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    A unique technique in story telling can sometimes...

    A unique technique in story telling can sometimes be mistaken for superior writing. A new approach to literature - as impressive as it might be - is essentially a successful gimmick. Doing it...
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    Gonzo journalism is about exaggerating the facts...

    Gonzo journalism is about exaggerating the facts of a story for added effect as well as increasing its entertainment value.

    Alonso Quixano saw things that weren't there out of a need to satisfy...
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    I've heard both sides state their case and...

    I've heard both sides state their case and believe I have enough information to make a decision. After careful consideration I've decided to go with Tupac.
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    The connection to Don Quixote is a strong one. I...

    The connection to Don Quixote is a strong one. I can certainly see many of the same themes running through each novel. Then again Don Quixote probably inspired more books and films than we can ever...
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    That would actually be kinda cool. For something...

    That would actually be kinda cool. For something like that, I'd remove all the Cetology chapters and have Steadman work with the rest. It would be interesting to see his depiction of Queequeg and the...
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    Fear and Loathing on the Pequod

    At first glance Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Moby Dick seem to have nothing in common. I never really made any connection myself until recently. I think there are some interesting parallels to...
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    Unfortunately, that wasn't the only bad book by...

    Unfortunately, that wasn't the only bad book by Conrad...

    Although I can think of several bad books by good authors, the one that comes to mind instantly is Cormac McCarthy's The Orchard Keeper....
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    There Will Be Blood...mediocre?...hmmm If it...

    There Will Be Blood...mediocre?...hmmm

    If it went over your head, which I think it did, then just say you didn't like it or get it. But calling it mediocre?...riiight


    After careful review,...
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    Since you'll be out in the wilderness, then how...

    Since you'll be out in the wilderness, then how about Lord of the Flies....
  10. Thread: Joseph Conrad

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    Joseph Conrad has been called many things by many...

    Joseph Conrad has been called many things by many people. Racism, ethnocentrism, and all other similar charges aside, (though those are absolutely valid arguments) Conrad was a writer with the prose...
  11. Why we do not have giant literary writers today?...

    Why we do not have giant literary writers today?

    http://scophy.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/02_cardiff_library.jpg


    Well, clearly because we're running out of places to put their books!
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    This may not be one word - or even a 500 dollar...

    This may not be one word - or even a 500 dollar word like "denouement" - but how about an Aha! moment? I've heard it used many times by people coming to realize how all the pieces of a work come...
  14. In the future robots will replace human writers...

    In the future robots will replace human writers and all the books will center around the fear that one day humans will become intelligent enough to neutralize all the robots and take over the earth. ...
  15. "A horse! A horse! My landlord is a horse! (okay,...

    "A horse! A horse! My landlord is a horse! (okay, this one is at least inspired by Shakespeare)

    Here's a real quote:

    "O, what men dare do! What men may do! What men daily
    do, not knowing what...
  16. Thread: E-book piracy

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    What if one were to pirate an e-book about...

    What if one were to pirate an e-book about pirates?
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    That makes sense! He probably outsourced it to...

    That makes sense! He probably outsourced it to China. Especially if you consider all that talk about providing for the poor and rich people having no shot at heaven. It all sounds...
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    The Bible by God

    The Bible as Literature

    I wonder how God wrote it. You think he's one of those people typing away on their laptops at Starbucks (who we all know are procrastinating by people watching and checking...
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    Further Reading

    I must agree with everyone here who has suggested reading it "after" you've completed the novel. But again, it really depends on the novel. If I hated it or wasn't that crazy about it, the chances of...
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    Introductions to novels...who needs em?

    I tend not to read introductions to novels written by other writers. They often contain spoilers and spoon feed you the reasons why what you're about to read is important. I can see it being...
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    ???

    This thread reminds me very much of Youtube. You know when the video is about say...The Solar System and when scrolling down to the comments the viewers are arguing back and forth about the the Holy...
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    The actual reason or inspiration for this thread...

    The actual reason or inspiration for this thread was honestly something quite different than what has been discussed here thus far, which is fine.
    What more or less inspired me to make this thread...
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    Poll: I looked it up. He only did a semester or two at...

    I looked it up. He only did a semester or two at the University of Virginia before dropping out due to financial difficulties. No one is denying that he was well-versed in the classics. However, I...
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    Poll: I'm certain people here will vehemently disagree...

    I'm certain people here will vehemently disagree with what I'm about to say, but here goes. I think Poe was a border-line bad writer, on purpose. Allow me to explain.

    I don't know much about his...
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    "I believe in intuition and inspiration....

    "I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to...
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