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"If our world survives, the next great challenge to watch out for will come -- you heard it here first -- when the curves of research and development in artificial intelligence, molecular biology and robotics all converge. Oboy. It will be amazing and unpredictable, and even the biggest of brass, let us devoutly hope, are going to be caught flat-footed. It is certainly something for all good Luddites to look forward to if, God willing, we should live so long"
Thomas R. Pynchon, "Is it O.K to be a Luddite?"
Is /lit/ looking forward to "Bleeding Edge"?
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What do you guys think about writing fan fiction as a jumping off point to start creative writing? My scenario:
>I want to be a better writer
>I want to try creative writing in a light-hearted, if you will, atmosphere full of plenty of readers, amature writers and critics.
>I want to be around writers my level so we can help each other grow without there being major gaps in skill
>I just need somewhere to start
For all the upstart writers here. Where, figuratively of course, did you start? What do you think about starting with fan fiction?
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I'm looking for nonfiction books about insane asylums. More interested in coffee table type books than straight up books, but I'm still interested in the latter regardless.
I know there are a lot of books out there about the ruins of asylums in the present day, but I'm more intrigued by the history of them (practices, patient stories, theories, etc) preferably with pics from their heyday.
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What is the point of criticism? What value does it get the elite reader, the average reader, the non-reader?
From where I stand, criticism seems like arbitrary discrimination, a way for academics and aesthetes (that is, non-creatives) to posture, blowing smoke and the less literate in order to elevate themselves. Doesn't this kind of partisanship only work to stifle literary and creative innovation?
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Who are your favourite poets /lit/? Pic very related.
"They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself." - Phillip Larkin