What am I reading?
The Brain within its groove
Runs evenly and true
But let a Splinter swerve
'Twere easier for you
To put a Current back
When Floods have slit the hills
And Scooped a Turnpike for Themselves
And Trodden out the Mills
That's the only poem i've got memories, except for the punctuation and capitalisation.
>You can do what you want but you can not will what you want
What did he mean by this?
Everything that happens to you happens because you want it to happen to you. - Alan Watts
How true is this?
It's very short and I'm just looking for feedback. Anything you have to say will be read.
Dad and son sit across one another in the booth.
“How do you feel, dad? You’ve been silent since Pittsburgh”, says Ethan looking down at his half empty coffee and over the sodden tea bag stewing in boiling water on his father’s end of the table.
Behind the arts section of the New York Times a voice of once perfect diction and timbre lilts, “I’m fine. You know me. It’s the other stuff I’m worried about.” Harold reaches around the page to dip the teabag softly.
“The kids will be glad to see you and Martha will be glad to have someone else around the house.”
“I can’t stay with you. I’ve been on my own too long. I need the privacy.”
“Could you put the paper down? What are you even reading in there?”
Harold fold the paper down revealing his cool green eyes diffracted behind rectangular bifocals, “There are all these plays, these art critics, these galleries. Gone. An entire web of connections and references that have no external meaning anymore.” He takes a sip of the tea and begins to read from one. “Like sitting alone in an empty industrial plant while a man shouts at you through a loudspeaker about efficiency ratings. Mantrap, an adaptation of the 2023 Audrey Koch short story by Stanislav Verdeloski opening in the Sontag Memorial Theatre, speaks in the same tone as its absurdist author but with the dehumanization turned up past 13. This heightened level of engagement the audience feels…”
“What’s the point?”, interjects Ethan. He doesn’t look at his father but down at his spoon swirling around the last of his coffee. “It sounds awful. Why would anyone want to experience that?”
“You said you wanted to talk”
“But that’s not talking. You’re going to see your family. They’re all looking forward to seeing you, that you weren’t in the city when it happened. It means the world to them.”
“The world has more going on than this. This is a grain of sand under a boulder.”
“You’re lucky. You should feel blessed. Any of the others would be glad to be you. To be reunited with your family, your whole family.”
“How am I to feel joy in the face of such terror and pain? It’s worse to survive it, its as if I shoulder the weight of 25 million… And you speak to me of comfort in the face of such realities.”
“Your family is fine, I’m here. The kids will be there. You’re not the only one who felt the loss. The whole country has”
“The country knows nothing of struggle. It knows only excess, comfort and convenience. It thinks the millions that died a thousand miles away is a struggle for them. They know someone who knew someone. For them that’s hardship. Well things are going to get worse.”
A girl 17 years old wearing a yellow and white dress comes to the table carrying two platters. “Who had the poached eggs ?”
Harold motions to himself
“And you must have had the omelette with bacon and cheddar.”
“Thank you” says Ethan.
“Y’all have a good meal”
“Thanks” Harold mutters as she walks away.
“We’re gonna hit them back, dad.”
“I’m surprised we haven’t already. I expected it to be over within the hour when it happened. The power went out and I heard the sound and I thought it was over. If it doesn’t happen within the next week we might be okay. It might not happen.”
“They deserve what’s coming to them.”
“So do we.”
“Fine. That’s enough talking for now. Just eat your fucking eggs, dad.”
The silence continued long after the eggs were eaten.
Was it autism?
Did the discovery of autism reduce many literary characters' problems into a simple neurological thing? Hamlet, Underground Man, and Holden Caufield are all figures literary critics love to analyze and explore their meaning or whatever but all of that becomes pretty pointless when you find out they all just have autism.
What secondary literature would you recommend on Iliad/Odyssey?
Why is it impossible for a Christian 4chan /lit/ poster to like or even just not detest books in the vain of Fight Club or American Psycho.
It's not a question of aesthetics or literary preferences it seems that they just dislike the idea that others are attracted to them because of their rather outsider themes and worldviews they represent.
Does these novels sown together with parchment intimidate your Judeo-Christian sensibilities? We need to talk about this.
Posts deriving from these sentiments are crapping up this already rather messy board. Let's talk.
>Last chapter's name is also the book's title
How to best write the first sentence paragraph, and which book begins the best?
My book begins the best.
"I got dad’s ashes on my jeans today."
Write what's on your mind
My body is sore from all the sledding I've done in the past two days. This is an abnormal weather phenomenon, but at least it makes for great sledding. And people say global warming isn't an issue.
how old were you when you accepted this was a masterpiece?
i disliked this in grade 8
i hated it in 10th grade
and i acted like I was above it in university
reading it now ... it's an obvious masterpiece
(maybe this is an argument for not teaching great and complex works of literature in highschool? it'll just turn people off them...)
>i disliked this in grade 8
>i hated it in 10th grade
>and i acted like I was above it in university
>reading it now ... it's an obvious masterpiece
This was literally me but with Catcher in the Rye.
>Impressively, the Syllabus Explorer has gathered 1,ooo,ooo+ syllabi published on university websites, then extracted and aggregated the data found in those documents, all for one reason: to determine the mostly frequently-taught books in university classrooms.
Here’s the top 10 list
1) The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White
2) Republic, Plato
3) The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
4) Biology, by Neil Campbell
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sign of academics desperation to reach apathetic students
One of the few works for which a cursory glance on Wikipedia is enough. I think I read it in 8 classes.
Is it being taught as satire yet, or is that an unpopular analysis
>Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” ranks first, at No. 43, followed by William Gibson’s “Neuromancer,” Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” Ms. Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” Sandra Cisneros’s “The House on Mango Street,” Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Ceremony” and Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.”
how would you approach this woman?
Different than approaching this woman I assure you.
Got a question on optimal reading order for the Greeks
I had a really constructive conversation with an anon (impressive collection of Greek books, said he hangs around /lit/ a lot) the other day and if that anon or any other experienced in the Greeks could reply, that would be swell.
I'm about to dive headfirst into the Greeks and wanted to check this reading order made sense.
Note: I won't be reading all the secondary material, but I'm just checking it's in a spot where it would make sense to read it.
Note: I will mark stuff I will...
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I mean, that was one of the sources I used for creating the order I have now, but I'm asking more specific questions, you know? Cheers for the image mate but yeah, already seen it and used it :)
Books you HAVE to read in their original language?