Where to start with this semen demon?
What are some books in your opinion that did not withstand the test of time?
Chabon doesnt ever get discussed here. Kavalier and Clay was what got me into literature you guys. Who will be the first brave anon to denounce me a donkey-brained pleb
never heard of daniel woodrell - is this a decent place to start?
Is there a philosopher that explains existence itself as will to nothingness, sort of like a realistic counterpart to Nietzsche?
"The Only Pirate At The Party", I'd prefer the audiobook since she is reading it herself.
I've started writing a book.
I expect it to be a difficult read. Some parts will be done as a sort of pastiche of the style of finnegans wake. Very postmodern style & narrative. I don't expect it to be very lengthy.
My question is this: how much of a nightmare is publishing going to be? I know it's usually hard for first time authors and it seems as though this will be a relatively "obtuse" book, lacking broad appeal. Also want to know about the feasibility of alternatives like self-publishing.
No one is going to read a book like that if it's your first novel. You're one of thousands to try their hand at something that has only been done well a hand full of times.
Self-publishing is viable if you want ten people to read your book.
I would advise writing short stories and getting them published. If you're good try sending in stories to McSweeney's and similar places. Try a hundred times. You won't be published over night.
Sit on this novel of yours until you have publications from reputable sources. Otherwise it will be entirely unread.
Being an author is a long road. I've been published seven times since 1995.
I guess I should add, though, that university presses are a wonderful resource for publishing books like these.
Are you a student? If you really, truly feel you are a gifted writer and can skip the pedigree-building process to release something like that your university may very well publish it for you.
Also degrees mean a lot. If you aren't a student or graduated you almost certainly have to do what my above post advises.
I wanna get into Hunter S. Thompson, what books should I absolutely read?
Are all his works decent, should I just from the first published to the last in chronological order?
I have never focused on an author and I'm kinda curious of trying it out with him.
I'd recommend "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories" which I read it a good few years back; There's a couple of decent short stories tagged on at the end, one of which is kind of a biopoic, from what I can recall...
The only other HST I've read is Hell's Angels, I think that's also pretty well renowned - I thought it was decent but not as good as Fear & Loathing.
None of that qualifies me to pass comment on your idea of tackling all his works in order.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is my favorite book of his, absolutely one of the funniest books I've ever read. Hell's Angels is good, the Rum Diary is good, and I've heard Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is another good one.
>Are all his works decent
decent? i suppose, but i wouldn't read the ones that were merely decent unless you become a super fan. his best stuff is excellent.
>should I just from the first published to the last in chronological order?
that would make the Rum Diary first and that is merely decent, so no.
i'd rec The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved to start, which is both great and short~ish. this will give you an idea of...
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>It's like rain on a wedding day
>It's a free ride, when you've already paid
What are some other examples for things that are ironic?
If I a book is challenging to read, does that automatically push it above 90% of books that aren't challenging to read?
How do I stop subvocalizing?
ITT: novels that start out weak but become 10/10 once the characters are fleshed out
so i know you guys say theres really not anything to read as a preparation for infinite jest and that is the easiest one in the meme trilogy but seriously, for someone with a very small background in literature is there anything i can do beforehand to understand better these meme?
Just don't read it man. Go to college. Read books. Come back to it in five years if you're still curious what it is.
You're just going to waste your time and spoil a great deal of reading for yourself if you try to read Infinite Jest. It isn't complicated, but if you aren't well read it will probably be boring. I mean that honestly.
Go read Calvino, go read Chaucer, go read Cervantes...you should even read earlier DFW if you really must read Infinite Jest. Pick up Brief Interviews and read it next year. Then if you're really into it...
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Let's have a thread about worthwhile contemporary poetry, maybe without the useless slam-poetry bashing that happens every fucking time. Rec stuff you enjoyed and found beautiful.
I personally adored Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red and Meyer's Beowulf - both of which you can find online without any difficulty. Does anyone else love retelling of ancient tales/myths/narrations? Do you have any suggestion?
Do you know of any good pro-life/pro-choice books? I'm particularly interested in books in favor of pro-choice because I honestly have never heard any good arguments supporting abortion.