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/lit/ Literature

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What were your expectations getting into Nietzsche? Were they broken? matched?
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Why is this plebeian shitstain of a book so celebrated in literature snob circles?

Afrofuturism

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Daily reminder: Karl Jaspers is the superior Nietzsche, the superior Heidegger, and the superior Kierkegaard. Deal with it, philistines
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Is there two pronounciations of the word 'adjective?' 1. ('a-juct-tiv): a describing word 2. (a-JECT-iv): dependent Does this seem right to you, /lit/? pic not related
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Hi /lit/. I've asked before, but that was long ago, so I'll go at it again... Some time ago I read two novels by Michel Houellebecq: "The Elemtary Particles" and "Whatever". When I read'em, they just... hit me right in the feels. The main characters' lives and paths seem very similar to mine. Houellebecq through these characters discusses Schopenhauer and Kantesian philosophy, alongside the critique of the '68-generation and the Cultural (read: Sexual) revolution; as well as other books/authors (i.e. The Island by Aldous Huxley), and subjects like depression & nihilism, suicide, alcohol/drugs and all the other "edgy" stuff. What especially got me in "The Elementary Particles" was that the books revolves around two half-brothers; we follow them from their birth to their ends. Maybe it's what's called "Bildungsroman", I don't know, really. But I simply felt attached to the book because... everything, really. The prose is great, as well. Anyways, from the short description above: Are there any authors/books I ought to check out? I've already begun reading Celine's Journey to the end of the night. I was thinking of picking up Proust's and Jan Kremer's works, too, maybe. Problem is, I don't find them that "timeless"... but maybe there is something out there, not neccessarily contemporary but at least a bit modern? Please help, /lit/..
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How can I read 5000 words a minute like Howard Bloom?
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How does this make you feel, /lit/?
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In 500 years, which modern playwright will be revered the way we revere Shakespeare today?
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>tfw modernist liberals and their death of the author bullshit
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I (and probably a lot of people) have considered many times simply tossing my computer away. I really feel like it prevents me from doing certain things in life like reading more. However, it also allows me to do and learn a lot of things I otherwise wouldn't. I know some people will tell me to get some self-control and just balance my life, but I really think I'm too weak for that. Is such a way of life practical or even advisable? What would I be losing/gaining by doing this? I'm really not sure what I think about this style of life so please share your thoughts
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So /lit/, I have to begin reading this for class. I know nothing about it and was wondering if any of you ever read it. Was it good, bad, unbearable?
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It was a dark Monday night and the sky was cloudy. I saw a light in the sky then I passed out. I woke up in a dim room only lit by a flickering Light in the corner. I stood up and took a look around the room I was in. I found a door and tried to open it to no luck. After about two hours in captivity the door opened and a tall thin figure waked in escorted by three shorter but broader figures. They grabbed me and took me to a chair where they asked me questions about earth and our military. I could only understand them through a translator that the aliens had. After interrogation the aliens took me back to my house and I blacked out again. I woke up in the morning and wondered if it was all a dream. I then saw cuts and bruises on my arms and face from when the figures hit me when I refused to give them a response. I went to my bathroom and began to throw-up a dark green liquid. I couldn't think straight and couldn't talk to anyone. I felt as if I told anyone they would come back and take me forever. Shortly after I could talk straight, I told my friend what happened to me the night before. He didn't believe me and thought I was just trying to pull his leg. I went online the next day to look at UFO reports the day before. I was hoping that someone else saw the light and possibly what happened after I blacked out
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There is this girl. I saw her several weeks ago on Facebook. I do not know her. We have no common friends, as far as I know at least. She would not go out of my head. And I don't recall how I bumped into her page. I decided that I want to get to know her. Consequentially I decided to write her a short mail, but ended up writing five short lines in my notebook (not the computer, the moleskine) by hand and taking a photo of it which I am just about to send her. My opinion is that it is more personal to write it down by hand. I just want to stand out from the ordinary mass and to transform my thoughts into something that is more sincere and straightforward. If it works out, fine. If not, fine too. I will move on. The text is short and clear: >Hi Eveline, I accidentally bumped into your page and thought you charismatic rightaway. I would like to get to know you. Do you want to get to know me, too? Patrick
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I'm addicted to being anonymous. I can't show my work, but not only that, I can't even show others an opinion on things in fear that they'll see how much of a faggot I really am. I was thinking about starting a blog. But this way I can't. Do you identify yourself with this problem? Do you have a pseudonym or something of that kind?
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John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood is available for free on Amazon.com, if /lit/ likes behind the scenes books. http://www.amazon.com/John-Carter-Gods-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B00AFCZ1S4/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
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"Quotations will tell the full measure of meaning, if you have enough of them." ...and that's why we waste so much of our time here.
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So I am finally finishing up War and Peace. I gotta say some parts where fantastic but others were so fucking dull. The only reason I got as far as I am is cause I didn't have it in me to quit 400 pages in. Anyway is it worth reading the long ass 2nd epilogue? Its like 50+ pages of Tolstoy's shitty philosophy and I heard its shit
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Is there a way I can ride my reading in public so people won't laugh at me and call me a nerd?
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Oh god I have to read so many thick non fiction books in a short amount of time or my life is ruined! How do you read books fast /lit/? This is one of the books I have to read, it's so massive ;_;
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homework time guys: Which of the following criteria is NOT necessary to the "soft-line" interpretation of Kantian ethics? In order for an act to have moral worth-- a. It must be one's duty, as any rational being would define it b. It must involve an active engagement of the moral will c. It must be performed because it is one's duty d. It must conform to Law and Respect formulas of the moral imperative. >inb4 i love doing your homework anon
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Postmodernism conceived of contemporary culture as a spectacle before which the individual sat powerless, and within which questions of the real were problematised. It therefore emphasised the television or the cinema screen. Its successor, which I will call pseudo-modernism, makes the individual’s action the necessary condition of the cultural product. Pseudo-modernism includes all television or radio programmes or parts of programmes, all ‘texts’, whose content and dynamics are invented or directed by the participating viewer or listener. By definition, pseudo-modern cultural products cannot and do not exist unless the individual intervenes physically in them. Great Expectations will exist materially whether anyone reads it or not. Once Dickens had finished writing it and the publisher released it into the world, its ‘material textuality’ – its selection of words – was made and finished, even though its meanings, how people interpret it, would remain largely up for grabs. Its material production and its constitution were decided by its suppliers, that is, its author, publisher, serialiser etc alone – only the meaning was the domain of the reader. Big Brother on the other hand, to take a typical pseudo-modern cultural text, would not exist materially if nobody phoned up to vote its contestants off. Voting is thus part of the material textuality of the programme – the telephoning viewers write the programme themselves. If it were not possible for viewers to write sections of Big Brother, it would then uncannily resemble an Andy Warhol film: neurotic, youthful exhibitionists inertly bitching and talking aimlessly in rooms for hour after hour. This is to say, what makes Big Brother what it is, is the viewer’s act of phoning in. http://philosophynow.org/issues/58/The_Death_of_Postmodernism_And_Beyond
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Kierkegaard vs. Camus Who is superior?
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Does /lit/ pirate their books? If so, are there any particular source(s) you use?
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When people are attempting to gain an understanding of Philosophy it's often said to start with Plato and move forwards, as many works are reactionary or build upon previous thought. Not many people will argue that this approach is silly even if they believe in an alternative learning path. My question is, could you take this approach to reading the western canon? If so, what books would you read and in what order. A good starting point, I feel, is with the Iliad and Odyssey. Perhaps Gilgamesh, but its actual influence on the western canon seems to be less than of Homer's works. Where would you go from here, though? If you were attempting such a feat, to read through the western canon sorted by influence rather than merely chronologically, where would you go from there? What arguments would need to be looked at to find a good criteria for creating an ordered reading list? Do you feel an approach similar to this would provide more value than simply choosing great works to read somewhat haphazardly? Bascially, is it possible, beneficial and worthwhile to create and follow an ordered reading list for the western canon similar in nature to what is prescribed for philosophy? I really hope this thread does not get derailed like the last into a discussion comparing MMO's and reading clubs, but rather becomes something about discussion of how to order such a list, what arguments one must think about whilst choosing the works and any benefits or disadvantages you may see from this approach.

Star Maker

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I expect to get mad props for discovering and reading this book It's not too long, but it's packed with galactic information Recommended for any dreamer who's ever looked up to the stars
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hi /lit/ I have just finished post office and it was magnificent. what bukowski should read now? i'm kinda torn between poetry and books, is ham on rye the best one next?
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Can I be a famous writer now? Tim Skadoo was an ass and a very respectable one at that. All the other donkeys kissed his hooves and imitated his regal clip-clop. Women brushed his glorious mane and men paid him in favours for favours. Tim Skadoo was well known in the ass community for being able to return a favour. I heard from a man called George who heard from a donkey called Pete that one time, someone was really laying into an ass, they were using whips, chains, hell George told me that they even had a paddle with nails hammered through it. Every night, horrific cries rang out across the town as someone abused a poor ass. It wasn't until the abused donkeys brother went to see Tim Skadoo and asked him to put a stop to it that anything happened. George told me that one night, when the town was silent except for the steady slapping of an ass with a tell tale squelch of nails being pulled out of it, Tim Skadoo left his stable and wandered into the sore ass donkeys blood covered abode. "BRAAAKEN FICH SCHNIDDLE" said a large German man "SCHNICKLE VON SAUSAGE HERR SCHWEPPES" he continued. "No please don't hit me again please" pleaded the donkey. "VICH VON SHNOCKLE SCHNAPPES" screamed the german man in reply. (It is probably obvious by now that everything I know about Germans I learned from WWII documentaries) Tim Skadoo was fuming. No one is allowed to talk to a donkey like that in his town. He burst into the stable, startling the German, causing him to drop his whips and other punishment paraphernalia. Steam poured out of Tim Skadoos nostrils when he saw the quivering ass on the bed of straw.
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How many rejections do you have? How many sales?
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is this worth reading?
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What do you make of books that have wildly varying chapter lengths, like one chapter is 50 pages and then another is like 4 pages long? I don't like it much, it breaks the flow too much for me.
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http://www.thedailydolt.com/2013/02/06/idaho-republican-proposes-bill-requiring-students-to-read-atlas-shrugged/ >Idaho state Senator John Goedde (R) has introduced a bill requiring students to read Atlas Shrugged. The conservative lawmaker’s bill would force students to pass a test on the Ayn Rand novel before graduating from the educational enslavement of high school. >While he hasn’t read the book in thirty years, Goedde claims, “That book made my son a Republican.” The anecdote undoubtedly relieved some of the state’s more conservative lawmakers, who distrust reading on principle. >Alas, Goedde says he proposed the bill merely as “a statement” and does not expect the measure to pass, once again proving Ayn Rand’s claim that “[o]f all the government undertakings, none has failed so disastrously as public education.”
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As far as literature is concerned, what hasn't been done yet? Is it even possible to follow Pound's advice and "make it new" anymore?
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This seems to be the best place to ask. Do you guys know what is the MOST accurate, raw, and uncensored English versions of the old and new testaments? Not trying to turn this into a religious argument, I just want to read the bible. I'm sure atleast some of you guys here have read it right?
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I need this particular book in a pdf. Feel free to post any other useful educational resources you might have
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"Water drunk from a cow becomes milk. Water drunk from a snake becomes venom." Well, since water becomes piss, when will that have any benefit to the human race?
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(Trying my hand at erotic fiction) A vortex of fire erupted from a rune chalked into the ground. It did not spread but instead stayed within the confines of the room, even as the flames licked the high ceiling and chandilier. The Prince raised an arm to see better in the sudden blaze. As quickly as it had come the flames spittled into nothing, a ring of smoke trailing in it's wake. The young prince stepped closer toward the rune he had chalked seconds before, summoning book opened in one hand just in case he may need to call upon it. A girl of sixteen winters sat unclothed within the runes, arms wrapped around her crossed legs, which were brought close to her chest. Small goat-like horns jutted from her forehead just before her silky black hairline. Her body on display the girl looked up at the Prince and stood to her full height. "You have summoned me, master" said the horned girl, cocking her head to one side and squinting at the sight of the prince who stood in stunned silence. "What is it you require of me?" The boy readjusted his spectacles and flicked through the pages of the summoning book. Finding the right section he read aloud, tracing the inscribed ink with his forefinger. "I, Prince of Barrow, have summoned thee, succubus, to perform any act, I see fit, until such a time, comes that I no longer need your company" he said, breaking his sentence into little chunks as he read. The Prince looked up from his book and, face blushing at the sight of the beautiful girl, ground his teeth in anticipation. Silence filled the Prince's chamber.
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I have a 25$ gift card for amazon. I'm a beginner with literature. What should I get? and are used copies worth it?

Handwriting thread. [Signature edition]

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Show /lit/ your marvelous signature. I will rate what I can.






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