Books for people that see joy in chaos and fire
Chaos and fire aren't just destruction, they are rebirth.
I'd rather see men become great through pain and misery, than live uselessly in satiation and luxury.
Oxford vs Cambridge vs Collins dictionary.
What's your favourite?
That lucid moment when you'd be capable of consecrate your life to the daily living, following your ideals and desire of adventures, and the discovery of new horizons. But then you realize that you're just another guy who's living in a multicultural global world, and all the system is designed to use you as the workforce of particular interests.
>and all the system is designed to use you as the workforce of particular interests.
And this design is successfully keeping you from following your ideals of adventure.
Why have you allowed this?
What are your predictions for TWoW?
I wanna get into Pound, but how? What books must I have and in what order do I read them?
Is there any half-decent Pokemon literature out there? I'd be surprised if there wasn't.
No but check out my team
Can you help me understand Pynchon, /lit/?
I fully expect to be called a pleb and maybe that's valid. I'm hoping someone will decide to not call me a pleb and help me out.
I admit, I haven't read his stuff extensively. Part of that has to do with every time I start to get into it, I kind of just think, "hmm...maybe it's just not my thing." Then I often pick up something else and abandon him again. I know he's challenging, but I've found other writers challenging, too, and I've been able to fight through it because there...
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If it doesn't fascinate you don't read it. Go read something that fascinates you, you will grow more.
I think it is an exaggeration to say Pynchon is one of the greatest living writers, there are so many non American writers that are not usually discussed on this board that do more interesting things.
I shouldn't have said, "greatest living writers," I meant, "greatest American living writers."
Your first point, I disagree. I'm not a child. Just reading something that fascinates me will not make me grow more. I understand this advice said to a child, who you're trying to develop an interest in reading, but this advice should not be given to an adult. I'm not a child. Telling someone not to learn about something they don't like is horrible philosophy. SJW philosophy.
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I fucking hate similes. I've never come across a simile that I couldn't imagine reading in an elementary school book report. Is there a worse literary device? No.
But you can write a book without similes and it would not neccessarily be an encyclopedia. Metaphors are not similes and are way more likeable, although they don't fulfil the same purpose.
Similes are necessary to have a coherent story. If everyone and everything was described solely as being it, instead of being similar to it, how would you know what is actually being talked about? There would be no line between metaphoric description and real description.
Recent purchases thread
Abend mit goldrand is a first edition from 1975
Don't remember where, bu I remember reading that the translation is finished and just waiting to be published but I don't know how reliable that was
As for Blake, there are a few pages with illustrations but as you can see they're not that large or colored
Anyone who says there are no polymaths today doesn't read SMBC obviously
What's like studying on a top 5 university, /lit/fags? How is the daily life? How much hours do you put into actual study?
As a student of a top university within a third world country (something like top 200 overall), I'm really curious.
Is there shit like these in your humanities department?
I am a student at McGill University in Montreal,Quebec. McGill is currently ranked number one in Canada and 25th in the world, It is said to be the Harvard of Canada. I have to say its pretty hard I study like all the fucking time. People here fucking love to drink and smoke weed. Also poutine is a dietary staple. I don't put in enough hours of studying
Can someone explain to me why this series is considered so bad?
It's not inherently bad, bad. Just that the series is incredibly popular now due to the TV show so therefore that immediately means it must be shit, they are fun books but nothing special but I enjoy Martin's sci-fi more than his fantasy stuff.
It's overlong and the prose at times can feel like a parody of bad fantasy writing. Nevertheless, it's still an admirable enough achievement in the realm of the genre, and whether or not that makes it worth checking out is up to you.
do you enjoy smoking while you're reading?
if yes/no, and why.
/r/ing some good reading material to put on my android phone for when I'm going to be away from computers, libraries, bookstores, and the Internet for several weeks.
I'm not savvy about this--I guess PDFs would be best? Specific links would be great and fun, but if you merely direct me to a place that has lots of material, I'd appreciate that too.
My interests are very wide, so fiction and nonfiction would both be great.