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Ancient Novel Hipster Slut 17/06/05(Mon)22:51 No. 17818 [Reply]
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Currently reading the 11th book of the Golden Ass for class, overrated piece of asinine shit that it is... Apuleius now gets a 12 vol. commentary (Groningen), with each miserable expression getting about 2 pages of notes on average. That's twice as much as Kirk & Edward's HOMER. The whole thing would on my estimate weigh about 48 pounds; not at all bad for a Madurian fucking upstart. Aristonicus be damned.
Philologists and "Classicists" can't seem to get enough of him, I haven't an inkling why. His latin is as perturbed as a contortionist orgy, heaping senseless upon senseless participles, florid adjectives that you can't even tell aren't substantives half the time, almost disposing of reasonable syntax - let alone periodic structure! And of course the literature isn't worth it. All this kitschy, baroque tripe, used to express the stupidest banalities in the most roundabout way possible (like in the proem with the horse... has an entire book on it btw, from Brill); a stylistic crambe repetita that makes the Declamator's plight in Juvenal seem enviable.
But how well I would've liked for the commentators to flock around this piece just because of the linguistic difficulty and the endless use of figures. They seem to be more interested in the CONTENTS, for god's sake! What a queer thing is the academic zeitgeist. I mean, it must be his salaciousness, lack of moral standards and insipid spirituality that really gets to them.

And I guess all this talk about the Ancient Novel really serves very little else. Aren't these just all mediocre, self-indulgent romances? I concede that the Ancients' had probably achieved something far greater than the Moderns ever had with poetry, history, oratory and even plain intelligent prose; but novels were an inferior literary style, and hence what we got is worthless. Petronius might be the only one who doesn't make for an insufferable read, but even he is just so vicious.
What do you think? Would the intelligent reader really miss that much if he or she'll jump straight to Boccacio?


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Hipster Slut 17/06/13(Tue)16:19 No. 17819

The reasen why the golden ass gets so much attention is because no other complete latin novel survives.
Sure it's not that good, but if it's all there is, what are you gonna do about it?


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Hipster Slut 17/10/14(Sat)05:09 No. 17838

Genjimonogatari is to old to be ancient?




Hipster Slut 17/10/03(Tue)10:53 No. 17836 [Reply]
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I’m thinking of leaving my office job with the police force for a job in the health department. Can you pimp my resignation letter? Here’s what I’m thinking:
“You asked on the way back from DFO why I don’t want to work for the dept health, and I’ve been wondering that even since. Since it is about the meaningful of my work, and what could be more meaningful for me than doing the good work like police, and I’ve realised that for me it really is the dept health. Even though I might not have a job there after 12 months, I want to give it a go.”




Freak House Books Mister Stabby 17/09/16(Sat)21:49 No. 17834 [Reply]
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Looking for the "freak house" books by C.J. Archer. Can anyone assist?




Hipster Slut 13/05/22(Wed)02:42 No. 16892 [Reply]
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I am a writefag and need inspiration for a story. Tell me, what should I write about?


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Hipster Slut 17/05/30(Tue)05:01 No. 17817

Guy doesn't know whether horse loves him or not. Guys asks horse but horse is silent because it is a horse. Guy kills himself. The end


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Hipster Slut 17/08/11(Fri)23:11 No. 17829

>>16892
If in doubt, just do a revenge story.

>>16984
>A story about a guy trying to write a story
These are always tedious.


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Hipster Slut 17/09/11(Mon)19:55 No. 17831

Write about your absolute most indulgent fantasy. That's a good way to get to the core of what you like about life, or become a japanese LN writer.




METALMORPHICUM, by yours truly Author Jim Slim 13/08/17(Sat)18:23 No. 16958 [Reply]
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I've FINALLY written my 3-part fantasy journey, /lit/.. I'm already looking for a publisher of adult adventure novels!

But before I get to the business part, I'd like to hear what you think on the series premise.. If /lit/ is interested in reading, I'll be more than happy to post the first 2 chapters as a preview.

It's a book series I started in high school titled 'Metalmorphicum'

Basically, the setting is a steampunk Earth where every human is born with the ability to bend/manipulate (like Aang) 1 substance that exists on the planet. The substance that you can control is determined by the last thing your laboring mother touched before your umbilical cord was cut...

So if she touched blood, then you can manipulate any form of blood outside or inside someone's body. You could easilly kill one with blood-bending.

If she touched skin, you could (for example) rip the skin off your enemy's body strip by strip.

If she touched bone? Yikes, then I wouldn't wanna mess with you.

I almost gave up writing since there were so many characters and so many 'bendable' substances to remember. These included :
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Hipster Slut 13/10/12(Sat)08:08 No. 16998

>touch private parts

Gender bending would be possible too. Your world would be a LGBT paradise!


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Hipster Slut 17/04/07(Fri)01:54 No. 17801

well i for one am fucking interested. good for you OP, would love a preview


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Hipster Slut 17/08/11(Fri)22:54 No. 17828

>>16958
Does the ruling class try to exert control over what the mother touches? I mean, if they strictly policed and supervised childbirth they could effectively control the population - the upper echelons would touch something like bone or blood or whatever, thus making them the most physically dangerous class and helping them retain power (the same way European knights were all wealthy elites, or how only the rich could become Japanese Samurai. Throughout history, the military power has always been kept in the hands of the rulers). Furthermore, they could control the labour force. If they needed more lumberers, they could make the mother touch wood. If they need more smiths, they could make her touch metal, etc. You could have a Brave New World style caste system but maybe a few newborns inevitably slip through the cracks, forming the basis for conflict between the society and our protagonist.

What type of tone are you going for? From the description it sounds kinda psychological and metaphorical, in which case you probably don't need to flesh out the world in as much detail.




Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman - Digital Version? SwitchPup 17/07/20(Thu)23:00 No. 17824 [Reply]
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I was able to find a copy of A Canticle for Leibowitz hosted on this board, and now I'm seeking a digital version of the sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. Does anyone have a copy they could provide? I'm not picky about the file type, and I'd be most grateful.




Hipster Slut 17/06/25(Sun)12:19 No. 17821 [Reply]
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Reading The Book of Revelation

http://amy-talks-all-day.blogspot.ca/2017/06/the-book-of-revelation.html




Hipster Slut 17/05/30(Tue)04:53 No. 17816 [Reply]
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I ask a kind soul to help me find a pdf of 'Rogue Hojojutsu First Edition'.

Please forgive me if there is a request thread that I missed.




Hipster Slut 17/05/29(Mon)02:13 No. 17814 [Reply]
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Anybody got Super Nebula Humble Book Bundle?




Random Book LettuceSeeker 17/05/19(Fri)03:07 No. 17812 [Reply]
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So I came across this random book on Amazon. It wasn't bad, but seems like nobody else has ever heard of it or the author and I can't comment it with anybody. Now I'm waiting for a second part after a cliffhanger that god knows if it'll ever come and thinking I may have wasted my money. Any thoughts?




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