What are some good novels where everyone is an asshole to everyone?
Why do exquisite sounds, such as 'vile',
often refer to negative concepts in English?
"I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about...The whole world takes an interest int his curious way Americans educate themselves."
Best snow reading go
>I will never have a winter with 4 months of snow to read with a coffee
My back yard rn. Virginia. We usually don't get very much snow. It's actually been a warm winter so far.
I can't find any info on this. I know Martini did it, but I cant find any books it was in. Google was a nogo
I didn't know anyone else appreciated Alberto Martini's work. I just recently picked up a collection of his ex-libris at an auction. The attached is an illustration for one of poe's books.
Ask away - I live down the road from his place in Oderzo, Italia.
How did you get started? Why do you read?
I'm going to start:
My grandpa was an avid reader. Every time he came home I amazed myself watching him read. I knew that if I looked out the window, there he was. Legs crossed, book in hand and always the same expressionless, severe look on his face, for hours on end. He could recite entire paragraphs and that left me speechless as a little kid.
There was a room in my grandpa's house, a thousand kilometers from home. It was the book's room. There I could enter and pick whatever caught my attention, and...
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i'd always been somewhat a reader. a few years ago i got sick of /mu/, so i decided to try some other boards. i found the same idiocy and herd think on all the other boards, but /lit/ sort of stood out. so i started reading to keep up with the bants. now i'm taking a master's in english with plans for a phd, have a published a short story, and plan to be a prof.
Are there any texts which would improve my argumentative skills?
I'm really terrible at arguing/debating, probably couldn't even convince someone that the sky appears blue
What are some of your favorite books from before 1950?
I want to write short stories that connect in a subtle way. Are there any collections of works that do this. I can only think of H.P lovecraft and friends. King does that with his work but thats on a grander scale.
So I just finished this earlier, and I thought it was a pretty fantastic novel. So I want to know /lit:
What's your favorite sci-fi novel?
What's the first sci-fi novel you read?
Anything that you have been wanting to read?
Sci-fi is speculative fiction bruh. Fantasy is the shit, but something about space and time and the evolution of humankind through advances in technology has always made my dick wet. So tell me. Why is sci-fi "a shit" to you?
What are some good books for book clubs?
What have you guys been reading lately?
I just finished A Supposedly Fun Thing. I'm starting on The Kingdom of God Is Within You and Guns, Germs and Steel.
Also i'm looking for Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire as an epub if anyone has it.
Best way to read Moby Dick? Recommended editions for people with no background knowledge of the time period, or whale anatomy?
Are there any examples of books or stories where the protagonist is sort of kept in the dark? Like their motivations, their name, they sort of exist as a mystery within the story? I'm writing something where the main character's purpose isn't defined at all and I'd like to know whether I'm breaking a cardinal rule of fiction.
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Can you tell us anything else about your story, OP, or are you still in early stages?
The Road and another book whose title eludes me didn't give their main characters names, so they are just "man", "son", etc. I enjoyed these aspects because I didn't need their names to become close to them.
I have always thought the concept interesting, and I like that you're going even further.
Is there an all-knowing narrator, or is the MC the narrator? There has to be a word for that, but it doesn't come to me.
Are there any good books on how to not write like a retard?
Let me explain. I have trouble expressing my thoughts in a succint and eloquent manner. I own and study from books on prose, and study how my favorite authors write, but I havr trouble even expressing myself in a decent way during my day to day life. I'll often read something that someone else wrote and marvel at how much simpler their wording is, and how it gets the idea across easier.
I own Strunk and White, Sin and Syntax, books on Shakespeare's writing, etx, but none of them target the...
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You don't need to read a book about writing.
First just let the ideas come out as 'retard' and 'loose' as possible, just throw them all out there without any consideration for the reader, merely just to try and get as much of the idea out as possible.
Then, edit the hell out of it.
This. I think the problem is that we view books as spontaneous products of an author's genius, when in reality they've been carefully pruned and edited and cut to perfection.
It's the same way with movies. There are so many cringe-worthy parts of the script that get cut, sequences filmed that never make it into the final product, and scenes that are refilmed dozens of times after adjusting minutiae you will never notice.