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  1. Can self-publishing transcend the lack of a gatekeeper?

    Self-publishing, or indie publishing (as it's proponents would rather call it), was long a dirty word in the literary community. Originally called vanity publishing, it was the haven for those with...
  2. Thread: Gatsby

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    I took it to mean something like this. Wanting...

    I took it to mean something like this. Wanting something, working for it, desiring it, dreaming of it, is a powerful driver. It can make someone do great things. Sometimes what we fantasize about is...
  3. I like a good curse as much as the next...

    I like a good curse as much as the next hot-blooded adult, but censorship of swear words might not be the biggest problem literary sites face. To be honest, I didn't realize they were facing any...
  4. Thirding the sentiment. Having an entire library...

    Thirding the sentiment. Having an entire library in one's pocket is so useful, and so much more accesible. No matter where I am, with 5 minutes free or 50, I can take out my phone and read a book to...
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    Sorry, just not enough characterization,...

    Sorry, just not enough characterization, dialogue, and exposition for me to follow along. Perhaps a couple of re-writes, then you could submit another draft for consideration.
  6. The villain in every Die Hard movie? ;) As...

    The villain in every Die Hard movie? ;)

    As others have mentioned, there are plenty of historical examples. We fear the unknown, and foreigners are often seen as other. One of my favorites types of...
  7. Thread: Bucket Lists

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    My bucket list is to write a bucket list, haha....

    My bucket list is to write a bucket list, haha. I've done a lot already, so there's nothing special I absolutely feel is left to do, besides enjoy my life. Perhaps if they invent a shuttle service to...
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    I was going to answer this. Checking some...

    I was going to answer this. Checking some sources, it looks like there are even more verses than I knew.

    Hickory Dickory Dock,
    The mouse ran up the clock.
    The clock struck one,
    And down he...
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    Same for me. Thank god for the miracle of modern...

    Same for me. Thank god for the miracle of modern amenities :)
  10. Sticky: Poll: First language. Though I can speak...

    First language. Though I can speak conversationally in two others (latin is dead, but the conversation wouldn't be).
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    Great quote. Specific, but inclusive.

    Great quote. Specific, but inclusive.
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    Wish I could help, but it's been a long while...

    Wish I could help, but it's been a long while since I read the book. Heck of an assignment for you to get. Mine were usually much more pedestrian.
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    Not so much, but I loved Onegin. Any specific...

    Not so much, but I loved Onegin. Any specific recommendations?
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    Thanks for pointing out this list. I have been...

    Thanks for pointing out this list. I have been going through a foreign literature phase and Japan seems like a great next geographic stop.
  15. I find this an impossible question! At least just...

    I find this an impossible question! At least just to pick one. There are too many different expressions of literature, and too many different types of stories in those different expressions. That...
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    I came here to post this. This is one of my all...

    I came here to post this. This is one of my all time favorites.
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    Ha! Probably true for most of us ;)

    Ha! Probably true for most of us ;)
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    What is literature to you?

    I haven't been on this board long, but the question of literature is one I've had a long time. What is literature? What seperates the good and bad?

    People will invariably point to the classics...
  19. Sticky: Great list. I've read: 1. The Bible 2. Hamlet...

    Great list. I've read:

    1. The Bible
    2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    3. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor...
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    Some complain of Tolkiens lyrics, but I always...

    Some complain of Tolkiens lyrics, but I always found them to be a smart and intelligent part of his worldbuilding. They can serve a number of functions in literature. It is not coincidence that many...
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    I think like most things, purple prose is ok done...

    I think like most things, purple prose is ok done with talent, but terrible otherwise. Certainly seems to afflict some amateur authors in the worst way. Part of it might be the mistaken idea that...
  22. Here here!

    Here here!
  23. Great selection. Like Dreamwoven, I'm going to...

    Great selection. Like Dreamwoven, I'm going to have to look up some other work.
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    Slow reader. I have been known to read out loud...

    Slow reader. I have been known to read out loud to my fiance, as well. Usually do all the voices :)
  25. Cnaiur urs Skiotha, from R. Scott Bakker's The...

    Cnaiur urs Skiotha, from R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing series. He is a savage barbarian warchief of stunning intellect, haunted by his manipulation as a child by an ubermensch-like...
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