After Homer, Virgil, Dante and Shakespeare
who would you say are the most influential to the western canon?
Sup /lit/ looking for experimental narratives and structure. It can be ancient text or graphic novel or anything in between. Bonus points for mind fuckery.
Read some surrealism if you want to go in hard. Like Aragon or Breton. Paris Peasant is one I've got lined up, I've taken a peek and it looks like banter madness.
Conrad's The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' blends first and third person narrative.
Didn't aragon do the poetry about a girls cunt (literally?) I like surrealism but I wanted something more meta, I remember this short story a few years ago where the character had multiple personalities and the reader became one of them
>that feel when the girl you like asks you to review her bad poetry
I just finished this and I don't understand the ending. Who gives a shit if the guy wrote it using the I Ching?
I am vaguely familiar with /lit/ and its fine taste, yet I do not frequent this board as much as I should. Finally I have reached the verdict to post this question as no one I know can answer it. Should I read any tales of Sherlock Holmes? I've heard it was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and I was very fond of that story.
Please,/lit/! Please lead me to the righteous path of Literacy!
That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
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Have any /lit/izens been academically unexceptional at English, whether at school, sixth form, or degree level? Like, even though they read widely and assiduously, only getting average or just-above-average marks?
Is academia a good judge of reading ability?
Academia teaches skills, not processes. You don't truly learn how to read in the intuitive sense, just what the education board thinks will work for you. Most teachers are also shitty at what they do and don't know how to evaluate students placements correctly. The only decent education is saved for elites to place their kids in private schools.
In short, the only way to really be good at reading and language arts is to have your parents teach you from a really early age good vocabulary and reading you sufficient books, not dollar store shit. I believe this was the only way I ever was educated. I started kindergarten early and was always proficient in Lit classes.
What is the best edition of Ulysses? I picked up the shitty blue Dover edition, huge mistake. Is there one the that has footnote or explanation and a good intro?
I'm personally trying to decide between the Alma Classics publication (1939 text) and the Oxford World Classics publication (1922 text). I'm wondering exactly how jarring or confounding the various errors actually are.
/lit/ club is happening again this week with another short story by Ananis Nin
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part VI when
but seriously, it was found in his papers like seven years ago, when (if ever) are they going to release it?
Recommend me a book on hiccups.
What does /lit/ think about the Beat Generation?
absolute garbage. a time in which an author's personal reputation counted for far more than their work, even by today's standards.
check out Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, and that's pretty much the only good book it ever produced.
Which translation is better for...
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Simon Armitage or Marie Borroff?
Beowulf: Seamus Heany in verse or Talbot Donaldson in prose?
Any other options worth checking?
Let's try and do something worthwhile for a change.
Lately I've been reading Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard and it came to me how relevant this book is for any discussion about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Apart from the obvious titular similarity and the fact the book opens with a Kierkegaard quote, its whole theme of the incomunicability of the death of the American Dream and the futility of Thompson's own threnody matches perfectly with Kierkegaard's foray in the outward speechlessness of the faithful, the inability to relate one's story...
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I'm getting ready into sci-fi and fantasy at the moment and want to use a site which updates frequently on new developments in these genres. Unfortunately, io9 is a SJW sack of shit - is there any site which does SF&F news without pandering to transsexual abominations shilling their latest novels?
This is as good as any source you will find, although its missing Gene Wolfe, Lies of Locke Lamora, Children of Hurin and Joe Abercrombie.
I dont shit on reading for enjoyment and I think pulp has its place, but if there were any new developments in Sci-Fi the /lit/ sci fi place is as good a place as any. the genre is stagnant as fuck, with GRRM on the tippy top, and then hundreds of pounds of manure with a few gems sprinked in.