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/lit/ Literature

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Just heard this from some yolo faggots next to me >major in english and you can get a job whenever you are my sides
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/lit/ how do you not run out of books to read? How do you guys find the next book that you think will be worth it? I have found it completely worthless to get my friends/familys opinion on books (those of them who read at all) and the internet only helps a small bit in this regard. Maybe I'm just too annoyed by the idea of starting a book, only to hate it but I have the hardest time deciding what to read next. How do you do it?
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What do you think of someone who says "I only read classics"?
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Discworld seems fucking hard to get in to. Thinking about reading Carpe Jugulum since the Wikia recommended it. Can I just jump into it? If not, where in Discworld am I supposed to start?
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I'm hoping /lit/ can help me out. One of my favorite types of stories are fictional stories dealing with rise to power (be it sci-fi, fantasy or any other genre) but I seem unable to find that many a book that deal with this kind of plot. Anybody have any recommendations?
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Hey /lit/, I was wondering if I could ask you a favor. I just finished writing a Nietzschean analysis of Happy Feet for a class I'm taking. I called "What is Happy? What is Feet? The Nietzschean Penguin". Now here's the favor. I think it'd be fun to photoshop the prolific Nietzsche mustache onto a penguin and use that as my cover page. The only problem is that I have neither photoshop or the skills to do this. Can someone here do it? It'd be fun for everyone! tldr: Can someone photoshop Nietzsche's mustache onto a penguin?

rading books in original

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Hey, lit/. English is not my mother-tongue, but I kind of like it and not so long ago started reading books in original. So, I hope it will help me to widen my vocabulary at least. What other benefits can you name? And, I've already read Huxley's Point Counter Point and intend to continue with him, so what other authors would you recommend me to read? (the truth is that I prefer french literature and Huxley is the only English-speaking author I like so far)
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ITT: We invent portmanteaus Chronorror: tfw you get aware that time is passing and nothing you can do will stop it.

Hitler novel tops German bestseller list

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Sounds like an interesting book. I wish it were available in English. According to the article it won't be till the end of 2014. Bummer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/9851159/Adolf-Hitler-novel-tops-German-bestseller-chart.html
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We have to read a 2 books of short stories for Spanish class, the first one is 12 cuentos peregrions by Marquez but we get to choose the second. I´d like to read something by Burges, what would you recommend?
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What is the best society to maximise artistic and scientific development, even at the cost of people's welfare? >inb4 Objectivist. No Rand here.
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"Want to learn about Philosophy? Start with Plato and work forwards" seems to be the most general advice I see around here and it makes sense and is easy to get a pretty straight forward reading list happening. But could you do the same with the western canon and gain more from reading them chronologically than you would reading about haphazardly. Where would you start? My guess would be the Iliad and Odyssey.
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Do you know of a place to discuss philosophy on the Internet? Like /lit, but good?
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"Just one more thing" -Portly Petrifych
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Hello /lit/erati. I assume some of you might be like me and try to finish books you've started. There are those books which never get done, though, either because you're distracted by something else, you loose interest and always plan on "finishing it later," or you actively choose to stop reading the book. What are some of the books you've bailed on, books you've left unfinished? (To be fair, I'll say my list of abandoned and actively unfinished includes, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Snow [Orhan Pamuk], Tomasso and the Blind Photographer, and The Moor's Last Sigh. [The last one still bothers me, as Rushdie is one of my favorite authors. He killed a character I liked, I got mad at the book, and stopped reading it with just a handful of pages to go.])
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It seems that most people read because it was something they always enjoyed through childhood but I only got into it recently, I only started reading as a hobby when I was 19 (last year) Did anyone else start later on like me? I'm particularly interested in people who are now 25-30 and started when they were about 18-20 because I am obviously behind, I don't read very fast, although I can speed-read I don't like doing it and prefer to take my time and my vocabulary isn't great, good enough to get me through life but I have to grab a dictionary quite a lot while reading. I was wondering if anyone else was the same but got a lot better over the years.
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>reading Madame Bovary last year >start hating women >I'm the only dude in my class >want to punch people every time I read Flaubert >think "I'd fucking destroy this cunt bitch if I was Mr. Bovary" >I'm not even a shitty country doctor like Bovary was >this guy just deals with her for the mad pussy game >she still fucking other dudes >all the dudes want to punch her too >that feel when you can't even court horrendous women like Mme Bovary >that feel when not even a super bitch would deign deal with you >mfw no face available to abuse the shit out of >thanks Gustavus
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What is the most aesthetic font for writing scientific documents such as lab reports?
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Hey /lit/ I have a quick question. I have no background on philosophy (chem major) and tried to read excerpts of Hegel's Elements of Philosophy of Right finding it painful to follow. His work was supposed to be tackled only by advanced or experienced students (or so wikipedia say) but I don't really know what this exactly means. I remember hearing something similar about Nietzsche years ago: that you needed to know what philosophical postulates and thinkers was he going against. Also that you get some insight on Kant's teachings by knowing Hegel and Hume first. So, howin2philosophy? Is starting from presocratic schools and keeping forward the only real way to do it? Hegel seems to get a lot of hype and hate depending who you ask, and some people may say he's irrelevant by now but I just want to try to grasp some of his writings. Thanks. >inb4 plato.stanford >inb4 sophie's world >inb4 russell's intro to phil
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Working on a story, and I need some Spanish translation help. Specifically, could someone translate this for me? Thanks. Porque tenemos miedo. Tememos. Tememos. Odiamos.
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I just finished Dune yesterday, and by God what a masterpiece. You can tell that Frank Herbert crafted every single page with the utmost tenderness and care. Paul Atreides and Gurney Halleck are possibly the two most coolest characters of any book I've ever read. The book stinks of archetypes, I know, but you can tell Herbert stay's true to Jungian psychology throughout the whole book (the whole collective unconscious consisting of only Reverend Mothers/ Paul's transformation when ingesting the Waters of Life). I can't get enough of this shit. Dune General
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Do many of you game, /lit/? I ask because I think the nature of being a writer effects the way I play games. I naturally find myself drawn to games with Character Creation systems, hence I play a lot of MMOs even though the majority are quite shitty. Still, I hardly ever reach end-game or the level cap. I'm too busy dicking around with the character, even RPing a bit. Then I'll get an idea and make another character. The cycle continues. I attribute this to being a fickle 'creative' type with too many ideas floating around. Have any of you found you do this? Also, any of you done much Roleplaying in games, forums or chat rooms? I've basically done all of them and I feel doing that lead me down this path.
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Chekhov was a beautiful man and an innovator in the field of literature. Are there any other beautiful innovators in the field of literature?
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Hey /lit/. I'm looking for a book which evokes a powerful sense of the universe. Something similar to Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfwY2TNehw
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/lit/, when you are reading a difficult book in philosophy, do you stop yourself from moving on until you believe you fully grasp the thing you are struggling with, or push on after a certain point of struggle and doubt? I've been told the second way is better, since you can always go back and read the work, and pushing forward may give insight to the earlier thing you struggled with.
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Post your reading methods.
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>implying dialectic materialismo isn't the only method to at least describe and comprehend the structures behind state's system. >being this idealistic faggot.

Mental Routine Wiki

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>>>/fit/17553607 Went to /g/ for some help. Coming to you guys next. Hitting up /sci/ and /diy/ last. Help is appreciated.
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I can't finish books, /lit/. Help me. I love the subject matter discussed in the books I sample and on this board, but I just cannot seem to finish a book. I don't have an especially egregious attention span otherwise; it's just when it comes to books, I cannot seem to manage. People often mistake me for someone who is well-read because I have familiarized myself with, and skimmed/read portions of, a good many works. But even the ones I love I continue to fail to see to completion. I'll skim The Birth of Tragedy until I get the gist, love it to death, then jump right into Ecce Homo. I'll dabble in Pliny, pay my tribute to The Wealth of Nations, then be inspired to seek parallels between the present day and the Weimar Republic through the looking glass of Mein Kampf. I'll indulge in the first part of Notes from Underground again but still feel that that's enough, then touch on Sickness Unto Death and The Stranger, but not enough to be able to say with confidence that I've read them. I'll seek quaint social advice from The Book of the Courtier, then open my Bible only to find the only thing I can complete is Ecclesiastes. I couldn't even resist the temptation to read The Prince completely out of order. I really like everything I just listed, and yet the last book I actually finished was the seventh Harry Potter book, and that was the week it came out. What the fuck? I want to learn how to enjoy reading instead of it being a cumbersome obstacle to obtaining the information I covet. Pic unrelated.
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Anyone read this yet? Thoughts on 100 word stories?
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Which do you fear most? A world which parallels that in 1984, or Brave New World?

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