Have you guys read this? What did you think of it? Been wanting to try out Denis Johnson for a bit and I heard this was his best work.
It's been a number of years since I read it, but I remember enjoying it quite a bit. The prose is sparse in a good way, and the stories go from being funny to tragic, and vice-versa, in the blink of an eye.
Has /lit/ read this? if you have what did you think?
Which books pleasantly surprised you? What were you originally expecting before reading it?
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was definitely better then I expected and surprisingly pleasant.
I was expecting a sort-of-boring novel that I could understand why people might think was interesting given the year it was written and how it compared to other books and the time and so forth. It turned out to be excellent.
what makes the greeks so great
When I read "History of the World" by Roberts he presented the theory that part of their inventiveness might have had to do with the fact that the geography of Greece made it likely that there would be tons of city-states that were connected by trade and travel to other city-states but that the land was too rugged for them to be united politically and under the same banner. Also because of the shitty soil you could only grow so much food from it so migration to Islands was inevitable.
Once you had dozens or hundreds of independent political structures who mostly spoke the same language and mostly had the same culture and were linked by regular trade you had a situation where ideas could spread really easily and because there were so many different city-states there were constantly new things happening and developments that each group reacted differently too. In that way it was a fertile ground for the exploration and exchange of ideas and concepts. Their Minoan heritage and trade with foreigners helped too.
It seemed like a good theory when I read it and I don't see why it wouldn't be.
Honestly, what's the big deal with Atlas Shrugged? Why do women and rich snobs like it so much?
>Why do women like it?
Because it's written by a woman.
>Why do rich snobs like it?
Because they haven't actually read it (neither have the women btw).
What are 3 books you'd bring with you if you were backpacking across Europe
Which editions of Shakespeare does /lit/ recommend?
Depends on what you want. If you want a complete works edition, get the Riverside. If you'd like individual copies, Arden generally speaking have the best reputation, but OUP is good also.
Everyman's is actually good for Shakespeare. Hardback volumes with a couple plays in each. Lovelier and more durable than the Folger or Bantam mass-market paperbacks but just as portable. The best ones to get if you're not gonna buy them all are Tragedies vol. 1 (Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear) and Histories vol. 2 (Richard II, Henry IV pts 1 ans 2, Henry V = the Henriad, a continuous saga and the best of the history plays; also includes King John).
Reading this and it literally sounds and feels as if it were written by a high schooler. Has Murakami written anything good?
What did you guys think of Moore's prose in this excerpt of his new novel?
So here it is for those of you who don't want to visit that site:
>In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol-coloured puddles and the fractured...
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Is this the ultimate fanfic?
What are some top tier fictions (or non-fictions) on AI, cybernetics, cyberpunk, etc. in the spirit of GITS?
I'm discussing this at a book club tomorrow.
Give me some interesting points or opinions to bring up.
>inb4 he rapes his sister phoebe
Are Plato's dialogues real? Or did he just make them up
What's happening to me /lit/?
I feel like I'm appreciating the aesthetics of life to the point where I've been getting pleasure from just day to day sounds like the kettle boiling or the creak of a door
Even just looking at objects and my surroundings feels like being in an art gallery
I feel something along the lines of huxley's mescaline experience
Is this a good thing?
I know how you feel OP. For me, this experince of what i felt was like an "aesthetic orgasm" would build up over several months, before reaching a drop point. Life would seem wonderful and beautiful and then drop to dry and bleek. I dont know why. Its like a wave woth peaks and valley. Currently caught in a valley and it doesnt feel so great.
>tfw started writing seriously 4 months ago
>tfw all your ideas seem to ambitious and impossible to compress into a short story
>tfw you know you can't tackle the quest of writing a novel yet
Mane, what can I do?