Literary confession thread
Any particular reason why The Pale King isn't nearly as memey (not to mention hardly mentioned) on /lit/ as IJ?
I'm planning on reading Infinite Jest this winter
The fact that it's unfinished makes me expect that it'll be completely unsatisfying when over, but I started it recently and the writing is miles and away above Infinite Jest. I loved DFW up to and including Girl with Curious Hair and then IJ just seemed to throw all talent out the window with a really awkward and poor Pynchon impression.
Had a fun run at Wal Mart yesterday, totally nude and lubed. Stole a copy of Deepak Chopra's book "Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream". I am new man! I think I would be okay with witnessing a scalping. This is revelation!
What are your favourite 'intellectual' podcasts /lit/?
In Our Time, and Hardcore History are for sure the GOATs.
> Hardcore History
I dunno that one just kinda sounds like hanging out with your drunk nerdy gen x uncle, who's testosterone levels have finally dropped low enough and whose alcoholism has finally deteriorated his vitality enough that he just wants to ramble about military history with pent up emotions implying that he wished he were there instead of sitting there worried about whether he can afford a new deck.
...I have no point to make
errr wait I was gonna suggest that calling him GOAT is a bit like inviting that drunk uncle to give a symposium at Harvard; he could maybe pull it off but 2bh I doubt even he thinks he belongs there, much less anyone else.
I heard something about how Borges used to write stories about books he would want to read himself.
What kind of book would you want to read about if you could make up the basic plot and pick the author who writes it?
Do you think tweeting has any literary value?
Have you read Selected Tweets? Anything of value in it or just nonsensical dribble? Opinions on Mira, David, Tao, Darcie, etc.?
And of course: follow for follow
Did anyone else like this book as much as I did? It's seriously the best dystopian sci-fi ever written.
good non-american, detective fiction?
How much will learning French help with reading original works of French authors? Obviously it would help alot because it is in its original prose, but is there a massive difference between reading a translation and reading the original?
I just recently learned to read French and read Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, and Madame de Lafayette. As far as comprehension goes, it is not very much better than English. But the flow of sound when reading French is certainly more pleasing than English, if you are into that stuff.
waste of time unless you are immersed in the language and living the country day in and day out.
Your french will be too slow and clumsy to ever enjoy reading anything moderately complex. You'll end up just reading the translation instead
Does /lit/ know of any authors who write Twilight Zone type of short stories? The kind with a twist at the end.
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I'm a Dick head aswell. Kepp them coming anon
So wait does Rachel get off to hanging out with guys and then diddling herself to the car?
Why did Benny tack up all those condoms? Everything else so far in this book is great but da fuck is being implied here besides sexual attraction to cars?
What is the literary equivalent of shitposting?
Literature that promotes:
Pick your poison
Is it really necessary to read about Greek mythology before reading Greek philosophy? I read that one should start with, reading Mythology by Edith Hamilton, but I feel a little anxious having to get through 400 pages of mythology.
This book... wow
Literary critic and scholar Bill Barbrady once famously stated upon completing the book, "At first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical, but then I read this: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of crap, I am never reading again!"
What are some good books about music? Preferably regarding theory and/or history, but anything about music is okay.