Wanted to start reading Faulkner, which of his books do you consider the best, and which do you suggest to begin with? I'm just getting through modernists and lurking /lit/ at the moment.
Of the three I've read, As I Lay Dying was easiest- I'd start with that, then Sound and the Fury (definitely one of the best novels I've ever read), then Absalom, Absalom!
I haven't read Light in August though- that's generally named among his best, and I think it's supposed to be the easiest of the four.
His short stories could be another option. The Bear is the one I've seen getting critics hot and bothered.
thoughts on the literature of George R. R. Martin?
I like Haruki Murakami
What is the cinematic analogue to Infinite Jest?
PTA's Magnolia seems pretty close. Both have a convoluted plot, both feature a number of sad people prone to sudden revelatory outbursts, both have drug abuse/addiction as one of the prominent themes, both have tons of seemingly unimportant detail, both are very long for their respective mediums, both were released in the 90s, and it can be said that both are pretty damn similar atmosphere-wise (think 'hysterical realism').
What's funny is that DFW actually hated PTA's Magnolia. He trashed it in a letter to DeLillo as pretentious and grad-schoolish. I thought, that's funny, since Magnolia is basically a cinematic Infinite Jest. Can't eat what you serve? Then I found out that PTA was actually one of DFW's students at Emerson. Yikes.
>pretentious and grad-schoolish
Wasn't that one of the more common criticisms levelled at DFW h(H)imself?
It don't detract from his books, though, in my opinion. Some of my friends are pretentious and grad-schoolish, and so am I.
What does /lit/ think of Alain de Botton?
/Lit/ most likely doesn't like him because of his incomplete and often inaccurate account of other writers and philosophers. However, I think he plays an important role in at the very least exposing the public to the people he documents.
I haven't read any of his books so I can't comment on that.
So Stirner is pretty much saying that Ivan and Smerdyakov from the Brothers Karamazov did nothing wrong?
How do you do this? I can't do this.
Do you too have to run when a passage gets too intense? I read Proust when I jog and Baudelaire's poems make for exhausting sprints through the woods.
My advice to you is to slow down intellectually and read each word separately. Glancing off the book to the scenery around you also helps (similarly to, when masturbating to pornography, you sometime have to click on the bottom right of your screen and in a moment hangs the possibility of your cumming to desktop icons).
Is there truth in mass market literature? Are we the plebs for not reading the hunger games? Are we not in on the joke that everyone else is in on? Is Pynchon less culturally relevant than John Green? Is poptimism necessary in literature?
>In the following pages, I go beyond those 5 minutes a week that I normally share in an interview. I'm going to invite you in a little further the way you do with a friend or with people you know will understand. I hope you'll be entertained, enlightened, inspired, and/or stirred. I hope I'll provoke laughter, tears, and everything in between.
James Joyce's Dubliners and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.
Any similar works with urban existanialism vibes?
Hey /lit/, I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction.
I'm the classic STEM person who didn't get much time to study English. Over the last few years I've really enjoyed reading in my free time. My problem is that I don't think I know enough about composition and grammar to really turn a critical eye to what I'm reading.
Things like proper conjunction usage, split infinitives (if people still care so much about those?), participles, etc.. Unfortunately, my work schedule doesn't afford me the time to take classes at a local...
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Why when I start reading i feel sleepy? Seriously, It's really annoying.
I like reading, but It's hard to do it sleepy.
What you recommend?
Amphetamines. Not really recommending this but I used to pop adderall and read like a maniac. Even philosophical texts that I would have struggled to get through sober were incredibly easy to read and entertaining. But drugs are bad m'kay
I remember a year ago some anon wanted to read Das Kapital. He started a thread asking what should read before the actual Das Kapital. I took note from all the tips. So I already read "The essence of christianity" by Ludwig Feuerbach and "Phenomenology of spirit" by Hegel. But problem is that Kant's "Critique of pure reason" can rarely be found in where I live. My question is can I start reading Das Kapital without Kant?
>he hasn't read Menexenus
Ahahaha you utter pleb, its probably Plato's best dialogue.
So I just finished Stoner, and one thing bugged me while I was reading. What is his name? He is calle both Bill and William. Is Bill a nickname? Did I miss something?