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This book is written in homage to writers who don't write, or who quit writing, those who the author dubs Bartlebys in reference to Melville's story. There are a lot of great parts in this book, excellent passages really, that caused me to highlight a lot, but this is a case where the sum is less than its parts. The book is written as footnotes for a main body of work that does not exist. Another strike against it is that it's difficult for me to read books that are so fragmented, that don't have a central and continuous narrative but are rather bursts of thought that blends the line between literary philosophy and fiction. Between the lines, we also are privy to the deterioration of the life of the narrator, as he opts out of life himself - preferring to stay home from his job until he is fired, losing connection with the world outside his home. When reading, there isn't enough of this to be certain that's the main intent of the work or if it's just a complement to his overall theme.
I actually did like this book, but much less than I thought I would and wouldn't exactly recommend it to a wide audience. But some elements of /lit/ might enjoy it.
A sample below.
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ITT: Literature dealing with personal development, or some such nonsense.
"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
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>go to community college
>mfw there's actually people there taking 1 or 2 courses (3 or 6 credits of a max 15 per semester)
>ask them what it is
>psychology, business, sociology or just "English"
>they ask my courseload
>Calc 2, Linear algebra, Engineering mechanics, English, Advanced french, Engineering programming, Physics with calculus 2, Organic chemistry
>Total: 26 credits with deans permission
i c-cant wait to leave this place
B-berkeley will be different..r-right?