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/lit/ Literature

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I can't tell which is more hilarious: the clip of DFW spouting off stupidly about "prior to" or the Tao Lin "Cooking the Books" episode. So, this is a poll. Which is funnier, /lit/? (If there's a third candidate, throw its hat into the ring on its behalf.) The DFW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_sQrxAorDo The Tao: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2BJSV8Q1Yw
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http://www.fictionpress.com/s/3068897/1/My-Catholic-Mother I wrote something. I didn't get any reviews. Please review.
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Why is it, that on numerous occasions, I have been the focal point of a contemptuous and pitiful manner, when I suggest to someone they should consider purchasing an e-reader? Is there something within the words of a book an e-reader can not portray to them? Or is it simply some selfish scorn, held by those who refuse to accept change? I won't lie by saying I don't have a book collection, because I do have a book collection. I completely agree with those who see books as a beautiful item of decor; they are beautiful, and I still read physical books from time to time. I just can't think of a reason to not own an e-reader. My entire collection of physical books is at the touch of my fingertips, I may read them at any time I wish. I can send digital copies to friends and I can purchase new books in the time it takes me to put my shoes on to go to the book store. I am able to look up unknown words by simply touching them, and I can highlight them for later reference. I can put my Nook to sleep and resume on the exact sentence I left off from. The battery lasts for months at a time. I can read in the dead of night with an adjustable back light. I can change the font, font size, word spacing, to fit my own personal taste. I can even discuss the piece I am reading with fellow users. This piece of technology is absolutely beautiful, I can't imagine why anyone would think of something as a subpar counterpart to a book. If you are thinking about getting an E-reader of any kind I can assure you it will be well worth it. thank you. Anon
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How does one develops his "writing style" or whatever it is called. I mean, I don't write often, just when I feel in the mood, but every time I do I come up with writing in a very similar way as "Thus spoke Zarathustra" is written, maybe because I've read the book around 5 times now and its my favorite book, and I don't know how to feel about it.


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So yeah /lit/, thinking of buying this book today. Any opinion on it? Worth reading?
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There are few taboos left in this postmodern western society. How many and which do you think are left for artists to break in order to get as much attention as possible? I think incest is the next huge thing. It's only a matter of time until the first writer/musician/artist gets famous for having an incestuous relationship or something like that. And then? What do you think comes after the last taboos are gone? How can younger people show that they are different/edgy then? Kind of related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWo1W__MUr0
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Hey /lit/, I'm somewhat new to leisurely reading, but I recently read Lolita and now am in the middle of Pale Fire. I'm completely smitten with the beauty and eloquence of Nabokov's writing style, and I'm afraid that I won't be able to find any other authors that even come close to conceiving of such beautiful prose. Am I in luck? Is there anyone else that compares to Nabokov? I'd really appreciate any recommendations.
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Hey /lit/, I'm going through an identity crisis right now. Have any suggestions for books about finding oneself, any type of self-improvement for the already confident person trying to become more humble?
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A list of books on the International Space Station.
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How do I read when I am depressed? I can't concentrate long enough without thinking about how sad I feel.
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philosophy essentials? it's something that's always sort of interested me. where to start?
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>browse 4chan frantically for 6 hours >waiting for something to happen >??? >nothing happens
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Is there any TV series /lit/ related? I mean, even if the protagonist is a writer i'm ok.
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I'm looking for a non-password protected mobi version of City of Dragons by Robin Hobb. I asked /r/ yesterday and got nothing, so I figured /lit/ would be the next natural choice. Let's make this a discussion for the entire Realm of the Elderlings series while we're at it.
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What's the best translation of this book?
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hey /lit/, I've been trying to figure out a way to ask this but I cant find the words so I am going to try to simplify. What are some literary works that when I'm done reading I will feel like I've become more intelligent. I'm new to literature but I took an American literature course at my college and ever since I've been on this quest to learn as much as I possibly can. Thanks in advance

ITT: Prose you wish you had

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>Your prose will never be as splendid, witty, or refined as Oscar Wilde's
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Could someone refer me to a reputable orientalist commenting on the way Muslims go out of their way to distance the Quran from the other works of literature? Thanks.
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Is murder wrong?
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Looking for a poem. I half-remember a few words of it from college. It was a class on Weimar-era German art, and we were talking about Expressionism. Basically the poem was: -German (we saw an english translation) -from an Expressionist poet -possibly titled "Water Carriers" I recall the phrase "short skirted daughters" and being German, it was bleak and depressing. That's all I remember, Google hasn't helped. Sound familiar to anyone?
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So I made a /lit/ synchtube. If you'd like to add a video/s about lit, writing, authors, short stories, poems, philosophy, and whatever else that would be accepted here, but in video form. I'm going to be doing something, but when I get back later I'll make sure it's lit related. And if it is, it will stay on the master saved list. So if you've got a favorite lit youtube or other forms accepted by synch, feel free to add. http://www.synchtube com/r/litOfficial If you'd feel like taking a mod spot, drop your synch name here and I'll put you on the mod list at some point.
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Hi /lit/, last year I started writing. So far I am okay with my skills and I have come to a point were I found a writing habitus wich comforts me1. Lately I discoverd that during broad day my mind isn't focused and I only can write some sentences and ban some thoughts on paper. As soon as I get tired I start digging the flow. So here's my question: Am I (clinical) depressed? Read once that sleep reduction and the concomitant tiredness help ease symptoms of depression. So has anybody similar experiences and is depressed? 1]I know my writing isn't that good but I mostly do it for myself >inb4 /adv/ pic: lit always related
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So /lit/ I've been thinking about picking up a copy of Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and I usually get my books through the Web, Mostly just Amazon/Barnes & Noble.. And from what I've seen of most of the reviews, everyone seems to complain that what is being offered isn't the original work, or that the person who translated it did a shit job... TL;DR Whats the best version of Brothers Karamazov to get? who does the best/most accurate translation and where the hell can I get it?
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What am I in for /lit/?
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“John!” She had uttered the name aloud whilst we were sleeping. Accustomed as I was to waking at any slight sound I sat upright, a staunch figure silhouetted on the bed. Sleep was a hopeless idea now. It wasn’t the noise that kept me awake, but John; whoever he was. Flicking through the phone book, I thought about how many Johns there were in the world, making my endeavor appear all the more pathetic. Wasn’t it a biblical name anyway? Maybe the remnants of some ancient memory had crept into the wrong part of her brain, ‘Jung believed that through the collective unconscious, even memories could be inherited’. Or perhaps I was misreading those magazines in the doctor’s waiting room? Either way, it was something that needed investigating. >thoughts on the beginning of a short story I'm working on?

ITT: Improvements you would make to Harry Potter

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Re-watching the films and remembering the books, I've come to realize Rowling could have done so much more with Voldemort in regards to the setting and plot. Have him focus more on attacking and trying to take over the muggle world. It is downright stupid that he would try to kill the already small population of wizards when he himself said they are much better than muggles, so much so they should rule. Have him not appear so evil in appearance, or give him a mask. He should have been using propaganda to get people to go against muggles as opposed to fear tactics, and played on most wizards already inherent superiority complex. Once he had that he could then start his whole "some wizards are more equal than others" shtick. There can still be super magic stuff, but ditch the immortal objects thing after he is brought back. More traveling to other places so we can see wizards of other cultures.
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Why do we fight?
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>Buy book >Read it in two days >Have to wait until next year for the next one >Fuck!
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hullo /lit/ I just finished reading the Last Messiah and I wondered if anyone could recommend me something similar to read. Not similarity in content though, as I've read enough about spirituality, but instead I'd like to read something with equally condensed observations and super chin stroking moments. I had a look through the recommended reading and it really wasn't working for me. I thought it better to ask for live recommendations as I'm really counting on hearing what books/essays powerfully resonated with you and why, as opposed to the generally accepted superior works. thank you in advance
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Thoughts on this book?

where's the brostep

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Does anyone have a chart? Thanks.
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sup /lit/ Can you recommend me some (English) novels and poets of Romanticism? Especially looking for some work with fascination for evil and sin.
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What literary character do you most identify with? For me, I'm surely The Man Who Fell To Earth, Thomas Newton. Lofty ideals and noble of purpose, but a tragic hero by nature when faced with the shortcomings of being human.
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Dear /lit/ a few minutes ago i finished infinite jest i don't know what to think, i feel lost please help me
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Hey /lit/, for my Psych class I need to choose a book written by a psychologist and do a showcase project at the end of the semester on it, anybody know any good books written by a psychologist, specifically about stress?
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Hi /lit/, figured this would be the best place to ask. How to practice/improve my word play? It's interesting to me. What authors are really good with their wordplay?
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Have there even been any good movies or screenplays converted into novel format?
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When you are writing long stories or possibly even short novels, what is your system behind the writing process? Do you just write from the beginning to the end or do you first build a frame and then flesh out the story or similar?
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I've written about 5 pages of my first work, /lit/ and before I continue any further I'm starting to feel I need some brushing up on my punctuations and such. Most in general really, but mainly quotations. How much is too much in back and forth conversations? When should you use them, when shouldn't you etc? Thanx.

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