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How did you get into literature?
Here is my story:
I was a coke addict. Snorting 8 grams a day and taking numerous other drugs.
What had to happen, happened. I overdosed.
I cured myself by locking myself up for 6 weeks straight. Lot's of talking and crying; my past demons haunting me in my dark room.
However, my schrink told me she never had a patient that worked on himself that fast - I was really fed up with that shit.
As a result I lost most of my friends, as they were all using. Basically, I got pretty bored after a while, so I thought: "Hey, why not read books?"
So I did some looking on the internet and made a small list of books. I went to my small hometown library and looked after the books I had written down. But I couldn't find them.
I asked the librarian to help me out and she asked me to read my list. "That's a good list. Unfortunately, that is not the kind of literature we offer here. But if you like I can lend you some of my personal books. I think I can even advise." Let's do it!
So she brought me some John Fante, ask the dust and other books.
Ask the dust changed my life. Since then I never stopped reading. First, it was mainly "trashy" literature, after that I moved on to classics.
I'm curious about your stories guys.
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Hey /lit/, I need your help. I've an adjective in my mind, but I can't seem to remember it for the life of me, and it's wrecking my head. Was driving today, and my mum was being terrible, saying we weren't going to make it on time because of every little small obstacle that came in our way.
It's not exactly a defeatist attitude, but it's something similar, and if I follow my gut instinct, the adjective is D-something. Despondent... not it either.
Basically, it means someone who - at the first sign of trouble - wholeheartedly feels it's the "be all, end all" of circumstances, and that they're doomed, and nothing they do can fix it.
Please help me /lit/, I can't keep this up any longer, the word is irritating me so badly.
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So I just started reading again, for the first time since high school. I mean, I have always read a ton of history books, but that isn't really reading. Anyways, So I just picked up Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse 5, loved them, but I was a little confused as to what stuff meant. I kept seeing stuff that was obviously symbols but don't know what they symbolize. Is there somewhere I can go to read analysises of books and such that will tell me what the fuck is going on? When I look all I can fin is stupid homework help sites.