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>250 word essay >haven't even started >it's due tomorrow What do /sma/?
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ITT: god-tier songwriting. A few weeks ago, I discovered Phil Ochs, who is very little known (I should even say unknown) in my country, and I was mindblown by some of his lyrics, which are absolutely superb (Crucifixion, Song of my returning, among others). Can you advise me to other god-tier songwriters in English language?
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Any Lethem love on this board?
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The miseries of living in eastern Europe. - short observation The gray socialist architecture stretches as long as the eye can see. The dormitories cover most of the city's landscape. Everything is uniform, even the height of the buildings is confined to a limited specter. However they are not all exactly the same. There is a sort of individuality to them. The same sort of individuality which one pair of socks has compared to the other. Only a few houses remain from the past. Those that are still standing are standing in death row. They are waiting for someone to come and demolish them and build a building not suited for poultry, let alone humans. The only coloured spot in the monochrome scenery are the few streets in the city center. They carry a melancholy of times gone by, blended with the provincial pettiness of those small towns from central Europe. The pettiness of those towns that always looked up to Vienna and pretended to be Vienna but which could never escape their peasant nature. The nature in the city is scarce and tainted. The parks are small and intranquil. They are deemed suitable for those on the social margins - homeless, drug addicts and seniors. Those building the city, on what was once swamp ground, never took the time to look a few decades ahead or they never understood the importance of plants and animals for human life. Now the populous is living on substance enriched air and metropolis level noises without any of the benefits of a metropolis... or a swamp for that matter. A dirty river flows through the city. Like a hobo spruces himself with a piece of dirty, smelly cloth, so does the city with its river. Industrialization and neglect made it a flowing chemical waste pipeline. Still it plays a central role in the city's mythology. People idealize it and adore it, even sing songs about it. Yet few are ready to take a swim in it.

Gothmog in LOTR

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Recently started thinking about this guy, from the perspective of the books only. The only line that mentions him is how "Gothmog, lieutenant of Morgul, flung his troops into the fray" (paraphrasing, I don't have my copy of ROTK handy) I'm pretty convinced that Jackson's interpretation that Gothmog was an orc is wrong, but let's go through what we do know about him, even though it's not much. 1) He's a bad guy: That probably limits his species/race to the following. Orc, Troll, Human, Nazgul. 2) He's fairly high up in things. He's got command after the Witch-King goes down. Specifically, he's a "lieutenant" of "Morgul". Minas Morgul? The only other time we see the title "Lieutenant" uttered is in regard to the Mouth of Sauron, who is the "Lieutenant of Barad-Dur" and is explicitly human. 3) He's named Gothmog, and while the exact meaning is obscure, it's a name shared by one of Morgoth's big dudes (Lord of the Balrogs back in the first age). It's also a Sindarin name. This is odd, because Sauron doesn't exactly like elvish, he refuses to use Elvish writing in the tokens of his soldiers. The last point is why I think an orc is extremely unlikely; they all have vaguely Germanic names, like Ufthak, Radbug, Mauhir. Not a trace of any of the constructed Elven languages in any of them, which would make a name like Gothmog extremely out of the ordinary. As for a troll, the only name we get are the three that waylay Bilbo and company in the Hobbit, and they're given modern English names, like Bill Huggins (which is actually etymologically related to Bilbo Baggins, but I'm drifting off point now.) Of course, those names were created before it was totally clear that The Hobbit was to be in the same world as the Simirillion, so I don't know how much evidence you can take from that. Still, their general dim intelligence and lack of "civilized" contact means that an Elvish name is also unlikely. That more or less leaves the Nazgul and humans. 1/2
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Why are the majority of female writers so shitty? And then they are praised for writing good books (i.e: pic related, Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling), and sell better/are known better and are more welly accepted than Tolkien or Lovecraft.

A poem I made

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Moncrieff Proust?

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Anyone who wants to defend the Moncrieff translation of Proust, how can you defend the translation of 'À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs' as 'Within a budding grove'? I realize that 'In the shadow of young girls in bloom' doesn't really touch the ambiguity and union of place and desire I understand is built into the original french either, but at least it actually *mentions* 'young girls'. Sure, Proust talks about flowers a lot, but he's never *just* talking about flowers. How does a Moncrieff apologist justify such an omission?
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should i start Snow Crash? just finished Slaughterhouse-Five and looking for a more serious sci-fi novel, if you could call Snow Crash serious.
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Which are definitely worth reading? Which are overrated? >American Psycho >The Things they carried >1984 >Catch 22 >A Short history of nearly everything >Slaughterhouse V >The Stranger (albert camus) >Flowers for Algernon >Brave New World >For who the bell tolls >The Great Gatsby >House Of Leaves >Lolita >Cats Cradle >Atlas Shrugged >The Mismeasure of man >Lord of the Flies >A Clockwork Orange >The Catcher in the Rye >Fahrenheit 451 >Crime and Punishment >The Stand
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A lot of people complain that classic and great works of literature are boring. Often it is a sign of ignorance or petulance but sometimes it can be fair. What are some of the big works in fiction you found boring? Me: >The Great Gatsby >good prose but dull narrative and pretty on the surface symbolism. Doesn't award multiple readings.
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Looking for books where the author shares a similar world view as Ayn Rand. I've read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and that was amazing. What're some others?
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Not sure if this is the right place but I'll try it anyway, this is where I spend most of the time (redirect me if it isn't). Hope you can help. Some days ago I uploaded a 30Mb book to libgen, it was a set of scanned pictures showing two pages of the book in one of the pdf, and a couple of days after that I found that someone had modified it and turned it into a 3Mb page-by-page archive with no quality loss. How is this done? I assume it is some sort of picture compressing method but everything I've tried reduces the size very little if I want to keep the quality. I ask this cause I scan a lot of books (e.g. I shared here No Longer Human some months ago) and I'm slowly running out of space due to the big size of every book (each being basically a set of pictures). Would anyone here know how can I compress this fuckers keeping the quality?
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Hi /lit/, I have a question for you. i have a four tome collection of the Arabian Nights, but I feel them kind of childish and not so well written as they should be. The compiler/translator is Margarita rodriguez Acero. I wanted to know which compiler/translator would you recommend. Btw, I know Mardrus's and Galland's are some of the best, But those are really hard to get, so if you can put some relatively new ones or links to it, that would be great. Also I speak spanish, english and french, so originals in those languages get extra points. Thanks a lot in advance.

Speed Reading

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Sup /lit/ Anyone have experience in learning speed reading? What are the best book or software? Also what's your words per minute? >Mine 600 after some training I use eyeQ software
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i want to learn about thelema but i'm not sure which books to exactly get and what order to read them in so i can understand the teachings. help me out /lit/
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How many grains do you need to make a pile of grain? If you remove a grain to a pile of grain, is it still a pile of grain? How many do you have to remove in order to stop the pile of grain from being a pile?
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You can claim to be well read, but you never did the Kenosha Kid.
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These are inarguably the ten most significant literary works of the 20th Century. Fictions, Borges (1944) (ESP) In Search of Lost Time, Proust (1913) (FRA) Lolita, Nabokov (1955) (ENG) Molloy, Beckett (1951) (FRA) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn (1963) (RUS) The Sea of Fertility, Mishima (1969) (JAP) The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner (1929) (ENG) The Trial, Kafka (1925) (DEU) The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera (1984) (CZE) Ulysses, Joyce (1922) (ENG)
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Heading off for an extended tour of Africa. Need Africa-themed reading materials, both fiction and non-.

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