can /lit/ name me some entry-level literature? I'm pretty new to this /lit/-thing.
Is it worth it /lit/?
/lit/ Christians BTFO
I want to start reading Pynchon. Should I start with V., his first published work, or should I start with Slow Learner so I can see his prose and writing abilities progress? I'm not concerned with the quality of the work, I know most say that Slow Learner is subpar compared to the rest of his work, but what is the recommended starting point for ol' Tommy P?
Start with Lot49, it's short and good, then V.
Skip Slow Learner, it's shit he wrote before being THE PINECONE and he published because
It was a Stephen King move. Bad for Mr. Pynchon.
There's a chart that someone made but honestly homie it doesn't matter, there's a real interesting progression from Slow Learner through everything else, TCoL49 is usually the intro book because its the shortest way to get anything and everything Pynchon and let's you know if you really want to read more, but honestly I read like GR->TCoL49->IV->M&D->SL->V.->VNLND->BE
Was it possible for K. to just not go to trial?Nobody was really forcing him to go as far as I'm concerned, but maybe I am wrong. What is /lit/'s analysis on this fantastic novel?
I live in a small apartment and sadly one my book shelves needs to be positioned in such a way that it is exposed to sunlight from a nearby window. I keep the courtain on so that you can't see the sunbeam fall into the books, but I'm worried about protecting them from sun exposure. Is the courtain enough or should I just rearrange everything and move the shelve?
Discoloration is also a problem.
A few books of me warped in summer while being on a room of the house very vulnerable to changes of temperature. They just went back to normal when the weather cooled down.
How do I enjoy Woolf?
Understand that Wolf was an author who experienced tragedy and suffering early on in life. Her works are best read when one is feeling anxious and somber. She allows you to experience another's dread through her work.
Also, the waves is her magnum opus.
Can you explain why you liked The Waves? I enjoyed To The Lighthouse but found The Waves super disappointing
I'm not 100% sure I 'got' it, but I think I did, and I think what I 'got' was stupid
The characters were really noncharacters too .. and I think that was intentional, I just don't know what to take from that
The waves was Woolf's transcendance from Lighthouse as a modernist writer, leaving the human characters behind, moving into a more spiritual sequent. In the waves, the monologues are not seperate characters, they are "facets of consciousness for continuity". What makes the waves so exceptional is that it challenges the very definition of what a novel can be; many critics unable to distinguish it between an exact story or poem.
What stories or authors from other sources did Lovecraft consider as part of his Cthulhu canon?
Need suggestions: books on obssession/paranoia in the spooky way, either fiction or non fiction
I would like to read into ways of understanding, reading and identifying the things people are going throught.
My wild guess is that I should dive deep into psychology or something like that.
In other words, I want to work on people and this means I should adopt something completely different than what I already am.
So... what to do?
What do you guys think of this?
>Ask novelists today whether they spend more time watching TV or reading fiction and prepare yourself, at least occasionally, to hear them say the unsayable.
>That this represents a crisis for the novel seems to me undeniable. But a crisis can be an opportunity. It incites change. And the novel needs to keep changing if it is to remain novel. It must, pilfering a phrase from TV, boldly go where no one has gone before.
>In the words of the Canadian...
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I've seen a few young writers claim television influence. IMO it won't matter much
in the future because the "golden age" is over. You had new platforms forced to take risks, giving full control over to creatives (first cable, then pay channels, then streaming). The function of these programs is no longer about selling strictly "quality" since the platforms have become ubiquitous as well as mature fully formed business models. They need to reach their now wide audience and with that...
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Thoughts? Influential? Important?
>first half of the 18th century novel character drops a tear
I enjoy "A Season in Hell" quite a bit. Any recommendations on where to go next? Other than Rimbaud's other work?
Also, general poetry recommendations thread.
Depends. Did you read it in French? In English translation?
In French: read Jules LaForgue, Baudelaire, and if your french is strong enough, Mallarme. You might move on to Apollinaire after that. After reading LaForgue in French you'd do best to read TS Eliot's early lyrical poetry. It's the bridge between the french symbolists and the english modernists.
Read Illuminations, imo better than Season. Then you can go to a lot of poets (Jacob, Reverdy, Char, Michaux, surrealists etc.)
Laforgue imo isn't the best advice here (even though I totally love his poetry).