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Expressionist literature Hipster Slut 16/10/12(Wed)11:37 No. 17612 [Reply]
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So I have "A Companion to the Literature of German Expressionism" and it pains me that it talks a lot about writers and books I will never get to read because they're untranslated.

What does /lit/ think? Anyone else read it? Anyone here that reads german has read any works by writters that are considerated expressionist?




Hipster Slut 13/05/14(Tue)14:26 No. 16877 [Reply]
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I like to read. I will read whatever. I read this.


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Hipster Slut 13/05/14(Tue)14:32 No. 16880
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Then I read this. It was pretty great. Blair has some problems as a writer. I don't like his passive, morally blank protagonists.


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Hipster Slut 14/08/20(Wed)21:04 No. 17279

I'm flicking through these just now. Interesting stuff, fucking bizarre.

http://www.wanttoknow.info/mind_control/cia_mind_control_documents_orig/


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Hipster Slut 14/09/03(Wed)21:03 No. 17287
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finished this recently. the book seemed more anti-revolutionary than i was lead to believe. pretty enjoyable though.




Notes From Underground Hipster Slut 14/04/17(Thu)08:08 No. 17144 [Reply]
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Gentlemen,
I just read this- I'll start off by saying that I really liked it just for the feel of Dostoevsky in my head. However, I'm a little conflicted as to whether or not Joseph Frank's interpretation is a good one. Conventional wisdom says D. was just almost mindlessly rebelling against nihilism and rational egoism (think what's to be done), but this guy says it was a deliberate parody of those ideas, and stemmed from a logical examination of radically extending the impacts of science. Can anyone offer clarity as to what D. was more likely doing. I'd appreciate it.




Hipster Slut 14/09/04(Thu)04:21 No. 17288 [Reply]
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>A SCREAMING COMES ACROSS THE SKY

So this is Gottfried's scream?


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Hipster Slut 14/09/08(Mon)12:13 No. 17295
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you'll get there some day.


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Hipster Slut 14/09/08(Mon)12:13 No. 17296
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you'll get there some day.




Hipster Slut 14/06/09(Mon)06:29 No. 17193 [Reply]
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Does it go anywhere after the encounter with the Dragon?


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Hipster Slut 17/04/03(Mon)00:11 No. 17750
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The dragon scene is memorable and quite a high-point.

If you found it a slog to get this far, with only the dragon encounter as your reward, you're probably better off dropping it.

Grendel's worldview is shattered. With that, he's on a mission to rebuild and make sense of the world. If I remember correctly, the dragon makes a reappearance, but only as a disembodied voice. There's some humor, and some more historic insight, and a finale of fuck off from the author.

If you like reading realistic history mixed in with legend, modernized, and with much less philosophical emphasis try pic related. Granted, Vidal doesn't know how to do a proper dragon at all, but knows how to write other creepy freaks, vampires especially.




Hipster Slut 12/12/23(Sun)05:42 No. 16495 [Reply]
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ITT: Books that have powerfully impacted/moved you.


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Hipster Slut 14/04/01(Tue)11:36 No. 17127
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Hipster Slut 14/04/28(Mon)14:16 No. 17148
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When I was a kid I grew up in a very religious town and was smarter than the other kids I was allowed to be around (and several of the adults...). This book taught me that even though I was a genius compared to the people I knew, being pretentious is a bad call because there's always people a lot smarter than you. Even if you're outstanding, if you were put among your true peers then you'd be average, so getting snotty just makes you look like a stupid asshole 10/10. Plus, there are things more than/equally important to intelligence.


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Hipster Slut 14/05/14(Wed)06:21 No. 17171
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I could mention Bestiario and El Aleph as really relevant readings at some point of my life, but there's no doubt The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is actually the book that have moved me the most. I'm probably an illiterate idiot.




Hipster Slut 14/08/04(Mon)10:02 No. 17267 [Reply]
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He was trying to show off how open-minded he was w/r/t commercial fiction and but so came off as pretentious [1] moron who tried too hard [5].

[1] "Pretentious" in this sense being a reference to the Ancient Greek [2] epic, "Pretension Calculus"

[2] Ancient Greece being an ancient civilization of incredibly hairy people w/r/t their backs [3]

[3] According to a Wikipedia article this author skimmed which I am now going to recite verbatim [4] to make myself seem intelligent and well-read, a human back is "... the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders. It is the surface opposite to the chest, its height being defined by the vertebral column (commonly referred to as the spine or backbone) and its breadth being supported by the ribcage and shoulders."

[4] word for word

[5] see: this author's writing


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Hipster Slut 14/09/03(Wed)21:00 No. 17286

the truth is somewhere in between on this. the book doesn't really deserve the accolades that it received but when he gets past the pretension a bit there's some interesting character developments and a decent, albeit meandering underlying plot.

he's much better as an essayist though. i feel like he was trying to make his own finnegan's wake here or something like that.


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Hipster Slut 14/09/12(Fri)19:53 No. 17299

>>17267
It's fun for everyone but aspiring writers. For writers, our egos are far too fragile and our jealousies far too great. In truth, the author is just having fun with literature as a whole, but to minds that have been struggling for so long, looking for their own spark of creativity, it seems like a whole lot of bullshit. Try to separate yourself from the craft and enjoy it for what it is.


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Hipster Slut 14/09/14(Sun)14:56 No. 17300

I'm on page 51 in this book and sort of sick of it already. Not sure whether to keep reading it or not.




Hipster Slut 13/04/13(Sat)13:40 No. 16801 [Reply]
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Hullo /lit/, I recently read Stranger in a strange land and thought it very thought provoking. I liked the way it gradually pinned down and dissected every aspect of life society would rather not discuss. Have you read it? what did you take away from it?


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Hipster Slut 13/04/24(Wed)05:58 No. 16829

>>16825

A human born on Mars and raised by Martians comes to Earth.


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Hipster Slut 14/05/20(Tue)23:08 No. 17185

>>16829
almost.

it's about an insecure lawyer/writer who has his harem of female slaves stolen by a younger man, and how he reacts to it.


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Hipster Slut 14/06/17(Tue)13:39 No. 17205

I haven't read it yet, I read Job: A Comedy of Justice and it was a damned interesting read as well. Is there a pdf of this anywhere?




Horror Hipster Slut 15/08/03(Mon)23:53 No. 17455 [Reply]
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Why are some people so infatuated with Lovecraft? He is probably the most overrated horror writer ever.

He is basically emulating Hindu mythology and name drops 40 000 different gods while building some pseudo-imaginative netherworld where everything boils down to madness and hurr nothing makes sense durr. Pretty much every neckbeards wet dream besides watching anime.


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Hipster Slut 16/12/05(Mon)01:01 No. 17625

>>17624

Arguments? Is this a debate? Calm your tits, son.


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Hipster Slut 17/01/24(Tue)20:23 No. 17703

>>17625

autists can't handle the truth about lovecraft


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Hipster Slut 17/02/04(Sat)00:18 No. 17707

>>17703

Lovecraft literature...it is boring as fuck. Not only that its not even really scary due to the fact that it constantly depends on two factors and that's pointlessness and madness.

The mystery starts, they discover great monsters of long ago or monsters are among us and dont even try to fight back cause they are hopelessly more advanced than us even though they are just fucking blobs of mesh that dont really ever do anything unless of course they scale down to our level to cause chaos but whatever.
He also plays with madness at the mere sight of these things or learning about them but it just comes off as silly to me as there is really no reason for this besides that theyre uber advanced and we are pointless, and yet nothing happens. Events that take place are usually isolated to a handful of characters to make it scary but whatever cause at the end of the day the blobs of madness are just whatever and the fear lies in that nobody is aware of them besides the ones who had the experience. But nothing ever happens even though there several of these entities so from now on I am going to assume the lovecraft characters who have these experiences are just that, insane. Yep the the whole lovecraft universe is just a hallucination tapped into by any of the main characters and what drives them insane is its own babble which is well represented as giant sentient blobs of madness.
And that basically describes lovecraft. So the next time someone makes a comment about cthulu I will respond with boat. If someone goes on about azathoth, i will think oh that blob in space that isnt going to do shit and whos form I could never comprehend so why bother.




The Future Eve Hipster Slut 14/09/17(Wed)21:39 No. 17303 [Reply]
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Future_Eve

keep in mind that this translation is abridged and not the best available.If you are attracted by this book, you should totally read the new version (which you can still find on sites such as abebooks) titled "Tomorrow's eve" which is much more faithful to the original as for the language used.
For the moment, you can enjoy the kindle edition though.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Future-Annotated-Villiers-LIsle-Adam-ebook/dp/B00F4F1YZQ

http://books.google.it/books?id=KEZxhkG5eikC&lpg=PA774&ots=M2GfJ-rF9v&dq=florence%20crewe-jones%20villiers&hl=it&pg=PA773#v=onepage&q=florence%20crewe-jones%20villiers&f=false


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Hipster Slut 14/09/17(Wed)21:41 No. 17304
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