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/lit/ Literature

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I just finished reading Caesers Memoirs (and the ones not written by him), Twelve Caesers by Suetonius, History and Annals of Imperial rome by Tacitus, and Polybius' Histories. Now i really want to read about pre Imperial Rome. Any good books? I'm tempted to dig into Cassius Dio's 80 book history, or at least what remains of it, but I don't know if I'm ready to take something of that magnitude on right now.
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I've been seeing quite a few quotes from Nietzsche all over the place, and I'd like to start reading his books. I've never read philosophy, so with what should I start? One of his books (if yes, which?) or others?
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Did Descartes really say "Give her the dick"? Where is this quote from? Why would he say it?
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do you think humans will ever grow up as a species and lose the desire to read fiction and stupid made up stories?
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Sad to say /lit/ but I think music is more timeless an artform than literature, even when the literature is properly translated. It seems like it's just harder as time passes for people to widely appreciate a work of literature when it's so far removed from their time period compared to listening to a piece composed centuries ago that will have more--if reduced--appeal. What about movies though? Do you think written literature will maintain appeal over time better than film?
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>founded Jet Propulsion Laboratory >held rituals with naked chicks jumping through fire hoops at his home >instructed L. Ron Hubbard in the arts of deception >died summoning a demon; his family committed suicide in the wake of his death because he was such a glorious demigod Why aren't you a Satan-worshipping genius rocket scientist, /litl/?
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I need some relatively light reading, something to fall asleep to where I won't mind if I don't retain all the details. What's good?
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poem, thoughts?
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This is a thread. A meta-thread, in that the point of the thread is not about literature, but the board of /lit/ In this thread I have rules. Rules you do not have to follow, rather rules I will follow. Naturally I cannot enforce any rule I impose upon you, and trying would be silly. I would like every post of value to be saged. I will only respond to posts that I feel both require a response and that do not bump the thread. The topic does not matter, but I will start with an interpretation: I think that Lord of the Flies is an example of the Social Contract, and how policy and power relate to one another. At the start, the boys are clearly under the British social contract. Neat clothes, they didn't crash the plane, they didn't want to be on the island, they wanted to be home. It was not a return to nature or tabula rasa but rather a new social contract that resulted in the barbaric society (and that is the key word) seen in the book. While on the plane, and with adults, they were subjected to the powers of the social constructs of their home. Even just by thinking so they enforced this subjection. When the plane crashed and the pilot died, there were no longer any external forces binding them to this behaviour. An adult, who lived in said society all his life, would probably be at the point where he not only believes in the system but can think of no way to live without it. Ralph was like the adults of the novel, he believed and lived in the way he was raised. When the powers of the system vanished, he tried to re-establish the authority of his culture, and when later Jack instituted something different, he actively fought against it (A war) Jack, on the other hand, found most of the rules to be unnecessary, and because he was powerful, irrelevant and perhaps repugnant, like perhaps a Children's Crusades bishop viewed penance. He formed a new contract (meat) and formed a crude barbarism, and enforced his contract with his charisma and political power.
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Where should I get started with Kurt Vonnegut?
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/lit/, how has philosophy changed you? For me, I owe nearly everything to it.
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50 Shades Of Grey Inspired Fashion Shoot Buckle in, its happening.
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Anyone else read this book? Opinions on it? I enjoyed it thoroughly but it was emotionally draining. Reminded me of the period when I'd broken up with my girlfriend but we were still forced to live together.
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>In bookstore >See copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man >"Oh cool I've heard some great things about this" >Quickly open to first page >"ONCE UPON A TIME and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo... His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face. He was baby tuckoo." >Mfw >Put it down and walk away Yeah this is bullshit
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Don't think anyone is going to skip over the first shit of the other thread I made and notice that it's about Les Miserables, so I'll just start a new thread. I'm about three hundred pages in and I've enjoyed it so far, but It seems to me that it almost reads like a history book. The part about "some flowers on Earth and all the stars in the sky." was just phenomenal, but I can't shake this feeling that it's just a long-winded history of seventeenth-century France with a few bits of philosophical dilemma thrown in. Thoughts /lit/?
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I've never read Neet, I've been reading TSZ a little and I feel much of it is going over my head. Is there anything I'm missing?

Gravity's Rainbow thread - over in /r/

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>>>/r/10922391 why the hell isn't this in here?
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Hey lit, I don't know any Russian. Does any one know what Thomas Mann novel these are?
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There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, And swallows circling with their shimmering sound; And frogs in the pools, singing at night, And wild plum trees in tremulous white, Robins will wear their feathery fire, Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire; And not one will know of the war, not one Will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn, Would scarcely know that we were gone.
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Is beauty subjective?
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Have you ever read one of those trashy YA books and enjoyed them? This thread is for discussing such shameful secrets.
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Looking for top-tier biographies. Pic related, it was fantastic.
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Hello /lit/, My College is holding a short-story writing competition type event. So, obviously I'd like to submit something. However, I just can't come up with any short story ideas! So I guess I've come to you guys (and girls?) for some advice, tips, ideas, etc. anything that would help create a semi-good piece of work.
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What's the literary equivalent of "Metal Gear Solid 4"?
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Learning Mandarin soon. Want to learn it with Chinese lit. Any recommendations?
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Discuss. (Sorry in advance for the ugly looking link.) picture unrelated. http://magnoliaisd.org/education/page/download.php?fileinfo=SV9Lbm93X1doeV90aGVfQ2FnZWQucGRmOjo6L3d3dzEwL3NjaG9vbHMvdHgvbWFnbm9saWEvaW1hZ2VzL2F0dGFjaC8xOTUwNi8xNDgyMV8xOTUwNl9hdHRhY2hfNDc1NS5wZGY=
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I've seen plenty of books that have a negative opinion of Christianity, Atheism, Islam and Judaism, but are there books that show a dislike of Eastern religions?
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What are your thoughts on Frankenstien?
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Hey /lit/, want to write me a poem for my econ class? In it, we have to describe how supply and demand, security, innovations, and consequences will be affected in the economy in the next 20-30 years.
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What is /lit/'s opinion on Emerson? Is he nuts? I just started reading him for one of my classes, but have known of him for a while (English major here) and understand why people consider him profound, but I don't really revere him (yet) as far as writers go. What do you guys think?
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Question: How can one delve into translation? Is it better to look for quality texts that have yet to be translated or to make new versions of texts you feel weren't adequately translated? Anyone here with experience in the world of translation? Pic related

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