What are your thoughts on the Metamorphoses, /lit/? I just finished. Now on to finish Dubliners and then I'm going to start Bill's sonnets.
I found it very funny and very charming, quite different to Homer and Virgil. There's a well-rounded humanity in the Metamorphoses that's you don't get in those two. It's also the most influential work in the history of western literature (literally *ALL* of the Greco-Roman mythology referenced from Medieval times on was taken from Ovid).
What were your favourite stories? Some of mine were Io, Procne and Philomela and the Centauromachy. The latter is one of the funniest things I've ever read.
I definitely agree re charming. I think believe it's commonly held that Bill loved Ovid and uses the Metamorphoses for most myths, which is pretty obvious between Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
I particularly like Pyramus and Thisbe, everything Orpheus , and Ulysseus and Ajax's speeches for Achille's arms.
Why did you like the Centauromachy? I didn't really appreciate it. Maybe it wasn't a great translation.
>The essential moments of the system are really already completely contained in the pre-suppositions of the definitions, from which all further proofs have merely to be deduced. But whence have we these categories which here appear as definitions? We find them doubtless in ourselves, in scientific culture. The existence of the understanding, the will, extension, is therefore not developed from infinite substance, but it is directly expressed in these determinations, and that quite naturally; for of a truth there exists the One into which everything enters,...
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I'm looking for stories featuring Indiana Jones-esque characters traveling the world for adventure and/or treasure.
Old, pulpy series would be what I'm looking for but id be interested with anything featuring those tropes.
Lear was just pretending to be mad all along so he could find out which one of his daughters really loved him.
I like Henry Jaffa's essay on Lear found in Bloom's Shakespeare's Politics. He examines the first scene and shows why King Lear is the great king and thus the greatest tragic character in shakespeare as well as what he was thinking to do and why he divided the kingdom.
Was Neo-Gothic/Medievalist art life-denying? Was it a period of decline for the arts? How can you summarise it philosophically?
It is confusing because the source material it uses often seems quite beautiful, as in pic related or franco-flemish music (renaissance technically but these musicians didn't have classical source material unlike other artists then).
How can I learn to write prose like a professional? I'm willing to put in the effort it takes. I have a novella outlined out but I don't think I have the skills to do it well.
nigga is u dumb
how do you learn to fight like an MMA fighter? how do you learn to drive a car? how do you learn mathematics?
nigga u practise
u start out shit, but u practise everyday senpai
then we all gon make it
>nigga is u dumb
>how do you learn to fight like an MMA fighter? how do you learn to drive a car? how do you learn mathematics?
>nigga u practise
>u start out shit, but u practise everyday senpai
>then we all gon make it
this. Ironically this post is prose, it's authentic and truthful.
>AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;
Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;
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I'm actually terrified of Trump winning. As a male writer, I value things like equality and beauty, people like Trump will likely cause a new wave of "old" (aka fucking toxic) masculinity to return.
so when are emoticons going to replace tiring and excessively long description?
just imagine some realist novel with emoticons in it
>dimitri felt saddened, and within a fraction of time he was on his knees crying :'(
like just replace useless stuff with emoticons. it also adds some kind of tragedy
Why is literature meaningful? Is there more than philosophical/sociological/psycological content to literature? Sometimes I feel like literature just hides and confuses themes of other disciplines under the beauty of language and the triggering of emotions. So, is there something deeper other than language handicraft and emotion in literature that is not stolen from other subjects?
Who was in the right here?
What's the proper /lit/ order to go through The Bible?
It seems really interesting. What should I expect?
One of my top 10 books of all time. Nabokov praises it as one of the great modernist masterpieces he's read. I enjoyed it a lot. It's one of the few novels I've read more than once.
Are there any books about heart break and suicide?
>I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. It is a rather girlish noise not like the wet windy fart which I imagine fat wives have. It is sudden and dry and dirty like what a bold girl would let off in fun in a school dormitory at night. I hope Nora will let off no end of her farts in my face so that I may know their smell also,
Which other writers revel in the grotesque?
>tfw Gass never said that
>tfw you will never make a pun about Gass's love letters to his wife Nora because he never wrote them
>tfw if he did actually say that some memer would have already made a joke by the time you thought about doing it
Is Chesterton the greatest "man of letters" in the history of the English language?
There were better poets, better writers, better essayists, better dramatists, better critics, and better philosophers, but I'm not sure there's anyone else who could do every one of those things at the level he could do them. He seems to have mastered all possible uses of the written word.
Chesterton is a really interesting figure, and one of the most intriguing jacks of all trades of our modern era. His ability to do so much in so many fields is astounding, and I think it's cool that he managed to actually contribute to every one of his interests and hobbies.
I'm not a huge fan, but the best modern analogue is probably Chomsky. STEM equivalent is Feynman, I guess.