Lit Net Monthly News March 2010
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Welcome to the March edition of The Literature Networks online newspaper. Every month, we will keep you updated with information regarding threads, contests, Book Club and lots more!
The Lit Net News Team
Forum Book Club
Don't forget to vote in the March Reading is Steppenwolf by Hesse http://www.online-literature.com/for...034#post868034
And don't forget to cast your vote in the April read! for the April Read http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=50490
The nomination period is well under way for the May read. Please drop over and see what has been nominated and if there is any places left why not nominate a book of your choice! http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=51191
Also for anyone who is interested, the 2010 Valentines read is Breakfast at Tiffany's By Capote http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=50694
The Forum Shakespeare Discussion Group is currently starting on Henry IV Part I. Pop over to the sub forum is you are interested in participating in the Discussion or any other forum Discussions. http://www.online-literature.com/for...lay.php?f=5895
The Forum Book Club is always happy to have new participants. If you are interested, you can find it in the Reading section of the Forum Index page.
Official Forum Contest
The next round of the annual short story competition is under way so get your entry in! http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=49792
The first elimination round for the 2010 Short Story Contest is closed. The Winning story was Collettes Coffee. Well done!
Unofficial Poetry Contests
The Personal Poetry forum is one of Litnetsí most active forums and comes complete with a sub-forum dedicated to poetry games and contests. We have three very popular poetry contests located in the sub-forum; The Picture Poetry Contest (continuedÖ) , The Form Poetry Contest and The Subject Poetry Contest. There is also a new contest set up The Minimalist Poetry Contest. http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=50408 Why not pop in and give it a go. You might just win!
The current winners are;
Subject: The comedian
Congratulations to you all!
Featured Personal Poetry
This month we have selected three poems from The Personal Poetry Forum, posted during the month of February, to feature in the Litnet Monthly News! I hope you like them too!
You Were Never the One ~ Dark Muse
which set off
a pull is felt
a candle kept
not snuffed out
yin & yang
of the body
Not quite lust
not enough love
but a friction
to be placed
Never to break
into the light of day
but only to live
of the mind
Natural world ~ Biggus
They say nature is perfect
They say nature is beautiful
But they are so wrong
Nature is ugly and brutal
Oh it looks pretty in a picture
I quite accept it all looks nice
But donít be fooled
Nature will kill you in a trice
It doesnít matter where you go
If you look closely enough
Something is eating something else
Nature is cruel and tough
Its dog eat dog its bird eat frog
Its fish eat fish its whale eat seal
In nature it seems to me
Everything is some bodyís meal
So donít try telling to me
That nature is perfect and wonderful
I donít need the natural world
I can go to London if I want brutal
Do you want to let off that steam and vent your anger? Then why not visit Get it off your Chest!
Or if you are looking for advice, but want to remain unknown then why not contact Scheherazade and have your problem posted in Personal and Anonymous. Your fellow Litnetters will pass on their own words of wisdom.
Profile Of The Month
This months I have selected Petrarchs Love's profile http://www.online-literature.com/for...ber.php?u=9941
Blog of the Month
This months blog of the month is NikolaiI's blog http://www.online-literature.com/for...og.php?u=34281
Featured Threads of the Month
Every month we will feature different threads and games. This months Thread of the Month and Game of the Month are:
Thread of the Month is Book Buddies http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=50369
Game of the Month Which movie would you like to watch with the person above you Thread http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=44925
Lit Net Book Reviews
This monthís book review was randomly selected from the Write a book Review sub-forum in general Literature.
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
It's been a long time since I last read Stoic philosophy. I think the last work of this type that I read was the brief Handbook of Epictetus as an undergraduate. I didn't like it much. Mostly because my girlfriend at the time (who was a major repair-job) loved it. She was using the emotional detachment ideas to get over this jerk she dated before me. Nice. As a result, I thought that stoicism was just a mask that emotionally weak people wore to hide the honest and hard-earned scars on their souls. Logos, detachment, "the whole" = chicken****.
But that was then. I don't really trust the self-important, hot-shot judgment that I had back then. Could stoicism kindle my intellectual fire? I bought Marcus Aurelius' The Meditations (Grube translation) to find out.
The Meditations begins with a series of odes to people in Aurelius' life who have demonstrated unique moral or personal characteristics. Many of these are touching, emotional, and reflective and (really) against the grain of the general stoic practice of emotional distance. None the less, there are some gems here:
From his father:
These and many other observed qualities from the first book find their way into aphoristic style and structure of the remaining 100 pages that Aurelius uses as (almost) spiritual prayers or reminders of how to live a good life, make good decisions, and do good work.not to take an empty pride in what are considered honors; to love work and to persevere in it; to listen to those who have something to contribute to the common good. . . .to use the comforts of life without arrogance or apology when fortune provides them when they are available, without making practice of it, and not to feel the lack of them when they are not. . .
Philosophically, Aurelius reiterates his belief in a guiding logos (sometimes found within divinity; sometimes logos assumes a divinity itself), a naturally derived order to which humans must synchronize if they are to be wise, and on our tendency to fall for the femme fatales of praise, fear, and greed.
While the reading is often repetitive, the cumulative effect of the repetition is that of mantra or a family prayer before an evening meal: the repetition itself draws on the power of routine and language to build meaning.
Some more of my favorites:
This on the habit of pure thoughts:
This on individual will and authority:The kind of thought you frequently have will make your mind of the same kind
And this, my overall favorite:Be upright or be put right
This last makes me reflect back on my former girlfriend who had the bad beak up. Maybe she used stoicism to stand up right after she had been thrown, not as a mask to hide behind. Maybe in my mind, I was cruel to her for thinking as I did, and in those thoughts, discolored my mind.The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, insofar as one should stand ready for, and not be thrown by, whatever happens unexpectedly.
Marcus tells me this:And this:when you are impatient, remember that the life of a man lasts but a moment, and after brief while we have all been laid out for burial.Indeed.rational beings are born for the sake of each other, that tolerance is a part of rightness
Wondering what Litnets top 100 books are? Why not pop on over to Dark Muses Lit Nets Top 100 Books Official List and see for yourself! http://www.online-literature.com/for...t=40711&page=7
Here are this months Litnet birthdays! Also, donít forget that many of these members will be sent an interview, so look out for the Getting to Know You thread.
Livelaughlove, Amundsen, Schokokeks, DanielBenoit, JuniperWoolf, Chaneybean, Koa, vheissu, kevinthediltz, Bluebiird, imthefoolonthehill, Shanannigan, NikolaiI, PoeticPassions.
A very special happy birthday to our wonderful Admin!
If you are a lover of Photography and have lots of pictures sitting around in folders on your computer, why not share them with other photography lovers and post them in Pictures Taken by You. http://www.online-literature.com/for...=20158&page=97
Or join the photography social group Photo Freaks http://www.online-literature.com/for....php?groupid=4
New Additions to the Site
There are some new quizzes added to the forum by Logos. If you have some free time on your hands, why not give them ago! http://www.online-literature.com/for...iz.php?catid=1
There have been some recent upgrades to the forum. If you are interested in seeing what Admin has now created and changed, please follow the link below. http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=45417
Letters to the Editor
The poetry book club is having a heck of a good discussion reading Giacomo Leopardi.
Here's the link: http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=50876.
I would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to the Newsletter over the last year, whether they were aware they were contributing or not!
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Niamh, The Litnetter
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