Who won, /lit/?
Who else here has read this? The prose I found lacking, though it's dryness indeed "fit" the numbing repetition the author wants to hammer into your skull. The violence and sadism at points also felt like a bit too much. Pleasantly surprised, but thoroughly depressed, 7/10
I'm looking to get a book for the daughter of a close friend of mine. She's 7, and she's very much into zoology and nature in general.
What are some good books for kids that cover this area? Preferably non-fiction.
The International Wildlife Encyclopedia
And Pippi Longstockings.
What's the most depressing and/or disturbing novel you've ever read?
Anna Karenina probably.
Just the realization that life is really that shitty. Even Levin and Kitty who are the "Happy" couple, are not passionately in love. They just don't hate each other and are content enough not to always bicker and argue.
How can anyone look at the Munchhausen trilemma (or think independently) and think that any aspect of philosophy is non trivial? You literally can't. Everything Marx said was unfalsifiable garbage. The same with Nietzsche and so on.
When you see philosophers actually talk about real world topics it's clear that philosophy has given them literally zero additional tools for reasoning compared to a regular person. It's laughable.
It may sound like I'm being dismissive and elitist, and I am, but modern philosophical institutions such as universities...
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HE BOUT TO DO IT
Does anyone else automatically feel like their writing is bad whenever bits of modernish pop-culture get mixed in?
I'm writing a story where a main character is a mactard and no matter how good or bad my writing is, when I reference the brand (or a generic knock-off of it) it just feels shitty even though the presence of apple products has symbolic importance
Sorry about the Pomo :-(
To consider: don't reference the brand. Imagine that someone's reading it 100 years later and don't know anything about apples GUI. Don't reference a brand name or anything, show us what it is and why it's bad
Finished the book /lit/.
What the heck happened in the Year of Glad?
I've read theories online that
it was a delayed reaction to the fungus Hal ate as a kid, and others that say he watched the antidote-film, which reversed his ability to communicate (like light through an optical lens, ha ha) and so he went from being a literary genius to a unintelligible neanderthal (from an observer's p.o.v.)
What's your favorite audiobook of all time?
Keith Richards' autobiography narrated by Johnny Depp
it's indescribably awesome
what does /lit/ think about this?
>it's one of the best books ever written
>it's good, but overrated
>it's not great, but an interesting evolution in the sense that it was one if the first books to really attempt to appeal to young adults, but it's not that good
>it's bad, it beats you over the head with symbolism and the unreliability of the narrator
>it's terrible, I hate Holden
where do I start with Jung?
Start with the Greeks?
This isn't a cup thread, it's a Greek literature thread
What non-fiction have you enjoyed recently? I'm most of the way through pic related, and it's pretty good.
I've also recently read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and The Half Has Never Been Told (both books that I think every American should read, although I take issue with the way the latter is written).
What else should I be reading?
I'm about 800 pages into The Decline and Fall of the Roman Meme.
Eh, bretty gud.
Can only remember like 1/10th of what has happened so far. Whenever I get to a church chapter my autism sense tingles delightfully.
Well this wasn't very good.
Some beautiful poetry, but fragmentary and incoherent. Like what does the Gretchen story even have to do with Faust's wager? And Faust himself is a rather inconsistent character...
I don't think I'm going to bother with Part 2. .
It literally is incoherent though. Goethe wrote the thing over a 30 year period in different phases.
I read in the introduction that he didn't even want to return to the thing until Schiller persuaded him to.
I enjoy writing but I'm not as big of a reader as most of the serious users. I probably read less than 20 books a year. Is reading a requisit for writing or is it just that famous writers tend to read a lot? Is it causation or just correlation?
I know DFW had a huge library, but a lot of his reading was clear crap and he knew it so I can't see it as training as much as entertaining. Hemmmingway also was an avid reader but it was tied to getting to know the authors he liked, he had a secondary interest to his habit. I know there are no studies about this since...
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>Is reading a requisit for writing?
It's usually a requisit for writing well. You learn how to write properly by reading and analyzing what you read.
A writer is influenced by what he reads, but it doesn't go like "read good stuff->get used to good stuff->write good stuff". You learn how to set up scenes, how to use words and grammar... by reading and analyzing, even if it is bad stuff or not great works from the Canon.
I do take time and enjoy editing, I can recognize clear improvements whenever I revisit a text so I assume that at some level my taste is improving (or maybe changing). I've also read a good amount of theory books, from Aristotle to Pierce, and I enjoy more an abstract understanding of how things work than deconstructing every single novel or short story I get. Although that last part may be just sloth...
You're fine I guess. Although I'm not talking about metodically analyzing stories. I'm talking about recognizing patterns, dynamicas and all of that, dunno, I just do it unconsciously by now.
However, as long as you read as a habit, enjoy it and understand what you read, you're fine. Just to know, what books did you read in 2015?