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>When Ted wrote "Affair With A Green Monkey" (also not included here), it was SO dangerous that he slipped in a red herring at the end. For many years, Ted was surprised at how many of his seemingly intelligent peers DIDN'T GET IT! It was, according to Ted's widow, "a sort of intelligence test," to Ted. If you got it, it said one thing. If not, another. Add to the "did not get it" list, one Nebula-winning, snobbish Samuel R. Delany, who pompously and wrongly claims "today we have to admit that its whole thrust is toward a rather trivial one-liner." (The Emperor's clothes were actually poorly sewn, and the buttons were all but falling off ....)
You can probably add me to the "did not get it" list. Can someone explain the ending of "Affair with a Green Monkey" to me as Sturgeon presumably really intended it?
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Hey /lit/, why don't we have an interesting discussion thread?
Who, if anyone, would be the best swordsman (no magic or any shit like that involved, just pure skill.) in literary canon?
Unfortunately my knowledge is rather limited on the topic, but me and my friend were having a discussion after finishing the Wheel of Time series and we thought that in that particular series Lan Mandragoran would be the best swordsman. The discussion evolved to other literary universes, and names such as Lancelot himself, Duncan Idaho, Arthur Dayne, Shiro the Knight of the Cross and Drizzt were thrown around, but there may be more around.
If a massive tournament were to be held, who would win as a Master Swordsman?
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What does /lit/ think about 'how to write' books.
I am currently working with a bunch of them.
I read Stephen King's 'On Writing', which was interesting, but for the most part it was basically King telling the story how he came to be a succesfull writer. In the middle part he actually starts talking about writing and gives some insight onw how 'he' writes. Still it is an interesting read.
King mentioned 'The Elements of Style', so I checked that book out too. Not being a native English speaker I wasn't sure if I would really get something from it, but to my suprise a lot of the stuff mentioned in there, can be adapted to my native language very easily.
Now I am working with Sol Stein's 'Stein on Writing' which is amazing. I have only read some of it so far, but I already got shown a ton of stuff and the book made me realize how bad of a writer I actually am.
Now my real question. Is it usefull to spend time working with these kind of books, instead of just writing? I think the dilema is, that I am reading about stuff I could do better, but I am not using it for my writing right now. It kinda feels like procastination. Do you guys use 'How to Write' books?
On the other hand, does anyone have experiances with Stein's book 'How to Grow a Novel'?
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Give it your best evocative sentence, folks. I don't care what it evokes, or what it conveys, be it a story, sensation, emotion, et cetera. But let the "Sense" of your sentence beat me over the head like an analytic philosopher teaching math to children.
One sentence. Have at thee.