What do you think of him? Except that every photo of him looks like a mugshot.
He gets points for being a materialist that at least recognizes how awful and soulless modern life is. But he loses points for somehow managing to be more anti-traditional than anti-modern.
(This is a man who literally thinks that the future of technology, as a future consequence of the Enlightenment, will somehow redeem our listless, perfunctory, perverted and infantile existences- a present consequence of the Enlightenment.)
His prose is awful. His characters are paper-thin. He would be better if he wrote essays instead of the crap he tries to pass off as novels.
Put another way:
Yes Mr. Houllebecq, we know our life is a sham: I don't need you to tell me. I don't go to books to have my face rubbed in that. I go to books because I want some way, temporary or enduring, out of it.
Hi /lit/. Could you recommend me books about witchcraft in mexico?
what kind art do lit like to look at when they reads?
1. They should be reasonably modern, post-1950 or so.
2. No sci-fi or fantasy. Fuck that shit.
3. Uh...it should be good.
I honestly don't know what to read next. This happens sometimes. I often just read the next book by an author I like, but nothing comes to mind at the moment. Oh, and City On Fire, recommended to me by this board two months ago, was meh.
>Recommend me books.
Nah. If you looked through any of the existing threads you'd have found some books that match your stipulations. Instead, you asked us to work for you. You can go fuck yourself.
Well, City on Fire clearly broke the third rule, didn't it?
I dunno. Just something that'll entertain me. A wide open field should allow people to respond more easily. I just want something fun to read.
In which order should I read Plato's work?
I'm in college and some friends are starting a book club. Pic related is the first book. What, if anything, do I have to look forward to? Also recs for second book appreciated; the memier and meta-er the better, frankly. Nothing too long, though.
This is one of the best collections I've read from the past decade. The first story is the weakest, but the rest are much better. I recommend that you don't read the title story until last, it spoils some of the other stories (not just plot elements), and also the story Interesting Facts has moreimpact when read last. I honestly have no fucking clue why he didn't put Interesting Facts last.
So i finally dropped pic related after slogging through 500 pages of needless elucidation and overwrought speech (to which i agree with Nabokov's criticism he writes speech like a failed playwright).
I guess itll join the ranks of Verne's From Earth to the Moon and Palhunuhu's Snuff as books I've not finished.
Though the age and covers are worth keeping them for anyway
So /lit/ what books have you given up on.
Did Mercedes deserve her fate?
Not really, she thought he was dead. It's okay to move on if your loved one is dead.
I mean, she did say she'd kill herself if Fernando murdered him, but that was more like a counter-incentive, right? Also she said Dantes right again at the end.
Also, her fate wasn't all that bad, all things considered:
>rich nobleman's wife
>majority of life in wealth
>even after shameful death of said husband, she gets to live a comfortable life and see her son grow up.
But she spent 10 years mourning her betrothed then married a man she did not love out of necessity. And then when Dantes returned everything was taken from her, and she commits herself to a lonely life deprived of both wealth and poverty.
Top pleb here, is pic related the best translation of Kafka? I've heard complaints of its syntax, but I also hear that's what makes it true to the original German
do u want too reed my fanfiction of the bible?!!?
Its about I who I'm self inserdet, the protagonist whom goess trought a forest just to be savd by Virgil (Its relly cool IKR???) because I'm am worthy enoug
then I and virgil go troughh hell where I met all my favorites characterss who they talk to me and reveal all their secrets stories
Then I met Lucifer (My OC who is an alternative vers of Satan) whom is a cool super winged beast with three heads who chomp of thee bigggest baddies!!
Then I go to the putgutory who is a mount and is very...
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I'll have to do essays and I need to have a good understand about issues like marihuanna legalization, mass incarceration... Which books do you sugests?
books for schizophrenia?
Had a fun idea: in 3-5 sentences we write a distilled version of an authors general schtick. It should mimic language, milieu, and theme, though of course of bit of parody will go a way toward making this more entertaining.
I'll go first - Raymond Carver
He smoked a cigarette.
She climbed into bed.
"Can we get a new bed".
The cigarette set fire to the bed.
She couldn't sleep or free herself from her dull existence (because the bed was on fire); she worked in a bed shop.
He was just a good o'l yankee machinist with a little of that which his grand mother had taken to calling "that kinda' seein you do with your soul". He could of shit his britches when the psychic pedoe millipede opened a macdonalds franchise. Still, his favourite machine was deus ex machina, so he did something gay like really love somebody and the pedo vampire exploded, and he inherited the macdonalds franchise.
"Let us diccuss how the metaphysics of the magical arcana and debt slavery is represented in these unbreakable evil chains of darkness" stated the marine, for he was the top sniper in the Empire's armed forces.
"Nay," proclaimed the infant babe with the power. "such brash action would bring for the storm, and with it, the fury that would wipe out all of us."
"Enough!" shouted the god, his voice shattering two mountains in the distance and creating chasms from which evil beings poured forth. "You are both stupid!"
Have you already done the leap of faith, /lit/?
Yes, after many years I have come to develop faith in an objective reality beyond the senses. Even though I can never experience this reality it just makes sense to believe and act as if others are not merely the dream figures I have experienced them to be, but actually, beyond sense, intelligences of their own. I have faith young /lit/erate, but it isn't without doubt.
Let's get a thread about literature that would inspire young minds to strive for greatness and both to get them inspired to want to conquer the world but also get them to believe they could.
No self help shit-tier lit though.
I'll start with a biography of pic-related's life.
Let's go guys.