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/lit/ Literature

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What is the best Vonnegut novel? I've never read any of his books but i've been told i would enjoy them.
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Admit it, you know Enkidu and Gilgamesh were totally boning.
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so i got this in the mail this morning and just read Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius..... HOLY SHIT
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Do you think the Western epidemic of depressions, mental illnesses and social defects could be part of our growing secularism/purging of religious belief in our lives? I thought of this while perusing Daniel E. Brown's List of Human Universals, where it mentions irrational belief in supernatural beings as something which is universal in human cultures throughout our history. I suppose, as a way of finding explanations for things we do not have the capacity to understand yet and as a divine guiding authority we can put our trust in. I can only speak for myself, but as a someone who has no interest in religion whatsoever and with a postmodern doubt about anything and everything, I've found myself with both depressions and a panic anxiety disorders. I do some times wish for some sort of authority I could align myself with... and now I'm wondering if my disbelief could be what is causing my illnesses. And perhaps if this is something other people experience as well, that their doubts cause anxieties that ruin their effectiveness in everyday life. Maybe this is kind of badly explained, but if anyone can refer me to any literature that deals with religion in a anthro-psychological context or something then I'd be very happy. No Dawkins or Hitchens ITT, please.
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Anyone else like this book? (Nothing Like the Sun, by Anthony Burgess) There was no record of how Shakespeare's personality was, but for some reason I feel that Burgess manage to achieve something very close to Shakespeare, to his self and his character. I know: there is no way to prove this, and it makes sense to think so, but for some strange reason I think that Shakespeare must have been similar to what was created by Burgess. Any fan of NLTS here in /li/?
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Sup /lit/. I'm looking for some interesting poets and poetry, Can you recommend me something? I'm from Poland, and my currently favorite poet is Marcin ?wietlicki.
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I used to be able to sit down with a book and stay content for hours. Now, I can't stay focused for more than 15 minutes. There is this obsessive need for me to check my email, my facebook, my phone, and everything else every 10 minutes. This compulsion of media consumption has taken away what I truly enjoyed about life. I'm a professional software engineer, so I am surrounded by technology constantly. I pursued this route because technology always fascinated me. But now I feel torn between my love of technology and my hatred for what it's made me, and others, become. How do I get back to being able to read a book and be content? Literature got me through some of the toughest times in my childhood, and I could really use that now.
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In a few months I've read The Stranger, The Plague, And The Fall by Camus. Slaughterhouse 5, One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Breakfast of Champions(hated it), Nasuea and The Wall by Sartre,and i just finished The Great Gatsby. I'm also working through Infinite Jest but I do intense sessions on it followed by breaks. I want to keep reading American 'classics'. Where to next? In the library now.
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"Writers are desperate people, and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers." almost anyone is desperate. no?
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Hey /lit/ Laurie Penny just confirmed she'd be willing to do a Q&A on here!
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Why aren't you reading A Song of Ice and Fire right now?
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I try my best to not be pretentious, to not look down on people, to not think that my taste in philosophy, literature, obscure music and political debate make me better than other people. But it's so difficult sometimes. I don't necessarily think there is some sort of objective scale for intelligence. It's just that there are some intelligences that become more readily apparent than others. For example, I don't know anything about fixing my car's engine. My mechanic has definately had less schooling than me, yet knows worlds more about cars. It's not really a matter of superior/inferior intelligences but, rather, incompatible intelligences. What can my mechanic and I talk about? Our intellectual processes run parallel to each other - always running but never, ever, intersecting. It's not that either of us are stupid, it's just that we have so little in common that we simply cannot engage in a conversation that is stimulating to both of our intelligences. Even the closest thing I can think of, the philosophy of auto maintence, won't cut it - he doesn't know enough about philosophy to know how it relates to an engine, and I don't know enough about engines to make any metaphor anything but convoluted. So, I suppose I like being around compatible intellects, and though I try my best to realize that they're not necessarily superior, it gets rather depressing at times. Though, for the record, even though both obnoxiously pretentious and supremely crude are bad things for me, I would rather have obnoxiously pretentious people around me. Says a lot about me, huh?
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How so I stop being depressed and actually have enthusiasm toward life again?
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What have you read this year? What did you like. What didn't you like? Why? I didn't like Flow My Tears, seemed too uneven to me. Wasn't really going anywhere. Botchan was great, the main character had a fun way of thinking. Light and relatable. The translation seemed very good to me. White Fang wouldn't even get near being published if had been written today. It was okay though.
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>dead parents >school of magic >snobby bad boy rival >crazy girl who connects with hero >professor who hates hero >weird professor who likes hero - and knows the real deal >unkillable ubervillain operating outside the scope of typical magicks Sorry but how is this not wholesale plagiarism of Harry Potter? Mr Rothfuss, you ought to be ashamed.
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I just read "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage. Anyone else read it yet? If not, I definitely recommend it. He goes through the history of 6 different beverages (Beer, Wine, Spirits, Tea, Coffee, and Cola) and how each one has effected the history of humanity. Pretty fun read.
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What book changed your life/way of thinking. pic related.
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I have a great big library (2200+ titles) of ebooks relating to literary criticism and critical theory, but they're mostly all in PDF, which is a pain in the ass to read on an ereader, and a pain in the ass to convert. I can't find any good resources for criticism that aren't in PDF. Anybody got some they could upload to mediafire? Once I get my collection in decent shape, I'll upload it here, btw. I'm also working on a /lit/ FTP server for books, thus the tripcode.
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When I was a teen I went through the whole "I know everything if everyone else just thought like me the world would be perfect" phase, then around 19 I started reading and realized I didn't know anything. Now the world just seems so complex and there's so many political and moral views that I just don't know what to think anymore. I just feel stupid every time I state an opinion because I know that there's so much I don't know. And at the same time I feel like everyone else who states opinions is stupid because they have such limited knowledge. I'm just so confused about anything I can't even form basic political opinions anymore. Did reading do this to anyone else? I'd almost rather be ignorant of it all and just nestle myself in some intellectual corner.
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Hi /lit/! Which one do you think is better, For a New Liberty or Machinery of Freedom? I'd say Friedman comes closer to describing a free society and I admire his intellectual honesty, but Rothbard is the better writer and For a New Liberty has more content. Let's say you're recommending a libertarian book to a person interested in the philosophy, which one do you recommend?
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ITT: post the start of your novel/short story or poem and we'll judge you and it.

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