Here goes something I wrote in Spanish.
Every critique is welcome. Also Critique Thread in Spanish.
Anon, te seré honesto, sólo leí el primer párrafo. Entonces, mi crítica va en función del estilo y no de la anécdota.
Me parece que eres innecesariamente descriptivo, creo que el texto sería más atractivo si las imágenes se dibujaran sin tanto parloteo. O bien, que el estilo fuese de la mano con la anécdota, pero bueno, eso no lo sé puesto que no lo leí completo.
balbucía? no es balbuceaba? En que idioma habla Hakim con el portador del rifle (el "joder" me cayo mal, no soy español)?
Por que tiene el muchacho una remera tan informal si esta en el teatro?
Igual me gusta tu forma de escribir. No tengo mucho tiempo ahora pero lo voy a leer entero mas tarde
Literary confession thread
>Try to read Lovecraft
>Slog through the shitty writing of At The Mountains Of Madness
>Finally builds up to a big monster reveal
>The monster is literally a penguin
>It's not even a hostile penguin
>The penguin completely ignores the explorers the whole time
Fuck man, is this the fabled spooky cosmic Lovecraft horror I've...
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How do you guys give your characters motivations?
This is something I struggle with (partly because I'm not a very motivated person myself personally). I always feel like the classic motivations are trite; revenge, jealousy, social status.... I don't really feel a lot of these things personally (at least not strongly) so I struggle imbuing my characters with good, strong motivations that drive them to act.
Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, or similar struggles?
...give them complex motivations? Multiple things? As a most basic example; wanting to be good people but also struggling to provide for their family when legal means aren't enough? This isn't complicated.
Let's break the meme cycle and do something new.
What do you guys think about Italo Calvino? What book is your favorite? Who do you compare him to?
Personally I never know what to expect from him, every book is different.
I love Calvino but holy shit you're exposing yourself as a newfag. Calvino is very commonly discussed, probably top ~20 - 25 (counting "the greeks" as 1 for purposes of this ranking) if you ranked the most talked about authors on /lit/?
anyways if on a winter's night is mad comfy
Rate it for me /lit/ beginners collection
be nice pls
left to right
Hannibal by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Alexander by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Hellenism and the rise of Rome by Pierre Grimal
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey translated by Fitzgerald
Livy book IX Oxford edition (in latin)
Tacitus' Annals also oxford (in latin)
Julius Caesar's Gallic wars (in Latin)
Cambridge Latin Anthology
Greek to Gcse by John Taylor
Oxford Classical greek dictionary
Oxford Latin Dictionary
then my nice clock which needs new batteries
Should I learn French or Russian?
I have no practical reason to learn either.
I was thinking french because even the Russian to English translations of literature I read have random paragraphs of french in them(Why do Russians do this?).
things to consider
1. Are you planning to ever hold a job there, do a lot of traveling there, or just live there?
2. Are you planning to get a wifey from there?
3. Are either relevant to your career or lifegoals
4. Which has literature that you enjoy more?
If you are generically interested in literature or philosophy or the humanities, German and French are (arguably) tied for the most economical, with German edging French out quite a bit (IMHO) unless you have specific reasons to learn French. Russian is cool but very niche by comparison. Don't learn it unless you have a specific reason - economic, family, or you know for sure you love Russian lit. And I don't mean you have some vague idea that you like it. You will seriously regret wasting time learning a fairly difficult language if you didn't commit to it going...
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What are some good books for a Third Positionist?
Wanted to start reading Faulkner, which of his books do you consider the best, and which do you suggest to begin with? I'm just getting through modernists and lurking /lit/ at the moment.
Of the three I've read, As I Lay Dying was easiest- I'd start with that, then Sound and the Fury (definitely one of the best novels I've ever read), then Absalom, Absalom!
I haven't read Light in August though- that's generally named among his best, and I think it's supposed to be the easiest of the four.
His short stories could be another option. The Bear is the one I've seen getting critics hot and bothered.
thoughts on the literature of George R. R. Martin?
What is the cinematic analogue to Infinite Jest?
PTA's Magnolia seems pretty close. Both have a convoluted plot, both feature a number of sad people prone to sudden revelatory outbursts, both have drug abuse/addiction as one of the prominent themes, both have tons of seemingly unimportant detail, both are very long for their respective mediums, both were released in the 90s, and it can be said that both are pretty damn similar atmosphere-wise (think 'hysterical realism').
What's funny is that DFW actually hated PTA's Magnolia. He trashed it in a letter to DeLillo as pretentious and grad-schoolish. I thought, that's funny, since Magnolia is basically a cinematic Infinite Jest. Can't eat what you serve? Then I found out that PTA was actually one of DFW's students at Emerson. Yikes.
>pretentious and grad-schoolish
Wasn't that one of the more common criticisms levelled at DFW h(H)imself?
It don't detract from his books, though, in my opinion. Some of my friends are pretentious and grad-schoolish, and so am I.
What does /lit/ think of Alain de Botton?
/Lit/ most likely doesn't like him because of his incomplete and often inaccurate account of other writers and philosophers. However, I think he plays an important role in at the very least exposing the public to the people he documents.
I haven't read any of his books so I can't comment on that.
How do you do this? I can't do this.
Do you too have to run when a passage gets too intense? I read Proust when I jog and Baudelaire's poems make for exhausting sprints through the woods.
My advice to you is to slow down intellectually and read each word separately. Glancing off the book to the scenery around you also helps (similarly to, when masturbating to pornography, you sometime have to click on the bottom right of your screen and in a moment hangs the possibility of your cumming to desktop icons).
Is there truth in mass market literature? Are we the plebs for not reading the hunger games? Are we not in on the joke that everyone else is in on? Is Pynchon less culturally relevant than John Green? Is poptimism necessary in literature?
I remember a year ago some anon wanted to read Das Kapital. He started a thread asking what should read before the actual Das Kapital. I took note from all the tips. So I already read "The essence of christianity" by Ludwig Feuerbach and "Phenomenology of spirit" by Hegel. But problem is that Kant's "Critique of pure reason" can rarely be found in where I live. My question is can I start reading Das Kapital without Kant?