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How does /lit / feel about this?
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fine for genre fiction since they are rarely read more than once
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Disgusting and abhorrent
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>>7615601
You mean that disgusting Slav language?

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Best snow reading go
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>>7615586
>I will never have a winter with 4 months of snow to read with a coffee

why live?
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>>7615586
Mason & Dixon. Anything by Tolstoy but specifically War & Peace and the short story Master and Man.

t. Canadian
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>>7615596
My back yard rn. Virginia. We usually don't get very much snow. It's actually been a warm winter so far.

Hi Lit
I am a complete /lit noob.
What are the first 50 books I should read?
To put it into perspective, I just finished reading 1984. I have just begun dracula.
I am reading on the bus when I go to and fro work.
I read lord of the flies & brave new world in school, so no need for those ones.
Beyond these, I haven't literally read nothing.
So give me your most basic 50-100 books to give me a decent base to work with!
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>>7615572
Good on you friend! This is a decent list http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction Basically just read the ones you've heard of first, then come back her when you want advice for more.
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You have to show that numbers mean something to you when you can finish something, not much different from eating at a buffet.
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>>7615581
thanks! this looks like a good starting point.
desu i feel like my mind is fucking pleb tier since i haven't read anything

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What do you think of vernacular speech?

Do you think that the English we all speak is a bastardization, a gross perversion and a twisted inferior sister to the language employed by great english authors?

I read lolita and thoroughly enjoyed how it was written. It also made me realize how bland, dull and ugly my speech is. I have become more and more aware of how inarticulate I am. And how depressingly boring my speech is when compared to the beautiful prose I read in books like lolita and frankenstein.

I don't want to be a fedora-wearing thesaurus quoting...
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I dunno, sure.
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>>7615529
Thanks for the contribution to the thread anon.
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WHY CAN'T PEOPLE BE LIKE THE CHARACTERS IN MY BOOKS WAAAAHHH

Thoughts on this book and on Hobsbawm in general? I would like to read pic related and the others 3 books, but first I want to know what is /lit/'s opinion on him.
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>>7615475
Marxist, revisionist, apologetic hack
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Marxist propagandist. He writes a supposed world history but vital shit like the Franco-Prussian War, the decline of China/rise of Japan and America's wars of expansion are barely mentioned.

>>7615579
too right
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Read some of his stuff when studying identity and Nationalism, I think he's very reductionist, typical old school marxist

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What non-literary book did you admire a lot for its page-turning qualities, ones that best evoke the feeling of mystery, thrill and suspense.

My personal favourites were Forsyth's Day of the Jackal (about an assasin) and Clancy's Hunt for Red October (techno-thriller about Soviet submarine defecting). The problem is these are from the pre-internet era when people had longer attention spans and had to read novels in flights, trains, lonely evening when there was nothing to watch on tv, etc. So I am looking for something more contemporary.

My purpose...
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James Patterson
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Sebastian Faulks. Read Birdsong.

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Your thoughts on pic related?
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>>7615393
Just stared reading it a few days ago. Slow start, but it seems to be getting a bit better. I find his writing style off-putting and the narrative feels choppy. I'm going to try to stick with it in hopes there's a good payoff in the end.
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>>7615563
>I find his writing style off-putting and the narrative feels choppy.
Are you sure you're reading Embassytown by China Mièville?
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>>7615700
Opinions are like assholes.

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>Thank you for sending me a query letter describing your work. After careful evaluation, I have decided that I am not the right agent to represent your work. I can only properly represent materials that greatly excite or interest me. Since this is such a subjective business, I am sure another agent will feel quite differently about your work.

>I wish you the best of luck finding representation with the right agent and good fortune with your writing career.

Goddamnit....this is about my 15th one of this,...
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Guess that "homage to Finnegans wake" didn't pan out did it
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>>7615376
Not even close to anything finnegans wake related. Actually it's probably more commercial fiction than anything.
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How many dick pics did you include in your query letter?

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In fear of not being taken seriously here,
is the point at the end of text messages a thing of the past - I feel it's actually discouraged and considered impolite
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>>7615355
The point, you mean punctuation?
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>>7615355
Use it to fuck with minds. Punctuation is superior.
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You may look like a cold, boring person on a couple of messages but people get used to it rather quickly.

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> Mega-deep non cliche edgy creative writing piece due in a few days.
> Fine ill do it.
> Begin brainstorming ideas for short story.
> Realise all my ideas are 'cliche' and/or come from some form of pre-existing literature or tv show/movie.
> wait a minute.
> there is a whole board of helpful, attractive and extremely knowledgeable literature lovers who can do the hard thinking for...
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>>7615269
This is not the homework board, friend. >>>/hm/ is thatta way.
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Ten page, post-modern piece of a man contemplating the universe, while fishing a light bulb out of his colon.
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You could have phrased that to not sound like a smug cunt and maybe I would have helped you. Instead I'm gonna tell you to choke on a fat one.

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Why can't i find any work of Edgar Julius Jung on digital format?
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Because his his main work was translated by Alexander Jacob for a small press and costs like 150 dollars for each volume. I believe he has a few essays in the Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Additionally there is an unpublished phd by some guy who did a study about him floating around on the net if you can find it.
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Written too late for public domain, too early and too niche for commercial ebooks

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Is reading Das Kapital worthwhile? I am interested in the backgrounds of Marxist theory but I have heard it is mostly irrelevant to modern Marxism
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>>7615248

Yes it is. Read it and formulate your on thoughts on it.
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if you don't have a grasp on classical economics then don't read Das Kapital until you do
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>>7615268
true dat

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I can't find any info on this. I know Martini did it, but I cant find any books it was in. Google was a nogo
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>>7615218
I didn't know anyone else appreciated Alberto Martini's work. I just recently picked up a collection of his ex-libris at an auction. The attached is an illustration for one of poe's books.

Ask away - I live down the road from his place in Oderzo, Italia.
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>>7615796
Any chance you know which book that illustration is in?
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>>7617185
Tales of Mystery and Horror by A. Poe.1908

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I'm trying to read stuff that is genuinely independent of my culture. What suggestions do you guys have?

So far, I've read the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the collected writings of Han Fei Zi, and the Analects.

>My Reasoning
Even though many of them avoid admitting this, most modern intellectual movements have Christian roots. At least partially. Christianity is a fusion of Roman Law, Hebrew Religion and Greek Philosophy. So I should read books that are older than Yahweh and Plato, or who were isolated from Yahweh and Plato.
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Egypt was linked to Greece.

And many Eastern ideas have been transmitted to out culture already.
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>>7615199
Point taken. But the connection of

Ancient Egyptian religion -> Greek Philosophy -> Modern Culture

is pretty weak.

>Eastern ideas have been transmitted to out culture
Confucius didn't make it to the West until about 1600. So he's independent of the Westprior to 1600, but not the modern West. So long as I contrast him with Western ideas that existed before 1600, he is genuinely independent.
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Zhuangzi, Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh

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Is it any good?
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>>7615154
Sure it is.
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>Third-greatest masterpiece of 20th century prose. A splendid fantasy

http://wmjas.wikidot.com/nabokov-s-recommendations
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>>7615968
>Austen, Jane. Great.


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