"How good could it be?" I thought, regarding the burgundy liquid carefully. Across the table from me, the twisted old man smiled slyly.
"Please, sir, try." he whispered, his hushed voice the sound of dry leaves blown over a roughly cobbled street. "Thou shall find it more than lives up to thy expectations, I am sure."
I nodded at him and lifted the crystal goblet into the air, watching the light play through the crimson liquor. I'd come a long way for this drink... searched long and hard for this old man... and I'd be damned to let anything rush me, now. The moment was to be savored.
I raised the glass to my lips, inhaling the stuff's aroma. The bouquet was light, sweet, intoxicating... almost dizzyingly so. I'd tried countless drinks... written tomes about them, their flavors and smells, means of manufacture, in my journeys across the Planes. But this... this stuff was supposed to be legendary. No living man I'd found or heard of had tried the stuff. The stories were ridiculous - nothing could taste quite so good - but if there were the slightest bit of truth to them, this would be some fine liquor indeed.
At last, I drunk of the goblet, a cautious sip...
Incredible! Indescribable! As the flavor washed over my palette, I fought the urge to shudder with delight. Nothing... *nothing* I had tried in all my long years had tasted quite like this. I looked up at the old man, startled to find my glass empty - I had drained it all in a single draught. I wiped my eyes with the back of my hand, not entirely sure when I had begun to cry.
"Tears of joy, eh?" The old man laughed softly. "Quite pleasing to the tongue, is it not? Wouldst thou like some more, perchance?" He smiled at me once more.
"Yes... yes, if I might..."
"Surely." he replied, refilling my glass. Try as I might, I could not resist downing it in a single gulp. I thrust my finger into the goblet in an attempt to find some last, hidden drop of the stuff. Several times more did he fill the goblet, and each time I gulped the stuff down as a starving man would devour a feast, unable to control myself, to deny myself another exquisite taste of it.
"A drink such as this... a man wouldst do anything for it, no?"
I nodded without hesitation. "Yes, a man would..." Looking at him, his sly smile suddenly took on a whole new meaning. A sense of horror began to creep over me, even as I began to yearn painfully for more of the blood-red liquor...
"Yes, yes..." The old man grinned, his yellow eyes gleaming. "A man *wouldst* do anything, in the *thrall* of such a drink... even the most terrible, the most heinous of deeds... as thou shall see, my newest servant."
>his hushed voice the sound of dry leaves blown over a roughly cobbled street.
this isn't how you write. this is how someone who likes dungeons and dragons imagines you write. dropped.
Is it possible to become a good writer in two years?
My knee-jerk response is "absolutely not."
My considered response is: "where is your starting point?"
My own writing only matured after about three years of drivel (started seriously at 17). Rimbaud, Pessoa, Dylan Thomas and other precocious writers started reading and writing much earlier, as children. And they are the exceptional cases, bear in mind.
I'm writing an essay analysis on this shitty book. It's due in 8 days, and I've only read 40 pages.
Please help me by telling me some points I can write about.
In what order should I read his major novels?
Are there any science students here? What do you study and what's your take on literary fiction? Is it just a waste of time?
What do you think /lit/?
Is tagging a piece of work as "pretentious" an invalid criticism of poetry or literature?
who /swedishstudent/ here?
uppsala reporting in. despite having kulturintresserade friends and whatnot (at least they've studied writing/cultural history/lit, which is more than most il/lit/erates), i'm having trouble finding people (read: anyone desu) who are genuinely interested in reading something as basic as classics
>not thinking starting an anonymous book circle or anything of the likes is such a bad idea
pls help. i'm serious
(pic semi-related, not a big fan of stenmark)
I feel you. Studying at Chalmers, haven't met a single person who doesn't think reading is a waste of time. I feel like a massive idiot every time I do a bit of late night reading in the studying halls.
Is there a more spectacular blunder possible than reading Nietzsche as your very first philosopher?
I mean, fuck. At least read Plato first.
Don't listen to him. Just take your time and read him thoroughly; anything you don't understand just look up.
Nietzsche is very much based off older authors, but at the same time is highly idiosyncratic in both his style/methods and his goals. As long as you stay vigilant throughout the reading, you should be able to get something from it.
/lit/, what's the nicest (or most memorable) thing a stranger said about your writing?
Is he still worth reading in 2016? I've only read pic related and found the subject matter to be very dated. Underworld is, apparently, one of the greatest novels of the post-modern era. Worth the time or are we past it?
Alright guys! So we're off a great start! We've chosen the type of text that the project will, we've chosen what the topic will be, and we've chosen who it will be about. Now we can start writing!
So, just to recap everything:
This project will be a short story collection.
The topic is:
"Pick one figure, real or fictional, whom we all admire, and write a collection of short stories some how revolving around that figure, tying it together in a single round of editing at the end.
The stories don't even have to feature that...
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It seems that you've removed a great deal of short stories.
Are you planning to leave the others currently in the file?
- a concerned author
Are you planning to leave the ones left over?
Since those short stories were written before the topic was decided, I felt that they were no long relevant, so I've removed them
I don't plan on removed anymore that are currently in the file, although one or two don't have much to do with either DFW or Zizek.
Hey guys, I'm thinking of picking up a copy of pic related.
Can anyone suggest some more contemporary literature (2000-present) worth reading?
I read Banville's Mefisto and it was good if you're into Faust myths. He seemed like he had some interesting things to say and The Sea is supposed to be his most acclaimed book so go for it.
I always feared, perhaps irrationally, that Ishiguro was just a classic middle-brow patrician spilling out stylistically conservative novels with enough skill and know-how to rack up a bit of critical acclaim among Guardianistas without rocking the boat too hard.
I will rectify my ignorance and presumptuousness at once. Where do you suggest I start?
Come up with a new name for Science.
The whole "to each according to his needs" thing in Critique of the Gotha Program is, i think, a good idea when we are talking about access to healthcare, tools for the disabled, food and water donations, e.t.c. but the idea that we should redistribute actual wealth just seems like retarded nonsense, i have never met anyone intelligent who believes in it
I think the wealth of the earth belongs to its inhabitants. Having your own property so long as you or your families uses it is fine, but owning miles and miles of land that other people work, is just greed.
It's an ideal built upon jealously and envy that put into practice, is a good way to break human rights, kill off people and ruin nature. And yet people keep saying "maybe next time".
How sure are you that we can trust your ability to assess intelligence?
When you say the redistribution of wealth, do you exclusively mean money, or do you include things like businesses and property?
>left wing nietzschean