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  1. Poll: I just finished up an undergrad class in Roman...

    I just finished up an undergrad class in Roman Noir, so we did a lot of the hard-boiled detective fiction. I'll probably get around to posting some of my notes on it here pretty soon.
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    E-book readers?

    So there's been a whole ton of news posts related to the Kindle's projected entry into the academic field, etc. What do you guys think of the whole deal? Anybody reader frequently on an e-book...
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    Very nice! I wish I could read that kind of stuff...

    Very nice! I wish I could read that kind of stuff in the summer, but once I finally have a break from lit classes all I want to read is fun stuff! Cue the guilt pangs after realizing I still haven't...
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    What are you reading this summer?

    Hey guys,

    Summer time is here already, and I know I always have a large reading list to plow through. I figured we could all share our summer reading lists. Here's mine:

    2666 - Roberto Bolaño...
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    I'd say definitely try out something either by...

    I'd say definitely try out something either by Wilde, Joyce, or Yeats. All of them had a very...well, interesting relationship with their country of origin. Joyce spent most of his adult life...
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    It was really great. Have you ever read it? He...

    It was really great. Have you ever read it? He does a marvelous job of paralleling his alternate history setting in the post WWII era with the actual situation. America is divided up by the Germans...
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    David Goodis - Down There Philip K. Dick - Man...

    David Goodis - Down There
    Philip K. Dick - Man in the High Castle
    Chester Himes - Real Cool Killers
    Eric Puchner - Music Through the Floor
    A bunch of Keats poems
    James Joyce - Dubliners...
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    You're welcome :) And, if you have the time...

    You're welcome :)

    And, if you have the time I'd love to see what you think of my recent piece I posted. It's a tad bit long, so I understand if you don't have time, but I haven't had any replies...
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    This is a pretty interesting little piece, but...

    This is a pretty interesting little piece, but here's a few recommendations for ways to spruce it up a bit.

    In the first paragraph you give us a description of the wind chimes. However, with these...
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    Poll: There is one mother, which is Victor's own. Her...

    There is one mother, which is Victor's own. Her death is one of the things that prompts him to start his research to revivify flesh. It's almost certain that his animalistic obsession with his...
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    I love the scene where the father ****s his pants...

    I love the scene where the father ****s his pants on the cruise ship, I can safely say that there were lawls to be had as I read it.
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    Writing Prompt: Rooftops

    Hey guys,

    I figured it might be fun to do a sort of writing exercise by all writing a short piece on the same general topic. I've picked "Rooftops" as prompt, so you can do whatever you'd like...
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    Unfortunately it was submitted to my "literary...

    Unfortunately it was submitted to my "literary shames" file, aka my wood stove. I got a D- on it. This was AP English, mind you. ;)
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    Reminds me of this time in High School when I...

    Reminds me of this time in High School when I wrote an essay about how Beowulf was a giant 'your mom' joke.
  15. I think you've got a good start here, but I...

    I think you've got a good start here, but I really need to see your character actually do something. I know it's just the first few scenes, but it's better to at least get him in a situation that...
  16. Thread: Hapland

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    *whistles* Oh, hey guys.

    *whistles*

    Oh, hey guys.
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    Maybe just watch some documentaries about the...

    Maybe just watch some documentaries about the McCarthy trials. :thumbs_up
  18. An interesting oddity of the English Language

    There are plenty of plaindromes (racecar, etc.) but have you ever found a phonetic palindrome?

    The only one I've heard of is topshelf.

    Reversed it is "fleshpot" which might not be a word, but...
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    If you're getting tired of the actual Arthurian...

    If you're getting tired of the actual Arthurian tradition but still have an interest in medieval lit there are a few other texts that might be of interest. Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose) is a...
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    Poll: If I could vote I'd be all in for crying of lot...

    If I could vote I'd be all in for crying of lot 49. But if The Maltese Falcon ends up getting chosen I'll probably participate. I'm actually just finishing up a detective fiction course at my...
  21. Thread: Hapland

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    Hapland

    Hey guys,

    Any criticism would be greatly appreciated. Be harsh, please :)

    Ronald reached out and grabbed the elegantly carved wooden handle of the door to Tony’s bar. As the door opened, the...
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    I don't know how helpful this will be, but for...

    I don't know how helpful this will be, but for that time period a good comparative essay might actually work with Hemmingway and Faulkner, focusing particularly on style.

    Although they're...
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    A Definition of Noir

    What exactly is it that defines American "Roman Noir"? It would seem as if most noir novels are loosely based around crime, but it seems like it goes beyond that. Most people try to define it either...
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    There is one inherent problem with criticizing...

    There is one inherent problem with criticizing not only modern prose, but also with criticizing art of the 20th century in general. More often than not it seems to become an exercise in cultural...
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