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But, perhaps, to be true philosophers, we mortals should not be conscious of so living or so striving. So soon as I hear that such or such a man gives himself out for a philosopher, I conclude that, like the dyspeptic old woman, he must have "broken his digester."
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Hey /lit/, I'm reading Bleeding Edge as my first Pynchon novel. I'm only three chapters in and I'm enjoying it so far. However, I finding that there are a good number of paragraphs and sentences that I need to reread several times before I can actually understand them. I know Pynchon is supposed to be difficult, but this is supposedly "Pynchon Lite". Am I a retard or is "Pynchon Lite" supposed to be a significant step up in complexity compared to most things?
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What are some good Japanese books written in the past 20 years?
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The Asian Saga, specifically King Rat, Shogun, and Tai-Pan. What do you think of them, /lit/? Are they good reads for somebody wanting to learn East Asian history?
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Just finished Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. I've read (and watched) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as well. Two questions. For me as a personal thing, besides R&GaD, are there any movies/recorded performances of Stoppard plays I can watch? And as a general thing so this thread isn't completely annoying shitposting: What are your favorite contemporary plays? Playwrites? Etc
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I'm less than a hundred pages in, and I'm really enjoying it, but I just can't seem to picture Mr. Norrell in my head. I hate to say it, but sometimes I cast the characters in my head, and I'm having a difficult time with this one. I saw who they are getting to play him in the BBC series and I don't agree with it, but I can't get that actor out of my head when I picture him. He isn't described much, he's a behind-closed-doors kind of character, so any tips? For those who have read it, how did you picture him? SPOILER-FREE Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell thread?
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what is your opinion on pretentious literature? by pretentious I mean fancy grammar structures, obscure vocabulary, and figures of speech.

Where do you buy your books?

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Hi /lit/, cheap faggot here. Just wondering if you know of anywhere that sells books cheaply?
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Is the move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power?
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>Han Van Meegeren (1889-1947), a forger much in the news when R was being written, and whose career Gaddis used as a model for Wyatt's. Frustrated at the critical neglect of his own work, Van Meegeren over a period of ten years in the 1930s and 1940s forged several Vermeers (supposedly dating from a gap in Vermeer's life) that completely fooled the critics and were sold at prices befitting rediscovered old masters. When for political reasons Van Meegeren finally confessed, the red-faced critics denied he had the talent to forge such works; materials were brought to his prison cell, and there he forged another for the benefit of these critics. Van Meegeren died in jail shortly thereafter. Both his technical accomplishments - especially reproducing chemically the aging process a seventeenth-century painting would have undergone - and his "spiritual" identification with Vermeer were adapted by Gaddis as components in Wyatt's approach to his own forgeries. I love this shit. Apart from "The Recognitions" by Gaddis and "F is for Fake" (Welles's documentary), are there any books about forgery? Interested mostly in non-fictions about famous forgery cases.
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>She was indeed a girl of exquisite beauty. She was one of those languid women made of dark honey smooth and sweet and terribly sticky. Post your favorite or in your opinion most beautiful descriptions in literature.
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>My book is about a strong young woman.
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Example of postmodernism and post-postmodernism (metamodernism: Example of postmodern: (from 0:35 onward) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TfxqRiMepI Here Kurt Cobain imitates what we presume is an aging musician whose songs are cliched and sentimental. His brief performance is an ironic one, and is fundamentally negative in nature; as a means of entertainment spawned from cynicism and a desire to deconstruct. Example of post-post-modernism (metamodernism?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZmqYEbxb8 Here Mac DeMarco (a.k.a. Meme DeGoofball) covers one of Neil Young's more sentimental and "gooey" songs in a sincere way, devoid of irony ("I'm singing, but it sucks, get it?") and in such a way that implies Mac (and band) appreciate they may be mocked for singing it ("this songs called Summer of '69!"), but singing it nevertheless. Any questions?
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Dear /lit/, How do I be(come) free? I can't help but feel I'm being conned, that I'm powerless.
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I'm interested in getting into contemporary thinkers. I'm not interested on of them individually, at first I just want a general idea. Where should I start? Perhaps you could suggest a documentary or a introductory book on the subject.
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>title appears in the book
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Anyone use Tumblr to build an audience for their writing? How does that work? I don't even have a Facebook.
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Hey lit, I have been interested in reading the Bhagavad Gita. I understand it is part of a bigger text, the Mahabharata. Do I need to read the rest of the Mahabharata, to understand and get the litteray, cultural and spiritual value of the Bhagavad Gita, or is it fine on its own? If so, would you still recommend me to read the rest of the Mahabharata?
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I can't find how to put words together to form sentences... Phrases together to form a story... I'm a bit depressed right now, and I don't know how to get out of it, and write again.

Quit or Stick?

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/lit/, never posted before. "Author" here, serious question and want your input. Lit being the closest board I could think of. Honest advice, brutal, encouraging, hurtful, etc. Me: Early-middle aged. Fulfilling career. Loving family. Also, Wrote four novels. (One SFF) Couple dozen short stories (a few SFF) Hundreds if not thousands of poems So, -Hate to submit work, but got SFF novel accepted by tiny e-only press. Been THREE years now since they bought the ms, no publication. -Three ss published in tiny magazines. -Many poems published but no books and I hate I'm lumped in with the "muh feelings" crowd. Maya Angelou and Billy Collins do not carry the light of Homer or Virgil, dammit. Sick of killing myself to be part of a scene I have respect for anyway. Ok. Keep trying to break in? How? Start yet another pissy blog? Write something purely genre-based? Give up on prose and ftw and write a sagas and epics and ftw? Note I write all day at work and get paid well for it, but of course my name isn't on it and I can't call it truly creative. No it's not technical manuals. Ok. Kill me.
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