I'm a teacher in Asia.
I need to write up a lesson plan for one of my students based off British literature books. Could anyone help me?
Yeah I can, I actually have worked as an English language teacher on top of having an English Lit BA.
What do you need help for in particular sorting a book list or lessons based on it?
What does literature have the power to do for you? Is literature a step above listening to music, which, unless you actually play the instruments themselves, isn't actually doing anything for your brain by just listening to it? Is it the same with reading? Do you actually gain something from reading a book, or would it be better to just work harder at making money in your job and finding girls to fuck?
Kobo vs Kindle.
I want maximized customizability in my e-reader and functionality. I like open standards and want to use epub. What e-reader should I get?
I'm interested in Ligotti's work and I'd love read something from him.
What books guys do you recommend?
I've read very little of him
I would not recommend him. But his one penguin book with your OP as the cover is probably the one to go with
Or whatever short stories you can find online
Well, some time ago I started reading McCarthy's work by curiosity.
I already read The Road and No Country For Old Men and I actually liked it.
Do you recommend me now try with Blood Meridian? Or do you guys think that I should read another book from him first?
Had a question. How do you stack books? How should I? Horizontal or vertical? No more than five to a stack?
I'm going to make room on my bookshelf for these books I got at library bookstores by putting all my old books currently on the shelf in a box and I want to know how to stack them.
Why do are the denizens of this board seemingly so infatuated with Western philosophy?
Do any of you anons meditate? Been thinking about taking up the practice to help me achieve greater peace of mind. Plus it seems like a pretty /lit/ activity, no?
Any tips or relevant literary recommendations would be appreciated!
why did he live in a barrel
When he came to Athens he wrote someone to arrange a house for him but upon arriving it didn't get done so he found himself homeless and had to improvise. He was freshly banished from his home town at the time because either him or his dad was caught fucking with the currency.
His slave supposedly also ran away as soon as they arrived in mainland Greece.
Diogenes was a well to do lad who fell upon hard times then improvised and made a virtue out of a necessity, especially after falling under the influence of Antisthenes.
Of course a lot of this isn't...
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finished 75 pages of Anna Karenina and 10 chapters of the Book of Genesis (KJV)
Hows everyone elses day coming along? Do tell.
>I'm an atheist, so I don't need to read the Bible
Anyone here read books starring animals? I've really gotten into xenofiction lately. I thought Warrior Cats would be an embarrassing guilty pleasure but it's actually pretty well-written, I still prefer Seekers though.
What is some good literature about ordinary, everyday quotidian life?
What'a the most romantic line in literature
I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.
So im ordering some books , can you help me deciding which books should i buy first, these are some books that i want to read and my budget is limited.
Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
The republic - Plato
Anna Karenina or W&P - Tolstoi
Crime & Punishment or The Gambler - Dosto
The Communist Manifesto - Marx&Engels
Leviathan - Hobbes
Paradise Reclaimed - Halldor Laxness (or any other book by Laxness besides Independent People)
Im open to suggestions too, i interested in politics and in nordic literature.
Thank you all
Pretty decent list. I'd drop the Manifesto and only go for Das Kapital if Marx really interests you that much. I'd choose War and Peace over Anna Karenina since politics is your preference. And Crime & Punishment is just better than The Gambler.
Maybe consider Ibsen, Hamsun, Democracy in America, and Aristotle's Politics if you haven't already.
Thank you anon. I heard that the Capital is a pretty complex book , thats why i dont want to jump into it straight away, is as difficult as they say?
Thank you for the other suggestions too, any specific recommendations for Hamsun and Ibsen?
1) The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (1955)
2) The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)
3) A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)
4) The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe (1980)
5) The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle (1968)
6) The Once and Future King, T. H. White (1958)
7) Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (1970)
8) The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson (1977)
9) Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (1968)
10) Little, Big, John Crowley (1981)
11) Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865)
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>professor assigns his/her own book as required/recommended reading
Interested in starting readying the works of Ernest Hemingway soon. Any suggestions on which ones I should read?
I only read For Whom the Bell Tolls and it's fucking trash. The only good thing about it is the setting and he does all he can to ruin it.
Is there anyone who wrote their first great novel or short story past the age of 25?
What does everyone think about Paul Auster...yes I devoted my first ever post on here to him, but I feel he deserves it!
Do a lot of people lurk here? What's the point of lurking an anonymous board?
I'm looking for an intellectual tour de force which will stimulate my mind immensely.
ITT: Criminally underrated books
Can a kind anon strip this .azw file of DRM?
I don't like this guy. He seems smug as hell. I think it is also a class thing. He was worth over $1 billion dollars, like 20-30 years ago. You know what that means? We are all being lectured by a .0001 %. and what the fuck do they have to tell us? What do they know about our lives? Those who actually work? I ain't saying he doesn't have talent, but that after a point of success, authors lose all their credibility since their life is just a blob of rich people thoughts.
He used to be a crusty poorfag who'd write short stories for gas or rent money before Carrie got published. I do agree that taking writing advice from him is a one-way ticket to plebtown though.
How do you feel about Plato?
Historically significant, but empirically it turns out we don't live in a world that can be captured rationally, so the resulting Western canon merely has entertainment value.
I just don't get it. If "Protagoras" and "Hippias major" didn't both have the name "Plato" on them, I would absolutely refuse to believe that the same guy wrote them. That, or that Hippias stole his lover or something.
Hey /lit/, might seem like a dumb question but how do you properly appreciate a 'classic' book?
Although I often enjoy reading them, I feel like I don't completely grasp their full significance and meaning, only the basic tenets.
Is this something that comes with time and experience? Do I need to specifically devote time to critically analyzing them?
How do you go about it?
Pic somewhat related?
yeah, these can be helpful. also, just read more and read things more than once as the years go by. something you don't fully grasp now may make more sense on another read in five years after more reading and life experience. you don't have to be an expert on something in the first read through. just enjoy it.
So what's the going opinion on Scott Lynch? I picked up "The Lies of Locke Lamora", it's enjoyable so far. Does /lit/ enjoy him or do you put him into Sanderson mouthbreathing tier like most fantasy stuff.
Also, should I pick up Gene Wolfe?
Pic not related, tho it's in my log.
The forced witticisms made me delete my ebook version after around 100 pages. Every character talks the same. Every time a character opens their mouth you might as well insert '>tips fedora' instead of actual text, the author put a lot of work in to try and make the dialogue 'spark fire' while all it sparks is embarrassment.
You guys should check out this graphic novel. I personally thought it was more /lit/ and /ic/ than /co/
The 25' anniversary edition even comes with the full script that has the authors detailed notes and explanations
link somewhat related, its a comic book related channel giving a somewhat pleb rundown of the books contents
>the joker's font was annoying to read
I agree, but did you honestly not enjoy the writing?
I thought it was easily a big notch above the typical cape story, not necessarily in the story content (which it still is) but the writing itself is packed with poetic detail due to the short nature of the book
story itself is a tenfold more interesting than the typical batman vs evil supervillain x scheme
it freaks me out that one of the best pieces of literature was basically written by an anonymous person
it freaks me out that this book can advocate handing your children over to a rape mob in order to stop the mob from tearing your house down, and it hasn't been banned.
also ezekiel 23:20 heh heh
I hope you realise how unreasonably sceptical that statement is. You really have no reason to doubt the commonly accepted authorship of the Bible, unless you're applying the same doubt to every other work of antiquity. The New Testament is literally the most reliable ancient text that we have. We have over 20,000 manuscripts of the New Testament prior to the invention of the printing press. Other ancient texts pale in comparison.
Also "anonymous person" doesn't make any sense because there were dozens of authors over hundreds of years. It's not a single book.
Thinking about getting into english-language literature
The only english-language book I've read was The Hobbit, when I was 10 yrs old
Is this a good place to pick it up?