ITT: books that dumb people say are their favourites
I wanted to acquire this book:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27194.Pictures_Showing_What_Happens_on_Each_Page_of_Thomas_Pynchon_s_Novel_Gravity_s_Rainbow
What I'm wondering is what is the best edition to go with it? The artist based his pictures an edition that has 760 pages but now is only a collectible and costs a lot of money. Which would be the best edition that's available at the moment? I've head people recommend the Vintage one but that one has 912 pages. Penguin edition seems close because it has about the same amount but I heard people complain about it.
i really enjoyed pic related (no pleb) and was wondering if you guys liked it too.
had to read it for a class and at first i was like "fucking lady writers in muh canon" but really it was really good. it felt like a non-pretentious, more heartfelt DFW tbqhwyf.
it also (forgive my diction please) reads, like, 'accidentally politically.'
it made me empathize hxc with ethnic minorities but not in a forceful way. not "they're people too, white devil!" but just a story about a lot of lost people being lost.
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How does this make you feel? How would you rate the tastes of the God of Anime?
>Many reviewers of Bleeding Edge have been disappointed with its apparent superficiality, reading it as a sort of, to use Michiko Kakutani’s notorious, if in some ways apt, phrase, “Pynchon Lite.”
>However, this is a plain misreading of this strand of Pynchon’s work. The lack of redemptive language, this apparent hollowness, this total saturation in the cheapest and most superficial elements of our culture is very much the point; these are novels that make no attempt to transcend the culture out of which they emerge, instead attempting to articulate forms of resistance to it that emerge from within, and it is in this light that Bleeding Edge should be read. If it is Pynchon Lite, it is so because it is part of the world in which ‘Lite’ products exist and thrive. And to attempt to avoid that unpalatable truth through recourse to high culture forms or discourses, Pynchon implies, would be at the very least dishonest. As March Kelleher, in many ways the conscience of the novel claims, “‘Culture, I’m sorry, Herman Göring was right, every time you hear the word check your sidearm. Culture attracts the worse impulses of the moneyed, it has no honor, it begs to be suburbanized and corrupted’”
>It is this possibility of resisting the forces of oppression – be they technological, conceptual, or governmental – that lies at the heart of Pynchon’s writing, and in Bleeding Edge, perhaps more than in any of his previous novels, he explores what resistance from the compromised position of a participant in the total system of modern cultural, political and social life might look like. This is to say that there is no, or at least very little, possibility of stepping outside the system, no external vantage point from which to observe, critique and potentially attack the agents of social, cultural, and political debasement; we are so thoroughly interpolated into the world as it is that escape from it would be escape from ourselves.
>Given the failure of the adult world in Bleeding Edge to challenge or resist oppression (or even to grow up in ways that would allow them to do so) this gesture towards the potential of children to resist the system from within, to manipulate an all-encompassing and seemingly irresistible version of reality in ways that undermine its hegemonic pretensions is precisely what Pynchon’s novel itself offers in its turning back of the debased language of consumer culture on itself. There is no position, Pynchon’s most recent work tells us, outside of society from which we can resist its pressures and allures. Instead, it is only from within the system that resistance is possible. Like Maxine’s therapist Shawn, the apparently inauthentic, plastic, and shallow can – must, in fact – be the very point from which truth emerges.
What do you think?
I would like to read something good relating to robots. Any recommendations?
How to improve your writing style with simple rules:
1. Show don't tell emotions and senses. If a character is angry then show us how he is angry.
2. Use adverbs sparingly and never after said. For example, said happily said angrily said quickly, just don't. A strong verb is better than a generic verb + adverb.
2b never use the word "suddenly" ever!
3. Use the active voice not the passive voice, try to eliminate the words had and was as much as you can.
What other rules should I know? Also, do you disagree with any of these?
To add onto 2b, any kind of temporal description is unnecessary. "And then," "Next," "Slowly", "At length", "Afterwards", "Until", "Before". It's just unnecessary.
Re-read the statement. "Sparingly". Does a reason need to be given? It's one of those things I would hope a reader would just intuitively agree with.
Can we have an audiobook recommendation thread?
>Last month a New York District Court issued a preliminary injunction against several sites that provide unauthorized access to academic journals. As a result the operators were ordered to quit offering access to any Elsevier content and the associated registries had to suspend their domain names. After a few days the registries did indeed disable the domain names mentioned in the lawsuit which are currently all unavailable, much to the disappointment of the sites’...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to say "Am" instead of "I'm"? Does it annoy you when you read the former instead of the latter?
I am sitting in the university library, everybody is studying around me and I'm shitposting, without any guilt. Is the literary lifestyle you talk about?
I literally think that this is the best book of the 21st century, a work of art that defines modern youth culture, American culture, and probably internet culture in a way that makes other artists both jealous at its quality and relieved that it's ignored, as it completely overshadows them.
I find it fascinating, but I'm not well read enough to gauge it's actual value.
I find it fascinating because it's like 4chan: I can somewhat assume it's honest. The author planned to die, so at the very worst, all he wanted was a legacy. Not money or audience pussy. There is no agenda than what actually believes.
What does /lit/ think of Donna Tart?
Personally, I had a good time with this one.
Just started reading this last night before bed. It's a good light read (I got to Ch3/100pgs in 90min or so), but unless she impresses me more later on, it's gonna stay light. She's terribly obvious with what I assume are omens throughout the first two chapters, and her characters are mostly gossip right now. Still thoighx she has a way with metaphor and atmosphere.
I agree that it's comfy. I wasn't sure whether I just associate it with comfy times or if it was in the content but it's a brick of warmth in a blanket beneath the tapping rain on the roof... for me
Gloria Tesch, Empress of /lit/, youngest published author ever and author of the bestselling Maradonia series is writing a new series of novels!