"Infinite Jest shows
David Foster Wallace sucks
really, really bad."
Is he right?
why do people say there's no good American writers?
is end zone worth reading? i know nothing about football, but the premise is really interesting
Is there any reason to read this?
/lit/ is there really any books that have come out recently that are even worth reading? Honestly, this is a serious question.
I took it today, the MC wasn't so bad, except for that fucking mowing poem, made no sense whatsoever. And the essays, the one over the juggler poem also was super confusing, I just wrote some BS over how the juggler was fighting the force of the earth and won. The other two weren't so bad, desu. I wrote about Hamlet in the open essay, that works for everything.
Also I'm 18, so no underage b8 here today, boys.
I have read a lot of the modern western canon, and now I unironically want to "start with the Greeks", not out of a completionist desire to work my way through the entire literary canon, but because I am genuinely interested in the Greeks. Other than pic related, what recommendations do you have? I am especially looking for secondary literature, written by academics for a layman's audience, on Greek culture, history and its literary merits.
Do this one. That mythology book is excellent, you can find a file of it online.
I'm a bookseller at Barnes and Noble. That's what they call us, "booksellers." I would like to apologize to you all.
Barnes and Noble is, as you know, as large corporation. Their goal is to make as much money as possible. For that reason, they instruct us booksellers to act a certain way to our customers:
1) Do not go to great lengths talking to the customers about books.
2) If they ask you for an opinion on a book, always give the answer, "It's great!"
3) When at the register, always, always, ALWAYS, try to sell the customer a B&N membership card.
4) Always ask for email addresses so the customer can get "free coupons" (i.e. Spam ads).
5) And, once again, NEVER talk to the customer for too long.
For that reason, I'm sorry. I see you all walk up to the information desk with copies of books I absolutely adore. However, I'm forced to simply help you find whatever it is you're looking for and then quickly depart to find the next customer to help. I speak on behalf of all booksellers: We would LOVE to talk to you! However, the corporation tells us we cannot.
/lit/, next time you go in to Barnes and Noble, really ask your bookseller what they think of a piece of literature. I mean, REALLY ask them. You'll notice them get a little uncomfortable. That's because they probably know that they can talk for hours about that book... but unfortunately the store managers are watching them from their offices on little cameras posted up all around the store.
I wonder if this is true at Half Price Books too. But I get the feeling it's not. When vinyl is sold they'll talk for a good lot of time, but none of them will ever talk with me about books.
>5) And, once again, NEVER talk to the customer for too long.
You have to apologize for this? I want for you to fuck off when I'm checking out books. I don't care if you like something I'm buying, you most likely didn't have anything meaningful to say about it anyway.
When was the last time you went to a library for fun?
Should writing be complicated or simple?
Hello /lit/, I've just finished reading 1984 by George Orwell and it was pretty mind-blowing. Do you guys have any suggestions on other dystopian-themed books that is worth to read?
Italici anon, in questo thread! Parliamo di letteratura italiana non tradotta, critichiamo i nostri racconti, scambiamoci storie senza il pregiudizio dell'anglosfera!
Cosa state leggendo/scrivendo?
Io sto approfondendo Giorgio Manganelli, al momento la Letteratura come Menzogna e Encomio del Tiranno - ho appena finito di scrivere una tesina per un corso.
Sono americano ma ho appena finito lo studio della lingua e cultura italiana all'università.
Ieri, ho letto due cornici di Boccaccio (dal suo Decameron). Preferisco le opere filosophiche del 19th secolo come Pirandello.
What are some 5 de mayo-core texts?
>read first 10 chapters
>start reading chapter 11
am i mentally retarded or is this a hundred times harder than the beach and vignette chapters? i have literally no idea what is happening except that they are at the ormond
Where the fuck do you get a copy of Women and Men?