When did you finally realize you had nothing important to say about things and no artistic merit whatsoever, that everything you create will be an unoriginal chewing of vomit of greater people and gave up the attempt to write?
>When did you finally realize you had nothing important to say about things and no artistic merit whatsoever, that everything you create will be an unoriginal chewing of vomit of greater people and gave up the attempt to write?
When I actually tried writing for the first time. I just sat there because I had absolutely nothing to talk about and no life experience whatsoever.
Has anyone here read this? It was my second Gaddis book after The Recognitions and I don't really know what to make of it. It was just all so abrupt, especially those last two chapters.
Actually the only Gaddis I've read so far.
I really liked it alot, anon. I'm a big fan of anti-climax in a narrative, but there are plenty of crumbs provided that allow the reader to interpret, or remain mystified, as to what happened. The events don't actually matter though, it's the fever pitch of deplorable humanity that made the book work for me.
I read Gaddis' Paris Review interview, and a review of the book by Cynthia Ozick as well, and Ozick and the interviewer both hone...
Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
It's not what happened that was the issue for me, but how jarring it all was as a whole.
I did enjoy it, but I guess it was as strangely constructed as its eventual title. That aspect of it caught me off guard at the end somehow.
was Tolkien depressed when he wrote this little story?
>murdering of innocent people (not in war)
>deceiving and plotting
this is easily the darkest Tolkien story
he is no stranger to dark storylines, but this was just filled with wicked people and mean spirited acts
what do you think?
At least for a while Tolkein imagined that Turin would come back during Middle Earths Ragnarok, when Morgoth breaks through the Door of Night and the final battle begins, and that little ole Turin would be the one to deliver the final death blow to Morgoth himself.
Thinking of that kind of makes it all ok.
I just finished The Stranger, and i really enjoyed it. What do you guys think of this book?
>he enjoyed the stranger
Shouldn't you be in school kid?
ITT: Philosophers who practiced what they wrote
Literally gave away all of his paintings and writings for free, and lived an incredibly modest life.
What went wrong? Is Lacan alone enough to do this to a man?
Is there a good "first year literature textbook" type of thing you've ever read?
Something like pic related, which went through editing, sound, genre, angles, misenscene, form, content, but instead about prose.
I am looking to increase my library with more medieval literature - What are your suggestions on must-owns besides the ones I currently have:
The Norse Eddas
St Augustine's Confessions and City of God
Chanson de Roland
Hit me with your best medieval lit!
Recommend me some books whose perspective or main character is female age 24 to 56, preferably by a female author.
I'm writing a story about a lonely kindergarten teacher whose student dies. Need some more female perspective.
Already reading Alice Munro, Virginia Wolfe and Alice McDermott but need more.
o shit my nigga Jane Eyre is exactly what u need
Jane is always younger than 24 in the novel but there's a section where
her friend dies at boarding (charity) school and there's a lot of shit about the relationship between that student and one of the teachers
Do Hip-Hop lyrics possess any deeper meaning, or hold any literary values worthy of being analyzed by scholars? If so, how could this be done, or are there any examples of this being done before?
BONUS: Try to break down and analyze lyrics of your favorite Hip-Hop song, or let others do it for you.
>OMG anon, of course I am a positivist! I love feeling happy! :)
>I love being an intelligent and rational person, like all those cool famous scientists! Mind you, that's why I'm a rationalist!
>local philosophy factory closed down
I am just beginning my literature journey. Of course I "read" what was required of me in high school but I merely extracted what I needed for my assignments, in other words, I read the books but made no attempt to understand them.
I (in a rather dark place) decided that I may as well pick try to read something because I had enjoyed reading when I was a child (obviously YA books such as HP and Percy Jackson) and picked 1984 out of a stack of mostly unopened or neglected books from my families bookshelf.
I was captivated. It unlocked deep emotions within...
Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I think you can continue. Some works u just think about for the rest of ur life if they really ment something to you. If they did no new book will really take the message away and u have plenty of time to think about books u read afterr u read them.
>I am thinking about jumping into my next book (Siddhartha)
You sure you're not still in HS, because these were both assigned for me freshman year. Thankfully I'd read 1984 in eighth grade on my own and was able to understand it rather well. Hell, I was talking about it a few months back with one of my friends and she never figured out that Winston dies at the end.
9th: Lord of the Flies
10th: The Alchemist (among other options)
11th: A list of options I can't remember
12: Grapes of Wrath
I was even in AP.
Also I'm not particularly proud of this, but it isn't difficult to get an A on a paper about a book you didn't read. I was more preoccupied with Theatre and pussy at the time.
Modern Library Classics> NYRB Classics> Oxford world classics> Penguin Classics. (sometimes Penguin is better than Oxford but more often than not, Oxford is better)
>one fairly ordinary publisher is better than another
is this really the sort of thing you spend time thinking about, anon?