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/lit/ Literature

Threads added between 2013/02/01 22:00 and 2013/02/02 04:00

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oops your dead..... For someone incomprehensible reason Dante's inferno is now real and your in hell What circle of punishment are you most likely to be doomed to? And on that, where do you think certain famous people would end up?
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>took a creative writing: poetry class for some reason >need to write a poem about an everyday object by tuesday >figure you guys don't have anything to do Don't plagiarize it or anything make it original, thanks...
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Okay /lit/, lets play around with redefining words, just to see where it could go, how would you redefine the word "determination"? pic somewhat related
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How can I become a better and faster reader?
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i was on wiki here : http://4chanlit.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_Reading/Literature_by_origin i looked upon russian literature . it says theres a copy of Today I Wrote Nothing by Daniil Kharms in the download link . ive downloaded the rar file but it wasnt there . there was this i had raised dust collection ( a web collected version ) . so ... does anybody have it ? can somebody please make a pdf of this book and put it in the wiki download section ? thanks brothers .

Talent: Innate or Learned?

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So /lit/, Do you think the ability to write and to write well is an innate talent or can you learn it over time and with much hard work? Is literary talent in born or developed across time? >pic unrelated but similarly enigmatic: wimminz
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Hey /lit/, /tv/ here. First off, I'll admit that i'm a pleb when it comes to literature. Anyway, i just finished reading this book for the first time. Enjoyed it very much. So, what are your thoughs? Yay or Nay?
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Is autodidacticism possible?

Charles Bukowski

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What was his deal exactly?
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Has there every been any good contemporary poet? (like around 1990s till now)


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and so he looked out across the plain, nothing in his view but the roof of the sky and the solidity of the plain, expanding out to the horizon, with nothing else to restrict its reach, nothing to be his guide. no goal to make itself obvious to him, and lead him by the nose. he was entirely as he wanted to be. free. the reality of what he wanted pressed in around him, making him want to back down and give himself up to an ideal, some sort of percieved blind trust in something he didnt understand. he wanted desperately to be told what he shoudl do. he wanted no part in the effort required to pull something out of the blue sky and green plains, and serve as a marker for him, to do that would require focus and determination far greater than he thought himself capable. he looked out and around, but his view never changed. he was truly free, and yet, he himself proved to be his greatest barrier. he had wanted this, and now that he had it, he wanted nothing more than to go back to wanting it but not having. his greatest barrier was himself. he blamed it on his inexperience. "i have no undertsanding of this land, no inkling of what lays out there. if i dont know, then what could ever guide me?". he lowered his brow, hunched his shoulders, let his face sag in the warmth of self pity. "ive been here before. this warmth and freedom. a new begining, and always seeing myself falling shy of greatness. what would drive a man to be anything less than great?" his face cooled, a luch cool slow breeze peeling away the warmth...
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Your favourite book has been (re-)written by your second favourite author. How fucked are you? >L'Étranger written by Gabriel García Márquez The book is expanded to 340 pages. All of Meursault's ancestors lives and deaths are narrated. Mére is revealed to be a woman who burned down his aunt's mansion and had to pay her back through prostitution. While walking on the beach, Meursault finds the handsomest drowned man in the world.
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Don't you find it interesting that we still haven't solved the mystery of why we're (any beings, not just humans) here? We go day by day, living our lives forgetting that we have no idea what we are, what the fuck this life is, and why we're here. It's kind of interesting to me. I know it isn't the deepest thought in the world, but it is what motivates me to continue reading about science and philosophy.
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ITT: Lesser-known older novels which /lit/ would enjoy pic related, Jack London's Martin Eden
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Just read Wizard's First rule... Two Questions, Is the rest of the series as solid? Is there a fantasy series, where the main characters hate each other at first, but fall in love?
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Tell me, What are the greatest things you've ever read? Show me the books that really touched you. Pic related. This book is simply incredible.
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Make your favorite books sound bad. It`s tedious at times and the villains are sometimes cartoonish. The sheer amount of background characters clutter the story. And damn, that was a terrible ending.
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hello guys. I think I'm deep, but I don't know just how deep I am. Do you think I should spend my life trying to find out how deep I am? It would be interesting to find out. I don't really have anything in mind for my life anyhow.
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Does anyone know what this is from? I feel like I've seen it a long time ago but I can't figure it out.
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Is anything written by Orson Scott Card worth reading aside from Ender's Game?


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Hello, I'm looking for ideas for a short crime story or short crime film. It can be serious, tragic, funny, anything.. as long as it's pretty cheap to make (if it turns into a film) It's for a project. I need to write or film a short crime story. However, I have little time left and I have zero ideas. Thanks a lot

Behind Every Great Man is a ... Vera Nabokov

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>Schoonmaker has long reminded me of Vera Nabokov, the classic example of the old, extremely unfashionable saying, "Behind every great man is a great woman." Vera put up with Vladimir's eccentricities, organized every aspect of his life, accompanied him to all of his lectures at Cornell, sitting in the first row to keep him on top of things, and even drove the nondriver on all of his butterfly-collecting expeditions across the West. Throughout decades of obscurity and economic deprivation, she remained convinced that her husband was a genius. Suddenly, in 1958 when he was 59-years-old, the whole world came to agree with her. I was skeptical but a superficial research proved this picture true. >Véra offered to ground this higher dream in practicality: Nabokov needed comforts, he told her, ''for the sake of not thinking about them.'' So Véra took over wage earning in the troubled Berlin of the late 1920's and early 30's, as well as other distractions: ''From the list of things Nabokov bragged about never having learned to do -- type, drive, speak German, retrieve a lost object, fold an umbrella, answer the phone, cut a book's pages, give the time of day to a philistine -- it is easy to deduce what Véra was to spend her life doing.'' >http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/25/reviews/990425.25gordont.html tl;dr Nabokov's wife basically did everything for him, supported him financially, cooked, cleaned, everything, so that he could dedicate himself to his art. This is why many women marry obscure artists I suppose. It's a great gamble. And women love to gamble.


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>post your immediate backlog >other people tell you what to read next For me: Steppenwolf JR The Floating Opera and The End of The Road Labyrinths Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
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So I've watched this film 3 times and every time I've at least shed a tear and felt deep emotion, but I'm not exactly sure why. How do I deconstruct a film to find out?
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The day is coming not far off now when the earth will quiver and the mountains bow The seas will shudder and the trees will shake and in the skies will wheel a drake A thing of fire, fate and mind the final sight of all mankind Great scream goes up, cries the crowd protest the limit of time allowed vicious curses, broken bones groups of bandits enter homes Break and rend and smash and tear pulling out the landlord's hair why were we the chosen few? What did we do? What did we do...
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alright lit, I must have a list of the must read classicals. I haven't read much classics but the ones I have read are >to kill a mocking bird >enders game >Mississippi trial, 1955 >Miracle boys >Of mice and men >Ivanhoe >code talker I have read a bunch more but they aren't fresh at my mind in this moment. As you can see my taste is open to all type of genres. So don't be afraid to recommend any you think are a must.
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what's a book that'll make me cry at the end?
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Sup /lit/ I started writing a short story recently, and am curious of what you guys think of what I've got so far Title: In The Desert >Day 1 >My name is Atwater Bellecote. >I awoke this morning, to find the gypsy trade caravan I’d been following for the past week or so through the unnamed desert, gone, along with the camel I’d grown to like quite a bit, and had been referring to as “Zift”. >I am lost in a barren, burning wasteland, with only my clothes, and the contents of my burlap sack, a small supply of food, mostly dried meat, flint and steel, some crafting tools and supplies, and a single canteen of water. >I remember a travel tip given to me by the caravan master before we departed on our journey, and that is that a man requires no less than a full canteen of fresh water a day, should he wish to continue his existence in this harsh, dry environment. >The food may last some time, if carefully rationed, and the ever present specter of hunger presents the lesser of my worries. >Some men say life is dictated by authority, some say it’s dictated by love, others money, power, knowledge etc. >Any man of the desert, however, will tell you life is dictated by but one, vigilant, merciless concept. >Thirst. >My mother told me stories of her caravan’s exploits, and one always struck me as particularly grim, that of a most unfortunate day that the caravan’s water supply had become contaminated, any very little potable water had remained. >Within a fortnight, seven men were killed in discourses relating to the lack of water. Old friends, struck at each other, their hand forced by the dagger of that horrible, unforgiving demon, thirst. cont'd
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“where there was nature and earth, life and water, I saw a desert landscape that was unending, resembling some sort of crater, so devoid of reason and light and spirit that the mind could not grasp it on any sort of conscious level and if you came close the mind would reel backward, unable to take it in. It was a vision so clear and real and vital to me that in its purity it was almost abstract. This was what I could understand, this was how I lived my life, what I constructed my movement around, how I dealt with the tangible. This was the geography around which my reality resolved: it did not occur to me, ever, that people were good or that a man was capable of change or that the world could be a better place through one’s taking pleasure in a feel or a look or a gesture, of receiving another person’s love or kindness. Nothing was affirmative, the term “generosity of spirit” applied to nothing, was a cliche, was some kind of bad joke.” American Psycho discussion thread? I found this book to be hilarious and mindbending. Why doesn't he kill Jean? (assuming Patrick's narration of his mass murder is accurate) and what do you think the nature of his relationship with her signifies? I think he killed blonde girls mostly to satisfy his urge to kill Evelyn or Jean in some kind of attempt to be a good person.

My book is at No.1 in Amazon

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/362294031/ Mine is "Black Book Part 1:The Devil's Blood".
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Let's write a story using http://watchout4snakes.com/CreativityTools/RandomParagraph/RandomParagraph.aspx and http://watchout4snakes.com/CreativityTools/RandomSentence/RandomSentence.aspx, /lit/.


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>Chinese translation of James Joyce becomes best-seller >A Chinese version of James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake, which took eight years to translate, has become a surprising hit in the country.
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http://www.blablameter.com/ What's your bullshit lvl, /lit/uanians?
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does anyone here like murakami? i seriously think this guy's a hack. that stupid shit storyline with that one girl in after dark was incredibly boring to trudge through. im reading through kafka on the shore, which was pretty good in the start, but now its pure torture the last hundred pages. i feel like his message is lost in the complete mess that is his writing. i recognize i'm not that great a reader as some people here, so can someone shed light on this guy?
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What's the point of gender in nouns and adjectives and shit? Don't give me that "language isn't created, it just is" bullshit. There is no logical reason for it. Shit is stupid
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Has anyone here read "House of Leaves?" I knew a guy that read it when I was in the military, but other than watching him try to decipher the book, I know nothing about it... Pic related- found a pic of it on Google
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Conto (The Chronicles Of Light & Time): "https://skynerd.com.br/perfil/irror/post/490568-the-chronicles-of-light-time"
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So I've read a bunch of different stories, mainly the original Iliad text and whatnot, and basically anything with Achilles in it. I don't get it though, is he just an invincible warrior whose fighting skills are so much better than everyone else's that he's untouchable, or is he actually invincible, due to the River Styx?
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>be a gamer >come to /lit/ >start reading books >get into it >go back to games >all stories are bad >games last 25-50 hours >I can 200 pages under 4 hours >And travel ten times further in my imagination >mfw when this generations writers and autistic genius are lost because they are busy leveling to a level 80 paladin
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wow guys imagine if john lennon was like still part of the universe ya know like imagine how much better the human race would be if everyone was friends you know like in the universe you know
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/lit/, should I watch Blade Runner first, or read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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narcissism thread -what's your handwriting like? -what'd you read this week? -what's your biggest interest at the moment? -what're you listening to? -what's your favorite genre? -if you had to define yourself by a stereotype, what would accurate?
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Was Ozymandias right?
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Is there anything to be gained from reading this? I'm only 20 pages deep and I've had to re-read the greater majority of those 20 pages multiple times to pick up any meaning. Still, the plot so far is blowing over my head. Pretty much every page: >wait what? >Oh ok! The boy let the buyer fuck him for heroin and apparently he was pretty bad at it. >Oh...

English Composition Class

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For My English Composition Class, we have to create a character sketch of someone unknowingly. If I could get some feed back, it'd be really appreciated. Suggestions, concerns, advice, compliments? Anything would help. Thanks! The radiant moonlight overhead seems to be the Ying to the bleak city light’s Yang. Cars drive by quietly, and the staff of this Starbucks are cleaning up for the inevitable early morning commuters. Tucked in the corner, staring a Word document, is the only customer left in the restaurant. They’ll inevitably force him to go home when the establishment closes, but he won’t be heading to bed for a very long time. The bags beneath his eyes seem to visibly weigh him down, almost screaming that he take a break and get some rest. But the lines etched into his forehead from intense concentration have burrowed deep into his mind, and he’s determined to finish this assignment. The light from his laptop reflects off the thick lens of his glasses, and conveys an aurora of focus that shows his diligence to his task at hand. Cracked hands with stubby fingernails scratch at the beard on his chin. The gentle jazz playing over the restaurant’s speakers practically mock him, whispering, soothing his exhausted soul and coercing him to stop working. The clack of his keys fight off the music‘s seductive spell with vehement animosity.


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I should have listened you /lit/. I should have listened to you. >Entire book filled with "I'M OLD AND I LIKE ALCOHOL" >Literally entire book is "flashback" of another book... what a fucking hack >Build up to final battle is 500 pages >Final battle is 2 pages >Emotional build up only for him to ruin it with HARRY POTTER AND MARVEL COMICS REFERENCES. HE SERIOUSLY REFERENCES HARRY FUCKING POTTER. I threw it in the trash after I ripped it to shreds with my bare hands in an Incredible Hulk™© rage.
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Live happiness pretend that you can freedomize until you realize happiness is not something you can obtain from CAPITALIST WHYTE PIG so rush to the toilet, BITCH rid yourself of the anglo sickness (too late, too late) eating you from inside only to wake up in a concentration camp in a pool of realization your stomach is Pandora’s box (Pandora was black) and now all remaining is a corpse full of penis goop and shattered hope "I TOLD YOU, BITCH" is a 2013 poem by the lauded post-modernist thinker, winner of multiple /lit/erary awards and hero of the intellectual left, ProgressivePoet.

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