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Inspiration thread. Share your pieces of art in order to inspire others to write.
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shit taste
Godd post, patrician friend!

autism + boredom = amazing post
shit reading comprehension
new thread pls

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what does /lit/ think of this book?
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It was decent, heard the sequels are bad though so I've not bothered with them.
seriously not good, macho pulp trash
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Roadside Picnic is better IMO.

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>The inspiration for the film Stalker
Stalker is so damn good senpai

and then solaris and rublev are even better. how can one man be so based as tarkovsky

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>tfw can only understand and enjoy lovely flowing subtle/obvious metaphors and rhyming couplets in poetry
Everything else I almost completely miss, even the more difficult and implicit literary techniques used in prose like the stream of consciousness, complex interior monologue etc, don't even come close to the multiplicities of puzzles you are asked to decipher, depthless levels of varied diction, imagery, syntax, metrical intricacies, sounds and context you have to understand in poetry.
Apparently English is even a brutish language and it is shown to be especially hamfisted when it comes to poetry, what? This is supposed to be a straightforward language and I'm struggling with a few entry level classics from the 1700s?
How am I supposed to understand russian poets like bely, mendelstam, pushkin even after I will have been learning russian religiously for 5 years, long, long after my critical period of language learning?

How do brainlets even cope?
Use your emotions.

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>Want to write a novel
>Books and articles tell you rules
>Show, don't tell, but most novels do so anyway
>Good prose means concise, direct language. Bust most novels use allegory and purple here and there

There are so many do's and dont's of writing that are broken by many authors all the time, and the caveat is always that you should have a "sense" of when to use them. Where can I learn this? After millenia of written word we should have quantified this shit by now, why the fucking mystery?
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>I don't get thing, help
>lol he needs help

Thanks, a very useful post
>After millenia of written word we should have quantified this shit by now
bruh that's optimism

It's like language.

If you asked most native english speakers when it's appropriate to use the words, "Was," and, "Were" most wouldn't be able to explain it.

If you said, "I were going to the store," they'd all know it was wrong, but if you asked them why, they probably wouldn't be able to tell you.

They might not know what the rule is consciously, but they have it ingrained in their head. You're looking to do the same with writing, which you'll learn, like with language, by doing it a lot.
>After millenia of written word we should have quantified this shit by now,
After millennia of attempts of quantifying this shit you could've realized that it can't be quantified.

>If you said, "I were going to the store," they'd all know it was wrong, but if you asked them why, they probably wouldn't be able to tell you.
Are anglos really this dumb?
Jesus Christ please fuck off. It's not like reading is hard, who cares if you have to infer meaning or don't understand every sentence? You could work it out, but you claim "muh purple," to justify your abandonment of a reading. You are a veritable fraud, simulacrum posturing publicly. Privately it's dilatory will, ephemeral inspiration, and transparent pleasure, into quibbling angst, to conquer perceived furtive perception, theoretically. But practically? TeeHee.

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I'll start

Post apocalyptic future where we've "returned" to the dark ages, but there's 1 drone flying around from before the war and everyone worships it. The story revolves around various factions attempts to find and control the laser designator for it
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Definitely 11% of my personality is making literary references nobody gets. This is because I make literary references to my own literature, which remains unpublished. When someone does something outrageously stupid, I say, "Wow, you're really pulling a Gregory Berrycone there". I wait for somebody to ask who Gregory Berrycone is, and then explain that he is a minor character in my absurdist novella (untitled right now) about a man who wakes up one morning with a mysterious plastic knob on the back of his head.
anti gravity.

go to bed, vila-matas
>not about a secret cabal of potato farmers
you blew it
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>the protagonist is happy

the book is called my diary desu ;_;

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Come join the /hislit/ discord server https://discord.gg/6VC5Unc
is this where you guys create the epic meme charts?
Discord is for underaged retards who were too retarded to figure out IRC.

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I just finished this. What should I do next?
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Become a philosopher king
The Republic, as a fairly large work, has a lot of details that will go unnoticed on not just first, but second and third readings (and likely more) as well. And those details aren't just minor modifications of the argument, but are either worked through in unnoticed ways (The Thrasymachean principles of precision and indignation, which are worked through as, respectively, the principle about arts in the city, and subsequently philosophy, and the role of spiritedness in the soul and the guardians and auxiliaries) or are deeply undermining to the argument (like the "longer way" towards understanding the soul that Socrates brings up several times, or how Glaucon's insistence that the city of pigs have luxuries, which gives us what Socrates implies is the city in falsehood for the rest of the book).

The overall thesis changes in light of the details, and it changes pretty dramatically and confusingly. But those details are hard to pickup and work on early readings. And it helps to have read other dialogues to see how they point to gaps in arguments.

read it again
Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
When Popper says Open Society, he basically means the opposite of Soros (the ultimate Platonic monster)

I'm really into the idea of sexualized abusive relationships, but all the books on it seem to be 50 shades of grey tier. Is there a more literary alternative? Written from the womans perspective (duh)
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Literature can have sex or oversexualized aspects just as much as it can have any other primal urge, you're a retard trying to be elitist
you're literally better off looking for fanfiction
But I want something so competently written that I don't feel bad about reading it.
Also pre-established characters ruin it for me
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What are some other good books where a girl gets kidnapped?
>It's not really about sexual abuse
I never asked for sexual abuse. I asked for sexualization of general abusive relationships.

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I reckon that cogito ergo sum stands fairly well on its own, but when he tries to stretch that to prove the existence of God he falls down.
What do I need to read before Descartes?
Doing the Greek meme now.
the digital avatar of the self violates cartesian logic

it is neither of the body, nor of the mind, however it has a physical presence more tangible than the conceptual self (all data is physical, at some level)
How can Descartes ever recover?

Seriously, what was he thinking, trying to find a signal box for the soul. Shit doesn't work that way.
I don't think, therefore I am jell-O

>ITT greentext your plot of your novel
post them
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>Backdrop is a land with a history of a native people being driven from their lands by an invading kingdom
>Main character is a descendant of the natives, attempting a hermit's life after a disease took his sister
>Is approached by his people's "conquerors", asking for his help
>The natives had inherent abilities, his is something of a clairvoyance/dowsing combo
>He's basically key to locating the leader of a rebel faction and discover his plans
>Agrees to help at the price of of riches and a title
>Put into a small team with the function of efficiently getting through rebel bands and traversing the hostile landscape
>Consists of a master swordsman and his student, a wizard that specialises in manipulating the weather, a beserker, another native with healing abilities, all led by a disgraced nobleman's daughter

I'm putting a lot into the lore behind the natives and the things they left behind, make them more mysterious. I really want to emphasise how they're key to most of the conflicts and revelations in the story.
how were the natives driven from their land if they had wicked esp
This sounds like something I'd write

Here's one I'm working on:

>Boy grows up in an isolated post-apocalypse town on the edge of a region known as "West"
>Its a little bit like the Zone from STALKER but more trippy and less bleak at times
>An old man comes and lives with his family, basically becomes his grandpa
>Grandpa gives him a manhood complex, maybe molestation or beatings or something
>The Zone starts to expand right after the boy reaches manhood, swallowing up the boys town
>The boy is the only survivor
>The boy ventures into the West for reasons he doesn't really understand. Over the course of tbe book he gets raped, fights wild animals, accidentally kills a kid, and kills a bunch of cultists and nudist savages. He also gets a cool dog that he almost beats to death after a bad mushroom trip.
>He gets all fucked up mentally and physically as he goes. By the end he's only going on because he's convinced there will be some kind of revelation at the end of his journey that will explain everything and redeem him
>Eventually he reaches the center of the West. Reality breaks apart and he meets the heart of the West. Book ends abruptly.
>It is hinted at that since the West is infinitely complex and both hates and loves him, the boy is sent back to his village and is his own grandpa. This creates an infinite cycle in which the West gets to keep him forever, but he is trapped perpetually in his journey.

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Fuck I meant to say "the West expands" not "The Zone" I'm a fucking idiot
it would be a fantasy novel
wrinkle in time core

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I'm a non native English speaker and my vocabulary is meh at best. I really want to develop my skills to God tier level. What would /lit/ recommend. Books, websites, apps that I should consider? Help pls.....
The best advice I ever received when it comes to this is good for anyone who wants to build their vocabulary.
Keep a small pad of paper with you at all times, and every time you hear a word you don't know the meaning of, write it down. If you can`t think of the words meaning - not just synonyms, but what the word means, then write it down. Later look it up and write the meaning.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, but what I did was join a now-defunct online community of text-based roleplayers. The gift that keeps on giving!
the solution is obvious, op

go to your local university library, borrow as many books as you can carry
what you are looking for is heavily annotated books
whenever people who do not know a lot of english read books, they will underline books and write the meaning (i.e. literal translation) in the margin
simply copy these down and you will not only learn large amounts of english vocabulary, but the actual specific parts that other people who speak your language have trouble with

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He's swimming with my older sister, trying to convince her that living in the water is not a good idea. “What are you gonna do, eat sea plants for chrissake?” As they flit around the water like mermaids, he continues. “I used to think like you. I thought I could live somewhere else. My 2016 speech to Yale graduates was titled ‘Get Out Early.' But I realized you have to live with people rather than abandon them.”
hey molechan!
Shit I forgot the title, it's the dream I had about the greatest philosophical mind of our time, Jordan Peterson.
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>did someone say water?
what's this from?

I have one more semester to go before I graduate for my bachelors in history, and I'm making plans to get my MLS. I plan on lurking more here, and I should start by reading the Greeks. I was wondering if there should be any books I should read to be a librarian, or will I be find as long as I'm well read? Also, is there any advice, or things I should know on working towards my MLS, or working as a librarian?
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I already work retail, and honestly I've already come to not mind working in that kind of an environment. I already have to deal with tons of homeless, and drug addicts, but now they won't be trying to steal constantly. Also, I don't talk that much anyway, everyone comments on how I barely say anything. Academic libraries are an option, but I'd rather work in a public. And businesses hire people with MLS, so that's another option for me to fall back on
I'm a graduate student in an "Information Science" department which includes the MLIS as well as stuff oriented towards technology and engineering. Just know that only about half of the MLIS graduates actually find jobs as librarians. There aren't enough jobs to go around for the high number of MLIS degree holders. Of the half that don't become librarians, a few who took classes in that IT/engineering stuff I mentioned earlier get technology related jobs. The rest are either not using their degree or are pursuing either a second master's or a PhD.
Oh and I forgot to mention, my department is in the top 3 of the US News MLIS rankings.
Okay, I'll keep that in mind. I'm planning on making connections with some of my college professor, and high school teachers to hopefully build a better connection. Also, one of my old friend's mom works in the college library I went to. Would these connections have a significant leverage?
I can't give advice but have family members who took this career path. Seems like a nice life

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What is your opinion on the most important poet of our time?
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Do paki vag smell like curry?
i think she
is not
that great
Fair point pal, but I think even reddit wouldn't enjoy her trash tier poetry
Without a ton of make up in her face she's average, but at least I can understand this

You should move to Canada or India. Girls like Rupi are a dime a dozen here/there.
I kind of want to blast my balls down her throat.

don't really care about her poetry.

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>**puts big pool of water in your path**
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stop hating dfw
it's lots of autists doing it. not just one
>no discernible ____________
atheism in the day to day trenches of adult life ;DDDDD

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