Do you have a /lit/ life goal?
I started on a path to become an expert in western literature, philosophy and history.
Inherently I wish to learn these seven languages:
to have access to the major part of everything produced by man since the invention of writing, (already know 4 of them).
Can I make it? What is your goal?
Of course it's possible if you have an aptitude for language. Discipline is the difference maker.
I would suggest starting with small goals to building up your discipline and let the force of that discipline snowball your way into conquering the big goals.
Don't start off motivated by big goals because motivation is frailty, like women.
Do any of you read on your phone?
Is it enjoyable?
When bringing a book is an inconvenience yet I known will have to wait for nondescript periods of time
iBooks app is pretty decent, scrolling text mode with a dim screen works wonders.
ITT: books women could never understand.
I picked up these four books recently, since I'm uncultured and trust places like 4chan to help me out with that kind of thing. Should I read these in order of publication date, or a different order? Bear in mind that I'm a fairly slow reader, so any one of them will be an undertaking.
Have you read a lot before this? If you haven't read a lot of "literature," these are probably not the best places to start.
Infinite Jest is probably the easiest to understand of the 3. Ideally you read them in order of publication.
I've not read House of Leaves so no comment there.
Are you going to meet your reading goals this year /lit/?
What are some good writing exercises /lit/?
I have an itch to write, but I feel overwhelmed whenever I try to start.
ITT: Times you've cried over literature.
>“Oh! you are too good,” said Matilda. “But weep not for me, my mother! I am going where sorrow never dwells.”
>I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers
>Could not, with all their quantity of love,
>Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?
>'Swounds, show me what thou'lt do:
>Woo't weep? woo't fight? woo't fast? woo't tear >thyself?
>Woo't drink up eisel? eat a crocodile?
>I'll do't. Dost thou come here to whine?
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"I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
How long does it take you to read a 300-page book?
I am a non-native speaker of English and would like to know what reading speed I should aim for to be able to enjoy literature in English.
Don't aim for reading speed, especially if you're an English learner.
Speedreading is a myth.
Aim to look up every word you don't know and to actually finish books while comprehending them. Read one book at a time.
Who do you think is the ultimate /lit/ songwriter?
Heart of Darkness thread?
Heart of Darkness thread.
All great writers of prose. It's bad how many bad writers of prose we have. Look at King or Murakami. Fucking disgraceful.
Which one? I've read high castle and ubik
What are your favorite short stories from Borges? I haven't read them all yet but I really enjoyed these:
The Circular Ruins
The Writing of the God
The Book of Sand
The Garden of Forking Paths
Post your favorite paradoxes, I'll start:
The Stability Paradox
1. The more stable something is, the less energy is needed to destabilize it
2. An infinite amount of stability would require precisely zero energy to destabilize
Conclusion: stability is inherently unstable
That picture isn't a paradox. Pinocchio's nose grows if he's telling a lie, but his statement that "My nose will grow now!" is speculation and has yet to be confirmed, i.e. it's reliant upon the effects of that statement as to whether or not he's telling a lie; prior to that, he doesn't know if it's a lie or truth.