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Moby Dick

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This is the greatest novel I have ever read. I can't think of any book as 'complete' as Moby Dick. It's like Melville didn't leave anything out. There's nothing to be added to Moby Dick, it's all there. Not sure if that makes much sense, but maybe you know what I mean. Like, there's no reason for anyone to write a book about whaling or expand on the same themes present in Moby Dick. Probably my favorite part of the novel is the way Melville used different styles/genres of writing to get different effects. The Shakespearian aspect, most obviously evinced (a new favorite word after reading it so many times) in the chapters written like a stage drama was used to stunning effect. I remember early on, there's the chapter in which Ahab has the crew swear an oath to hunt Moby Dick and suddenly there's an '(aside)' in which he states that he conquered Starbuck and bent him to his (Ahab's) will. That made me laugh out loud it was so fucking cool. The whale anatomy and long descriptions of the tools and procedures of the whaling industry were so well written and interesting, I can't understand why people find them difficult to read. I also loved the action, the adventure, the characterizations, the vernacular used and the philosophical reflections. It's a perfect novel. Plus, Moby Dick is just so fucking cool. I've never read anything so manly, heroically tragic, and insane as this novel. It's just so fucking good, I don't know if I'll ever read anything that will compare again. Why do you think Camus (in The Myth of Sisyphus) called Moby Dick a "truly absurd work"? I think I'm beginning to form a vague idea of what he meant by that, but I can't quite crystallize it yet.

Free Ebooks pl0x?

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Hey, I'm taking an acting class, don't ask why, and I need to bring in a script of a scene I'd like to do for my Final. I've looked up a number of plays and most of them that interested me, from the plot summary I've read online, don't have free PDF's I can find online. If anyone knows a website where I can get free Ebooks or PDF's that'd be swell. Pic related, the play that's caught my eye at the moment.
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would you read a novel written in greentext
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The plight of the artist is that as when a consciousness sees itself in the mirror, to see which form it has taken. The reaction is one of revulsion, denial and the result is ultimately quest for redemption. This inevitably leads, if he is stubborn, to his never ending plight to justify the beauty and meaningfulness of the lives he sees befall in his observation.
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Anyone have any solid sources/recommendations of works on the historicity of the bible (old and new testament) or the historical jesus. Not really interested in Bart Ehrman, I feel like he is talking to me like I am a retard or a christian fundamentalist.
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>In a seminar >someone brings up DFW's quote about "post-postmodernism" >I break into guffaws and chortles >everyone looks at me >frantically try and shovel spaghetti back into my pockets, clear my throat loudly, apologize Thanks for ruining my reputation, /lit/, you assholes
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Easily the best book I've ever read. Amazing characters (besides Lee), and amazingly written. Opinions on what I should read next for something kind of like this?
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ITT we try to find the most 4chan person in literature. Starting off with Marinetti.
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Here's a short story I wrote. I'd love some feedback, even if you hate it and just want to call me a faggot. A cold November breeze swept over Henry and he instinctively held a paper cup full of warm coffee just a bit closer to his chest. He had been standing in line for nearly twelve hours along with millions of other people waiting for their message. Morning broke slowly, and he watched beams of piercing morning light shine down the street and reflect brightly off of store windows. Henry took a sip and allowed the hot steam to warm his face. He couldn’t leave his spot, so he had bought the coffee from a vendor walking down the line. Henry wished he had offered him cream, but the warmth and much-needed caffeine were good enough. Henry glanced down at his phone to help pass the time. “What does it say?” came a soft voice from behind him. “Excuse me?” Henry replied, turning around. “You checked the time, right? What time is it?” asked a girl wrapped in a big purple scarf and a heavy winter coat. She appeared to be in her early twenties, like Henry. “Uh, it’s about seven,” replied Henry. “And it opens at eight, right? Just another hour, thank God! It’s way too cold,” said the girl. “My name is Georgia, what’s yours?” She thrust her mittened hand out to Henry. Henry held out his right hand, and realized he was still holding the coffee. Georgia’s face brightened as Henry fumbled with the cup until he finally shook her hand. “My name’s Henry.” “Do you think the device will really work? Will we get our message?” asked Georgia. Henry looked towards the front of the line and couldn’t make out where it started—a thousand bodies all collected into an endless swarm of people. Henry thought back to an article that he’d read a year ago, and how so many people had jumped, shouted, and buzzed at the news.
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So I'm building up my book collection...but what should I make it? e-books? or physical books? I love hard, leather covers. but they also take up more space than just taking my Nexus 7. what do I do /lit/? ;_;
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(First time posting on /lit/!) I get it /lit/, Harmony Korine is the grisly Tao Lin of cinema. Anyone have similar/opposing views on this to discuss? Also, I do not believe these people have any significance because they redundantly illustrate the senselessness of what we do as people, something we don't need to waste time on experiencing in books when we do it all in our own ways every single day.
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we used to sit in a white room and stare out a window drooling now we sit in ma's basement and stare at a screen filthy.
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What is your preferred style/content of the fantasy genre? Does a low-fantasy, gritty, war-torn world sound interesting to you? Or do you love to read about wizards that command awesome magic powers? Do you even like the genre of fantasy at all? Is it worthwhile for authors to continue to flesh out, or has fantasy reached its apex with Tolkien, Jordan, and Martin? Please, let's have a fantastical discussion, m'lords.
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You better not shout You better not cry You better not pout I'm telling you why All moral values are merely spooks
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Good Day, /lit/, I am visiting from /k/. Unfortunately, day/k/are is in full swing, and nobody there is of much help. I have a desire to roughly carve a phrase, quote, or piece of poetry upon the buttstock of my single-shot 12 gauge, which I will use to hunt armadillos, squirrels, racoons, and wild pigs. I intend to put a notch for each critter taken, because I am slightly redneck, and want a gun with stories to tell. (Dad is a sucky father, left no stories to me. I want to have something COOL for the kids.) Of course, in an emergency scenario, this would also be used defensively. Right now, what appeals to me most is a line from Rudyard Kipling's "Cold Iron"- "" Nay! " said the cannoneer on the castle wall, ' But Iron - Cold Iron - shall be master of you all! ' Woe for the Baron and his knights so strong, When the cruel cannon-balls laid 'em all along; He was taken prisoner, he was cast in thrall, And Iron - Cold Iron - was master of it all." What do you think, /lit/? Help a Pleb out?
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Why is happiness such a "stupid" emotion? Aren't there any writers who can write about happiness without being maudlin or smug or twee?
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Hello there chippie chappies. Which translation of The Magic Mountain is considered the best?

What have you read so far this year?

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See picture. Some decent and good books, quite a few bad. Favourite so far: The Instructions. Least favourite: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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/lit/, what is your pseudonym. Why >Yevgeny Klimt >a botched Russification of a name I used to help my friends cheat on uni tests

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