Happy Birthday, Alice Munro!
/lit/, what's your favorite Alice Munro story?
"The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short."
Looking for some good books on filmmaking/theory/screenwriting, photography as well if you know any. Only one I have at the moment is Sculpting in Time.
Pic related, heard it was good, any thoughts on it?
bazin what is cinema
eisenstein film form
eisenstein film sense
deleuze and guattari cinema the movement image
deleuze and guattari cinema the time image
roland barthes camera lucida
susan sontag on photography
avoid sculpting in time unless you are interested specifically in tarkovsky. i hear it recommended as a book on film theory often and it could not be further.
for film history mark cousin's story of film is good.
General: http://i.imgur.com/r55ODlL.jpg/ http://i.imgur.com/gNTrDmc.jpg/
Just picked this up, good book?
Been thinking about writing for a month or two.
After realizing that I will probably not write my postmodern magnum opus at the first try,I decided to settle on a post apoc theme.
And I feel like there are bad spirits looming around,watching these events unfold,making sure I make a mistake.
After a year of elitism,writing genre fiction feels oddly wrong and sinfully wonderful!
like everyonecommit suicide?
I don't know, when I was reading it it seemed to evade common interpretations, neither mental illness or somekind of existential dread or grief problem
maybe that's just because the novel isn't that well written
murakami doesn't even know the answer so don't work yourself up not being able to figure then out
hell just look at 1Q84, a thousand pages of admitedly nicely written prose, but not all hat much happening for the page count, and then boom, an ending with dozens of unanswered questions
Who /Kindle/ here?
Who is the best poet and why?
What word processor do you use, lit?
Do you like your native language, /lit/?
Yes. English is quite a bad language for thinking, philosophy, and community (I mean, it's the only language that capitalizes the first-person pronoun - no wonder they're selfish cultureless swine that can't cook or dance).
Do you agree /lit/?
Not a big deal, since its character that defines a plot.
If you take a "Steady fall" type of plot, but for two instances have a bitter old man as a protagonist, and a happy schoolteacher as another, both stories will be completely different from each other.
Anyone here a member of any real life book clubs? What are your experiences?
It's a lot of fun! The book selections aren't always the most top-tier, this is true. But I always look forward to meeting up with everyone, and hearing their thoughts about the selection.
Why are all her post Harry Potter books so bad and unmemorable? It's kinda sad as she was supposed to be the next great writer
>next great writer
When? How? According to whom?
As far as I know she herself has never professed to being a good writer, she just happened to hit a certain market with the exact right commodity at the exact right time.
>not enjoying dank analytic metaphysics
>shitting on metaphysics while simultaneously pretending not to be a positivist
Step it up plebeians. I see right through you.
Is 'absolute power corrupts' a meme?
Rate out of 10, give a brief review if you want. Mine are all pretty meme-y:
1. The Leopard by Joey Lampedusa, 9/10
2. The Recognitions by William Gaddis, 7/10
>much weaker second half
3. Stoner by John Williams, 8/10
4. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, 6/10
>really stretching a not very original metaphor
5. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 9/10
maybe only i read it like this - the cities as physical representations of mind, or states of mind - a sort of combination between memory palace-type ideas and descriptions of cognitive architecture.
1. Blood Meridian, McCarthy, 8/10
Dense, cerebral, mythical. Definitely meant to be read more than once to fully appreciate. Incredible prose and static characterization.
2. Notes from Underground, Dostoyevsky, 7/10
I liked the introductory essay, but the protagonist felt like he lacked the control he made me to believe he had. Very strong resolution.
3. Catcher in the Rye, Salinger, 7/10
I only read it because I never read it as a teenager. Very strong characterization, entertaining narrative, theme was handled skillfully. Last act is super cozy.
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