>a month passes
>forget everything about said book
Anybody else have this problem? I was considering taking notes but doing this for fiction you're meant to enjoy just seems wrong.
What's some good literature that deals with fitness and/or sports? All I'm aware of is pic related and Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon.
Is stirner the most fedora of all?
What the fuck is up with Lyle the spandex sweat guru in IJ??
Why DFW. Why.
Good old Lyle, floating, looking on
He's part of every story Wallace wrote
Of love and loss and disconnected life
Suspended, energy to spark the gap
To match the coming storm, yet dissipate
I read this book when I was 17 for high school summer reading. I had never enjoyed a book as much as I did while reading and nothing has come close since. I'm 23 now and I'm looking for a book as captivating and with rich and witty prose like Catch 22.
I tried Vonnegut and didn't like his books (Slaughterhouse V and Cat's Cradle) and I've already read A Confederacy of Dunces. Catch 22 made me genuinely laugh and gave me tons of feels. It would be great to find something similar to it. Thanks.
Read Under The Volcano and now it's among my fav novels. Want to read more Lowry. Any recommendation?
Do you aspire to steal the literary 'voice' of any particular writer? Who do you aspire to imitate when you speak and write?
I want to know how to organize complex plots for theater. Let me give you guys some examples of what I mean by complex plots:
>A Midsummer Night Dream
>The Comedy of Errors
>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
>A Little Night Music
>Some Like it Hot
>A Fished Called Wanda
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>Is there a book that helps with this kind of ploting?
David Mamet has written about this
is war and peace by Tolstoy any good? (i'm serious) yes/no + why?
Yes. I'm about 2/3 of the way in and I have to say it's probably the best book I've read. I was intrigued from the get go and the writing throughout is so profound and feels so powerful that I've truly enjoyed it all the way through so far. I don't agree with all the philosophical or political statements Tolstoy makes, but they're interesting to read. 10/10
I don't like it. Too scattershot, too many plotlines don't go anywhere, and far too much apostrophe-essaying about how much Tolstoy hates the Great Man theory of history. (He's not wrong, but it's a quarter of the fucking book.)
Read Anna Karenina or even The Death of Ivan Ilyich instead.
look what came in the mail :-)
What are the "hard bits" in IJ, some of the sentences are long but are there other bits that are HARD. DFW seems to talk about it being a difficult book, the only thing I couldn't do so far has been reading all of that fucking filmography, got it yesterday...
There arent any parts really that are locally "hard", his goal wasnt to make that type of book. The hard part of it really comes after reading it and trying to make sense of all the small and intricate details that are missed on a first read through.
OK, I thought it would be that, I was worried there were like weird logic puzzles hidden in the text or something - was gazing non-nonplussed, on here, at his thesis the other day - of that nature. Will continue to read.
How do you feel about Haruki Murakami's upcoming novel about 4chan?
I want to start reading books but it's really hard for me to focus and not derail my head into other thoughts.
And i am not native english speaker so audiobooks are not always there
Are there any exercises/books that will help me?
>Don't hang around electronic devices
This basically, just to add that personally I've only ever been able to read from paper or a tablet.
Reading on a computer or a smartphone is impossible. I know, I've tried.
Fiction hasn't been holding my attention lately, as much as it used to at least. I'm looking for some recommendations on non-fiction, specifically essays or essay collections. School is starting to ramp up so I don't have a ton of time to read. Just read Voices from Chernobyl recently and loved it. And though I haven't read any of DFW's fiction I've really enjoyed his essays.
What good essayists or essay collections should I check out?
why when ever I'm at the bookstore and I look up an NYRB book or a vintage contemporary book do they all have shit ratings and reviews? why publish these books?
About 20 years ago my father returned from a business trip to New York with pic related having had it recommended to him from someone who worked in a Barnes & Noble. I've still got it, to this day.