What does lit think of this man? I'm new to literature and have just read the Old man and the sea (enjoyed it) and currently reading The Sun Also Rises.
Was universal literacy a mistake?
>You will never goof around with Hans Castorp, discussing the illusion of time.
>You will never just walk quietly with Joachim Ziemßen.
>You will never listen to Naphta and Settembrini having brilliant discussion
>You will never pretend to speak French with Madame Chauchat.
>You will never joke around with Behrens.
>The 20th century is over.
Why even live?
>Never hear Chauchat slam the door while having dinner
>Never make eye contact with her
>Never waste time with Karen knowing she will die
>Never learn to properly wrap yourself in a blanket
>Never experience the winter and summer blending together
Why even live?
i'll start with the obvious
the ultimate compendium of comfy, starting with heaney's translation of beowulf. haters need not apply
Tell me what you think, dont be gentle
while ol´ Ben is
shaking loudly, and
screaming their lungs out
at nobody in particular, and
the sky is roaring
but there are no colors, and
boys are outside
in the parade, but no one is
What's the significance of cutting the sentences to form new lines? Sometimes a single word is its own line; I never understood how poets determine which to cut, and where.
Mind explaining your technique?
What did she mean by this?
"He could not fucking die. How could he leave? How could he go? Everything he hated was here.”
Great Endings Thread
It's also really cool how Roth references that final line in his two next books (American Pastoral and I Married a Communist). Additionally, a minor character from ST also appears as a minor character in The Human Stain, so see if you can spot him.
Recommend me some books to enhance my vocabulary, I fucking talk like a retard most of the time.
ITT: /lit/erally me
>choice between reading or oxy
>snort some oxy to decide
>decide to read, mind is scattered, pop a tram to calm down
>snort some more oxy
>too fucked up to read, decide to smoke a bowl
One of these days im going to actually read, mark my words
any good poems that express or talk about the beauty of visual imagery, photography, film?
Where did Ralph Waldo Emerson say that reading is mostly drudgery but occasionally leads to treasures? I'm having trouble finding the exact quote.
This is actually pretty clever and even close to the truth, but Emerson's still an asshole in my book. A witty one who can inspire you to be better, but an asshole and a hypocrite nonetheless. You can very well apply this quote to his own works, with his long and obscure essays and lectures besides the most famous one you've all heard of, On Self-Reliance (which itself has very pointless digressions he apparently expects the reader to be enthralled by), although I'll admit he'd probably want you...
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I want to read something that may actually help me think of how to be successful and more sociable and I keep getting this recommended. I figured I'd come here and ask if this is a good book or if there are better alternatives.
Only way to get to know "entity alone as it is", while living is through sexual intercourse. Yes? No? Discuss
I loved the book, I get tattoos of things I love, sue me. Would this be an acceptable one?
Also I know DFW had a chapter on why he thought tattoos are silly, I appreciate the Irony. But I don't have to agree with everything he says.
Not only did "DFW" have a tattoo, but the tattoo was the name "Mary" for Mary Karr and he wasn't even dating at her at the time, she was married, and he was just in love with her... yes, and then, years later, get this, you're gonna love this, he got the "Mary" struck out and got an asterisk tattooed there that led to another asterisk further down his arm where there was another woman's name. A footnote.
having tattoo will not make you any more normie/devious/whatever
if you want to try it for novelty of it just get some cheap temporary tattoo (you can ""wear"" it ironically if you want then too)
Recommend me some good Irish books.They can be fiction, historical, drama or whatever. Recommend me some really good Irish literature, I want to get in touch with my roots.
just finished this. it was amazing. a sheer tour of force. it was so funny I laughed my pants off. if you truly hate Jews, which I don't, you should or shouldn't read this. WTF I WANT TO BE JEWISH NOW. go grab a copy at your local barns and Nobel. great read. one for the century. the characters are so true to life. it's like reading a mirror that another person is looking through and you can see them. it's so life like. a true genious.
if there were a third jewish meme book, it would be in the jewish meme trilogy along with adam levin's the instructions
alas, there is no third jewish meme
we humbly and patiently await its arrival
How the fuck do I write a female character
What do you think are the greatest works of fiction of the 21st century? (pic related)
"What the really great artists do is they're entirely themselves..."
>plot from Shakespeare
>style from Pynchon
>dialogue from Salinger
>characters from Dostoevsky
>themes from DeLillo
>STEM fag turns into pseud: the novel
I'm really enjoying this so far desu, I now see what lit/ means when they say you should only read "proper" literature. I haven't been able to put it down.
Do you think death or torture of characters in literature should always push the story further? Is using character death for shock a cheap trick? Is using a character's death for a cliche sad moment a cheap trick?
Gore pr0n sort of requires it.
Beyond this, if it can do something more to highlight aspects of the story, of themes, of characters, or give useful (for the reader) vent to an author's parenthetic obsessions, then sure.
What does /lit/ think of this novel, or just coming of age novels in general?
>inb4 john green
I am pursuing writing in this genre, are there books anon would recommend? Is this too low brow?
Personally, speaking on pic-related, and considering I have only read it once time nearly two years ago, I think it's brilliant. I am obsessed with the vibe he creates; hard to digest it's his only novel.
Personally I am redpilled, proud to be a man, recognize male superiority, realize that all women are roastwhores who lust for Chad cock, and who are incapable of true love, being ethical, and being loyal.
If you want to see how feminist are BTFO find Milo Yiannapolous on youtube, he dstroys all SJWs.
Biggest mistake of mankind was giving women the vote.
Read Schopenhauer's 'On Women' if you want the truth
Why read a 1000-page book when you can get the same thing in 89 minutes from F for Fake?
Convince me to read this after I finish TBK.
Is it boring (in the sense that there's nothing thought provoking/profound)? Is it interesting?
Background: new to lit - I read IJ before The Brothers K, and both are really fucking good. I didn't IJ anywhere near as hard as people say.
Mainly for writing; the clarinet is both soothing and stimulating.
Is this book difficult?
Why bother studying philosophy, ethics and morals when nihilism is the logical conclusion?
ARE YOU FROM FUCKING PLEBBIT OR WHAT?
THIS IS 4CHAN, WE ARE LARGELY RELIGIOUS BECAUSE WE'RE LARGELY ANTI-FEDORA
TAKE THE REDPILL AGAINST NORMIES
WE ARE AGAINST NORMALCY
WE ARE AGAINST ACTIVE SEXUAL AND SOCIAL LIVES
Actually loneliness has a kind of fascination; it's a state of egotistical, inner grace that you can achieve only by standing guard on old, forgotten roads that no one travels anymore.
Do you think Grossman picks books to translate based on their merit, or is she just a hired gun?
Going through her translations many of my favorite latin and spanish books were translated by her, was wondering if this list is useful as a portal towards other spanish language /lit/
Well, Bloom thinks its unbelievable, but Marquez actually told her he enjoys reading his works in her English which seems to be high praise. Clearly she isnt just some darling to publishers like P&V
Marquez was referring to Rabassa's translation, and it was half-jokingly.
Bloom's introduction to Grossman's Don Quixote is probably the worst introduction I've ever read. I'm not exaggerating. He spent the entire introduction talking about Falstaff.
Bloom has nothing to say. He likes Andrew Hurley's translations of Borges too.
> or is she just a hired gun?
Yes, you need to re-translate in order to make those copyright gain$.
It's weird how, when you start to read the novel, you like Ignatius, you think he's funny, and then, slowly, you start to hate him, because he's such a prick, and he's mean to everyone around him. You want to like him, but you can't. But when you reach the end of the novel, it's even worse: you start to empathize with him. You understand his struggle, his hateful behaviour towards the world around him.
I feel really weird about Ignatius. I often see him in my daily behaviour and I immediately get scared, I'm afraid I'm slowly becoming...
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Have you grown hungry yet?
Two problems here: first, most people on here don't have degrees in English or Philosophy but rather just have an interest in them, and second, money isn't everything and if material wealth is your goal you will die a poor man.
>thinks obscene wealth matters
So long as we live comfortably -- which, if you're not a complete fucking moron, isn't all that hard -- then you'll be fine. If the pursuit of material gain is your only goal, then you've truly crippled yourself intellectually.