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/lit/ Literature

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Are most of Tolkien's books about race?
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Well /lit/, today I cranked out the first 4,000 words of my novel. The ideas for it have been floating around in my head for years now, and I've written all sorts of outlines and little 500 word excerpts and shit, but today I sat down, made an actual coherent outline, and cranked the words OUT. I know where the plot is heading, I know what I'm trying to say... I just, for the first time, feel optimistic about my writing. Things are finally looking up. What did you do today, /lit/?
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Is this book a must read?
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The great debate...
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Went to my favorite used bookstore today, got all in the pic for under 35 USD. How'd I do?
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Help me figure out which is the best poem ever. The Hollow Men or Love Song of Alfred J Prufrock?
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Checked the sticky and didn't find a "/lit/ horror chart" so I made this thread. What are the best horror books?
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I read this a few weeks ago and was very unimpressed. It seemed much too long even though it was only 300 pages or so and, despite all the praise about how he slowly lets you know about the world and how terribly haunting it all is, I didn't feel like I ever saw too much that wasn't obvious from the get-go or at least some trivial pondering of such things. Did I miss something great or is this just over-hyped? This was my second Booker winner in a row and I disliked both (the other being Disgrace); are most of the Booker selections bad? How about Ishiguro's other stuff? I've heard a lot of good things about The Remains of the Day and The Unconsoled, but I'm not very motivated to try them after this.
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Hey /lit/, aspiring writer here. I'm writing a science fiction novel. I've got it to a good place at 98k words. I've read the gambit of tropes and interests that the internet can cook up about the science fiction genre; both to incorporate in my writing and to avoid. My final stop is here, /lit/. If you could offer even one word describing what would make or break science fiction. Also science fiction general thread.
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>writing about modern society >2013 The language of the age is never the language of poetry ~ Thomas Gray (faggot that gave you that ignorance is bliss quote)
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Hey /lit, can anybody please recommend any authors like Candice Millard?

Duino Elegies

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I'm going to be reading Gravity's Rainbow this summer and thought I'd read Rilke's Duino Elegies as a primer. I can't read it in the original, which I know makes me abominable, but I was considering the translation available free here: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/German/Rilke.htm#_Toc509812215 Thoughts? Is this the version Pynchon was likely familiar with, or does he read German? How much does he draw from this in Gravity's Rainbow?
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Moby Dick is the Great American Novel.
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Is this, or the Wheel of Time series worth the investment?
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>writing humor article for uni magazine >I can't stop cringing whenever i read what i've written Start over, or just keep going? Is it just me? I've already written half of it...not going to post it here because it's too identifiable. I can't find anything seriously cringe worthy in it, but I just feel that way about it for some reason...
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I'm writing a paper about how Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde can be seen as opposites. Beckett being a pessimist and Wilde being an optimist. Yet both have some overlapping similarities. If anyone has also read their works and has anything to say on the subject I would very much appreciate it. I'm halfway through 5 pages and need 6. I have completely hit writers block. Thanks!

Muh brevity

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Hey /lit/, I have a question. I like saying "the system enforces its will onto others". I know I'm personifying the "system", but it's not an inanimate object, so I'm not really personifying the "system". What exactly am I doing? Is there a word I'm missing? (E.g.: Iago's thirst for revenge is a result of discursive forces enacting its _____ will onto him)
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If I post a link to a chapter from my unpublished novel, would you guys critique it and help me edit it?
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So there's this show of tv called "Game of Thrones" and it's based off these books from a series called "A Song of Ice and Fire." I didn't read the books before the I saw the show but I want to read them and finish the books that are out. Is it worth it read the first two books? I'm on the first one and I'm about 200 pages in and I honestly don't feel like it's filling me in on stuff the show may have left out.
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Nihilism is nothing more but an emotion bourne from an inherent human feature; "monkey see monkey do". When all you see is misery around you, you think that's all there is. ln other words, there is no joy, no purpose. lt's all bland meaningless waste. Show me a happy person who is a nihilist. Ergo, nihilism is a state of mind.
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*"My slumbers--if I slumber--are not sleep, But a continuance of enduring thought, Which then I can resist not: in my heart There is a vigil, and these eyes but close To look within; and yet I live, and bear The aspect and the form of breathing men."* > Romanticism literature quotations
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Early on, what were some of the books that inspired your enjoyment of reading?
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Do your facebook friends know how cool and deep you are, /lit/?
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Can any of you gents point me toward some fun/engaging modern epic poetry? Pale Fire comes kinda close but I've read that already. Pic slightly related
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What does /lit/ think of Joan Didion? I just read three of her books (Run River, Play It As It Lays, and The Last Thing He Wanted). Out of that bunch Play It As It Lays was probably the only somewhat decent one, the other two were boring and shitty. Really, I just find her writing style incredibly pretentious, and especially in The Last Thing He Wanted, obtuse for no real reason.
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Hey, /lit/! Got sent here by /adv/ to try my luck. So I'm writing an essay for College, and I really just have no idea how to even begin to tackle it. I don't know if this is the right place, but anybody with any interest in the subject would be more than welcome to help me out. Basically, I have to compare and contrast the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Harold Innis. I've been researching both, but just can't get a grip on which theories or precise ideas I should be focusing on for the best contrast. Could anyone give me some advice on what major aspects to focus on? I'm a little panicked, so I'll be sticking in this thread for a while and will be incredibly grateful for any advice or info. Thanks in advance
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Can anyone recommend me fairly long works that take place in a very short period of time (a single night, one day, etc.)?
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I have to write a research essay for an undergraduate class on fascism. It's completely freeform - as long as it's related to fascism, national socialism, or the general ideas and movements related to them, I'm cool. It just has to be a 10-15 page paper, with a fairly narrow thesis supported by research, preferably primary source. Any ideas? I was thinking of picking a philosopher like Schmitt or Gentile and tracing how their intellectual career developed as they came to work with the Nazis/Fascists. But my knowledge of fascist and related philosophy is still pretty rudimentary, so I thought I'd ask you guys. /pol/ also gave me the idea of talking about American or British fascism. I wouldn't mind looking at Rockwell or Mosley. But it's difficult finding an effective argumentative thesis in there, particularly since my economics knowledge is really shabby.
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does anyone have any left over research papers over the general topic of religion? I'm in dire need, yall.
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With Gatsby in theaters again, and all this talk of books being made into movies, it leaves me asking the question: Where is my big-budget, relatively CGI-heavy version of Moby Dick, with Daniel Day-Lewis as Captain Ahab? You KNOW he'd be utterly perfect for the role. I mean, Moby Dick's been made into a movie before (I think), but I think we're due for a modern version.
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Is this book good?
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>mfw people say that every book needs to have a conflict and resolution

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