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/lit/ Literature

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Y'all niggas be jelly of my 1973 copy? >dat cover

Flash Fiction

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Just noticed there wasn't a flash fiction thread, so let's start one. Last three of your post #: First digit is the gender of your protagonist 0-4:male 5-9:female Second digit is the time your story takes place 0-3:past 4-7:present day 8-9:future Third digit is the genre 0:fantasy 1:sci-fi 2:crime/mystery 3:erotica 4:humorous 5:adventure 6:horror 7:historical fiction 8:post-apocalyptic 9:dystopian
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What's the difference between understanding and comprehension?
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there are few days between years i feel like a gust of light emanates from my being in some sort of enlightening life-changing moment, when all the fear vanishes and i'm overwhelmed with hope and certainty but never have i actually used these empowering moments to leave this hole only to wake up the next morning back in the same internet all day while being nagged about a future i've already planned at the end of a rope routine i've always thought you could find answers just by looking within your self. that all you had to do was put the pieces together and you'll come out from the cave with world changing stuff now i've gone mad and afraid to leave my head the only bit of wisdom i've learned is this was a stupid thing to do, and even if i did know everything it wouldn't matter if i didn't do anything
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If you were able to choose the literature that high school students would read while learning about U.S. history, what books would you choose for different periods of American history?
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What shall be my next summer read, /lit/: Don Quixote, American Gods, A Tale of Two Cities, or something by Mishima or Hemingway?
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Favourite music to read to /lit/? I love me some Sigur Ros
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What books have a stronger literary legacy than The Bible?
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The next generation of novelists.
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can a literary work that comments on some facet of the human condition be written in modern times without seeming infantile or at least trite? has it all been said? what sort of subtext do you think can be written today with the highest merit?
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Is it wrong to try to abandon cynicism? Pic not really all that related
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Truth be told, I'm shit at writing. I don't mean I'm just bad at it, I mean I'm fucking shit. I had a very poor education thanks to living in amurrican hick town, so I'm extremely bad at writing, period, as well as critically thinking and dictating my thoughts. How do I improve? I'm poor as shit and college isn't really an option. What are some good resources on learning how to write effectively and such?

Dystopian Novels.

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Good dystopian novels you've read?
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Should I read the daylight War? (book 3 of the demon cycle by Peter V Brett) I read the first two largely out of lack of anything else to read, and while I had trouble with the character psychology it was never the less a page turner while drunk in the hammock. I'm working my way through the Thrawn Trilogy (Starwars)as well but am trying to decided if this is a series worth finishing? anyone read it with an opinion?
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What are the differences between American Harry Potter Books and the English ones?
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Are webcomics literature?
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I'm half-way through reading Juan Carlos Onetti's novel La vida breve (A Brief Life). It's about a cynical, pathetic man-bitch whose life is going to shit (relationship in the can, fired, depressed, etc), all the while he's writing a screenplay which, he hopes, can get him out of his poverty and depression. In writing this work, he's inventing a world where people live "brief lives," independent from any past or future that may offer far more menacing possibilities than optimistic ones. At the same time, he's inventing these two separate personae, one criminal who lives a Jekyll-like life in the underworld, with drug-lords and prostitutes, and a country doctor who lives in the fantasy world he is inventing in the screenplay. I began reading Onetti for the same reason I began reading Nabokov's stuff years ago: their criticism of other writers. Two of Onetti's rules for writing are the following: !. Don't be afraid to be unoriginal, steal if you have to; 2. The decline of writing into pure technique and gimmicks are ultimately harmful to the work and are wasted on the middle-class reader. Agree/Disagree?
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Hey /lit/ Can i have some horror novels recomendations?
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What's the verdict?
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I have to make a presentation about existential humanism tomorrow (I didn't chose the topic) And i wanted to formulate mind-bending existential questions, or thought experiments regarding existence or the human condition Could you help me with some, /lit/? thanks in advance
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Why is Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man so good? I'm reading it for the third time and I'm always wondering if there is any other book that can at first put you in a cozy, nostalgic scenery and then pull you straight to the pits of hell and back. It's such a paradoxical yet unified experience that I just want to read it again and again. Is Ulysses anything like it?
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Manly books /lit/
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How does this make you feel?
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1. Go to Amazon/Goodreads/etc 2. Find a book you HATE. 3. Find a 5 star review that makes you weep for humanity 4. Post it ITT >What can I say? Fify Shades of Grey would make a great manual for the man in your life. It is explicit but not sleazy. It's well written with just enough description and detail. Leaves you to your inmagination. Christain Grey's character is a bit hard to believe due to the fact that he is so handsome, sexy, wealthy, etc. Makes my boyfriend look like milk toast. The end of the book leaves you hanging, therefore, you must read the other two. Well worth it.
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I'm looking for the edgiest literature possible. Films included. Preferably somewhat amateurish, but still aesthetically good. (Something like this: http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/adams-arthur-h/the-anarchist-0036048) Help me out?
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What books do you think could easily have an entire year-long college course dedicated to them, without discussing the impact or history of the book? The class would have to be entirely based on the symbolism and story for it to count. Yes, you could technically do this with any book, but >pic related is really the only one I could think of where the course would be full of lively discussion the whole time. Can /lit/ think of any others?
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Where can I find a hardcover edition of Paradise Lost that isn't 90% annotations, and edited with modern spelling and punctuation?

Please check and review.

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Hey, e/lit/es This is my first swing at poetry, can you guys take a look? -Anodos- The light now fades, a sad night falls, And expanding shades grow thin and tall. A young man knows what must be done As all light leaves and dark has won. He starts to walk through hill and dale To do what he must or else he fail. The oak leaves crunch with fallen stem As his dark black boot walks over them. All dark now, but in light of day, Those crunched up leaves were gold in fey. These colours by noon in crimson hue Show by dark a deep black blue A dead wind from the South carries the sound, All birds hide or batter down. All things hide, or fear the wrath, The waste of man; his prideful laugh. But this one differs, his silence stays, To hurt not land nor trees nor bays.
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Who are your favorite living English-language writers, and why?
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Soup, /lit/. Published my first book :) Super excited. Have any of you published stories? What are they about?
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"Oonga boonga here say evah since the globe dun apocalyptoed our tongue-slippin dun simpled and we cant speak too good i hope the spooky tall man with acrylo on his dermals dont sword cut me underneath mah head" Please tell me the book was less shite than this movie? Or, rather, movies? Or am I too stupid to recognize it's "genius."
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which books do i need to impress women at the university?
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How do i pirate bright lights big city? I have no money and I have an assignment due tomorrow. ;_;
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>mfw this entire board Do you know what's more important than memorizing multiple words that all mean similar things? Using them moderately and appropriately and cutting the fat from what you're trying to say.
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Her drink is spiked. By none other than Willy Wonka himself. She notices a slight blueberry flavor in her liquor, followed by a slight pressure in her belly... Oh dear, what's going to happen to Jordan Baker, professional golfer?
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###########EMERGENCY PLS############# what does this symbol mean ~ ?
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I did a rather engenious thing today, /lit/. There is a small local bookstore around here. And in that store there is a small section of discount books that range to about 25 to 75 percent off. Now, the only thing that seperates the discount books from the rest of the books (outside of the placement) is a small sticker on it that has how much is taken off the book. An idea struck me. I could easily peel off a sticker and put it on another more expensive and desirable book and none would be the wiser. On nearly all the books, the sticker was placed on another sticker. Clearly they had thought of this but I was lucky. A copy of Hannibal Rising had a 75% off sticker on it and there was no sticker under it. I carefully peeled it off and placed it on a copy of P&V's translation of War and Peace. The cashier was none the wiser and I stepped out of the store having paid only around five bucks for a book that should've cost around 20. It felt incredible. Anyone else done something like this?
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Why are smart people more suicidal?
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So /lit/. Any recommondations for Warhammer 40k books? I've also read most of Caiphus Cain but I lost the book before i got to the ending. Also general Warhammer 40k bok thread
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“A guy needs somebody-to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.” ? John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men Can an author or a book subsitute that friend to an extent?
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Good evening /lit/ I wrote this essay for my intro to Phil class, looking for your opinions and criticism. Thank you. pic somewhat related. The futility of man An essay on man’s endless pursuit of certainty towards absurdity, incongruence and the irrational Logic by itself does no guarantee the true grasp of authenticity and certainty. The grasp of certainty that man is in constant pursuit, which apparently guarantees a sense of congruency and symmetry. A sense of congruency that if absent concerns and qualms man’s quintessential existence. Logic seems to be the answer for obtaining this grasp, but its essential flaws impede man from attaining such sense, for logic can be false. Logical fallacies can be fabricated and false syllogisms derived, thus creating incorrect sources from which false conclusions can be presented. It is somewhat disappointing that logic cannot satiate man’s unceasing quest for certainty, a certainty that will mute man’s unrelenting forging of questions. Logic serves as an abstract tool, requested when futility is present. That given empirical observations can form a stream of apparent rationality. A stream that man embraces, a provision of satisfaction and tranquility, for logic merely simplifies the futility of the stream. Logic siphons the futility, logic and man cannot escape nor relinquish the futility, and logic merely draws our attention to a rationale, a principle, a theory, an argument, a case, a justification, and an explanation for such futility. Such case can be an analogous example to Plato’s allegory of the cave, in which the men can only see a reflection of the truth; men are cast to see superficial reflections of certainty. (1)

The end of man

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Hello /lit/, I want to hear your opinions and criticism about this short existential paragraph I wrote, thank you for you time and comments. I refuse to accept the end of man; I refuse to embrace the razing of our spirit and collective will by our actions, detriment, negligence and intention. Man is a walking, sentient mass of clay. An ever-changing mass subject to the folding, breaking, beating, molding of our thoughts, our inner angst, our fears; but also to love, affection, care and companionship. Man began its inevitable decline when it acquired the conscience of its own transient decay. A decay characterized by our biological nature. Man countered with immortality. An immortally based on superfluous features such as: monuments, texts and events. Man is not immortal because of the endurance, resilience and legacy of its epics, victories, defeats and feats. Man is immortal due to the unfolding and unveiling of its collective will and the existence of its spirit.
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Would really appreciate some feedback on this before I go to bed, have never tried to write anything before so it'd be useful. Thanks, http://pastebin.com/xUL6dVWS
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Recommend more like this.
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worth a read?
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http://projectwordsworth.com/the-paradox-of-the-proof/ >O’Neil, however, holds Mochizuki accountable, saying that his refusal to cooperate places an unfair burden on his colleagues. >“You don’t get to say you’ve proved something if you haven’t explained it,” she says. “A proof is a social construct. If the community doesn’t understand it, you haven’t done your job.” Do you agree with this? Are mathematical proofs social constructs?
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I don't know what kind of literature this would be called...but - anyway. // Set to the music of Ludovico Einaudi’s Snow Prelude N.2. http://www.youtube [.] com/watch?v=jsGYKOu1upw 0:03 I searched for you this morning. 0:12 It wasn’t as grandiose as all that, but I looked a little. That’s more than I usually do. 0:22 Not a day goes by when you’re not on my mind. Sometimes I almost forget, more out of a loss of hope than impatience. I’ll be fine, and I know I will. But I end up thinking about you just the same. Did you know that I thought I saw you a few weeks ago? 0:47 I thought I saw you before that, too, though you looked different, and I couldn’t help thinking what a wonderful prelude that time might have been. A wonderful prelude to a deluge of even more wonderful Part Twos and Threes and Fours. I have my own brand of misgivings about it as I usually do, but that’s just me, you know; and that’s why I occasionally think I’ll never find you. 1:27 I remember playing hide and seek as a child, running all over the lawn, in between the trees - trying to make sure no one made it to base, always on the lookout for where people were hiding so I could tag them and they would be “it.” It’s the same with you - trying to make sure no one gets there, while at the same time trying to find out where you are. When I run away from base for too long, someone comes along and gets “safe.” They’re there and I can’t do much about it. But they’re not who I’m looking for. I’ve mistaken them for you. [cont.]
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Have any of you people read Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto? If so, what did you guys liked or did not like about it?
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I've loved prose ever since I was a child. (I refer to it as prose because I don't know what real poetry is; I am uneducated here, but can write in other genres very well.) Mellow Falls is a neighborhood 30 minutes northeast of Boston. The name is changed slightly...if you can guess what it's supposed to be, I'll tell you you've got it. The old man who owned the house told me all of those proverbs. The house fits the description exactly. Tell me what you think. Mellow Falls a house: Hats perched on lampposts And couches stitched with lace A pin-striped wall draped in old roses and stiff with youth and glace. Antique chairs with woven backs ‘round loomy swatches of rugs Chandeliers with bells From engraved fixtures hung. Mellow Falls a proverb: The old air is fresh, Staled by the new; A handkerchief works best When its uses are few; The looking-glasses shows Fairness to the unfair; Television is a fool’s nightmare; Roses dipped in wax are stronger, Stand the heat a little longer.
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>have cousin in high school taking the IB Philosophy course >talking to her about it >learn they don't read any Aristotle >ask her why, considering he's such an influential philosopher >"Well, Aristotle was wrong a lot and his methods were bad, so no one studies him." >unbridled rage Help me, /lit/

Boo, Forever

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I loaned someone A Confederate General from Big Sur to a bookfriend the other night. I get the impression that they are quite conservative in their tastes, but I hope they like it. I personally find reading Brautigan INVIGORATING, always leads me to reevaluate my own work. What's /lit/'s opinion of the [undoubtedly fucking wonderful] man? Any favourites?
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I hope this is the right place... Guys I live by myself now and know shit about cooking. I want to stop eating out erry day and save some cash. Any books out there you guys recommend?
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Opinions on Gulliver's Travels? How is the movie with Jack Black,should I just avoid it?

Salt Water (1100 words)

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From the crow’s nest I witness everything. The horizon in all directions. Clouds within arm’s reach. The ship a fatal drop below. Tonight the sea is a realm of ink marked with a trembling white disc, its surface a layer some never pass twice. During death perhaps they will linger in between, a bouyant shape awaiting acceptance by the depths. To transition from this world unto the next. A cadaver picked clean as it descends, absolved and bare and ready.
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whats the most entretaning book you ever read?






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