Anyone here read it? How close were you to blowing your brains out?
I opened it up once and it wasn't even in fucking English, then I closed it and put it back on the shelf.
Part of me wants to read it but I've read Portrait of the Artist and found it overrated and convoluted for the sake of being convoluted.
Is Finnegan's Wake worth it?
what makes the greeks so great
When I read "History of the World" by Roberts he presented the theory that part of their inventiveness might have had to do with the fact that the geography of Greece made it likely that there would be tons of city-states that were connected by trade and travel to other city-states but that the land was too rugged for them to be united politically and under the same banner. Also because of the shitty soil you could only grow so much food from it so migration to Islands was inevitable.
Once you had dozens or hundreds of independent political structures who mostly spoke the same language and mostly had the same culture and were linked by regular trade you had a situation where ideas could spread really easily and because there were so many different city-states there were constantly new things happening and developments that each group reacted differently too. In that way it was a fertile ground for the exploration and exchange of ideas and concepts. Their Minoan heritage and trade with foreigners helped too.
It seemed like a good theory when I read it and I don't see why it wouldn't be.
What the fuck happened to this place? Let's have one of these.
It helps to post a template, OP. I'll do one in a second.
Why are all the best writers reactionaries? Does being progressive make someone more boring and less creative/daring?
I want to read a long work.
So far, in my library, I have the following:
War and Peace
Mason & Dixon
I haven't read anything by any of these authors. I'm most apprehensive about reading Pynchon, because of how inaccessible he seems.
Which of these would you recommend?
Of those, Les Mis is overrated, Anne Karenina and War and Peace are obviously good, and Don Quixote will go surprisingly quickly if you read the Grossman translation. Not sure of the Eco but I've heard lots of praise.
The rest are total horseshit, including Pynchon. Pynchon was interesting in the fucking 60s. What made it interesting is now in every 4chan shitpost you see. Don't read Pynchon unless you know more about why he was a thing and then in small doses, IMHO.
"It's spring time. The smell of cunt in the air"- David Foster Wallace
I got to notice what I'm sure you've noticed long ago, I know, I know you've seen me brought home unconscious, dragged in the door, under what's called the influence, son, helped in by cabbies at night, I've seen your long shadow grotesquely backlit at the top of the house's stairs I helped pay for, boy: how the drunk and the maimed both are dragged forward out of the arena like a boneless Christ, one man under each arm, feet dragging, eyes on the aether.
>figure I'll take a break from literature and read nothing but genre fic for a while to relax
>it's actually really fucking boring
Is this how genreplebs feel when they read actual literature?
Honestly, what's the big deal with Atlas Shrugged? Why do women and rich snobs like it so much?
>Why do women like it?
Because it's written by a woman.
>Why do rich snobs like it?
Because they haven't actually read it (neither have the women btw).
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Prove me wrong
>How is that book of yours coming, anon? When is it going to be published?
So you can't be happy unless you're completely ignorant? That doesn't seem fair, how am I supposed to use this picture to gage my intelligence since I can't be sure of it because of my crushing self doubt?
Hey /lit/, I saw one time some guy saying the very essential of The Bible, for 'saving my time's sake' reading it, is this:
So, is this good?
>Reading the Old Testament of The "Bible"
Is there any reason I should do this if I'm not a Jew?
You have the rest of your life to read the Bible or eternity to spend in Hell because you didn't know what was in it
Write what's on your mind
How could Edith just leave her daughter for two months like that? Does she have some anxiety or depression issues? Seems like a Zelda Fitzgerald-like neurotic
What are 3 books you'd bring with you if you were backpacking across Europe
Can anyone tell me what language this is and what it says. Have more pics upon request