In this thread: we try to induce otherness in the hearts of lonely 12 year olds and horny sexual deviants. Beauty can be found in the shittiest of places.
“Did they know that even for that boy there, for that mean sinful unthinking boy standing there with his dirty hands clenching and unclenching at his sides, Jesus would die ten million deaths before He would let him lose his soul? He would chase him over the waters of sin! Did they doubt Jesus could walk on the waters of sin?”
Excerpt From: Flannery O'Connor. “Wise Blood.” iBooks.
So, I used to read poetry to some of my exes and it worked like a charm but in retrospect I've gotta say now that I'm less pleb that the idea of reading poetry to your loved one seems ttoo pretentious and pseud for it to be honest. I think in that time I was more concerned about getting that sweet pussy by narrating it with my cool as hell voice than to expand my feelings and understandment of X poetry.
why do so many works of western young adult literature portray the MC's high school years as the worst time in their life, there isn't anything inherently bad about them. if anything they are the best years of your life when you could probably have the most fun with the least consequences.
because most writers are autistic turbo nerds
They're only "the most fun years" to people with absolutely shitty and stagnant adult lives.
Personally, I had some fun in highschool, but I'm glad I dropped out midway. I gained more in those two years than I ever would have had I stayed.
teenagers are winy brats who want their victim complexes validated. Even if your teenage years are bad, they will eventually end and you'll move on with your life. Adult life doesn't end until you die.
A longing grips me to be dead and see
the shores of Acheron, dew-sprinkled, covered with lotuses.
A kind of yearning has hold of me - to die
and to look upon the dewy lotus banks
Can someone break it down
Acheron is a river in Hades. (Mythology)
Recently I've devoted most of my time spent on literature to theory and fiction. However I've been meaning to dip my toe back into nonfiction and am at a loss considering the genre seems to be swamped with pages and pages that smell of self help. I read stuff like "the wave" and "the devils teeth" by Susan Casey which I liked enormously in high school. Something along those lines (detailed accounts of fringe groups engaging in esoteric/ dangerous/ etc. work) is what I'm looking for. Thanks for the help.
>no way down by graham bowley
disaster on k2, similar to krakauer's into thin air
>jumping fire by murry taylor
smokejumper's memoir, first half is great, second half is >tfwnogf
>blind descent by james tabor
cave explorers, first half is good, second half is >tfwnogf
What are the best books in the bible?
>go on /lit/
>>What do I read to hate women more?
>>Why do people like The Great Gatsby?
>>why haven't you read The Tunnel Yet?
>another HP Lovecraft thread
>16 more DFW threads
Will /lit/ ever be good?
Is it even worth it be become an intellectual any more? It seems like instant gratification culture prizes wit and rhetoric over a depth of knowledge.
TL;DR How do I prevent myself from becoming a dilettante? It's my biggest fear
Help plz I can't make up my mind .
What's the general opinion of these books? I just started rereading the series for the first time. I had the first five read by the sixth grade, and shortly after that Half Blood Prince came out, but I haven't gone back to them since the series concluded, nor am I that familiar with the movies beyond the first three. I'm halfway through Philosopher's Stone right now and damn it if it isn't comfy as fuck
The writing sucks but I don't care. I found it comfy too when I read them all for the first time about 6 years ago.
Read them all back to back really quickly it was a good experience.
People are still buying copies of all three Tundra books since the initial release in September 2014.
It never stops!
Could you guys reccomend me some books on improving writing, sentence structure ect. I have a large vocabulary but I find whenever I write anything it just is full of a lot of big words but never has any emotion behind it. Thanks lit
>any general advice on writing?
The most important advice is to finish what you start. Don't give up on stories halfway even if they're horrible.
The trick is to enjoy sucking, because you WILL suck at first.
If you suck for long enough eventually you'll stop sucking. And if you keep going long enough after that then you'll end up in a place one day where your work could be worth being published.
Also: read the two books I suggested.
Is there any book where an abridged version is objectively superior to the unabridged version?
I never would go out of my way to read an abridged book, but just curious to see what the consensus is.
Pic unrelated obviously.
>Is there any book where an abridged version is objectively superior to the unabridged version?
You could perhaps argue that modern translations of older classics do abridge them to some extent. I have an 1887 translation of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, as well as a 2005 one, and they're like two different books with the modern version obviously a lot more suited to modern palates.
Just finished this.
I have to read the Poisonwood Bible for class (which I did) But I have to ask questions about the historical events in the novel and write A page on each one (4 questions, 4 pages) The thing is, I can't figure out what to talk about, could someone help me with finding questions for this?
>To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.
What was this guy's major malfunction? Is he being ironically edgy?
>Is he being ironically edgy?
No. Look up morality in the pejorative sense. It's result of criticising a certain thought process in Christianity thay says something like "there is no need to rise up or fight for everything because Jesus thinks I'm okay and will give me nice things when I die"
Alright, so I'm a stupid cunt that followed his dreams, went to a Liberal Arts Uni, and, instead of taking the regular state required intro math courses that would have salvaged my quanitative abilities from the dust of my shitty public high school education, I got to take a bullshit Liberal Arts approach to math that left me with little to no practical quantitative reasoning skills. And now I have to take the GRE. Do any of you faggots have any recommendations for books (whether non-fiction, practice books, workbooks, etc.) to help me re-learn essentially all of mathematics...
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I had a similar situation. Took the GRE in my mid-twenties (last year). Had to cram a lifetime of math knowledge in about two weeks. Scored 154~ on the quantitative section, which is at least average-y for libarts fags. Ended up getting into my dream school, but my other scores were way, way better. YMMV.
Background: I never went to high school, so I basically had zero math education past the fifth grade, where I was fumbling with fractions like a dipshit. The one advantage I had was that when I was about 18, I had to do a similar math-cramming marathon to get my GED....
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What are some good resources to learn how to become a good writer?
Even though he writes genre fiction garbage, Branden Sanderson's BYU lectures do go into detail that's good for a beginner, as well as a lot of career advice and dealing with agents and publishing.
Is there any contemporary book that talks about the guilt behind not working enough or not being rich and successful?
So i gotta write an argumentative essay within the scope of the Renaissance to modern times. Gimme a good topic with a strong counter.
So /lit/wits, what book have you just finished?
I finished Lolita yesterday. Loved the writing, although I felt like I was reading an /a/ loli fantasy.
A few of the passages made me a bit sick, and Humbert's revenge towards the end (against a guy who didn't actually do anything to Lo?) forced to conclude that he is indeed fucking crazy.
All in all was a good read, a sick mind, poor Humbert Humbert.
What's /lit/'s opinion on Wordsworth classics?
Just don't make the mistake of buying huge volumes like war and peace or collected Shakespeare from them. The letters are printed infinetely small.
Decent for super cheap price, but obviously not of durable quality.
19th century horror stories thread.
>the screaming meemies
Have I been memed by DFW from beyond the grave?
I am pretty /lit/ and I need help.
Look up Paperback Gorilla indie go go on google. I am doing a fundraiser for The Netflix of Books. I am serious and I need you. You need this service. The world needs books.
>The Netflix of Books
>libraries don't exist and aren't free
I like the chapters where Aomame and Tengo are looking for each other.
Any other examples of comfy lit/chapters etc
Albums and their literary equivalents.
This one makes me think of anything Faulkner.
Anne Frank's diary
What do you guys think of Beckett's novel trilogy? I've never read anything like it
Loved it. The thing I find a bit weird is people tend to make out like it's totally different to every other piece of work he's ever done, but I thought there were strong similarities to Watt, and less but still there similarities to p much the rest of his corpus. And one of the best crime series. Like even on a pleb level I enjoyed that first book.
And those tranny sex scenes too, my goodness.
>And those tranny sex scenes too, my goodness.
I like to read fiction but I never understood poetry. There is this girl I like who sends me a lot of poetry(her own as well as famous poets) and I simply don't get the allure. There are a lot of metaphors and they are just sappy love poems. I only ever enjoyed a few poems by Bukowski because they are more like stories than sappy shit. I don't see much artistic value in most poetry. How do I begin to appreciate it? Any suggestions anons?
I don't really enjoy fictional literature in general and therefore I think I understand pretty well your complaint. I'd recommend some Philip Larkin if you want to get a start. The problem is perhaps that you're paying too much attention to what the author is saying and not really allowing it to wash over you, which is really the pleasure. Maybe you should read a poem, and then keep going back to it after a couple of days after thinking about it a little.
There is a vast amount of poetry so you don't have to read "sappy shit".
The rhythm and sound of the poetry is as important as what it says.
If you learn and understand meter you will have a greater appreciation of poetry (even free verse).
Re-read a poem many times, you will not get full enjoyment from one reading.
Find an anthology of many poets to find the styles and poets you like best.
Can we start banning frog threads already? They add nothing, and it's the same autist creating them all
See the catalog. There's no attempt to discuss literature, it's all >that feel when [something vaguely related to literature]