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Hipster Slut 13/04/29(Mon)00:09 No. 16845 [Reply]

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Alright /lit/ I need a little help here. I am shit at Shakespearean sonnets so I need someone to make a beauty

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Hipster Slut 13/08/20(Tue)09:03 No. 16961


Not skilled enough to dismiss the Bard ^_~

Hipster Slut 13/11/09(Sat)04:41 No. 17043

A sonnet and a limerick are two different things.

Hipster Slut 13/11/24(Sun)15:43 No. 17058

You contradict yourself and your rhymes suck. So a fairly good sonnet then I guess.

Hipster Slut 13/03/16(Sat)16:45 No. 16745 [Reply]

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Why don't you write a journal. Before you think, oh, it's all so very, unnecessary, I have no will or want for it, consider how in your old age you will forget your memories and your past will be a blur, and you will forget who you really are and all the small lessons, insights, joys and ranges of phenomenon you had that a simple description might re-awaken!

This being said, I'm considering starting now and doing a backlog based on what I can remember, and slowly filling in whatever I can.

It all seems so very, dangerous though. I'm scared of the weight of thinking it through...or missing something and accepting the new history with that gap because it's been cemented.

Are my troubles real?

CandleJack 13/03/26(Tue)06:17 No. 16767

Human memory is a fragile and infinitely, often subversively and invisibly, malleable and editable thing. Most of this happens without your conscious knowledge or input. Most of this is skewed to the positive because humans are hopelessly optimistic creature.

Keeping a journal can only change your memory from what you THINK happened to what REALLY happened. But is having a good memory what you want? Do you want to think something happened a certain, positive and blissful way in your old age, only to go back and read in your journal that it happened in a different way that was less optimistic?

I suppose a solution would be to only write about the happy things that happen every day. That way you can look back and be happy instead of looking back and realizing how drudging and pointless and painful your existence was.


March 25th, 2013:
Got in a car accident yesterday. Totaled the car. My fault. In hospital recovering from two broken legs, fractured pelvis and a smashed right wrist. Hospital food is terrible. Dry meatloaf and stale bread. The jello I had for dessert was really good. I don't know how I will pay the bills. I think the wife might leave and take the kids.


March 25th, 2013:
The jello I had for dessert was really good.
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I+want+to+be+a+professional+slacker+(I+mean+book+reader) 13/03/27(Wed)14:13 No. 16774

I was getting more at the level of often we think about philosophy, our consciousness, reality, and such things.

In certain states of presence, I certainly don't think of these things.

I worry forgetting part of this is as good as dying.

It is almost, losing a kind of higher level self awareness.

Anyone feel me?

Hipster Slut 13/11/24(Sun)15:39 No. 17057

Yeah, you should keep a journal man. I've kept a few different types, but the ones I think I find most valuable to look back on now were when I didn't write any crap about the time and the date and the locations, just what I was thinking. It can be a bit frustrating looking back, because sometimes I want to know what was happening or where I was when I was thinking that, but its a lot easier, and often if you worry too much about putting dates and whatnot in youve forgotten what you wanted to write by the time you get round to it.

Try keeping a few notebooks. One for stuff you need to do, one sort of a logbook of your activities, and just a sort of thoughts and feelings journal. Not necessarily at the same time.

Good luck!

Grammar Hipster Slut 14/08/19(Tue)12:34 No. 17277 [Reply]

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>"Why don’t you wait over there--" she nodded to some chairs against the wall "--and I’ll give you a signal when he comes by."

>"Why don't you wait over there," she nodded to some chairs against the wall, "and I'll give you a signal when he comes by."

>"Why don’t you wait over there"--she nodded to some chairs against the wall--"and I’ll give you a signal when he comes by."

>"Why don't you wait over there,"--she nodded to some chairs against the wall--"and I'll give you a signal when he comes by."

There are probably more variants I could write here, like adding a comma after 'wall' in the first version, but which is the most correct?

I understand that different publishers/editors go by different house rules and more than one can be 'correct', but there has to be a majority consensus on one method, right? Or at least one method has to be more popular than the rest, even if it's split down to a minority.

So what's your thoughts on this? Which is the best way to do this?

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Hipster Slut 14/09/25(Thu)07:10 No. 17310

That fookin' gif m8!

Hipster Slut 15/03/16(Mon)01:26 No. 17407

Grammatically, only the second is correct.

Hipster Slut 15/12/30(Wed)23:35 No. 17514

"Why don't you wait over there," - she nodded in the direction of some chairs standing against the wall - "and I'll give you a signal when he comes by."

sup!0CTLGCICdI 14/05/07(Wed)18:24 No. 17155 [Reply]

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hey /lit/ anyone know any books similiar to "welcome to the nhk" , also general great books you have read in last weeks

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Hipster Slut 14/05/07(Wed)19:22 No. 17159

Eh, no not up everyones alley. I would not recommend anything I like to any sane or intelligent person. It is based on the City Infernal series however it can be a stand alone. Brief synopsis: Theology student Hudson has just won the lottery, but not just any lottery—Satan’s lottery. Only eleven people in all of human history have been so honored since Lucifer’s fall from Heaven in 5318 B.C. All Hudson need do is say “yes,” and he will receive an all-expenses-paid tour of Hell, and his tour-guide is the damned soul of H.P. Lovecraft.

sup!0CTLGCICdI 14/05/07(Wed)19:24 No. 17160

cool, so there is kinda mythos in it too? sounds fun

Hipster Slut 14/05/07(Wed)19:38 No. 17161

Again not for everyone, most of Lee's stuff is what I would call modern Splatterpunk or extreme horror. If you want a taste check out City Infernal. I will be starting Hero With 1000 faces next week, thank you for bringing that to my attention.

critique unknown 15/12/14(Mon)16:09 No. 17506 [Reply]

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writing is something that i'd like to improve upon. here is a first draft at the prologue to a story. it will be vaguely based off my life, and my transition from male to female over the next few years. strange subject matter but i think if i can capture it in some sort of semi-fictional and surreal way then it'd be nice.
interested in any comments. it's just a draft. The names and age have been changed to preserve anonymity. thx. please let me know if its good or utter shit. the italics and bold dont work? not sure how to do it :P

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unknown 15/12/14(Mon)16:16 No. 17508


life is just a fractal
Dude, what the fuck? Facebook just erased my memory. Swear with my right hand to a fucking church. I was just…

go steal another car. stop being sad. like cancer.

The shakes were real and the nectar of my nightly forage was draped, slung under my eyes like wet bathroom towels and tropical…
in-distinctive murmur
That’s the new modus of operation for you, Honey. Who is listening?
I went back home and ate and played with an iPod but it wasn’t entertaining so I enjoyed a cocktail of entactogens, and an absolutely Edenous garden view. Appreciated it from the dry end of the glass.
More wine. Lightning. Abruptly so, anyway, because I…
she passes out often.
i wanted to help, but for her, all the doors had been closed.

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maninahat 16/01/02(Sat)03:33 No. 17516

I don't mind the use of italics, they are the literary shorthand equivalent to black and white flashbacks in tv shows.

However, this comes off as pretentious and irritatingly opaque. If a mystery is a mystery because the narrator arbitrarily leaves information out that they can just as easily provide, then it isn't really a mystery at all. It's a case of waiting for the narrator to get on with it and paint a picture, as opposed to just hinting one is there.

Hipster Slut 16/01/15(Fri)06:32 No. 17519

It's pretty bad, I didn't read the whole thing, it looks like you opened a dictionary to random pages and dropped in words you saw. It's extremely disproportionate to the style of writing, I picked out a few things that bugged me.

>go steal another car. stop being sad. like cancer.

What is the point of this? Especially that last line "like cancer"

>The shakes were real and the nectar of my nightly forage was draped, slung under my eyes like wet bathroom towels and tropical…
in-distinctive murmur

What does this mean, "Nectar","Forage", and "Draped" are used so improperly here that whatever ambiguous enigmatic thing you're going for is not clear enough. A euphemism for masturbating maybe? Why did you wipe it under your eyes after masturbating? Is it a man or a woman?

>modus of operation

Don't fuck up Latin phrases, modus isn't a real word in English, leave this as modus operandi

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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.

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

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


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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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 14/06/09(Mon)06:29 No. 17193 [Reply]

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Does it go anywhere after the encounter with the Dragon?

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.

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.

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