I got back into reading about a year ago. I've read most of the /lit/ "starter" selection and a few random recommendations. Books have really helped fill the emptiness I'd been feeling in my life. I love reading all kinds and getting various perspectives through history real and imagined. But now I want to do some writing of my own.
I've been doing some prompts from this book I got but I'm not happy with my progress. Everyone in my life has always told me to just write what I want and not worry about others' opinions. Sure I get their...
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>want to write in English
can you explain what good that would do me? and where am I even supposed to start with that second suggestion?
Take a college level creative writing workshop. There is literally no better way to improve than to write shit and get feedback while also reading other people's shit and giving feedback. Also, keep reading. Also, just write as much as you can and accept that if you want to be a serious writer, you'll never be happy with your progress.
Dear /lit/ newbie here with a (possibly stupid) question. What makes this Bukowski's poetry poetry?
Granted I don't know much of his work or what the basics of poetry are, but from what I can see its just ordinary prose with weird indentation. Could you please point out what I'm probably overlooking?
Bukowski wrote his poetry almost exclusively in free verse, no meter, no rhyme scheme, not much of any of those technical devices that seem to make poems "poemy." Hence the appearance of "ordinary prose with weird indentation."
I'm no poetry expert, but aside from those aforementioned poetic devices like rhyme and meter, really the only thing that makes something a poem is being called a poem. A poem should also elicit some kind of emotional response. Bukowski wrote a fuckton of poems,...
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finally finished this book
I didn't get it
There's not much to "get" besides vague ideas of how the earliest philosophers thought about the world they inhabited.
Right now this is largely a stepping stone for you to get into Plato. Maybe later you can return to these guys and maybe glean more from them.
Help me like this book.
I loved Jude the Obscure, but Madding Crowd is boring as shit. What subtle nuances am I overlooking?
How the fuck did you guys get accustomed to reading non-fiction? It's not even that I'm not interested in the subjects I want to read (mainly computer and programming related stuff),becase I am, but I get le ADD meme and can't fucking focus for more than 15 minutes before I get distracted by something else. This doesn't even happen when I read really expressive virgilian shit.
>It's not even that I'm not interested in the subjects I want to read
that's your problem. it has to be interesting to you. as paul goodman saif about how children learn:
but I said that it is interesting to me, or at least, I'm interested in the idea of learning it... which I guess might not be the same thing. But then, how do I evaluate this dissonance between what I want --or think I want-- and what I feel? I feel envy those with innate discipline.
>mfw I look up my advanced writing professor and he turns out to just be an alt-lit garbage artisan
What now, /lit/?
Had the same thing happen to me. Enjoy it, and try not to be the overly critical Harold Bloom of your class. But do try to figure out how well read this professor is. I was able to get my professor to talk about some high literature pretty far until he was unable to keep track of some novelists I mentioned.
ebook collection rate (if extensive charry pic)
A compilation of hp lovecraft stories
The wheel of time series
The book of five rings
The art of war
The kingkiller chronicles
Song of fire and ice
Are you purchasing these? Or are you asking us to rate your current collection? Are you 12? Would you like a real collection?
>flip to last page to see exactly how many pages there are
>try really hard not to read anything
>read the end of the last sentence anyway
Better to just flip a page or two before the end to see how many pages.
I've done that shit, though. Even if I'm on the last page, my eyes want to read the last words and I can barely concentrate.
If I were to right a Philosophical book, would you recommend it be written as Nietzsche does, with separate yet connected paragraphs with many parables and hidden meanings, or more akin to regular books such as Kant or Descartes?
I would say that unless you have some serious post-grad level philosophy under your belt not to write philosophy at all. Almost everything you write will be laughably wrong. Please don't.
Saying that I like thinking so I do philosophy is like saying I like drawing pictures of houses so I'm an architect. It's a serious discipline that only serious academics are able to contribute to.
>Saying that I like thinking so I do philosophy is like saying I like drawing pictures of houses so I'm an architect.
(After failing to learn how to play the piano in one afternoon) "But I must be musical! I've got loads of CDs."
- Fran Katzenjammer, "Black Books"
What are lit thoughts of this?
It's bloody fantastic, is what.
It's one of those texts that remind you that every innovative and challenging development in the contemporary novel (thinking of pomo challenges to the form) was already done in the 18th century.
Have you read it? If you're considering it, just start it. It's not the sort of novel that you read cover to cover, but that you read for a while, then return to later. It was written in instalments (as they were then), so it makes sense to read it in chunks.
Hey guys/gals, I'm reading the road for school and I was wondering if I could get some input from this line: "How does the never to be differ from what never was?" I'm wondering what is your interpretation on it because I'm dumbfounded, all opinions are welcome thanks!
For real though, you know utilitarianism is actually right and BNW is a utopia, right?
>hey it's this again!
Hey guys. Is there still a point these days to read The Old Testament? I've been reading the KJB recently not so much as in an attempt to convert as in a search for a literary experience/because it's an important work to understand the western canon. Because Christianity relies mostly on the New Testament, is the OT as important or has it degenerated more or less solely into a source of prose?
yes, it's still important. it's not necessary to becoming a christian, but a lot of it is super interesting. If you really are interested in being a Christian you might be interested in learning about the history and struggles of God's people.
Also, favorite characters?
>People tell me books are a superior medium to films and video games
>Decide to read this
>It's complete shit
Fuck you bookfags. I'll NEVER read another book again.