Thoughts on Manuel Puig?
/lit/ how do you feel about Peter Singer? Do you think that a life of luxury and excess is morally reprehensible? And do we have an obligation to others?
What arguments does he have against egoism?
The idea that morality is egoistic, that in behaving morally we are just actualizing ourselves. "What is moral" is ultimately a different question to different persons, semantic interpretations aside.
What's your beef with pic related? I read Women last year and I thought it was great. Then again, it's the only work of his I've read so I'm not a great source. What am I not seeing as being wrong with him that all you are?
Best 20th century Bildungsroman?
Anybody here who work/have worked as literary translators? Could you describe your experience? I'm just generally interested because I'd like to try it myself.
You need great daily discipline required, sometimes you get to work with the original author and if not with their agents, you're required to send frequent advances to work in tandem with an editor, and the pay is often shitty given the amount of work you need to do, but it's still worth it because it's cool.
kind of a novice reader, but i really liked
Devil in the White City.
both for the fact that i was learning and the novelistic style.
i like architecture and serial killers.
what are some other recommendations of the best books in this style?
Hey /lit/ so my gf and I are going to spend the spring on a farm working as assistants. The set up only requires 4 hours of labor a day in exchange for room and board. We are both bookish so what do you suggest that I bring along to read on my off time. I'm definitely bringing pic related. Would appreciate thematically or stylistically relevant suggestions.
Thinking of reading this.
Does /lit/ think it's good?
it's a small gem of a book
I have this version and it's one of my favorite physical copies I have. The texture, design, and print are great
Did you enjoy I, Robot /lit/?
Very much. Read pretty much all of Asimov as a pre-teen (many moons ago). Can't remember much about them now, apart from the laws of robotics, the general arc of the Foundation books and some pretty dodgy but (at the time for me at least) effective sex scenes.
However the film of I, Robot is an abomination.
What is the best english translation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand?
The French is actually not that difficult and repays the attention you give it (the metre and rhyme are difficult to translate successfully into English).
Sorry I can't recommend a printed English translation (have always just googled random bits and pieces alongside my French edition). However there is a black and white film version from 1950 in English, starring Jose Ferrer as Cyrano, that I rate pretty highly (better than the Depardieu version IMHO). The whole thing is on YouTube.
I have been told my prose is fine, but when it comes to write actual action, with dialogues and shit I feel it's awkward crap as I write it.
Any general advices on this?
Here's something interesting. It's a list of books Pynchon has written blurbs for
It's missing Warlock and Tenth of December, though.
I'm trying to start an archive going again.
You can see my couple of days of work here: https://dialecticarchives.com/
Where can I find more data to archive? what other features would you like to see?
Last night I finished reading this. It completely blew me away and I'd say it's definitely one of my favorite books now.
I'm slowly making my way through the /lit/ recommended list. I know that Suttree is on it but I need more McCarthy. The film adaption of No Country is fucking god-tier but I've heard some say it's one of his weaker books?
In your opinion, which of his books are worth my time? I'll probably read them all at some point but I have a ton on my to-read list as it stands now.
My objective McCarthy rankings
1. Blood Meridian
3. The Crossing
4. All the Pretty Horses
5. Child of God
6. Outer Dark
7. The Sunset Limited (play)
8. The Road
9. No Country for Old Men
10. The Orchard Keeper
11. Cities of the Plain
I haven't read The Stonemason, The Counsellor or The Gardner's Son (stage play and two screenplays)
Ive never seen anyone mention Jim Dodge or this book so wondering if anyone else has read it?
>endorsed by Pynchon
>tale of criminal outlaws
>gambling, magic, jewel hiests
>endorsed by your lord and saviour
Why havent you read this tale yet