Hey /lit/, I don't know if this has been covered a million times here or not but why don't the eagles just airdrop the ring into Mount Doom from the very beginning? Thousands of innocents saved, endless hardship on the part of the Fellowship and others avoided.
Instead they pop in when Gandalf needs to get bailed out, then again when Frodo's finally killed the ring and HE needs to get bailed out.
If I recall the eagles weren't that invested in the war and only liked Gandalf enough to help him out a bit but not to fly into a volcano guarded by the most powerful being in the universe carrying the most powerful object in the universe. makes sense to me.
>tfw mom grounds your will to power
Can someone tell me what is up with "Infinite jest"? I mean it's number 1 on list of /lit/'s favourite books. Is it a meme or is it that good???
The Venn Diagram that displays whether infinite jest is a good book/a meme book is a circle.
Sup /lit/ looking for experimental narratives and structure. It can be ancient text or graphic novel or anything in between. Bonus points for mind fuckery.
Read some surrealism if you want to go in hard. Like Aragon or Breton. Paris Peasant is one I've got lined up, I've taken a peek and it looks like banter madness.
Conrad's The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' blends first and third person narrative.
Didn't aragon do the poetry about a girls cunt (literally?) I like surrealism but I wanted something more meta, I remember this short story a few years ago where the character had multiple personalities and the reader became one of them
Have any /lit/izens been academically unexceptional at English, whether at school, sixth form, or degree level? Like, even though they read widely and assiduously, only getting average or just-above-average marks?
Is academia a good judge of reading ability?
Academia teaches skills, not processes. You don't truly learn how to read in the intuitive sense, just what the education board thinks will work for you. Most teachers are also shitty at what they do and don't know how to evaluate students placements correctly. The only decent education is saved for elites to place their kids in private schools.
In short, the only way to really be good at reading and language arts is to have your parents teach you from a really early age good vocabulary and reading you sufficient books, not dollar store shit. I believe this was the only way I ever was educated. I started kindergarten early and was always proficient in Lit classes.
Recommend me a book on hiccups.
All right I've seen so much talk here about how riveting this book is that I have to read it now.
What translation do you recommend?
seriously just read up to the time skip and then make up your own last 700 pages. this novel is serialization bloat to the max.
>mfw plebs try to name any country with a greater literary tradition than Ireland
>The OECD Adult Skills Survey shows that 17.9% or about 1 in 6, Irish adults are at or below level 1 on a five level literacy scale. Ireland ranks 15th out of 24 participating countries. At this level a person may be unable to understand basic written information.
>mfw the communist roommate in Crime and Punishment talks about how he will bring home lovers for his wife to have sex with in order to prove to her how radical he is
>mfw the Luzhin says he doesn't want to wear the horns of a cuckhold
>mfw the communist roommate says he should wear them with pride as a badge of progress
>mfw reading about Betrand Russel
>mfw he literally promotes cucking in "Marriage and Morals"
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Is anyone else here an undergraduate studying English with an impending fear that their life will peter out into mediocrity due to insufficient writing talent, connections, and drive? I write a reasonable amount but my stuff has hit a glass-ceiling in terms of quality, and my self-belief has slowly whittled away. Before I contented myself that I could turn into a sort of willing Bukowski or Henry Miller or Jack Kerouac, roaming from job to job and place to place with only artistic ambition to guide me, but now my luster has rusted.
The option of doing a Masters glimmers...
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>getting an english major with aspirations of being a creative writer
wew lad you're dumb
this is why english majors are a joke now - everyone wants to be DFW instead of wanting to be a bloom (or replace bloom with your critic of choice if you dislike him, the point stands). English is meant to teach analysis and criticism not some wishy washy creative writing bullshit.
And since you're too stupid to realize this I doubt you're gonna succeed at being a writer.
>I write a reasonable amount but my stuff has hit a glass-ceiling in terms of quality
It isn't, there's a reason every author wants their earliest and oldest works destroyed on their death.
Opinions on the Min Kamp (My Struggle) series by Karl Knausgård?
What does /lit/ think of it?
I have an option to buy it really cheap and wonder if it's worth reading. It would be my first book by Barth, I've planned reading Lost In The Funhouse and The Sot Weed Factor for quite some time now and now I found this.
Write a love letter to the love of your life in your most refined prose.
I fucking love you.
"radiant Dawn with her resplendent gaze"
"Their armor shone like fire in the sunlight,
and Argo plunged onward, its long white wake
most like a pathway through a grassy plain."