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/lit/ Literature

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Has anyone here gone, or is anyone here going, to an Ivy League school? Is/was the experience worth it? Would you recommend it to others?
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I'm going to send my laptop to be repaired soon and I have no idea how long it will take. I decided to buy some books to keep me entertained until it gets back. Lately I've been in a mood to read non-fiction or at least something based a lot to real events. I've read H.S. Thompsons Hell's Angels and Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test lately and loved both. Also Guy DeLisle's travel comics (Burma, Pyongang and Shenzen) which are all great. So far I've decided to get Bukowskis Post Office and Delisles Jerusalem book. With this information, recommend me books!
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What do you consider to be your favorite book, /lit/?
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If you're over 20 and haven't finished the western canon you're a fucking uneducated pleb and should feel bad. For real. You have no respect of any real man or women. You're also probably poor.
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have i done well regarding my recent purchases?
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anyone read this piece of shit?
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/lit/, is knowledge power?
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Am I the only one who truly detested this book? People rant and rave about how purposefully vague Hemingway is, and yet, the entire book is filled with description of weather, locations, and rooms. Fuck, man, this book is for Plebs.
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What is /lit/'s opinion on Visual Novels?
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If a computer, through some random generator, managed to put words in an order such as to look very much like a novel, could we call it a novel? Additionally, if we could indeed call it a novel, could we speak of it in terms of being a good or bad novel?
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Can i read the Hobbit series without reading LOTR
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What is the correct punctuation here? This is for a CV with bullet points all written like this: >Achieved A grades in Mathematics, History, Physics and English. >Achieved A grades in Mathematics, History, Physics, and English. Should there be a comma after Physics? I live in the UK btw. Obviously it's 4 different subjects, there isn't a subject called "Physics and English".
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Hey /lit/, I Just read pic related. I think the system that the author presents in the book is interesting, but I also found that he was being kind of a dick explaining it, as if he made the discovery of the century, when all this book is is a conglomerate of different ideas that are not that uncommon. I am also perplexed by the aura that this book has for many people, I heard a lot of persons saying that it absolutely changed their view on life and deeply influenced their way of thinking. Is it the case for anybody here ? I am 20, am I too old/young to grasp it completely ?
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How much of /lit/ recognises that suffering/boredom is the usual state whereas happiness/pleasure is merely an ephemeral reprieve from this normal quality. Much like, to a heroin addict, sobriety (suffering) is the normal state whereas the use of drugs serves to faciliate an ephemeral and pleasurable respite from the normal state. I don't mean to confer depression and pessimism. I merely want to suggest that unadulterated and enduring happiness is, as part of the human condition, unsustainable and unattainable. I want an AMG Merc more than anything. What depresses me more than anything is the certain notion that I wont enjoy it for very long.

>implying subjective objectivity

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We haven't had one of these in a while, so let your bile out, /lit/. What /lit/ related stuff is shit? >Finnegan's Wake trash for dilettante pseudo-intellectuals who skimmed a few wikipedia articles on random shit. Plays with language in the same way a baby in a multi-lingual house would, but nobody would call a baby a genius. >the attitude on /lit/ that 'old' art is great and unquestionable but 'new' art is unquestionably shit lel, funny how /lit/ becomes like /pol/ when it comes to this. Poetry is art, but rap music is monkeys playing with their poop. Everything Oprah likes is shit. Everything that poor people can appreciate is shit. >Implying Pynchon is omniscient Jesus christ, not everything in his books is profound truth. Twenty straight pages of "maybe our souls do this when we die", written in 3 sentences and involving fifty tangents isn't interesting. >BEE haters His writing's good. Leave BEE alone!
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Hey, /lit/. I was wondering if you could read the intro I've written to something I'm working on? "Images of remembrance flashed through Eveline's mind as she and Pareth galloped across the countryside on horseback. The village by the river, her old home. Images of her father, her mother, and her childhood. Her little baby brother The way they were attacked, and later ignored by the Empire. The way her father lost his mind, bashing her mother's and brother's skulls in with a meat tenderizer. Attempting to force himself upon Eveline. There on that day, she was blessed. A gift, which allowed her to defend herself from her own father." Picture kind of related.
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so we have anarchy world wide. people are free and happy. they are starting to organize themselves in differetnt groups and different ways to achieve things which they cannot achieve on their own. these groups become more and more established and stronger. as time passes the groups that last long will become something like institutions. eventually one of these institutions will become so powerful that it will be able to boss the other institutions around. eventually the most powerful institutions will become that same as a state. these states will devide the soil amongst them and we will return to statism. so what we have today is the result of anarchy
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What is the actual rule dictating whether we use "a" or "an" in a sentence? For example >I wish I had AN elephant. >I wish I had A cow. Now obviously saying you wish you had an cow just naturally sounds incorrect, but aside from just playing it by ear are there any steadfast rules in place here?
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/lit/, what do I read next? I have read the realists, the surrealists, the magical realists, the beats, the modernists, the post-modernists, the romantics, the French opium poets. I have ploughed through philosophy, – even Duns Scotus and Augustine of Hippo. I have read every notable current author. I have nowhere left to go. I have finished the Western canon, I have read the major religious texts. I load two hundred books at a time onto my kindle and try to find something good, but it doesn't exist now. I have read everything worth reading. I try going through countries chronologically, I try reading Nobel prize winners, I even try the Amazon top 100, but there is nothing left. It's all badly written or the same recycled stories. One book in every hundred grabs my attention now, seems worth reading past the third chapter, and even then it can never compare to the best of what I have already read. Where are the hidden Nabokov's? The Celine's, or Baudelaire's? Where are the books worth reading after the books worth reading have been read?
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Is this a good book? I got it as a gift from a friend...she said it's great, but other friend, a philosophy teacher, said it sucks, mostly because it made other people worship Nietzsche and it doesn't portray his personality as it really was. What do you think about this? When Nietzsche Wept.
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Guys, how good is my speculative cover letter? I'm doing engineering and I want a summer internship. I'm going to apply for jobs in finance as well. Of course I'd attach my CV with this. I'd probably add a minor sentence saying why I want to work for (Company) but I think speculative applications are more about what you can do for them.

Indian epic

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What is the name of the great modern indian epic. It starts with a woman who's husband is riding a bike and is killed. It follows on that she becomes a seamstriss and hires some guys from the country. In the end one of those guys gets castrated.
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Can anyone explain to me what intruiging message Alice In Wonderland contains? I've heard many things about it but I never really noticed it myself.
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So /lit/, who would each of you consider to be the best literary author you've read? Being entirely subjective here. My choice is Frank Herbert. It took me half of the first Dune book to actually understand his writing style and read it easily, but once I did, I enjoyed every word he put down since. The true enjoyment from him isn't storytelling or a mastery of language but a combination of both his style and the ideas he proposed. Mulling over them has entertained me for years, and when I find the time, I'm planning on gathering and tearing through the rest of his works. So /lit/, whom is your favorite and why?
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I read this article a while ago and found it fascinating, now I want to know more about the Soviet Union. Not so much the cold war and the like, but life and politics inside the nation itself. Are there any good books on this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2012/01/the_years_of_stagnation_and_th.html

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