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9573119 No.9573119 [Reply] [Original]

QUICKLY

POST YOUR FAVORITE VONNEGUT NOVEL

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9573124

>>9573119
Favorite? Like it's a competition

>> No.9573128

>favourite
>vonnegut
>novel
Maybe you would be better off on reddot, you fucking faggot



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9573074 No.9573074 [Reply] [Original]

What is really the difference between so called genre fiction and literary fiction?



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9573062 No.9573062 [Reply] [Original]

Please explain the joke /lit/

>> No.9573065

The trial

>> No.9573099

>>9573062
The protagonist of Kafka's book the Trail is referred to as simply K. in the book. He faces charges, and ultimately dies, without ever knowing why he was charged and investigated in the first place.

>> No.9573104

>>9573065
>>9573099
thank you very much



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9573059 No.9573059 [Reply] [Original]

What is a really great book on project Gutenberg? I have nothingto do at work.

I read two more chapters of Nicholas Nickleby but it is really awful.



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9573058 No.9573058 [Reply] [Original]

Why are we all so mean to each other? Every time a thread gets posted, someone turns up to make someone else feel bad or outright invoke depression.

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>> No.9573084

>>9573058
iron sharpens iron

and you're made of sugar you utter pissant

>> No.9573088

Because it's fun.

>> No.9573090

Because /pol/ and /r9k/ are constantly leaking, and reddit is leaking into them. Now that it's summer it's going to be doubly shit until all the underage b& go back to school.

>> No.9573092

>>9573083
>>9573077
Thanksyou i feel slightlirr beter hahahahah

I AM IMPROVING

>> No.9573101

>>9573081
There is no /lit/
And we are its posters



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9572987 No.9572987 [Reply] [Original]

Hey /lit/ what do you think of my high school literature?

It has been a few years and I will probably throw them away when I move out. It's not all books, for example we also read 1984 and such, but a decent part of them. I admit that I haven't read books in a long time and even back then only looked up summaries on the internet. So I am curious about what assumably well read people have to say.



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9572984 No.9572984 [Reply] [Original]

What does /lit/ think of Hunter S Thompson? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the reason I read every day now, I loved it.

>> No.9573050

>>9572984
Fear an Loathing is great, but F&L on the campaign trail is his absolute best, and desu, some of the best writing I've ever read. Funny, sincere, scathing, honest.

>> No.9573071

>>9572984
i'm not that into f&l actually but i like his other shit, the hell's angels book, the various stories in great shark hunt, and most of all f&l on the campaign trail 72.

campaign trail is the best thing by him i've read but it might be hard to follow if you're not familiar with that election, because he wrote that as election coverage for rolling stone and assumes the reader knows what's happening. what i've done is read it after first reading nixonland, the last part of which concerns the 72 election from a more detached historical perspective, and then you get this immediate, subjective, emotional take on the same events from f&l on the campaign trail.

>> No.9573079

>>9572984
He's just ok.

>> No.9573107

Really liked Fear and Loathing and Rum Diaries, but then again I haven't yet read much else by him. Those two are my essential summer reads tbqh lads.



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9572950 No.9572950 [Reply] [Original]

first time on this board im turning 22 next month
i have never picked up a smart persons book in
my life the largest read ive done was The Amulet of Samarkand i wan to learn about political philosophy i consider myself a libertarian
but i guess i don't even know what that means i got into a conversation about german idealism
and barely bullshitted my way through it help me become book smart give me a novice starters pack please

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>> No.9572994

>>9572976
There is no prevailing political philosophy on this board. Your post could be seen as a "libertarians are dummys" swipe. Assuming it isnt, I apologize

>> No.9572997

>>9572976
>prevailing political philosophy people on this board
There is none. Lefties, righties, uppies, downies we have them all. Lit is inherently left leaning itself and there are some hardcore larping marxists, but it's counterbalanced by a steady stream of poltards in the last months years.

>> No.9573005

>>9572997
well that makes sense thanks for explaining

>> No.9573008

>>9572966
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_philosophers

That was hard

>> No.9573025

>>9573008
there's no filter id rather get recommendations for a brainlet like me then end up reading something i don't understand



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9572936 No.9572936 [Reply] [Original]

I remember trying to read half or a third of one of the Dragonlance Legends books. (I think)
>As a 10 year old.
I remember liking the characters.
Are they worth reading if I like stereotypical "generic" Tolkienesque high fantasy? Which I'm not sure it is, or if they even are the books I remember.

>> No.9572958

No, they're fucking god awful. They should be embarrassingly bad to any half-formed adult.

>> No.9572986

>>9572958
Dragonlance Legends is implied to be greatly superior to the other Dragonlance books.



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9572933 No.9572933 [Reply] [Original]

Who is the greatest English prose stylist of the last century?

>> No.9572940

>>9572933
If you have to ask you will never know.

>> No.9572956

Biff Bacula



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9572898 No.9572898 [Reply] [Original]

Do you guys annotate when you're reading for entertainment? If you do, how in depth to you get? If you don't, why don't you, and do you do you still refrain when reading for work or school?

>> No.9573026

>>9572898
I don't do this because my thoughts are fleeting and unoriginal. I do reflect on what I read and write about it in a word doc but that's it.



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9572880 No.9572880 [Reply] [Original]

Why did he think that ancient Greece was the pinnacle of civilization? What made it so good and worth striving for?

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9572883

thesis-antithesis-sysnthesis

>> No.9572884

>>9572880
MUH FREEDOM

>> No.9572885

He started with the Greeks.

>> No.9572902

>>9572885
Nice meme m8, but real answers would be appreciated.

>> No.9573122

>>9572880
He didn't think they were the pinnacle. He did think that the sort of unity of culture they had was good for them, and a problem to be solved with modernity.



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9572873 No.9572873 [Reply] [Original]

Are Seneca's tragedies worth reading, as opposed to his essays? It seems like European critics didn't think much of them until fairly recently. They were seen as melodramas not really worthy of the stage.



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9572866 No.9572866 [Reply] [Original]

Are the Christian and Jewish Bible and the Quran /essential literature/?

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>> No.9572889

>>9572874
>want to
Maybe I need to.

>> No.9572914

From where can I find classical rabbinic humor?

>> No.9572917

>>9572889
That's for you to know.

>> No.9572946

no. I studied the old testiment and new testiment in school but never read them front to back in order. I did read the qu'ran cover to cover. Of all three I know the least about qu'ran. You just have to know the stories/morals, you don't actually need to read them.

>> No.9572960

>>9572946
Did you read the hadith?



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9572864 No.9572864 [Reply] [Original]

Balzac? More like Ballsac
Pessoa? More like Pissoa
Whitman? More like Shitman
Shakespeare? More like Shakesqueer

>> No.9572881

>>9572864
He would wreck you in a fight

>> No.9572886

Hemmingway? More like Hemminggay.

>> No.9572973

>>9572864
F. Scott Fitzgerald? More like F Sucks Shitsgerald



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9572799 No.9572799 [Reply] [Original]

Let's try and have one. I'm posting an essay I've had to write for a maritime history class, it'd be nice to read more non fiction as well. I know a lot of us are in college or academia, so come in and share.

http://docdro.id/xaTBGQk

>> No.9572806

You mean like >>9572406 ?

>> No.9572822

>>9572806
It looked a bit dead and I decided to focus on non fiction. About what you wrote in your OP, I can understand what you're going for though the form is a bit basic and repetitive - I think you'd be interested in reading this article

http://wrightjj1.people.cofc.edu/teaching/PHIL3000/Nagel,%20Sexual%20Perversion%20(1969).pdf

as it talks about the feeling and interaction you're trying to evoke, and may help your writing incorporate both experiences of the lovers in the same dialectical process.



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9572773 No.9572773 [Reply] [Original]

sup /lit/,
im looking for books dealing with other worlds. specifically where a normal individual ends up somewhere else, it can be a fantasy or sci-fi setting.
i became interested in this after reading the first dark lord book and the first two schooled in magic books, but i found the dark lord way too dark for my taste.
these are what i meant: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Lord-Book-Falconfar-Saga/dp/1844165191
https://www.amazon.com/Schooled-Magic-Christopher-G-Nuttall/dp/1606192981/

id love some recommendations. bonus points if it has an audiobook but not necessary.
also maybe something with an happy ending. the mc doesnt have to be a mary sue but good things happening should outweigh the bad things.

>> No.9572908

bump

>> No.9572989

1Q84 by Murakami

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Pullman

Alice in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia also fit the bill of what you mean

>> No.9572995

>>9572989
havent heard of the first two you mentioned. 1Q84 seems very interesting.
ive read the last two but theyre kind of not exactly what im looking for though narnia was fun.
thanks a bunch.

>> No.9573123

bump for more discussion and recommendations.



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9572750 No.9572750 [Reply] [Original]

Any books that deal with the "daily grind"?

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>> No.9572800

The Pale King - Wallace
Philip Larkin's poetry
And Then We Came To The End - Jewish guy
The Office (Dutch novel) - Dutch guy
With The Flow - J.K. Huysmans

>> No.9572821

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, although you'll only find it relatable if you work in the tech industry.

>> No.9573102

>>9572800
>The Office (Dutch novel) - Dutch guy
Do you mean The Evenings (Dutch: De avonden) by Gerard Reve? If so, very good book.

>> No.9573108

>>9573102
Did I say The Evenings, you fucking weirdo?

>> No.9573115

>>9573108
I'm Dutch and ive never heard of a book called "The office" or "Het kantoor" which would be the Dutch translation.
who wrote it?



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9572749 No.9572749 [Reply] [Original]

Should I bother reading the rest of this? It's off to an incredibly slow start and describes mundane details too often.

>> No.9572775

It gets pretty entertaining and the way the story unfolds visually is interesting. The ending is pretty interesting as well as it manages to capture something both happy and sad.

I think the only rough part is when the house goes full monster mode. It feels really out of place with the rest of the book.

Up till then it's really intriguing and you want to figure out what is going on with the house as well as the book.

>> No.9572801

>>9572775
It's also full of thriller cliches e.g. 'I wish I never followed him that day'. But I suppose I bought it so I should probably stop being lazy and finish it.
I just can't help but feel like it's a mundane thriller/mystery that's carried by the visual gimmicks.

>> No.9572807

>>9572775
[spoiler/] I liked it when the house went full burly boy, I thought it was an earned payoff to Tom's story, the frustration of course occurs in the fact that Zampano is a bit of a pretentious author, and can't help but comment on it, which made me laugh, but I was angry. I do think that MZD can't write child characters to save himself though

I think it's worth reading, just for the entertainment's sake, keep in mind that Zampano is constructed as a pseud though, that's half the fun

>> No.9572809

>>9572807
fugg



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9572747 No.9572747 [Reply] [Original]

Hi /lit/,

I've been asked to write a brief "introduction" of myself for my writing.

I've written a basic summary of my education and work experience, and in an attempt to be somewhat light-hearted I've concluded with the following:

>"He aspires to be an overlooked and underappreciated writer whose talent is discovered several decades after his lonely and uneventful death."

Does it sound gay or try-hard?

Is it at least somewhat humorous?

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>> No.9572792

>>9572778
In the initial submission of my story it asked for a "short bio" and not thinking I'd win I just wrote "I am a private person". But now I've won and have to attend an awards evening where they'll introduce me before I go up, collect the prize money, and read out my story to an audience.

>> No.9572803

>>9572792
That's fine, just say the same thing but make it longer and funny without it seeming too aggressive towards the organisers. For example, I was once introduced as:
>[Anon] was stabbed to death in 1967 by Roland Barthes but continues to produce work as a ghost writer.
Doesn't say anything real, is an in-joke for literary people, isn't insulting towards the people who put you there.
Well done, by the way.

>> No.9572808

>>9572803
That reference is way too high-brow and bizarre for this kind of event. At least the "discovered after his death" meme is somewhat relatable I think.

>> No.9572812

>>9572808
Yes, your original one is probably fine.

>> No.9572860

OP here. My alternative plan was to write bio about my education etc, and then conclude with

>"He is a sick man. He is a spiteful man. He is an unpleasant man. He thinks his liver is diseased."

Is this even edgier and less funny?



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