I've been posting on /lit/ for about 2 years now, but I have yet to read anything by DFW. Should I jump straight into Infinite Jest or is there a better starting point? I watched the German Interview and the 2003 Charlie Rose interview; I identified with him immensely.
>When you realize that Harry Potter is an allegory for racism
>when you realise Harry Potter is an allegory for post war social democracy
Anyone else into Umberto Eco?
I find stuff like The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum to be a much better example of postmodernism than something like Gravity's Rainbow, but that might just be me.
Meta concepts, mostly. The key to understanding the entire historical mystery in the novel revolves around Aristotle's second book of Poetics, on comedy, which has been lost to time.
How many of you are here for credit, a research project, or as an activism project?
Any comments on Flaubert's Madame Bovary?
>Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and "drifting" around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International. Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." Another definition is "a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities... just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape."
>In psychogeography, a dérive (French: [/de.ʁiv/], "drift") is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travellers, with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience. Situationist theorist Guy Debord defines the dérive as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances."
>Dérives are necessary, according to situationist theory, because of the increasingly predictable and monotonous experience of everyday life in advanced capitalism. The dérive grants a rare instance of pure chance, an opportunity for an utterly new and authentic experience of the different atmospheres and feelings generated by the urban landscape.
do any of you go for dérives? what are your experiences with them?
Boogiepop is quintessential.
Which book will stop me from feeling dead inside?
What is Satan's problem?
1) He had an overactive imagination as a child.
2) His father didn't give him enough attention whilst he was growing up.
3) The other kids found him too introspective and quiet and openly assumed it was because he was gay and as a result refused to be seen talking to him.
he understands the incompetence of le demiourgos and tries contacting logos.
Stop this meme right there
Give me someone who can BTFO based neechee
did i fall for the /lit/ meme?
My brother made a promise to read any book that I want him too and I really want him to get into literature.
He's not an idiot (biochem major) however I don't think he sees books the same way I do and I want to get him hooked.
If you could recommend him one book, what would it be? Any topic is fine because hes a pretty open minded guy.
where me get free book.
I just bought this, what is the recommended reading order for Lovecraft? Is it set up to just read from start to finish? I know his stuff is loosely connected and I just want to make sure I understand all the references and stuff as I read through everything.
chronologically you'd be OK fine. but if you want a loose recommendation on some of the mythos related stories to read, here is an order:
Call of Cthulu
The Shadow Out of Time
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
At the Mountains of Madness
Can read other short stories in between, but I wouldn't read Mountains of Madness prior to Dagon, for example.
Unrelated, but The Colour Out of Space is best Lovecraft.