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I translate hentai manga from Japanese to English. I have not left my house in nearly a decade, and I rarely interact with anyone even online (no friends, etc) so I have a hard time creating natural dialogue. Does anyone have any tips to help me improve? I really hope I get a response that's not from a bully.
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So I decided to write a book to satisfy my taste for a dark fantasy adventure. I don't plan on making money from this shit, just to get a good story out of it. This is what I got right now, so tell me what you think. It is just breaking down the back story and setting for the story itself. It is going to take place way in the future after a series of wars have destroyed civilization and its history. The world itself would eventually enter a more stable state where the remnants of humanity would be able to began living better (depending on the location). There would various species of mutated, evolved, or both humans that would begin migrating or increasing in number. There would also be a few hundred unaffected humans who were able to survive through "bomb shelters" their ancestors had developed. These humans would become the dominating species because they would be aware of the advance technology that to these "other humans" would be magic or something like that. It would be a centuries later and now there exists large towns of people where the human lords rule over the regions and the other humans would exist under a caste system, mostly based on species and wealth. There would be slavery, brothels, drugs cults, "cannibals," and a lot of injustice. There would be two rival dominating countries which are currently at armistice. The world would be primarily island based except for two large continents (one being the home world of each country) and a single smaller one that was is currently being discussed by the two countries who are trying to make claims. But unknown to the two countries is that there would be a hidden bunker in which the residents have killed themselves, but left a large number of undiscovered technology. That is what I got so far without going into specific story lines. What do you think? Advice or ideas?
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/lit/, started a short story, please critique what I have so far. Arianna - Arianna sat still for exactly seven minutes, oblivious to the drunken white noise that filled the Halloween masquerade which was just outside the bathroom, staring at a painting inches in front of her, before Lindsey Knittle entered. “Ari, where is he?” Lindsey asked, lifting up her mask. Arianna kept staring at the painting. Her chin rested on her hands which were laced and propped up by her elbows, which rested on her thighs. She wore a thin sky blue summer dress with skinny shoulder straps which contrasted sharply with her dark black hair, and her mask lay on her lap. Lindsey kept looking at Arianna for another moment, then at the painting, then Arianna, and then with a sigh turned to her right to look into the bathroom mirror to check her makeup. “Ari, I’d hate to break you away from Monet’s Japanese Bridge, but he should have been here an hour ago, and-“ “Where is who, pretty girl?” Arianna said smiling. The bathroom was seven feet long and four feet wide, which was just big enough for one person to pass from one end to the other, but not two at once. The wall paper all around had a minimal mint-green floral design with a white background, but the white had faded to a very light yellow and was peeling off here and there all over. The shower was at one end of the room, directly to Arianna’s right, and its walls were covered in plastic since Lindsey’s father began remodeling it two years ago. The vanity and the mirror above it took up the rest of the space. “You know who I’m talking about. Your little boyfriend. The big mouth. The one with the most darling eyes. You know-“ she put her mask on and faced Arianna with bravado “-the glass prince.” Arianna was still staring at Lindsey but was no longer smiling. “Oh, him” Arianna resumed looking back at the painting. Lindsey took off her mask and turned away from Arianna. “You know we can’t have a true masquerade without the glass prince.” Lindsey said. “Just like you can’t have a true masquerade without the savages, without the girl about to be married off, without the queen." ...
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So I've been having a lot of trouble deciding on something to read lately. I've picked up several books that I've been interested in or meaning to read for some time, but in each case, I get a few chapters, or even just a few pages in, and either suddenly feel like reading something completely different, or just abruptly lose all interest - not because the book is bad necessarily, but because I just suddenly don't give a crap. The books pictured are the ones I've been gravitating towards recently in the hopes that one of them will hold my interest, but I'm not sure where to start. Are any of these books particularly good for someone who's having trouble getting into a story and really wants to immerse themselves in a book? I'm open to recommendations other than the ones pictured here, so if anyone knows of something really good and easy to slide into, I'd appreciate the suggestion. And yes, I'm on something of a fantasy kick right now, so suggestions along those lines would be preferable, though I'm willing to go outside those boundaries a bit if someone recommends something really gripping.


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Any teachers on /lit/? High School teachers? English teachers? I'm currently a senior in high school, I've had the idea in mind of teaching English (high school first, then later as a professor) for about two years now, all the while talking to the teachers I've had and hearing of their various paths that ultimately lead to them getting certified-- so if there's any teachers of any subject out there, whatever country you're in (I'm American and already aware of the bureaucracy that is our public school system-- which I plan to go into), I want to hear your experience and your advice. (I feel like it would be narcissistic to write out all the reasons I want to go into teaching in the first post, it would especially be a waste if this thread somehow bombs. But I'll hang around for a few hours, and if anyone wants to really know about those reasons just say so and I'll start rambling...)
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Whens your reading season? Mines between July and October tv show seasons are finishing up basketball season is over
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Let's make a new meme, /lit/, which will sweep across the internet and infect all the inter webs with our genius... the only thing is, it has to be word related, or author related, or book related, etc

An introduction to poetry criticism

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Hey, What book(s) would you recommend for someone looking to get a better understanding of poetry and its critique?
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Reading this right now. It's actually pretty well written. You guys like it? I'm sure a lot of you want to be the fags in this book.
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Does anyone feel emotionally drained after writing something that finally seems good? It's almost like after a one night stand, a feeling of being exhausted and subtle disgust "Did I really do that?".
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Hi my kindly brothers. Most of the times when someone mentions Goethe someone other will thinks about "The Sorrows of Young Werther" or "Faust", only few of them will think about what I'm here to talking about: Elective Affinities. Take ingredients useful for a chemical theory, go to the laboratory and then let them mix. This is probably how someone can explain in few words what the novel is about, but it would even be a lie because passions don't work on a exact way, the A element can be confused with the B, also the C with the D; what a mess can this achieves? Oh, there is even an answer, and if you want you can find it.
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So I've started reading E.A. Poe and it's pretty hard. While enjoyable, I've often needed to read the same passage multiple times to understand the picture, forget any meaning possibly involved. For instance, in Masque of Red Death, which I've read over and over again in it's entirety, I still don't understand how the rooms are set up. Could anyone elaborate for me?
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What are some books and authors that will give me a broad foundation on post modernism? I would like to be very familiar with the core concepts and able to use the lens of postmodernism to analyze my area of study in a different light. Pic unrelated
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Before I ask the main questions of this thread (concerning the famous critical book 7 Types of Ambiguity, by William Empson) I would like to make some considerations about the underestimated class of workers known as literary critics. I really think that good literary critics are some of the best professors a writer can have during his life. These man and women spend great part of their lives, hours and hours of their days, focusing on certain aspects on the work of a particular author (or authors), and generally they do it for no other reason than simply by pure love and respect for the writers they analyze. Generally these critics do not acquire fame or glory, and are only known and respect by a few scholars and readers. It’s very rare for a literary critic to achieve fame, and when that happens it’s mostly because it is an asshole with edgy opinions and obnoxious personality, being that people buy he’s or her books not because of its content, but because of the stupid personality of the author (Harold Bloom is an example). Since Shakespeare is my favorite writer I have read a lot of criticism on him, and my personal list of best critical books about Shakespeare is this one (in no particular order): >Shakespeare’s Imagery, by Caroline Spurgeon; >Shakespeare’s Language, by Frank Kermode; >Shakespeare’s Metrical Art, by George T. Wright; >The Development of Shakespeare’s imagery, by Wolfgang Clemen; >The Poetry of Shakespeare’s Plays, by F.E. halliday; >Shakespeare’s Uses of The Arts of Language, by Sister Mirian Joseph; >The Language of Shakespeare’s Plays, by B. Ifor Evans Many of these books are not particularly famous, but I can guarantee that my development as a reader (and above all, as a writer) was tremendously enhanced due to the works of these man and women. I thank them from all my heart for they works, for all the time and effort they have dedicated to analyze aspects of Shakespeare’s writing that would seem, to the majority of population, of no interest. By reading these books one develops an enormous sense of awe and wonder for Shakespeare. He was truly a colossal genius of language. But this thread is about 7 Types of Ambiguity, by William Empson. I have never read this book, but I was recently leafing through a copy of it at random and, no matter which page I look up, the text was always incredibly enlightening. So my question is: >You guys who have read this book, please, speak what you thought of it. What was your impression of the work? Is it really a critical must read? Thank you all.
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Are there any philosophers besides Cornelius Castoriadis who rejected post-modernism without becoming reactionaries or neo-positivists/vulgar rationalists?


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I just got to the House of Chains, do I keep going?


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probably the most genius guy,, shiller, goethe,nietzsche .. meh.. they are ok to
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>finish work >decide I want to buy bleeding edge rather than pirate >go in to wh smith >the place is hideously laid out >a woman's standing by the P section of the authors and I'm scared that if I get too close she might think I'm one of those pathetic autists who looks for qt gfs in the book store >she finally leaves >bleeding edge isn't there >it isn't even in the list of 25 best sellers >go to waterstones >it closed down >go to other waterstones >quickly find where pynchon is >bleeding edge isn't there >nearby there's a table labelled "cult classics" >includes crying of lot 49, fight club, less than zero >basically books I like but I know /lit/ would call it entry-level-fedoracore so I try not to look >there's an upstairs >can't go there because there's a coffee shop and I can't handle hipsters judging my ugliness >wtf bleeding edge isn't even ranked top 25 here >go home >see link on /lit/ for rapidshare download >now have it on my kindle >mfw Wow, if you bought Bleeding edge irl, did you even get the impression that anyone else even bought it?
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>It currently is being... or >It is currently being...
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Hey /lit/, On a scale of one to ten how cheap a shot is naming a character Eve Bateman if she were to turn out to be a serial killer? GIF unrelated

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