alright senpai. this book has been around for a while now and i still haven't picked it up. which of his stories do you recommend?
>is he even worth reading?
DUDE EMPATHY LMAO
Has anyone here ever taught literature?
I tutored some foreign high school students in 9th grade English.
best book for ego-death?
What does /lit/ think about Montaigne? Anyone read his essays?
Man, this was depressing as fuck. I thought Tolstoy was supposed to be a Christfag. Only thing close to that was the sublime physical death.
How are the two related?
Please recommend me american modernist novels. (at least the modernist era, not necessarily stylistically modernist)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
I have a random urge to write stories in an idealized noir sort of urban 1920s. I need information to input.
These ones are from the 30s. Doubt they'd be considered modernist in style, but the settings fit with what you're after.
Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
Ask the Dust - John Fante
Turn, Magic Wheel - Dawn Powell
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Fast One - Paul Cain
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
One character will be a german immigrant who excelled in math in his gymnasium and left germany during wwI and when to america. He translates books for a living and works as a janitor in a newspaper. Named Conrad. Skinny guy
What was the most emotional moment in a book for you (describe why)? I'll start; when Raskolnikov dreams of the horse being murdered. Reading that and just feeling completely helpless to what was happening destroyed me for about a week.
Anyone here have this? Or any LoA? They seem fun to collect
Describe for me a sunset, /lit/
How hard is it to get hired as a writer?
I decided while reading (pic related) to cast people I know as the characters in the book. As in I'd envision those real people saying and doing what the characters were up to. Has anyone else tried this? With what book/characters?
From a writing perspective, what you are describing is every traditional novel, ever. Millions of examples.
For casting ... do you mean you want to do a film?
For myself, yes I have written this.
Anybody else like Chuck Bowden? I got into him by chance after finding 'Blue Desert' on a $1 bookshelf and picked it up because I liked the cover.
Really one of the coolest guys ever to put ink on paper.
"The downfall of classical ideals made all men potential artists, and therefore bad artists. When art depended on solid construction and careful observance of rules, few could attempt to be artists, and a fair number of these were quite good. But when art, instead of being understood as creation, became merely an expression of feelings, then anyone could be an artists, because everyone has feelings."
> When art depended on solid construction and careful observance of rules, few could attempt to be artists,
That doesn't follow at all. If he means 'coincidentally, classicism coincided with the period of greatest social immobility', then he may have an arguable point, but I suspect he doesn't mean that.
>That doesn't follow at all.
You're going to have to elaborate. Simply saying "That doesn't follow" doesn't demonstrate that it doesn't follow.
Capitalism accelerates social progressivism in art though. Capitalism creates an audience and a purpose for mediocre art; namely, the acquisition of social and financial capital.
>earlier today, talking to my 17 year old nephew
>he's a complete neckbeard STEMlord but to facilitate conversation I ask him what he's been doing in English class
>he says he's been reading a bunch of cool essays and even listened to a speech from an author whose name he couldn't remember
>ask to see what he's, extremely excited that I may be able to connect with him
>he ruffles through his stuff...
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>tfw got to read Walden for high school English
>tfw got to read The Birth of Tragedy for high school English
>tfw high school English inspired me to pursue and stay in academia
>tfw now expanding high schoolers' minds like my own was expanded