Just finished House Of Leaves and I'm looking to start on this one. What are your opinions on it?
Nothing fucking happens. Enjoy the 15 year wait for the series to end. I bought the first book, and while I'm willing to see how it goes, I'm not going to spend $500+ to read it all. Get a library card.
That chinese kid is complete garbage.
R8 the favourite books of my uni's English faculty
Hi /lit/, I'm currently trying to create a character who's insanely charismatic, almost in an animalistic way, where you can't help but feel drawn to her, despite her numerous flaws.
Can anyone recommend some books that feature characters with that kind of charisma, some academic writing about the subject or, better, share your own opinion on the subject?
I want to final get around and prove to myself that I'm not a total literary failure. What are some tips for beginner writers?
I've written short stories before, but I want to attempt something grander this time. I also don't want to drop it halfway between (which I've done, 2bh) in between
Make sure to fully understand the words you use, to carefully pick them when you need to establish a certain aspect of say someone's personality. Choose words with the connotations that you want that suit the meaning of your text.
Not everyone has a wide vocabulary but as you discuss more things with more people it grows, so what matters to me is to have a solid vocabulary.
>kek idk jus ramblin' desu famli
think twice before going through with a plot choice. why is it happening, how will it relate to the rest of what you want to write. the same with characters and places. how will it tie into itself further on etc. nothing worse than newbie writers who just put whatever crosses their mind in their book and then it just comes out a jumbled mess. think twice about what you're writing, basically.
you can have one book for christmas, what will it be?
What are some strange /lit/erary habits you guys have? I pace for an hour or two immediately after finishing a book, lost in thought.
I pace while reading. I create strange loop scavenger hunts in library books. I throw out dust jackets. I use a knife to follow along. I read good books 5x in a row and take copious notes, then listen to the audiobook and eventually copy the whole thing by hand.
Will becoming an alcoholic make me more interesting and thus a better writer? What about extensive traveling? Or promiscuous sex with scores of women?
No, being a good writer tends to make people substance abusers, but the vast majority of substance abusers are not good writers. The same goes for tourists and fornicators.
This anon might have a point: >>7485286 since your average person is Byron tier degenerate these days so being strict with yourself would be a more interesting deviation than just becoming another cunt who fucks a dreadlocked bitch in an Indian hostel after too much cheap liquor.
Which Continental Philosopher would be best to give as a Christmas present for a quantum physicist who never read a philosophy book in his life?
Maybe Heidegger's "Logic: The Question of Truth"? It's the lecture course he gave right before he went to write Being and Time, and it has a couple of qualities that recommend it.
Firstly, the translator, Thomas Sheehan, has a brilliant grasp of the whole Heideggerian corpus, and translates with a confidence that Heidegger's German CAN be translated into sensible English (I'm sure a couple of Heideggerians might context that. All I can say is that they'd have to satisfy themselves...
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Why not give him a philosophy book that actually relates to his field and will make him think as opposed to obfuscatory nonsense?
I would recommend "Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: Reflections on Bell's Theorem." Maybe it'll snap him out of his potential positivism
Im on a Dostoy binge. Just finished Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground before that. Is it safe to dive into The Brothers Karamazov or do i continue chronilogically with The Idiot?
The more you read before Karamazov, the better. Chronological is good but not a must. You do well to read The Idiot and Demons. For shorter works, The Double, The Gambler, and House of the Dead are also very good, as are a number of his short stories.
post your views on tao lin
what direction would you like to see him take
do you think he should quit twitter
it takes up a ton of his time
Kant or Hume lads?
2015 is coming to an end. Let us list the books that we have read this year, what did you like the most, what did you like the least, what are your reading plans for 2016 and so on.
Oh and rate other peoples list, but nobody does that and it's pointless
It's been a while since the last one.
why don't you try writing an essay about the last book you read instead of marking it off of a list like a chore? is it because you never retain any of what you read? do you even remember the themes of the last two books you read? make something of yourself
Would you suggest I read Dan Browns work in English or in my own mothers tongue. Reason why I'm in dubio about this is because I feel if I read it in Dutch I will miss out on jokes et cetera that go lost in translation while if I read the English one I might not understand it as well as I would in Dutch.
Any insights? Many thanks for your replies.
Thanks for the warning. I'm well aware of it not quite being literature but when I saw the movie I felt like it wouldn't be bad to read. I'll probably read it in Dutch as, like you said, it doesn't matter too much.
>dan brown isnt particularly quality literature.
The above quote is why it does not matter if you read it in Dutch or English.
I doubt there are many parts of the book which rely heavily on unique English language context.
That being said, the translation may be shit, and non-critical points may be misinterpreted during translation
What am I in for?