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/lit/ Literature

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Which do you choose?
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Criticize my writing, /lit/. Does the "story" do anything for you? http://pastebin.com/fd4UaSHE
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I'm trying to find some books about the 1950s/60s jazz scene. Or anything in regards to the hipster/beatnik subculture. Not looking to read any books by burroughs or kerouac or bukowski, more from a historical standpoint, you know? How the movement started, what hipsters listened to, what they ate, what how they dressed, behaviour, why the movement ended, that whole schtick. >if you wanna find out more about jazz fucking go to /mu/ I'm fucking from /mu/ have you even been there lately? it's feel threads everywhere you go. I could use an essential jazz chart but I haven't read recreationally in a while and i think this is a good opportunity tl;dr a historical look at jazz between the late 40s to late 60s/early 70s, and how the hipster/beat generation was affected by it. Can any point me in the right direction?
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So since I take it glorified violence committed by grossly overpaid thugs in the name of "sport" is too low-brow for /lit/ what are my fellow /lit/erati up to tonight besides not watching the Super Bowl?
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Alright /lit Start posting blogs or writing pieces that you've found interesting, well writen or funny as fuck. Let's discuss what we like about them. Not your own stuff, please. We're looking for daimonds in the rough that are not ourselves. Posting this obvious one: http://textfromdog.tumblr.com/
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what do you use for bookmarks?
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Good books about satan and/or the antichrist besides paradise lost and the divine comedy?
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If you're a /lit/izen, and your name is John, there is a good chance you'll receive this from a qt? you try to ask out: "No Thank You John" by Christina Rossetti I never said I loved you, John: Why will you tease me day by day, And wax a weariness to think upon With always "do" and "pray"? You Know I never loved you, John; No fault of mine made me your toast: Why will you haunt me with a face as wan As shows an hour-old ghost? I dare say Meg or Moll would take Pity upon you, if you'd ask: And pray don't remain single for my sake Who can't perform the task. I have no heart?-Perhaps I have not; But then you're mad to take offence That don't give you what I have not got: Use your common sense. Let bygones be bygones: Don't call me false, who owed not to be true: I'd rather answer "No" to fifty Johns Than answer "Yes" to you. Let's mar our plesant days no more, Song-birds of passage, days of youth: Catch at today, forget the days before: I'll wink at your untruth. Let us strike hands as hearty friends; No more, no less; and friendship's good: Only don't keep in veiw ulterior ends, And points not understood In open treaty. Rise above Quibbles and shuffling off and on: Here's friendship for you if you like; but love,- No, thank you, John.
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There was a Bible released a while ago that was some sort of academic version. Its part of a series of books, its released riled some people up. I'm trying to remember it's name since I'd like to pick one up, but cannot. Anyone remember?
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I'm conflicted, /lit/ My prof says that induction a' la Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is impossible (the whole old fashion "nature is uniform" being circular shit) But when I point out how induction actually works, like in every science ever, and that it just makes sense to take it as given, this dude condescends to me. Am I wrong?
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Can someone upload me an e-book of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, pirate bay only has the pig disgusting jack black movie.

Help finding a textbook please ;__;

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I don't know if this is a good place to ask so I apologize if it isn't, but could anyone help me find a place to read/download the 3rd edition of Craig R. Smith's Rhetoric and Human Consciousness: A History? No store around me has it in stock and I need to read a chapter by tomorrow for a quiz and I'm desperate and again I'm really sorry if this isn't an appropriate question to ask ;__;
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Hey /lit/, Without looking for reference to the origin of this poem. Or it's meaning..... Tell me how you interpret it yourself. What is this poem about? Thanks guy "Once upon a time, there was Candy and Dan. Things were very hot that year. All the wax was melting in the trees. He would climb balconies, climb everywhere, do anything for her, oh Danny boy. Thousands of birds, the tiniest birds, adorned her hair. Everything was gold. One night the bed caught fire. He was handsome and a very good criminal. We lived on sunlight and chocolate bars. It was the afternoon of extravagant delight. Danny the daredevil. Candy went missing. The days last rays of sunshine cruise like sharks. I want to try it your way this time. You came into my life really fast and I liked it. We squelched in the mud of our joy. I was wet-thighed with surrender. Then there was a gap in things and the whole earth tilted. This is the business. This, is what we're after. With you inside me comes the hatch of death. And perhaps I'll simply never sleep again. The monster in the pool. We are a proper family now with cats and chickens and runner beans. Everywhere I looked. And sometimes I hate you. . Friday -- I didn't mean that, mother of the blueness. Angel of the storm. Remember me in my opaqueness. You pointed at the sky, that one called Sirius or dog star, but on here on earth. Fly away sun. Ha ha fucking ha you are so funny Dan. A vase of flowers by the bed. My bare blue knees at dawn. These ruffled sheets and you are gone and I am going to. I broke your head on the back of the bed but the baby he died in the morning. I gave him a name. His name was Thomas. Poor little god. His heart pounds like a voodoo drum.”
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Anyone know of any good books on angels? Something with a scholarly approach that examines angels from a non religious perspective that includes some historical lessons on their origins and how they are viewed in the different abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism. I started learning about some pretty obscure angels that are from the gnostic side of Christianity, which has piqued my interest in the subject.
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Where do I start with Philosophy?
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Who came up with alphabetical order
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Not sure where to post this, so this sounded like the best place. I have to write a paper for my lit class that determines wether or not i pass. I've chosen the topic of technology in school. We have to have three sub topics for this paper. I have two, improving grades and increasing interest in school. I need another subtopic along with some sources. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated.
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Team A: Hume, Locke, Berkeley, St. Augustine, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Kafka vs. Team B: Spinoza, Leibniz, Descartes, Stoics, Sartre/de Beauvoir, Dostoyevsky, Camus Which team is superior?
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I really loathe what my annotations look like. Mostly really shitty looking underling and circling. I feel like it isn't really helping at all when I look back at it. Do you have some sort of legend with various signs/symbols when reading? Currently I'm reading a textbook on international relations. I will add I've also had the problem of spending 3 hours to read 3 paragraphs, due to me being near narcoleptic whenever I'm in the library for some reason. I just really suck at reading at a pace that won't consume my entire day. >pic unrelated its my fav
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How often do you samefag your own threads? I do it constantly on /lit/ and /adv/, assuming different personas/styles etc to bump my thread. It doesn't feel as pathetic as you'd think. It really feels like people that aren't you-- on some level. Even when I'm not samefagging there is some level of identity morphing going on. Because on a few occasions while browsing the archivers I've come across posts that gave me a strange sense of nostalgia for a few moments before realizing that *I* had wrote it. Anonymity dissolves authorship, obviously. But beyond that, it sets the stage for role-play, for trying out new identities, attitudes. There's always strawmen and trolling too, but they're just a small part of it. Becoming the opposition can deepen your understanding of your own.
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What are some pieces of literature that have the "Questions 3" cliche that you see in the Monty Python?
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Looking for a series of books and I don't know where to look. The Series is called Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Legend of the Galactic Heroes). Although it has an anime adaptation, I've always wanted to read the books. I know they've never made it to English, so I'd obviously be expecting it in Japanese.
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Why are audiobooks so expensive?
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Daily disregarding the sticky and asking for depressing book recommendations thread.
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Why do people take their opinions as facts?
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alright /lit/, i don't know if i'm in the right place for this, so I apologize. I'm taking a class on Kant, and we're currently reading the Critique of Pure Reason...it's bordering on nonsensical. I have never read anything so convoluted or dense, and I this is only the first assignment. Do any of you have any helpful advice or maybe even some guides for Kant?
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Can /lit/ give me literature on the history of capitalism in America?
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Anyone here read The Darren Shan Saga? I read them when I was a kid and really liked them, I was a kid then. What's /lit/'s thought on the Saga/author?
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I was in recommended reading but it didn't help much. So I started reading a month ago because I really didn't like reading but now I like it and I read a book I always wanted to read (Also sprach Zaratustra), but it was very hard to follow because it was very dense I guess. Plus I didn't know a lot of the words. I need something a lot easier actually, just so that I can start building up some vocabulary and be able to follow harder concepts (I started my "journey" by reading all of the Harry Potter books, but I had no problems with those). What happens a lot is I get lost and need to start reading the same paragraph again and when I realize I already read it 2 or 3 times I think -concentrate!! but then I'm thinking that I "need to concentrate" while reading and still can't get very good comprehension so it's hard when you need to read some paragraphs in a gulp and then get distracted like this. Well I've been kinda "illiterate" for all my life (19 now) except for the odd book for school simple things like following an idea for a while or understanding a chain of thought or grasp new concepts are not very easy for me. Not because I'm not smart but because I didn't get the needed stimuli when I was younger. So I just need to form those new connections on my brain with books and I want to start from the "beginning", I know there is no beginning per se but I need some advice on books that are good to build strong bases that'll make me understand the more "dense" literature later on. >TL;DR I'm 19 and started reading now, need book recommendations that'll give me a good push forward into the world of literature. ps this post took me half an hour to create. english isn't my mother tongue so.. yea. answers appreciated
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Is the unexamined life worth living? Discuss. What makes life worth living, what is a wasted life?
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"A force to be reckoned with" Isn't the 'reckon' superfluous?
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What are prerequisites for reading Gravity's Rainbow? I'm already going to read Lot 49 before I tackle it, but I wanted to be prepared for it :p
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There was once a horny spider...
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Okay so, and correct me if I'm wrong, but: 1.Conservatives - want to keep things as they are, want to keep the status quo, "stability" and "preservation", no moving forward, no daring adventures. Can be compared to stale, sick water. 2.Liberals - fight for the freedom of speech and expression, rights, religion and property, they strive for new inventions and new perfections. If there is to be an evolution of the inner man, it will be achieved in a Libertarian state. Can be compared to a fast river. It's quite obvious that all intelligent and mature people are liberals, and conservatives have a wall in front of them which will never let them develop properly, no matter their potential. So, why are you a conservative then? Also, why does /lit/ hate Ayn Rand? She seems like the perfect governor of the second group?
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How do you focus and keep working on your writing?
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Trying to learn Spanish through /lit/ but can't get any books for my kindle. Undernet has no Spanish books. What do?
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I've started a short story, and this is the first thing I've written since GCSE English, which would have been about 6 years ago. Could you guys read through what I have so far and tell me if its shit? I hope it isn't too purple. My first memory is of a great thirst. Lying alone in the dirt, nestled in amongst the grasses and weeds, I experienced an all-encompassing desire -- a need -- for water. Reaching, reaching, ever so slowly, I searched out that elusive source of life. I blindly worked my limbs through the loose soil, my fingers probing, grasping, examining. Just as I was approching my limit, as the thirst was becoming almost too unbearable, I felt moisture at my fingertips. Rejoicing, I drank greedily, each swallow filling me with a renewed vigour, a greater exuberance. Ah -- to be alive! My thirst quenched, I unfurled myself and stretched upwards, basking in the warm, dappled sunlight filtering through the towering boughs of Mother. I felt an unfettered joy as I breathed the crisp spring air. I look back on those first few years with fondness. As I grew, so too did my world grow. Where at first there was only the massive body of Mother and her many overarching arms, my horizons gradually expanded until I had a view of the entire meadow Mother and I lived in. It was a small plot of land, squarish in shape, and bounded on three sides by a weather-worn fence with peeling paint and rusted strings of barbed wire, tufts of dirty wool stuck to the odd barb. A thick, green hedge occupied the final, northern-most side. A rickety gate lay on the eastern perimeter, with deep furrows wrought in the earth by a tractor or some other such vehicle. Just to the left of the gate was a stile leading to a footpath, which meandered directly through the middle of the meadow to the north-western corner. The footpath itself was a vague, indeterminate thing, marked out only by trampled grass and faint footprints; it seemed more of an idea than a physical entity.
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If anyone is interested I wrote a 5 par. short story for my HS Creative Writing class. Any help or advice would be appreciated. The prompt was to choose a for sale ad. in the newspaper and write about how it came to be for sale. pastebin(.)com/gzHaX0j7
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I recently read Winesburg, Ohio and loved it. Are there any other novels that depict loneliness, life in the old country, and/or are descriptively appealing?
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I think my least favorite thing about McCarthy is that he'll indulge in the most violent shit you'll ever read, but when it comes to the fate of an important character he'll be like "And then he... oh, will you look at that? Turn around! You see that? You see? Never mind. Welp, what do you know! Our protagonist died while you weren't watching." It was especially bad in No Country For Old Men
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Did /lit/ make a best of 2012 list? And if so could someone post it? I would be grateful considering I was slacking all last year.
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Could you guys give me some feedback on this... TLDR: Technology is fucking alive, the singularity is imminent. Think about London, London is a technology dependent society, it comes from technology and depends on it almost inconceivably, now from your perspective you get in your shitty car and drive to your class or your shitty job that you don’t give a fuck about, and then add to that millions of others all doing the exact same thing. You all have a job and without people doing those jobs London fucking collapses on itself, without a fire service there’s no putting out of fires, or when there is no steady supply of food from producers or farmers everyone starves, when some of these ‘roles’ fail, the whole fucking thing is jeopardised, and the system fails, it completely fucking fails to the point that possibly the whole of London ceases to exist. This is a fucking to the word replica of the human body, your heart fails and you die. You need healthy cells to keep your heart healthy, your cells are your life. London as a technological society is the exact fucking same thing, YOU as people doing your jobs and fulfilling your roles, are essentially the cells in this giant fucking thing. London is a living thing. Cont.....
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ITT: Pro FanFic
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So /lit/, a priori and a posteriori. 2+2=4 Which is it? It seems obvious that its a priori, but my friend brings up the point that this would only make sense assuming a person already has certain sense date that they got empirically. Also, he thinks that the sciences can offer examples of a priori, when it seems they should be a posteriori. An example being the definition of mass.
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Philosophy is a sham. It died a long time ago. It now lies in it's own excrement, pointing an emaciated finger at the scientific method and crying "Objective truth, no objective truth." In order to be a modern philosopher you have to be a cuntbag of the highest order. You have to acknowledge that all philosophy is now just a snide poke at science, but master the technique of living on Fathers money and forming semantic bullshit to convince everyone you are important and intelligent. Look. I'll give an example. "Philosophers; why is the flower beautiful?" >Schopenhauer - "Here we contemplate perfection of form without any kind of worldly agenda, and thus any intrusion of utility or politics would ruin the point of the beauty." "Utility spoils beauty, but can't get us closer to understanding beauty? STFU, Shoppy. Next." >Hegel - Art is the first stage in which the absolute spirit is manifest immediately to sense-perception, and is thus an objective rather than subjective revelation of beauty. "Objectivity? Really, Hegel. STFU. Next." >Kant, "the aesthetic experience of beauty is a judgement of a subjective but similar human truth, since all people should agree that “this rose is beautiful.” "Subjective interpretation could lead to an objective consensus? U R 1 Cheeky Kant m8 and you're talking out ur arse. Listen, cuntbags, the answers can only be found in the sciences, the questions should be asked in those fields too. Our pretty little flower, if we want to understand why it's beautiful, can only be explained in a spectrum of non-philosophical fields. A neurologist or psychologist combined with a biologist can tell us exactly why we respond to the flower and think it is beautiful, and we can express that subjective beauty in art. So go ahead, fuckers, point your philosophical fingers and tell me that I can't have axioms or objective truth, because that's all you bitches can do.
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anyone else think life is a bit of a hassle?
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Epistemology and all of its off-shoots has very nearly ruined philosophy. We need to go back to a time when the study of the process of knowledge was recognized as the business of the science of psychology and philosophy was understood as the synthetic interpretation of all experience, rather than an analytic description of the mode and process of experience itself. Analysis belongs to science, and gives us knowledge; philosophy must provide a synthesis for wisdom.
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I'm reading this but so far I do not like it. Why is this story so shitty? The characters so stupid. I don't understand.
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I'm turned on as fuck and want to read some fitting poetry. What is some good poetry that uses erotic subject matter/themes? Barring the obvious example of actual erotic poetry (which I find frequently underwhelming), I'm quite partial to nature poetry that's implicitly erotic (e.g. Whitman, particularly the Children of Adam section from Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself).
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David Markson. Arguably the best writer of the past 40 years. Have you read him, /lit/?

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