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J.K. Rowling is a greedy fucking reptile! She has billions of dollars for writing a shitty hack of a book while she was a poverty stricken single mother and what does she do with it? Does she make grand writing contests to give patronage to struggling writers of promise? No. She writes more shitty books that one likes in an attempt to get even more money. She has no integrity or appreciation of the arts--she's just a money grubbing whore. What a greedy dirty asshole'd bitch. 1 billion dollar net worth. Let that sink in. She's a fucking billionaire.
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what the fuck is going on
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>not reading for authorial intent why read the work of a genius if you have no plan to communicate with said genius? Death of the author is shit. >pic slightly related, but only as an example
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Are Dostoevsky's works better in the original Russian?
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Is there any philosophy that can be summarized as: "Do whatever you want, just don't get caught", or is that too self-evident and obvious to warrant it's own school of thought? Pic unrelated
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Geist ist das leben, das selber ins leben schneidet. >"Spirit is the life that cuts through life." What did Nietzsche mean by this?

First Day of Saturnalia

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Recommend revolutionary books you've read. Non-fiction or historical fictions. Has anyone read this account of Spartacus, and is it any good, in your opinion? (Also Hellenismos General) >Song of Seikilos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RjBePQV4xE
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Motivate me to kill myself
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So Zizek picked Lacan and Hegel. Seems like to be a philosopher you need to stick with a core handful. So what are your core philosophers, /lit/ ?
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Just finished Crime and Punishment, am I prepared to read The Brothers Karamazov?

Linguistics General

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Hello Lit, anyone well-educated in semiotics here? I got in an argument with a tutor today; she said that words can only be iconic or symbolic signs (with Peirce's terminology), so they either can resemble the sound of something (crack, pop, beep, scratch) or be purely conventional, random and arbitrary. I asked if there are indexic words - she said not possible. But surely, an 'Ouch', 'Oh!', 'Huh?' and sometimes even otherwise symbolic words like 'Jesus!' 'God no!' can be indexic, can't they? They stand in cause-effect relation with something happening. For every gasp and cry there must be a reason behind, which is revealed (signified) by the sound itself. At least we instantly turn our heads when we hear them. They are fairly instinctive and don't vary much culturally. Aren't they therefore indexic? Why am I not correct? What do they teach about this at UK or USA universities?
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Hey /lit/, is it considered weird to buy someone a book as a Christmas gift? In the case where you know they want the book, it's obvious, but in the case where you just think they might enjoy it, is it a bad idea to buy the book for them as a gift? I mean, I feel like buying someone a book sort of forces them to read it whether they're truly interested or not, but I'm just not sure if I'm just not projecting how I feel about being gifted a book onto other people.
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So we can all agree that DFW and Pynchon are meme-tier writers that no one here actually gets, right?
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What's your novel about /lit/?
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ITT I will speculate that Thomas Pynchon is a Freemason. I am not a practicing occultist nor a freemason, I merely have an interest in truth. I didn't notice these details until ~100 pages into either of these books, and only noted what jumped out at me. There are surely countless symbols I overlooked or cannot identify. As we all know the plot in Gravity's Rainbow concerns an Illuminati type group, the illusory nature of reality and there are occultists in parts 1 & 4 and several overt references to masonry. This post goes beyond these surface details. We begin: He is from an "old-money" family in New England and attended Cornell. Pynchon outright refers to masonic emblems during the first mention of Tyrone's family during Gravity's Rainbow, before describing how intricately family fortunes are hidden and transferred through business maneuvers and various accounts. When Tyrone is being instructed in German by Dodgson-Truck it's mentioned that his language teacher can speak 33 languages and then they immediately begin discussing pagan sun symbolism. Pirate Prentice's age is given as 33 and Werner Von Braun is mentioned turning 33 during the novel's time. (As a side-note the arguable protagonist of Carpenter's Gothic, Liz, is also 33 years of age. Gaddis (author) is also from a wealthy east coast family and ivy league education, his book involves parables of christ enacting his will through "building" and shows religion using tragedy for PR and cashgrabs) 33 is the rumored-and-all-but-confirmed masonic degree above the publicly acknowledged 32 degrees of the Scottish rite. Part of the conspiracy in Gravity's Rainbow involves the Dutch Shell company. There is a rather infamous set of photographs /x/ and /pol/ occasionally post which show fairly obvious masonic imagery on a stained glass window in an abandoned dutch oil facility. This is included as the OP image. When Slothrop is in Zurich there is a mention of Ivy League classmate's oathes taken to Emptiness and their rulers "back home in puritan establishments" in direct connection with intelligence networks, even name-dropping "oss"/bone worship in fraternal organizations referring to, I imagine, iSkull and Bones at Yale. There is a passage "no one knew the complete spell — only portions. That's what teamwork is". Anyone who knows much about conspiracies will recognize this as a basic tenant of "compartmentalization", in which an organization is run as a pyramid with independent parts all supporting the whole without "interaction" (knowledge) of the other parts positions (roles). This is the meaning behind the pyramid symbol. A perfect example of this pyramidal system would be, of course thank you mr pynchon, united states intelligence agencies.
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How did he reconcile his virtues of nobility/masculinity with his own sickly constitution and poor social standing?


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I started this the other month as per /lit/ request and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to actually get anything out of it. I don't understand the references, humor, none of the stuff I heard about earlier. Every time I try to pick it up, my eyes glaze over, my brain turns to mush, and I keep reading meaningless words but I don't know why. Do I need a line-by-line guide? Any episodes I can skip? Please help
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So did literally nothing philosophical happen between Aristotle and Descartes? I'm disregarding Boethius and Cicero.
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A few people have recommended me Guns, Germs, and Steel and I admit it does seem very interesting, but I've seen a bunch of people say it's just SJW bullshit about how whites are all bad guys and how Europeans are responsible for other countries being third-world hellholes. Is any of that present in the book? For anyone who has read it, what was your experience?

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