Why is the Iliad considered so important? Just because it's very old and very long?
Yep. That's why. Old n long. The extensive field of research behind Greek literature and culture, of which The Iliad is the centerpiece, is more or less entirely focused on explaining just HOW a poem can be SO old and long.
In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.
What did he mean by that?
Private propert is different from personal property. Your phone and sextoys are personal property. Theyre yours. You own them the same way you do now.
Private property, in this sense, is the means of production. Factories and whatnot. Marx says people shouldnt own these means of production since opression, imperialism and so on and so on *sniff*. Basically not allowing classes to form.
What are lits favourite Hunter S novel?
I've read Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary. What else would you recommend?
Was this man important in 20th Century literature introducing 'gonzo' journalism?
I've only read Fear and Loathing. I got Hell's Angels but haven't read it.
I like his way of storytelling. His way of writing has become much more relevant these days. It seems that you can't bring news without entertainment. Thompson able to provide a scoop with something for reader takeaway other than pure facts.
Well I think I'm just an idiot who doesn't like to read news
Personally read F&L in Las Vegas/On the Campaign Trail, Hell's Angels, the Kentuck Derby and the Curso of Lono.
One of my favourite writers, I've read F&L in Las Vegas about six or seven times, I'm writing an essay about its correlation with Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, shit's a blast. I recommend you read anything you can get your hands on, more or less everything's available online in pdf format, there's no excuse to avoid getting it if you like his writing.
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I'm looking into reading The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, but i'm not sure which translation to pick. A lot of people seem to recommend the P&V translation but some prefer the Mcduff version.
Can you help me out /lit/?
Also Russian literature general.
anyone into talking romanian literature or novels that talk about the sole purpose of human soul, that is to transcent into absolute by love ?
Bumping with a classic
So what do you think about my idea for a novel:
I want to adapt Dostoyevsky's "Notes" in a contemporary setting (student, social media etc.etc.). Pynchon is my favorite author so I'd also use a million pop-culture references so that the reddit crowd will approve of it. Sounds like a great idea, doesn't it?
I'll start tomorrow, never have written anything before besides papers for university.
Wish me luck
What is your underground man going to critique? Enlightenment philosophy is long dead. A narrator living out post-modernism could be interesting, but I imagine it'd just be infinite jest.
He will not critique anything. Or, well (wow, I will use that pun in the novel), he will express his desires in the ways the /r9k/-beta wojaks do all the time.
Besides, the underground man was unreliable to an extent where his "philosophy" stopped making sense and contradicted itself every second chapter.
Just finished it. Anybody care to talk about it? As far as the literal events of the book I think I have it mostly figured out, but obviously a lot of what you're supposed to be taking away from it is abstract.
Themes I'm interested in are The Zone, how it sort of represents freedom and chaos, the sexuality of the bomb and what point he's trying to make, the way in which many of the characters derived meaning from the war, like how Slothrop stopped getting erections when the bombs stopped falling, and how Pirate Prentice stopped being able to see others'...
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Well give me some recs then. Does it make more sense to read some of the most celebrated works that people constantly talk about, or just pick books at random? I'll admit I'm not super well read, but everybody has to start somewhere. I figure the classics are probably the most sensible places to start.
Is there a solution to underground man syndrome or is there no return when you are reflexively attacking of everything and feel there is no viable path outward?
How useful is this as a sampler of the canon?
It is great, and much more interesting than the american one. The lack of realism and the actual amount of fun picaresque/excellent poetic texts in pre 19th century english writing is surprising. I highly recommend it.
Do /lit/ ever write love poems for their gf/bf?
Are they good? How does your gf/bf react to them?
I write my gf poetry and recite them to her when i'm drunk, they are usually pretty god damn cringey and she will say so but then give me a kiss after
No but my gf leaves handwritten poems in my lunchbox for work pretty often. They're usually childish ones (i.e. ones written for children) but I find them cute and they always brighten up my day.
What are the other themes of Romeo & Juliet besides love and death?
Have you noticed /lit/ style pretentious struggling on other boards? In other areas art is judged solely for its entertainment value, not some nebulous made up pretentious "literary" (or its equivalent for other artforms) value.
Are any of you members of the elite Edgar Allen Poe society?
Also for the Poe fans here, whats your favorite work of Poe's?
The Cask of Amontillado, The House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death,, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, William Wilson and then maybe The Narrative of Gordon Pym of Nantucket. They're pretty short except for the last one.
Murder is wrong because the earth orbits the sub.
What's the name of the book from the 1950s/60s/70s about a white man that used sophisticated makeup to "become" a black man for a few months. He works and interacts as this black man for a few months and is the victim of a lot of hate crimes and discrimination. I think it's non-fiction. I feel like the name is close to "the Man Inside me"