What is Loveless of literature?
Has any good work of art ever come from happiness or any other general good feeling? I cannot think of a single example.
What's your writing schedule like?
I wrote 2 new poems and 5 pages today
I've worked on three short stories in the past two weeks, editing and writing a bit. been working like 40 hours minimum past few weeks though so hopefully I'll get more work done once work cuts back
Alright, which one of you disgusting people bought the entire Tundra series for Christmas?
I know you're here
I've read Groundworks of Metaphysics of Morals. What work of Kant should I read next?
Thomas Freekin' Pynchon
why do you read books?
that is one of the ugliest book covers i've ever seen
Reminder that you should read Gaddis this Christmas break. The Recognitions is a perfect place to start, so you can work up to reading the greatest American novel, J R
If we're so smart, why can't we figure out how to be happy?
Happiness is temporary, to understand why such glee is finite we would have to first look at why malice is infinite. Once we peer into the the void that is the inner human we no longer have a chance of happiness because the feeling of finite is ever so fleeting in a more common phrase. Those that are happy pay no attention to things that don't concern them. Ignorance is bliss.
Butterfly is going to come back to wish us merry Christmas r-r-right?
Also what do you guys think about Apuleius's Metamorphoses, the only known Latin novel?
the donkey is supposed to be Butterfly and the parade is us by the way. The guy with the sick hat is the OP and the roses are this thread.
>tfw you just realize that Kafka's Metamorphosis is about a guy turning into a bug while Apuleis's is about a guy turning into a donkey
Is Rachel the voice of our generation?
My parents don’t understand why I want to study English/literature.
I bought them a copy of Stoner to try to explain.
Plot twist: they’re foreign and their English is somewhere between conversational and business proficient
Did I fuck up? Will they like it/understand at all?
If anything they will dislike you studying English even more because 1. Stoner is very very depressing and 2. It may seem you're uncapable of forming your own opinions and motivations because you're merely copying the actions of the main character of said book
>Mom, Dad, I understand you are worried about me choosing to study literature. I feel that it is time that I figure out who I am and where I am in this world. Many great writers have dealt with existentialism and I feel that tracing their footsteps will lead me to the truth. I ask that you allow me to go on this journey so that I may help others along the way.
That's pretty much it, but if they still say no then they won't understand.
1. is a concern
2. my life thus far is quite different from stoner and they've known i liked english/lit/reading for years. i don't think there's any danger of them thinking i just want to copy stoner, and i'm definitely not.
(for context i'm already 2 years out of undergrad. this is for a phd)
eh i don't think that's my motivation for studying literature though
>tfw actuality can never exceed the experience you've lived in your mind
>dreams are more fulfilling than the best possible life
Hey /lit/, I want to learn how to really understand a book, I mean like the ideas behind it and what the author is trying to communicate. Can anyone help me out with this? Any book recommendations or tips would be appreciated.
I'm trying to create a character to troll the average Englishman or WASP American.
Basically he needs to be absolutely everything they hate, down to their bones.
I'm thinking of naming him Guy or Xavier.
He'll have a French surname, of course, but isn't necessarily from France. Could just be traitorous native like all those Harry Potter villains with French names (Lestrange, Malfoy, Voldemort.)
He turns his nose up at beer and drinks a small amount of wine daily. He never gets drunk and would be confused if you asked him why not.
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as a Frenchman, I can assure you that you literally just described your average bourgeois French male
therefore, if this is a serious post, read up on french noblesse and you should be good, although to be completely honest with you I'm having trouble discerning whether or not this is bait