Enjoying IJ so far. How long did it take you to finish?
How do you go about creating and developing characters, /lit/? I know many people base characters off of people they know, but what do you do when your characters are based off other characters? How do you decide what your character's look like? How they feel?
I decide what purpose I'd want the character to have, then work from there
I honestly can't say I've ever describe a character's physical appearance in my writing, other than "young boy" or "old woman"
Is this... overrated?
>Is it funny?
>Does it contain incredible scientific/futuristc fantasy?
No more than any other sci-fi novel
>Does it have any value in terms of character or storyline development that makes literature great?
I do not understand why it's considered a classic of sci-fi other than being memorable for it's humour. It feels like it is part of the try hard "geek" subculture for and by people trying...
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I was more or less alluding to that word... I love /lit/'s sharp insight into everything
But look, it's true- star wars is a big sham and people only like it because they think everyone else does, or they want to look like nerds. At least some of the "diehard" fans are, the ones who claim to absolutely hate episodes 1-3.
But anyway, how are you meant to hate on anything that is overrated without being labelled as a frogposter?
Is quietism the endgame philosophy?
Good books on Luddism/Deep Ecology/Simple Living/anti-Technology.
Something that's not "Kill computer scientists" or some edgy Linkola shit. The best I've been able to find is Pynchon's essay "It is OK to be a Luddite?"
Not even trolling,
Ted Kaczynski's manifesto is on that exact topic and is considered to be quite well done.
Also, he put his money where his mouth was.
I'll bump this
Just got a smartphone after having a basic slidephone for over 6 years.
Feels weird and I really don't want/need it.
But the ability to use GPS seems to nice for me to go back, honestly.
I thought Singularity was bullshit but this was very well received.
Its hard to find stuff on this that isnt tinfoil on this
Where do I start with Willy G? Do I jump straight into The Tunnel? Also:
>William Gass general
>Do I jump straight into The Tunnel?
I mean, I don't recommend it, since, if you are anything like the other anons here, it will probably ruin Gass completely for you, which would be pretty tragic; instead, start with Omensetter's Luck--Wallace's favorite--or In the Heart of the Heart of the Country--my favorite, not counting The Tunnel: they will let you get an idea of Gass' style without totally overwhelming you, and an idea of his ideas without totally boring you.
Post your tumblr and get recommendations based off of your aesthetic (this is sort of like the post a picture and get a recommendation based off of the picture thread) http://saddude69.tumblr.com/
So why does /lit/ shit on e-readers yet approve of Audio books. This makes no sense to me.
I think this is the first book I feel I just can't get through out of pure disgust. It's beautifully written but I just can't stand the subject matter. Should I stop being a pussy and stick to it?
/lit/ has an Infinite Jest summer reading book group!
If you have an interest in this book -- whether you have read it or not -- please consider joining us!
We will be reading Infinite Jest from June 3rd (today) – August 11th with an average pace of 15 pages a day.
Discussions will take place right here on /lit/, hopefully we will keep a thread floating around most of the time, but should activity slow down new threads will be made Friday for discussion to avoid daily spamming of dying threads.
TODAY'S READING is pages 97 - 109, scenes 34 and 35....
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full schedule, Day 1 being, of course, June 3rd
Reposting last year's poll, rereaders weigh in
What is the most dangerous philosopher to follow? What will fuck your shit up the worst?
Why isn't Goethe mentioned here more often, or read by the public at large? And even though writers like Gene Wolfe are memed here, I'm pretty sure Wolfe is still considered hipster-tier. Yet on /lit/, Wolfe is still mentioned at least 3 times more often than Goethe.
Because his works are just so fucking obvious.
What is there interesting to talk about in Faust, Werther, Elective Affinities, Wilhelm Meister?
You just fucking read about them, acknowledge he was a titan, then move on.
The Faust story was done better by Marlowe and even in German better by Mann. I think not many people on here read German.
The sorrows of young werther is good.
He is mentioned here about as much as is deserved (about once every couple days).
Wolfe is probably the best in a certain type of writing (literary fantasy) so is mentioned anytime that type of writing is discussed.
Is negative hedonism the end-game of ethics?
What are your thoughts on Ulysses? Any favorite characters or chapters? How about Joyce's other works?
It's been a while since I've read it, and was wondering if it's worth a re-read.
All memes aside, r8 LOTR out of 10, 10 being the highest.
>All memes aside
You can't tell me what to do, faggot