Is anybody here a fan of Mark Z. Danielewski? If so, what do you think of his very ambitious project The Familiar?
Apparently it's going to be
up toa 27 volume series, but if interest wanes he might end it early. It's projected the final volume will be released 13-15 years from now. It's supposed to emulate the feel of binge-watching a television serial. Also, reports are that he's already finished writing ~the first half of the series and it just needs to be printed by the printer. Also: what does /lit/ think of House of Leaves (and his other books)?
liked house of leaves despite gimmickry.
this 27 volume shit upsets me vastly. how many trees is that going to take up? most of the pages are 3/4ths empty anyways. god damn him.
God had better strike him down soon
Bulgakov and Kafka are my favorite writers. Recommend me some mind-bending stuff such as theirs.
Do "dawn" and "don" rhyme?
Are there any books without words with words?
It sounds non-sensical, but I'm sincerely wondering.
I really dont think that is what OP is looking for. OP, what are you looking for? And I notice you have a Hilter? Are you an edgelord? We don't get many edgelords around these parts...take off your fedora and explain yourself. We'll try to let you blow our minds!
We lost another great today :(
Hey /lit/, got any advice on writing compelling characters, or at least, authentic regardless of setting? I feel like I know the characters from the short story I'm writing reasonably well, but sometimes I end up second guessing if it's something they would do or not.
Got any tips or resources?
1. Make them relatable enough without resorting to using cliches.
2. Make them different, make them mysterious. Try making them hard to describe. But on the other hand...
3. Try making a character that can be described with another book entirely, not 3 descriptors or a little sentence. The more you can write about them the better.
4. Try making characters very different from yourself and each other and have many weakness in addition to strengths. The more you can accomplish this, the less of a Mary Sue character you're likely to write and the more interesting conflicts you will have.
5. Be creative.
What's a good place to start with Bukowski?
>The best temperament for a reader to have, or to develop, is a combination of the artistic and the scientific one. The enthusiastic artist alone is apt to be too subjective in his attitude towards a book, and so a scientific coolness of judgment will temper the intuitive heat. If, however, a would-be reader is utterly devoid of passion and patience — of an artist’s passion and a scientist’s patience — he will hardly enjoy great literature.
Was he right?
Of these collated reading lists, which reflects the most patrician curriculum?
I'm leaning towards U. Penn, Yale, and
Brown, if you're a leftist.
Feel like I could have predicted U. Chicago's
>The Clash of Civilizations Huntington, Samuel
I thought he fell out of favor because muh bloody borders of islam
Also when I first got into reading more than genre fiction (in like 2000) I used the syllabi from Boston College and Harvard to find out what I should be reading from the classics department, it served me well.
Are there any books / authors similar to Death Grips in their style, the subjects they cover and their abrasiveness etc?
I guess Irvine Welsh is similar in Trainspotting, but I'm looking for American novels primarily.
Did Joyce hint at gay sex in A Portrait?
>You are very young, my child, he said, and let me implore of you to give up that sin. It is a terrible sin. It kills the body and it kills the soul. It is the cause of many crimes and misfortunes. Give it up, my child, for God's sake. It is dishonourable and unmanly. You cannot know where that wretched habit will lead you or where it will come against you. As long as you commit that sin, my poor child, you will never be worth one farthing to God.
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who else /reading anxiety / here
>tfw it just took me 40 minutes to read 16 pages because I'm constantly recomprehending and revalidating what's in front of me.
I also have OCD so that might be a major contributing factor. Ironically, I'm reading a book that tries to help in pushing aside non-sensical thoughts.
Nothing like that happens to me anymore, but a problem I do have is trying to read with out subvocalizing for a couple of pages and then having to go back and reread it all since I didn't pick pick up a single word.
How'd you get over it? Just by practicing reading?
The reason I'm not a big reader (for you) is precisely because whenever I try I get anxious over my inability to actually read in a constant flow.
I used to do that.
Pick an easy book you don't care too much for and read it without ever rereading a sentence.
I had OCD over the chance that I may be homosexual for two years and it was literally a living nightmare. I was imprisoned to my own brain. Reading anxiety is nothing.
lets compile a list of things pseudo-intellectuals cant stop talking about and constantly oversimplify in order to look smart:
everything nietzsche said ever
I am working on a piece of music and would like to base it off some poem. Anyone suggestions for poems that depict a very colorful mood or story?
La courbe de tes yeux fait le tour de mon cœur,
Un rond de danse et de douceur,
Auréole du temps, berceau nocturne et sûr,
Et si je ne sais plus tout ce que j'ai vécu
C'est que tes yeux ne m'ont pas toujours vu.
Feuilles de jour et mousse de rosée,
Roseaux du vent, sourires parfumés,
Ailes couvrant le monde de lumière,
Bateaux chargés du ciel et de la mer,
Chasseurs des bruits et sources des couleurs,
Parfums éclos d'une couvée d'aurores
Qui gît toujours sur la paille des astres,
Comme le jour dépend...
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Has anyone read this? Opinions? I wanted to start with his Metro series but this seems way more interesting to me.