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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature, specifically books (fiction & non-fiction), short stories, poetry, creative writing, etc. If you want to discuss history, religion, or the humanities, go to /his/. If you want to discuss politics, go to /pol/. Philosophical discussion can go on either /lit/ or /his/, but ideally those discussions of philosophy that take place on /lit/ should be based around specific philosophical works to which posters can refer.

Check the wiki, the catalog, and the archive before asking for advice or recommendations, and please refrain from starting new threads for questions that can be answered by a search engine.

/lit/ is a slow board! Please take the time to read what others have written, and try to make thoughtful, well-written posts of your own. Bump replies are not necessary.

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I'm sitting at the library working on my novel.
A very cute, very thin Eurasian girl just sat down at one of the tables next to me and set herself up to work on what looks like university assignments.

/lit/ your assignment is to help me get my dick sucked by her right here in this library within the next 4 hours. I will say and do whatever you tell me. The only catch is that it has to somehow be done via the power of literary prowess. And no memes or PUA shit.

Let's go, lads. Picture obviously related.
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If she has her boots off I'm going to need pics of her feet homeslice
She's wearing small white canvas flats and ankle socks. Her ankles are very, very thin.
Lads, she just sneezed the most delicate and inoffensive sneeze I've ever heard.
1. Go find an anatomy textbook

2. Flip to the page with a vagina image and post a post it note sticking out reading YOU

3. Find the page with a dick and put another note reading ME

4. Go to the index at the back and find the word COITUS or SEXUAL INTERCOURSE or something related and place a final note sticking out reading 8PM?

5. Slam it on her desk

6. Slam your face into the desk full force

7. Run to the bathrooom

8 Neck yourself
Meh, I've been in this situation before so let me tell you what to do:

Go up to her and tell her that some autists from a Somalian illustrated moving picture forum have dared you to ask her what her favourite book is. When she replies with whatever crap she likes (probably Harry Potter), return to your desk and pretend to type a furious response to this thread. Give it five minutes while infrequently looking back towards her (wink if you must) and then go back to her. Tell her that you've been told she's a pleb but that you don't think so, you think it was ultimately an interesting, nay, courageous choice, but as you haven't read it you will need her to tell you much more about it preferably over a coffee.

Yada yada yada go from there and make sure to get pics when she's not looking. Not a PUA but this usually works for me.

Of course, if she screams or calls you weird or something just blame anon.

havent seen a proper /crit/ thread in a while. post what writing of yours you feel like and say if you like or dislike something.
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>Defensive: obvious.
Not necessarily. I used that adjective to make it clear that there was some agency involved, that the grub was actively trying to defend itself and not just freaking out unintelligently.

>Uselessly: contradicted by escape
It escaped from their grip, but wasn't making any headway in terms of getting away from the anthill. So its kicking was useless and entirely futile. All it did was alert ants inside the colony that there was something going on above. It truly is helpless.

>Countless: no, there are 12 lines of them
Each containing too many ants to count.

Have you ever looked at a grub's face before?

>Coldly: contradicted by "brothers and sisters"
Right, it's called ironic anthropomorphization

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In the vicinity of Blone, the Gship Totes Not Moloch emerged into the real, sloughing off energy from a high velocity 4th dimensional romp/combat with unknowable God like entities, Totes Not Moloch displaced a small disposable shuttle, then dived away plunging down out of the universe. In orbit around Blone a zero-gee factory built 70000 tons of mechanical components, shipped them down the space elevator to a NorCon factory for building factories, which shipped output to a complex in the City to build bigger factories to ship via platoons of trucks to industrial zones on the City's edge where they built more complex factories to build smaller factories that built echips. This employed 170 people, and 13,000 lawyers.

The Blone stream vacillated. The ball game finals were approaching; fans burned effigies and flagellated. The physiocratic clique won out in the backroom halls of the NorCon. Worldenders prayed in Parliament. XX Company had a three hour meeting. Acorp was filing an injunction in six universes.The Mayor was tried in absentia and found guilty on all charges. Rebels decapitated the governor of the SubCon. The siege of Gelepo reached its 100th day. The rising star Targris warmed thick yellow air below grey blue sky over the spires of the City.

Gluos lounged feet up on a couch. Heart racing and eyes drooping as he watched out of focus lights in lines move across the horizon. He was in the gov district, on the top floor of a residential building owned by one of the XX Company's front companies. Lines of straight thoroughfares glowed red and white with traffic. Airplanes with running lights blinking steadily, took off in long slanted trajectories above the twinkling grid. One every 60 seconds. Occasionally a spaceplane launched straight up with shocking speed followed by a bright cone of light.
He left a fair number of adjectives in. I think he did a good job.

I think it's a mistake for authors to over-describe a scene. I get that you have an image in your mind that you want to accurately convey to the reader, but you should resist that temptation. Creating a satisfying experiences is more about communicating feelings than imagery. People can fill in the blanks with their own imagery and that's usually more effective.

For example, "gray, milky guts" might be the most accurate description of what you have in mind, but "milky" is a much more powerful descriptor than "gray". "Gray" isn't really necessary for the mood of the scene, and diminishes the impact of "milky".
I do understand, of course. However, when I'm writing a first draft I really try to just throw everything out there and then trim it away later. I guess it's my fault for putting up something that needs to be trimmed and then getting mad when people suggest I trim it. So fuck me, I guess.

I'm currently in that first-draft headspace that tells me everything I'm writing is gold, so I don't get caught up trying to edit while I'm writing and never get anywhere. But still, I like my adjectives ;_;

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Who is the Bach of literature?
What's the My Neck, My Back of literature?

are you implying Bach is the greatest?

Love for form and balance? I would say Pope.

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Does /lit/ like Redwall?

Read most of the books when I was a teen and remember enjoying them, even though they were kind of repetitive.

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This is Earth's Moon
say something poetic about her.
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I hate the moon—I am afraid of it—for when it shines on certain scenes familiar and loved it sometimes makes them unfamiliar and hideous.

it's a spook
she wanes for want of warmth
Punctuation famsai
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Punctuation is for plebeians.

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Why isn't Against the Day discussed more, even though it is Mr Pynchon's supreme masterwork?

Is this part of the general prejudice against late Pynchon, which is miles ahead of his autistic early works? Does autism cause /lit/ to favour books like Gravity's Rainbow and V?
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As opposed to your towering intellect, I presume?
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It's too meaty for the common literary pseud.
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thanks, /lit/
Thematically it's a clusterfuck, it never manages to live up to the title thesis.

The last ~400 pages are pure garbage.
this picture is shopped. that's not pynchon

Pynchon doesnt exist

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My local book store pushing the wordsworth hard.
Those new editions of Dostoevsky look a thousand times worse and less comfy that the old ones.
I actually purchased the old idiot a while ago just because it made me laugh.
wtf those are ugly
is that war and peace even readable?

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I personally enjoyed reading it.
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>kafkaesque tone
>book is literally written by Kafka
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>I really couldn't stand some characters from the Castle

Is there truth to the theory that the guy who wrote Kafka and the guy who wrote Crime and Punishment is the same person?
I really enjoyed it too, OP. Just finished The Castle, and while I loved it, the incompleteness of that book really shows, unlike The Trial. I thought it was cool how Kafka created this sort of modern cosmology; the Church, priests, and God replaced by bureaucracy, lawyers, and The Law. And I love Kafka's tone, where the absurdity of everything is tempred by how dry and exact the writing style is. I'm not sure what I should take away from his novels, but I get the feeling that it's "the struggle for meaning is futile, and by participating in the struggle you necessitate the conditions for your suffering, which isn't to say that the struggle itself isn't inherently meaningful".

Don't know if that's depressing, or encouraging.

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Where do we go from here?
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bo skeleton rp
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bo skeleton rp
the word "boskeletonrp" without the quotes and spoiler the word "skeleton" inside it.

This task is nearly impossible for autistic people.
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Great. Another poopyhead post on /lit/. Just what the board needed. Well done anon.

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Was it rape or did Lolita actually wanted to fuck him?
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am I supposed to believe that girl is younger than 24?
I think she was 17 when they filmed it
Everyone please read Ada
Why are children considered incapable of consenting? We used to have children at 12. 12 year olds ruled kingdoms and led armies and shit. I don't think much has changed biologically since then. Besides, your brain doesn't even fully develop till your about 25, but we set 18 as the arbitrary number.
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>oh you bought another book, son? Let me see, I want to read the blurb
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I havent lived with my mother or father since 2005.
>dad found my modest collection of homo /lit/
>he doesn't believe that my interest in the matter is purely academic

Mishima is a fucking hack. Why is he such a meme on /lit/? Is there really some quality literary work under that steaming pile of homoerotic japanese nationalism? I don't fucking get it.
Where to begin with Mishima? Which book should I start?

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I keep hearing about this book called "Behead All Satans" but I can't find any information about it online and I'm pretty sure every scrap of information I've come across is the author shilling his own book. Is it any good, or is it a waste of $20?
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ugh I just feel embarrassed for whoever made it
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Really? Because I've literally tried to join the army to help pay my student loans (payments are deferred during military service). People are willing to serve just to be free of crippling and impossible debt.

it honestly isnt a good read, it has two quotes in the novel which made me chuckle, but the author literally dubs himself MNMDMR which i believe stands for murder nigger death murder rape but i may be mis-remembering

He rated his own book and rated it five stars. What a cunt

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Gimme some war recommendations /lit/!
Memoirs and fiction preferably.

>pretty sure pic related is a meme
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Erich Maria Remarque - All quiet on the western front
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For memoirs I recommend Pokrishkin (Sky of war or however they translated it in English), F.W von Mellenthin(Panzer battles), Robert Mason (Chickenhawk) and Tim Bax (Three sips of gin).
Dispatches by Michael Herr is an essential one if you can handle something that isn't very linear
all quiet on the western front is pretty great
The Things They Carried is a very good book for a war memoir, because it treats war as a literary subject instead of recollecting his experiences.

Tolstoy's Sevastopol Sketches and Borowski's This way for the gas, ladies and gentlemen are good as well

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No stack and recent purchases thread?
Stack and recent purchases thread.
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I seriously want to assault you for this abhorrent collection of books
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Not recent purchases per se, but these are the ones I've placed on my bed side table .
I'm planning to have read them before March.
those book covers are ugly
Crainte et tremblement is great but quite hard to read. the second part of the book is better than the first one
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Got all these for $9 at a library sale.

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