Do fiction books serve any other purpose besides entertainment?
emotional support in times of dire stress,
life changing ideas that are necessarily fictional in nature, the communication of the imagination rather than a transfer of facts or axioms...
There are no good posts on /lit/ because all the wouble-be good posters write academically instead of posting on a Chinese imageboard full of plebs.
there are good posts on /lit/ you just have to ask and ignore the shitposts. like in the poetry thread a good anon is doing god's work, there was a very successful intro to foucault thread earlier today and the vasily grossman thread is pretty non-aids.
>reading in the subway
>can't focus on the content because of the girls who try to chat me on about my book
everytime, no wonder it takes me ages to finish a book desu
>only read with their holes
what? do they have built in scanners?
Pen or keyboard?
About to read this.
What am I in for?
Do you know some good historical novel set in a alternate medieval age?
I like this kind of stuff, but how alternate can medieval get?
I guess the Pern series. That's pretty medieval. Space dragon feudal system. There's a lot of attention given to the system and how it changes. I at least, think it's pretty interesting.
house of leaves BLOWS!!!!
can someone post the things fall apart "what i expected what i got" picture with the YAMS?
I can't imagine the current generation of young British men being capable of producing the plethora of poetry which their great-grandfathers did.
Is this evidence of a decline in literary ability?
Can we discuss Matthew 16:18 from an Orthodox perspective?
"Petros" means a stone that can be easily moved (generally small enough to throw), whereas "petra" means a stone that cannot be moved (a massive boulder or a cliff). So it's pretty clear Christ was saying, "Moreover to you I say that you are [wavering] stone, I build my Church on this, [probably indicating himself, Matthew 16:16] the [unmovable, mountainous] rock.
Indeed, Peter is a wavering stone, he ends up denying Christ and committing apostasy (though he certainly repents...
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You make the mistake of assuming that Matthew is a direct transliteration of the account, as though a court reporter is there.
Also is this the original Greek that you're referencing or a newer adaptation?
So I just finished pic related. Is this book as straightforward as I think it is, or am I missing some critical pieces of understanding?
>The jungle is the great emulsifier of the human condition and stands as an opposing force to mankinds perceived dominance
>The lines between civilization and barbarity are a matter of perspective and largely a transplanted concept in foreign lands
>Kurtz takes the role of a fallen great, a man with so much power and potential brought low and made...
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I think the idea is to present man as aliens. Conrad talks a lot about the size and scope of the jungle/river, hold old it all is. He's almost portraying us as trespassers attempt to bend the earth to our will. I want to say it could be a romantic (the art movement) boom based upon that alone, but I don't think that'd be missing the point entirely.
Why do people say Ulysses is hard? It's no more confusing than your average psychedelia.
Universally that person's acumen is esteemed very little perceptive concerning whatsoever matters are being held as most profitable by mortals with sapience endowed to be studied who is ignorant of that which the most in doctrine erudite and certainly by reason of that in them high mind's ornament deserving of veneration constantly maintain when by general consent they affirm that other circumstances being equal by no exterior splendour is the prosperity of a nation more efficaciously asserted than by the measure of how far forward may have progressed the tribute of its solicitude for that proliferent continuance which of evils the original if it be absent when fortunately present constitutes the certain sign of omnipollent nature's incorrupted benefaction. For who is there who anything of some significance has apprehended but is conscious that that exterior splendour may be the surface of a downwardtending lutulent reality or on the contrary anyone so is there inilluminated as not to perceive that as no nature's boon can contend against the bounty of increase so it behoves every most just citizen to become the exhortator and admonisher of his semblables and to tremble lest what had in the past been by the nation excellently commenced might be in the future not with similar excellence accomplished if an inverecund habit shall have gradually traduced the honourable by ancestors transmitted customs to that thither of profundity that that one was audacious excessively who would have the hardihood to rise affirming that no more odious offence can for anyone be than to oblivious neglect to consign that evangel simultaneously command and promise which on all mortals with prophecy of abundance or with diminution's menace that exalted of reiteratedly procreating function ever irrevocably enjoined?
If You're going to write scifi/fantasy but want to deviate from the structure of Joseph Campbell's monomyth/heroes journey, what steps should be taken? What alternate routes would you use to get off the beaten path and forge your own path?
My own method was to have multiple characters "tag in/out to play the role of the hero.
I want to write a story about a guy who gets court martialled for cowardice and put in isolation for the remainder of the war, then goes home to life out the rest of his life as an assistant mechanic in bumfuck nowhere, spending his nights wandering alone from empty bar to empty bar, his only companions a handful of anime figurines he keeps on the shelves of his dingy bedsit. In an attempt to give his life meaning, writes some fantasy novels, but facing rejection after rejection for decades, eventually gives up. A sort of roman à clef.
What sort of structure would you suggest for this?
I can't read a single paragraph without my mind wandering at least a little. It's incredibly frustrating as it's hard to stay focused on what I'm reading, and often have to re-read parts. For the love of God, help.