Can someone explain the 'prose' meme
I've been lurking here a while, but I still don't get this particular /lit/ meme of 'good prose'
Tell me /lit/, what makes 'good prose'
>I don't personally like a piece of literature so I'll simply attack it as being 'bad prose'
It's simply if you think it's written well.
Many people hate prose stylists like McCarthy, although i've never met people who read a lot that don't absolutely adore him.
It just comes down to taste.
That, and not being boring as fuck, like Franzen.
I struggled to reach page 90 of pic related and I just don't get it.
The book is boring, not very well written (cheap metaphores, silly dialogue), and the atmosphere feels like a cheap copy of Less than zero, but with iPhones and different drugs. This novel describes the lives of people who are representative of nothing. Rich drunk kids with ridiculous problems who are unable to communicate.
Thoughts on this book? Should I finish it, or would it be better to pick up something else?
are there any books that describe extreme alienation from society? It doesn't have to be super too deep for you stuff, like dostoyevsky or pessoa. It can be weird stories like the wasp factory, no longer human, child called it, the perks of being a wallflower, whatever. I just want a character that I can sympathize with. I'm looking for losers, loners, outcasts, people extremely alienated from society. I haven't read no longer human, but I plan on reading that eventually.
>In the end, he realized it was the year 2666.
>"I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest"
Any books on how to be more self centered/narcissist?
Philfag here. I have a philosophy professor at Harvard who I feel was intellectually abusing his philosophy undergrads. He assigned us inhuman amounts of philosophy homework and taught his classes like we were born already doing graduate philosophy while still gestating in our mother's wombs. He even smugly enjoined (probably jokingly though) that anyone who wasn't at the level of Wittgenstein or Kant intellectually speaking would be better off dropping the course; that, he said would intellectually behoove them in the long-run. He forced us to read the Critique of...
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stay in the class so you can write a book about him afterward. make sure to also write in some eccentric/lovable teacher who gets fired by the big bad boss. also write in a love interest with a big butt. then, make lots of money.
>Tfw actually starting with the Greeks
So what am I in for, friendos?
Literally everyone who says Camus' books are crappy have only read one of his books (The Stranger) and translated to English.
Just pick up The Fall. The whole thing is just a beautiful monologue. It's brilliant, even in English.
>The two grandfathers of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and Carl Jung (1875-1961), both had a deep admiration for Nietzsche and credited him with many insights into the human character.
what did they see in him?
About to read this.
What am I in for?
Metamorphosis by Kafka.
He's a whiny little snot and just plane miserable throughout the entire book. So much so that even when he turns into an insect, I was still thinking "dude, quit being a little bitch."
And knowing that Kafka was equally whiny and miserable... He basically wrote a book with himself as a main character.
I have a hard time not finishing things, yet I was still unable to complete this short book. It was just too much. I stopped reading near the end, and a college classmate filled me in on the conclusion.
I just started Angels & Demons because I wanted a comfy adventure mystery but I didn't expect it to be filled with cliches right from the very beginning. But I'll enjoy it anyway. Because I want to.
Post 'em, /lit/.
Does anyone have the full text of julius evolas defense speech at his trial?
Hey /lit/ what is the best order to read the KJV? I was thinking of reading it back to front normally. Would this be a bad move? I've seen a lot of Bible reading plans but they seem to leave out large sections of it in favour of choice parts only.
I don't play video games, nor do I watch anime. I'm actually a reader, I just haven't gotten around to reading this yet and it's beyond time.
Stop this memekid shit; it's pointless.