Is she delusional? Insane?
My name is Alex Trebek, I may have all the Answers, but the real Answers are the Questions.
I was in DC all week. I got to sit next to Pope Francis today flying into JFK. Doing the NYT crossword, he turns to me, 'four letter word for a woman, ending in 'u-n-t'?'
'Do you have an eraser?'
Now, in my voice: The Answers are the Questions.
Interpret the meaning of "S U C C"
So I am having trouble trying to interpret even the basic plot of certain stories that I have to read for a English class. The amount of irony and levels of vagueness and ambiguity of the stories are so fucking high even though it means one thing with a clear meaning behind it.
I think these are the reasons why I hate literature and fiction so much. I don't mind and actually like clear and coherent books that are laid out very nicely much like Lawrence Lessig or Eric S. Raymond.
Seriously, why the hell would you obfuscate your message so much that is is lost in a sea of banter and nonsensical bullshit.
What methods do you use to interpret extremely abstract writings and how can you conclude the authors message through this piece of shit they call literature?