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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.

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/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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Recommended Literature

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Am I the only one who gets angry when they see shelves like this?

>Covered with shitty knick knacks.
>99.9% YA fiction with disgusting covers.
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Poorfag detected, the rest is correct though.

as usual the normies ruined it
>they have to buy a bunch of fucking toys and t-shirts and start any paragraph with "having struggled with depression".

These sorts of shelves have been around for as long as the printing press has been around. It sure seems as if its getting worse these days, but its hard to know.


> start any paragraph with "having struggled with depression"

Hey don't make fun of people's challenges. You don't understand what its like clearly. The only thing that gives me peace of mind is to express myself through words. My psychiatrist gave me the idea, and a shitload of anti-deppressants. They have permanently reduced my sex-drive, but that's ok, because now I have the courage. Now I have the voice that I didn't have before. My parents helped me publish my first book. Its about a young girl who finds a dragon and she learns magic from a wizard and she has a friend who just learned he's gay and he's learning how to fight against all the hate.

You can read on my blog about my progress towards writing the sequel. I don't know where I would be without my fans. They give me the strength to move on.
Quality bait.

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Release Edition

What Book are you eagerly awaiting for in 2016/2017?
What book published in 2016 did you read?
What book released in 2016 disappointed you?

>Selected: http://i.imgur.com/r688cPe.jpg/
>General: http://i.imgur.com/igBYngL.jpg/
>Flowchart: http://i.imgur.com/uykqKJn.jpg/

Science Fiction
>Selected: http://i.imgur.com/A96mTQX.jpg/

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Never read it, but I know Vance has actual cuckolding shit in one of his stories, like a witch summons some black demons and fucks them while her husband is forced to watch. Weird shit.
glad we're on the fast track to some warcraft tier gutter trash with this stuff
>black humor
>tfw i started the pat rothfuss is bad meme

feels good

yeah, sure

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No bully!

Post your works. Get critiques. Talk about stuff you're writing, stuff you wanna write and how much you want to kill yourself.
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Not pleasant to read. Switch to third person so that I at least hate the narrator instead of the protagonist.
Not a scholar of Oarbrier’s university yet, but under direct tutelage of the recently deceased grand archiver Lautrec

Between satin sheets and Persian pillows I never hungered for a minute but starved for the strangest knowledge for time immemorial, the kind deamons dream of while I slug through mounds of familiar books and memorized tomes until stabbed in the eyes by the smell of a cinderous cover looking frail enough to grudgingly crumble under paper-cut fingers.

Finally, pages and words which made zero sense to me, the pages seemed warm on the way home, sometimes, feeling it push the winter away. This book was both undecipherable and unforgettable any request for help sent to colleagues were fruitless, I lost months comparing and trying to assimilate the contents to anything that could remotely be connected. At night it kept me warm unlike any other mantle or fireplace but when i tried to get closer it just gave me the cold shoulder.

The walk to and from the archives were unbearable the wind cut my lips and the snow blinded my eyes, here i was at dawn each day with this cryptic stack of dying paper who gave me nothing but a false sense of learning, every care was taken, still it's ashen pages made a fool of me , chipping both paper and patience, the candle danced along with the page i waved it to see how the candle would respond the closer it got the more it stretched and fluttered, something was happening for once and in my distraction i burned the tip of my fingers and the grimoire made sense for the first time.
I'm having trouble understanding pacing (among other things) it seems so long when writing and i'm worried it's getting too boring then i get nervous and make things go faster and just get confused.
would like some thoughts on this:

The sun had begun to set by the time the two had drove back out to the cemetery. The pervading dusk had turned the sky an orange husk and at the horizon the bright warmth slowly relinquished and there they strolled in silence. John picked flowers and placed them together before the grave. It had begun to rain, and John was back there, then, in the darkness and the mud, scrambling. The confusion as they converged upon that small village where he had taken his first life, just before, in the barn, a mother tending to her calf, the silhouettes shaped out in the darkness. The silence born out of the downpour, backing the thumping of his own heart, his own fragile heart as he sunk the knife in to the man’s back, the blood spilling down his knife onto his hands. Where are you, now? I hold this great darkness in me. What about you, brother? Where were you? Crawling around in that range, the endless sky above, the warmth leaving you? That last look in your eye, did you have it, like that man dying, under my heart? The look in his eyes, that stare, did you find the glory? Who did that to you? Who took your breath away? We regrouped onto that house, looked through the blinds. I too had stolen into the darkness, but I knew that I couldn’t cross those waters. Where is Erin, brother? Did he find the light? James fell to his knees and his brother embraced him, but he couldn’t feel the warmth, the light. I can’t remember Clarke’s face, Erwin, I can’t picture it anymore. I just see the shadow, Erwin. Do you know where it happened? Do you think he was proud? He didn’t betray himself in the end, did he?
Yeah. Ideas don't have to be great or at all comprehensive. Just enough to start writing, and see what it turns into
Maybe start Journalling if you're having trouble?
>the novel is about 334,000 words so far and I'm not even close to done yet
The average lenght of a novel is around 60,000 for romance and 100,000 for thrillers
Nigga, you are going into some deep shit

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How does one come up with a good title for a book?
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>the lighthouse is the setting
fucking read you bum
>the city is practically itself a character
btw that's a metaphor from at least the biblical times:

>And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
>And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
>For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
I think you will find that they are definitely on their way "To the Lighthouse" in one scene. "To the Lighthouse" is indeed a setting in the novel.
Fuck if I know, Nietzsche probably has the most consistently good titles of any author I've encountered though.
I am very upset by To the Lighthouse's inclusion in your reductive list.


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>OMG /lit/ you have disappointed the world.
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please go back to your containment board
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>"Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" is a stinging satire of race..."

What a surprise.
Got to give them credit for awarding a book prize to an actual author of books.

they sure like milking it

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So, it's spook season, and I've got to know; are any of Stephen King's novels worth reading?
What's /lit/'s opinion on his writings?
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He's good at getting money.
Every-time I've tried to read a stephen king novel,
I wanted to throw up three pages in.
He is literally an ad.
That image shouldn't be as disturbing as it is
Jack Ketchum is better.
Start (and end) with Misert and Pet Semetary.
Someone say spooks?

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Brothers Karamazov > Crime and Punishment > Demons > The Idiot

farts > Ulysses > Portrait > Dubliners

Misato > Asuka > Rei
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Misato is even more bipolar than Asuka, and abuses her position of power to get away with it. Just look at her in EoE, abusing Shinji one second and using sex to lure him into the Eva in the next.
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I categorized her intuitional female intelligence, which means that sometimes you need to be a bitch to get a man to do what needs to be done, under "a true woman". The fact that she's emotionally scared adds to the beauty of her character, because it resulted in a new found strength and not in excessive neediness as is the case with Asuka or should i say Asukan't.

Which translation of Crime and Punishment are you guys reading? The language in this book is fucking difficult to understand and I have a feeling it's largely due to the translation
Goblet of fire>deathly hallows> prisoner of azkaban> half blood prince>chamber of secrets>sorceror's stone>order of the phoenix
If it's difficult to understand then it's the correct translation, you casual

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>had just finished working on my French literature thesis, not having slept for 4 days
>hand it in, felt burnt out, tired, exhausted, still felt good, though
>decide to funpost about literature on /lit/, having lit bantz with others about obscure works is fun
>mfw someone comes along and says "muhh kill yourself, uhhh you're shit, uhhhh muhhhhhhh talentless loser"
>suddenly feel like I don't belong on this place anymore

Why on bloody earth is the new 4chains like this? Why do you take yourselves so seriously? Can't you just have fun and talk about literature? I don't understand how anyone well read can say things like that to anybody.

Can't we all just have fun and talk about literature?
This is just a daily reminder to be nice to people. If you want to be mean, go to some other board, please.
>French literature
tue ton toi-mesme
Stop whining, cunt. You write like you're on your period. Maybe reddit is a better place for you.
Even if you are right, it doesn't matter, because you are too much of a pussy.
You're a fag, but you're right
>being such a pussy that a bunch of virgin dyel teenagers on an iraqi scarf knitting website made you cry

you're right, you don't belong here

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How well-read are ya?
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I have been read twice in a row Moby Dick and War and peace (each separatly).
I get into taxis and say things like, "the library and step on it!"
I only read penguin edition... wyd
Good old days my nigga what are you on that was like 9 months ago

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No word limit, (no separate pages, unlimited scrolling)
google docs
Any others?

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>Current study
>Prospected Master/Phd/Postdoc

>last read
>currently reading
>next read
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Funny little man. I'm a lawyer who works at a top tier law firm (not U.S.A based), in a tax paradise location. And you?
>Current study
BA Philosophy and English
>Prospected Master/Phd/Postdoc
MA Psychoanalysis

>last read
Crime and Punishment
>Current read
Bartleby the Scrivener
Great. I thought you were from Paris 7 or 8 given your topic. Good luck for the PhD and your project.
>Bachelor's of Science
>Applying for PhD and PhD/MD

>Fight Club (I read it yesterday morning and it sucked)
>East of Eden
>Not sure, probably something within Inorganic

>The Big Sleep
>Fahrenheit 451 again
>Either The Plauge or LotR

I just tried this thread in /mu/ but it didn't quite work. Hopefully you people are more interested in words then them.

Post songs with the best lyrics you know. Any genre, any time, they just have to be good. Also any language, so long as we can find a translation online (or you feel like providing it yourself).

I'll start with a few of my own favourites.

> "The end" - The doors
> "When the music's over" - The doors
> "Thunder Road" - Bruce Springsteen
> "The house of the rising sun" - original author unknown, most renowned version is by The Animals
> "Jah live" - Bob Marley
> "In a manner of speaking" - Tuxedomoon
> "L.A. Woman" - The doors
> "La guerra di Piero" - Fabrizio de André
> "The sound of silence" - Simon and Garfunkel

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Oh wow what a great collection of favorite songs that have lyrics, high five, gold star, your a unique person with such interesting and thoughtful taste in music. I can't wait to meet you someday, where we can make sweet love in a public restroom and talk of our favorite delights for hours while driving old abandoned US highways.
> Implying not everyone here is
'The end' is one of my favourite songs but im not sure the lyrics alone stand out as amazing.

Anyway, off the top of my head:
>Paul Simon - Still crazy after all these years
>The Kinks - Strangers
>Father John Misty - The night john tillman came to our apt.
>The beach boys - A day in the life of a tree
>Talking Heads - Once in a lifetime
>Nick Drake - Northern Sky
>Bob Dylan - Its alright ma(im only bleeding)
>Nick Drake - River man
>Death cab for cutie - I will followw you into the dark
>Bob Dylan - Blowin' in the wind
>Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine man
>Bob Dylan - It's alright ma(im only bleeding)
>Bob Dylan - Like a rollin' stone
>Bob Dylan - Hurricane
>Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue
You one of the Nobel guys?

What are some genuinely sexy books? I'm pretty much exhausted of doujins and 3DPD porn is reprehensible.
No Sade.

I mean, maybe for you though. Not that I think that's hot. Ewww.

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>Kurt Vonnegut
>More like Kurt Yawnegut
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>Jane Austen
>more like Lame Autism
>Charlotte Bronte
>More like Shit-a-lot Brontosaurus
more like Chuck the Gay Cuck
>Tom Robbins
>more like Knob Slobbins
>more like 3DPDs

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