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/lit/ Literature

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How is your book coming?
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>tfw could never get into lord of the rings because it was too wordy and boring. Are there any good fantasy series about questing and adventure that have better pacing?
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Enough of 'pleb', think of a new word. I submit 'bottom-feeder'


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So I got a new job with a decent commute. And I am not a huge fan of listening to audio books, as I like to read them myself. But what are some good, or dare I say, "intelligent" podcasts? I already listen to the Partially Examined Life, and it's pretty good. They don't stick with entry-level superficial philosophy, but actually dig into it. I have a BA in philosophy and can still glean some insight from the podcast so it's at least worth the time. But what else is there? I tried googling "intelligent podcasts" and I predictably just got pseudo-intellectual nonsense in the worse sense of the word. I also have a BS in biology, so all the "fun science" podcasts are horrific garbage, unfit for a high schooler. All of the literature podcasts seem to be just contemporary garbage that I have no interest in. I know I am having trouble finding w worthwhile podcast when the best thing I can find thus far are the TED talks podcast...... So help me out /lit/. Please and Thank you.
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Just finished this, I expected more (judging from Ellis' comics, haven't read "Crooked Little Vein"). A Noir-ish book with some over-the-top characters that would've fit better into a comic, some boring brutality, some justice at the end. Did any of you read it?
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Reminder that creative and sexual energies are one and the same. Your inability to live your libido keeps you an underachieving idiot who can't get laid and produces nothing.
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Hey, rate my poem, /lit/ You might consider your circumstance now. I thought we were done. We aren't done until you're done, old friend. You could quit me. I'm not a thing that admits of quitting. The heater rattled in the corner. Of your happiness? I am happy. I speak in circles I speak to myself like a salesman fool you remember the wasted time and the wasted time not remembered is necessarily wasted I sell time to myself I spend time by myself. I spend time by myself. I spend time by myself. Its cold outside and I put my hand to the window and the print of my hand is there and my other hand again on top of it so that I have a thumb on each side of my hand. The print is gone soon. On my walk home that day, "Spare some change guys, pregnant and hungry." She was dusted white, sitting with her legs crossed, rocking in the falling snow. "Oh what the fuck, that's fucked." "I bet she'll eat the baby when it pops out." "Fuck dude." We laugh a disgusted laugh. "Aww." We're home now, we haven't been living together long. We drink bourbon together and smoke pot and we talk and then he leaves and I'm almost alone he wont quit me he's around that deep spectre of myself or my father I can't tell but he's the one I go to if I need to buy some time to remember not. When I was a boy my friends and I stuck a branch in the mud in the ravine and thats where we made our headquarters and we wrote our constitution something about loyalty and privacy but I don't think any of us remember. At night we would light a fire and more would come and it would get noisy and soon we would see the beams of police torches break through the trees and we would scatter like bugs under a rock. "What's your name, son." I told him my name and he wrote it down. "I'm not trying to give any of you a hard time." "Yes sir" I remember thinking I wanted to become a police officer.
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the value of famous quotes. is it safe to say they're all to be taken with a grain of salt? just can't believe how fascinated i was by it all back when.
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What version of the Bible should I read? I know relatively nothing about most religions and I would like to read the Bible to familiarize myself with it. I don't know if this makes much difference buy I want to familiarize myself particularly with James and his life. >inb4 magic tricks and morals
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What is anything but itself?

Let's debate theism vs. atheism

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While the dispute is a tad played out, I thought that the /lit/isens could have a genuinely good, rational debate of why atheism or theism/deism is the more logical standpoint. I will begin by saying that my personal beliefs hold equal rational grounds to any other. I am a deist of sorts, and I agree with the argument that there exist truths about the universe and its creation that are beyond human comprehension, but I do not agree that the ONLY logical conclusion one can arrive at from that assumption is Atheism. Agnosticism maybe, but my point is this: if we can assume there is no way we will ever PROVE or KNOW fully what created the universe/life and how, why is arbitrarily choosing religion any LESS valid than arbitrarily choosing non-religion? The non-belief is still a belief! It is, like religion, a negation of other explanations based on personal belief over logic and reason- for logic and reason would denote that the jury is still out on the matter, that while "evidence" may point closer to one answer than the other, determinately stating "THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE" requires a leap of faith on some level. Why then, the most logical answer must be Agnosticism, as in "I don't exclude the possibility that god exists, but I am not convinced either way. There is no hard evidence to clearly state either side as the winner, so I rest calmly and reservedly in the middle" Can you dispute this?
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Since /lit/ seems to be pretty stale today, why don't we have a nice discussion? I read this book several months ago, and I have to say it's one of my favorites. Why it isn't recommend here as thoroughly as some other books is a mystery to me. Back on topic though. What did you think of the ending? The tone changes so abruptly that I'm wondering if anyone has toyed with the idea that it was authored by someone else. Or is the ending perhaps an extension of the absurdness of the narrative (and thus a parody)? I can never seem to find a good discussion of this novel elsewhere.


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>http://theaprilreader.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/tar-23.pdf Any thoughts, /lit/?
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Hi /lit/, /int/ here. What nation produces the best literature?
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Is there a book about a perfect, cheerful society? No love stories, just a positive society that always smiles
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>The story is told of an automaton constructed in such a way that it could play a winning game of chess, answering each move of an opponent with a countermove. A puppet in Turkish attire and with a hookah in its mouth sat before a chessboard placed on a large table. A system of mirrors created the illusion that this table was transparent from all sides. Actually, a little hunchback who was an expert chess player sat inside and guided the puppet’s hand by means of strings. One can imagine a philosophical counterpart to this device. The puppet called ‘historical materialism’ is to win all the time. It can easily be a match for anyone if it enlists the services of theology, which today, as we know, is wizened and has to keep out of sight. come at me, marxists
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Besides /lit/, what literary websites do you visit?
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How do I read for longer amounts of time? No really - how do you guys do it? I started Brothers Karamazov and I can't really handle reading this book for intervals longer than half an hour - my mind begins to drift and I skim over the pages. I think maybe the internet and the subsequent desire for instant gratification has shorted my attention span so much that I just can't handle reading for long periods of time. How do I train myself, /lit/?
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Just saw this and thought I'd look up the screenplay, 'cause it felt fucking long. Here it is: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/academy/media/zerodarkthirty-screenplay.pdf
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"Human intelligence is more trouble than it is worth. It is more destructive than creative, more confusing than revealing, more discouraging than satisfying, more spiteful than charitable" Discuss.
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Hi c/lits/, what do you think of the new Bell Jar cover? http://www.salon.com/2013/02/01/new_bell_jar_cover_ignites_controversy_inspires_parodies/
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Hey, /lit/, I don't post here often. This is my favorite book, and I'm wondering if there is anything else out there like it? also, any one else read this 10/10 book?
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Hey /lit/ I want to get into writing, mostly for my own entertainment than actually trying to get published or anything. I have pretty low self- esteem so I think all my ideas and writing are shitty which makes it kind of hard especially to start. Should I worry about whatever I’m writing having a meaning to it before I get to writing like when I’m trying to come up with an idea for a story? And do you have any tips or advice for how to come up with ideas or anything in general?
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Hello, /lit/ I'm hope to improve my verbal, grammar, sentence structure, and overall writing skills. Are there any authors in particular whose writing will help me the most with that? I don't mind the genre.
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["]His idea is that whenever you encounter any other grokking thing—man, woman, or stray cat…you are meeting your 'other end.' The universe is a thing we whipped up among us and agreed to forget the gag." Jubal looked sour. "Solipsism and pantheism. Together they explain anything. Cancel out any inconvenient fact, reconcile all theories, include any facts or delusions you like. But it's cotton candy, all taste and no substance—as unsatisfactory as solving a story by saying: '—then the little boy fell out of bed and woke up.'" What do you guys think?
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if i studied for ages, would i ever understand the subtleties of communication?


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Hey /lit/, this is my first time on this board and I am wondering what books should I read before posting on here some more. Books I like > art of warfare, 1001 nights, physics of the impossible, calvin and hobbes (Yes I know it isn't a book but the philosophy stuch with me) +1 if you can recommend an iranian author
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Which one do I read lit? I found these laying around my friend's house and he didn't mind giving them away.

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A long while ago, there was an old man who lived alone. He no longer had a wife, for she had passed on. His kids didn’t exactly appreciate him and so never visited him. All he had was himself, a small house, a bed, a chair, a lamp, and some books. This lamp was special to him. This lamp was a gift from his wife, before they even fell in love. This lamp was given to him because he was down on his luck and couldn’t afford it, and a friendly woman would let him sit in the store next to this very lamp and read his books, write his stories, and after some time, she bought the lamp for him. They fell in love and always joked about the lamp, but never got rid of it, even when it stopped working. The old man spent weeks trying to repair it, and when he finally did, his second youngest child accidentally knocked it off the shelf. The old man and the child spent time fixing it, encasing a memory of love between these now estranged family members. As the man grew older, so did his wife. The lamp came to mean more to him then just a lamp. It was what signified the love of the family. His wife became very ill and was dying. Every night, the man would cuddle with her by the lamp and read to her, until one night she died in his arms. His kids found out that nothing in the woman’s will was left to them while the old man was still alive, so they began to despise him. The old man had lost his job the year before, so he was forced to begin selling things, since the will stated he couldn’t use the money left for him. He sold the home, sold everything he had except the lamp. He kept the lamp with him, and one day, the second youngest son found it in his heart to actually realize family was more important than some money locked in a will, so he resolved to visit his father. He found him, no longer alive, sitting in his chair, book in hand, under the lamp.
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> mfw The English Patient was bad and I regret reading it Half of it is just pure, headache-inducing prose and the other half is just guff. It's almost as bad as modern first person shooters - if you removed everything that had nothing to do with the story, you'd be left with about 5 minutes of 'entertainment'. And the end had zero. Fucking. Closure. It only explained what happened to the character that I cared the least about. Anyone else want to share their thoughts? Other books that you just didn't enjoy?
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I just finished Catcher in the Rye, and really liked it. Not because it was relatable or whatever, but I'm sure you'll understand; and although I don't consider it pleb, it's rather, entry-level good lit, like Vonnegut or something. I haven't read much easy pop culture lit either. And, I should note, two of my favorite books are 1984 and Lolita. But I come to you with a question, why doesn't /lit/ like people like Stephen King, dan brown, patterson? Do you like the challenge of reading difficult literature? I'm not sure what I'm feeling; something like a crisis. tl;dr: Does everyone like easy literature? What's so bad about it?

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