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Write a paragraph/short story using all punctuation marks. . ! ? : ; ( ) - " " ' Let's see what you guys can come up with.
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Anyone know where I can download a pdf of Michael Gira's the consumer or read it online? Sans torrents.
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Would anyone here happen to have a .pdf or .epub of a Choose Your Own Adventure book? I want to use one in class tomorrow to reiterate the meaning of second-person perspective in literature.

2500w Introduction. Thoughts?

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Q:17) Consider the connections between political sedition and pornography in The Secret Agent. The dynamite novel of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a genre concerned with political disruption and vast underground conspiracies of anarchic disorder. The incitement of fear and terror at the idea of anarchic social change was a defining feature of the genre. Curiously, one of the dynamite novel’s bastions, Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, whilst certainly engaging with anarchic forces, depicts an aborted terrorist bombing, a failed anarchic plot. Yet, to what extent the physical failings of terrorists produces a failure of ideas is Conrad’s concerns; and he endeavours to realise this point to his reader through illustrating implicit and explicit connections between pornography and political insurrection. For Conrad, and in turn his reader, the anarchist becomes the pornographer and his general degenerative nature becomes an obscenity that transcends the pages of the novel. Conrad contends that the individual anarchist, like the pornographer, is dangerous only to his immediate surroundings; it is the anarchists’ idea that is truly destructive and obscene and it is this idea that marks the reader long after they have concluded the narrative. Conrad begins the novel by extensively associating the anarchist and anarchy with pornographers and pornography. Such associations made, he then distorts the chronology of the narrative in an effort to position the reader in a voyeuristic and pornographic position, inciting excitement for the climax of the novel. Thus, when the climax comes in Winnie Verloc’s phallic stabbing, the reader is suspended in ecstasy and time, a moment that forces reflection. Thus Conrad’s closure to the narrative marks anarchy, like pornography, as individually devastating, but socially insidious.
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Sup /lit/. Just wondering if anyone knows any good sci-fi poems or poets. The only one I can think of at the moment is 'All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace" by Richard Brautigan.
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Is my writing good /lit/?
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For my history class we're required to read a abridged version of hitlers book mein kampf then write a essay where we find ten different lies Hitler told in it. I REALLY don't want to read this racist shit. I got my mother to complain to the principle that its inappropriate for students to be forced to read it, but I have to anyway. Has anyone read this and can just tell me ten lies you know he told and i will try and write my paper without reading it? Please provide links, I need to have a bibliography. I AM NOT underage btw, I am in high school yes, but I am 18.
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My captcha was drespnd 1849, so I found myself forced to make a thread. So /lit/ what do you think of the party's philosophy in 1984? Is the party right and can reality 'an sich' be changed by changing everyone's reality 'fur sich'? Or is reality completely separated from perception and thus it is possible to determine an absolute truth? I find myself more leaning against the first mentioned; reality is statistically. Changing reality isn't even changing reality; it's the change that is reality. Don't really know how to formulate this but in essence; solipsism is not possible, though reality is statistical as there never was anything else. So, what are your views? And ask me questions about my view; I find it easier to formulate ones thought by answering questions.
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What does it say about us that pretty much every well-known vision of the future is a dystopia?
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Does anybody on /lit/ red Henri Bergson? Been reading him for an comparative analysis between his thought and phenomenology.
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Are the mystics and sages insane? Because they all tell variations on the same story, don't they? The story of awakening one morning and discovering you are one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and infinite fashion. Yes, maybe they are crazy, these divine fools. Maybe they are mumbling idiots in the face of the Abyss. Maybe they need a nice, understanding therapist. Yes, I'm sure that would help. But then, I wonder. Maybe the evolutionary sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe, just maybe, an individual's consciousness does indeed touch infinity — a total embrace of the entire Kosmos — a Kosmic consciousness that is Spirit awakened to its own true nature. It's at least plausible. And tell me: is that story, sung by mystics and sages the world over, any crazier than the scientific materialism story, which is that the entire sequence is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing? Listen very carefully: just which of those two stories actually sounds totally insane?
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"What is Bazarov?" Arkady smiled. "Would you like me to tell you, uncle, what he really is?" "Please do, nephew." "He is a nihilist!" "What?" asked Nikolai Petrovich, while Pavel Petrovich lifted his knife in the air with a small piece of butter on the tip and remained motionless. "He is a nihilist," repeated Arkady. "A nihilist," said Nikolai Petrovich. "That comes from the Latin nihil, nothing, as far as I can judge; the word must mean a man who... who recognizes nothing?" "Say — who respects nothing," interposed Pavel Petrovich and lowered his knife with the butter on it. "Who regards everything from the critical point of view," said Arkady. "Isn't that exactly the same thing?" asked Pavel Petrovich. "No, it's not the same thing. A nihilist is a person who does not bow down to any authority, who does not accept any principle on faith, however much that principle may be revered." "Well, and is that good?" asked Pavel Petrovich. "That depends, uncle dear. For some it is good, for others very bad." "Indeed. Well, I see that's not in our line. We old-fashioned people think that without principles, taken as you say on faith, one can't take a step or even breathe. Vous avez changé tout cela; may God grant you health and a general's rank, and we shall be content to look on and admire your... what was the name?" "Nihilists," said Arkady, pronouncing very distinctly. "Yes, there used to be Hegelists and now there are nihilists. We shall see how you will manage to exist in the empty airless void; and now ring, please, brother Nikolai, it's time for me to drink my cocoa." Why don't you read /lit/'s most fitting coming of age story?

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Has anybody here his work? I think he's overlooked as an author. Thoughts?
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Other than being a bad translator and lazy, why did Jay Rubin leave out two chapters from the Wind-Up Bird Chronicles?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKwMFas9XnY#t=5m56s >/lit/
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All Hallows Read, who's participating? what books are you giving out? I'm giving out goosebumps to younger trick-or-treaters and for teens Coraline and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.
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This is probably the only poem I ever liked and I was wondering you could recommend me something similar? All Hail the New Human Large sex is in a little machine & that porn star didn’t cross the borders, the borders blurred & now the socialist utopia is one big gangbang. You are flaccid if you’re not at this party & it’s hardcore, no fucktards allowed, cokewhores that suck cock for 2 hours are favorable. The V.I.Ps will never point the camera at themselves. Ideas can be demons, like Malice they travel through the crowd, deliverance, even to the liberated, exhilarating as a dirty orgasm by the underpass. The new humans are both predators & victims of themselves, a collective hypnotic oblivion, the autoeroticism of women an industry, of men - a great phallic edifice on the global mind. When do the swans on this septic pond decline, with their noble arched necks fishing among the shit, feculent feathers, cumdumpters for beast freaks out dogging the gardens at sunset. There are pearl divers among the swine people, and those that would eat the corn from their master’s leavings, farms of flesh mannequins silhouetted in a Goya hell downloading granny triple x.

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