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→ Come on Komfy Guys and Gals ←

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Greetings from Depreschan.
Come visit us, if you'd like.

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Greetings from kotchan, we're kots there.

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Define good writing.

That's right. You can't.


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Good writing should communicate what the writer intends to communicate, give life to lifeless pages and entertain the reader at the level beyond the reader's expectations.

The idea that good writing cannot be defined is modernist clap trap.


"give life," that's pretty specific


Writing that resonates with you. Writing is inherently subjective. A book is, objectively, just a pile of pulp with ink on it. All of the meaning it has is given to it by humans.

Of course, you can define your own personal standards with examples of what you deem to be good writing, but you can't objectively define good writing

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Good old school pulp books for PulpRevvers. Go.

I'd start with Wright-era Weird Tales, Tremaine-era Astounding, most anything Planet Stories, and Burroughs.


Probably better to ask about bad old school pulp books, or books to avoid. Generally there's a lot of fun to be had in whatever.


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Just got my mitts on an original copy of this guy, right here.
Anyone else read it yet? Good, bad, indifferent? (Worth harming the binding to read…?)


If you don't want to harm the binding, Standard Ebooks has a solid edition: https://standardebooks.org/ebooks/abraham-merritt/the-moon-pool

It's quite good.

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