>realise how important literature is
>regret spending teenage years on playing vidya and shitposting instead of reading literature
>feel frustrated because you will never read all good books
are there any philosophy books/writings that have had a profound effect on your view of life?
I must admit, I generally find them irrelevant in the 2010s. Stuff like On The Road, etc. they aren't too bad, but life now is very different. There are always going to be defeated / tired elements in each generation, but this stuff isn't that relevant to us now, I think.
Pic related. Probably what Jack Kerouac got used to seeing upon entering rooms, for a year after the release of On The Road.
Last one is once again dead and bloated so let's sweep it in the bin and begin anew!
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All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is Taste. Others have the same love in such excess, that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is Art.
Alright I've been posting little bits of this over the past couple of days (I've really appreciated the feedback), here's the first draft of the opening to some hypothetical novel I may or may not be writing. I feel like it loses some steam after the description of the Bay but I can't say for sure.
Be as harsh as you want
I think we were all expecting exactly what came out of it. Pretty good description. But you have no idea what to do when it comes to conceiving a story.
A man stands on the corner of a street and he is taller than everyone else.Then he starts walking through the scenery you described.
It's a walking simulator.
what's up with this guy?
How well does /lit/ think a sci-fi adventure about MC searching through a hellish wasteland filled with lovecraftian horrors for the only person he ever cared about, (his best friend, no homo though) eventually finding him but ended up killing his friend out of rage because the friend has been changed by the wasteland and no longer recognizes MC, would do in today's fantasy market?
I assume you're familiar with The Night Land, William Hope Hodgson's influential and imaginative tale of a man searching through a hellish wasteland filled with Lovecraftian horrors for the only person he ever cared about (his wife, no homo)?
Unfortunately it's incredibly difficult to read. Nobody has ever figured out why Hodgson decided to write the whole thing in pseudo-Elizabethan prose, and Hodgson is too dead to answer.
Still, you must give it a shot. If you can't handle the...
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Is browsing /lit/ equal to majoring in literature?
Need help, I read a series of books a while ago but now I cant remember what they are. Basically some bad dude is going to do something to a kingdom and a hero must go find rings guarded by a dragon and each book is about each dragon. I cant remember much more about it, any help would be appreciated.
No idea but it reminds me of Mother 3 for some reason, where you have to pull seven swords from the ground to awaken a dragon that will either destroy or fix the world depending on whether the swords are pulled by the good or the evil.
Death, be not proud is my favorite poem I've ever read. Does /lit/ have any recommendations for similar ones?
the rest of the holy sonnets obviously.
you can also read his earlier stuff which are just really cerebral/convoluted ways for donne to convince women to sleep with him, not quite in the same vein as late-life metaphysical donne
andrew marvell and george herbert are the other two big metaphysical poets.
depends on what aspect you're most intrigued by.
subject matter (life and death, overcoming it, etc.), try stuff like:
-On Time, milton
-When I have fears I may cease to be, keats
-Sonnet 55, 60, 73, 107, shakespeare
-Do not go gentle into that good night, and death shall have no dominion, dylan thomas
I can't tell if this is supposed to be a very elaborate troll or if these guys are actually retarded.
Should I get the Nabokov translation or another?
"...give up your thirst for books, so that you do not die a grouch"
Hey, /lit/, I'm wondering if any of you follow any ethical positions in daily life? Whether you do or do not, are there any books that inspired you to live like that?