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/lit/ Literature

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Has 4000 years of Literature ever produced anything that could get you any closer to having sex?
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Has any /phil/istine here read Gilbert Ryle? He claims that to subscribe to either monism or dualism is to commit a 'category mistake'. We are separating into terms that are irrelevant. Like saying that the 'average taxpayer is X' and then supposing dualism because we can't have the average person as a single material entity. Or taking a university; of which included all the buildings, the grounds, and all the people who go there, then asking where the university is after seeing just the English department.

Recommendations please

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Im looking for non-Mary Sue Urban Fantasy Books, the more levelheaded the better, or at least the less stupid reasons why the Protagonist needs to have sex with an Vampire/Werewolf/Dragon, he/she actualy hates but still cant resist his/her sexual magnetism, the better. Examples of good Series (for me!): Dresden Files Kate Daniels Kitty Norvile Jane Yellowrock Bad Reads: The Hollows Dante Valentine Jaz Parks Unbelievably bad series: Aisling Grey Anita Blake (at least the later books) and of course Twilight

Hip Hop Lit

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Are there any great books written during say the early 80's about the slums in NYC that incorporate the slang and parlance of the times? Why were there not many black writers produced?
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I want to gift a girl I really like a book. She's older than me. In her mid 30's. She likes reading. She studied philology in college. I have to ask her a lot about her tastes in order to get a close idea, but the problem is that our national festivity about gifting books is getting real closer, and you know, I want to be very subtle about this whole. What I know about her is that she loves films and John Wayne. has a lot of movies. And a lot of books! Shehas comics too, a lot by Daniel Clowes, so I'm assuming she has it all about him... She's also a little sad lately. I would love to get her a book that could cheer her up without making her think "Damm, all this characters in this damm book are so happy I would gladly murder them all!" Can /lit/ give me a hand on this?
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Is there any Chinese postmodern literature?

speed reading

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is speed reading real? seriously it looks retarded like tim and eric got together with L. Ron Hubbard and made a tape for mormon librarians in the 90's but I can't say I wouldn't want to try it if it is real. so tell me, /lit/ - can one "speed read"? if it is bullshit - are there any other techniques that approach the idea that are functional? > google it
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I've only seen the movie which was good but disturbing as fuck. How is the book? What'd you guys think of it?
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This girl I know recommended me this series of books, saying they're the best books she's ever read. Should I read them? Or does she have shit taste?
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What do you think of antinatalism?
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>don't really read too much >girl i'm dating reads a lot >gives me the book "the fault in our stars" by john green >read through it in a day >it pretty much sucked, characters were pretentious and a bit too wise for their age >humor was dull and contrived >predictable as shit, literally knew what was going to happen when the character gus was introduced so how do i tell her it's shit without sounding like a gigantic faggot? pic unrelated but it's a dream of mine too
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Has anyone here read all of it? If so, what did you think of it?

Books That Focus on The Theme of Sexuality

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Recently I have read "The Left Hand of Darkness", a Sci-fi novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, and was very much impressed by how well Le Guin dealt with the theme of sexuality. would /lit/ like to discuss this classic book, other books with sexuality as a theme, and other books by the author? Suggested reading for books with similar themes would be welcome, of course, as it is hard to find classily written /lit/ of the sort.
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Was honestly a little disappointed with Consider Phlebas. What's /lit/'s take on it?
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never came to this board before until now I used to read all the time (librarian in the family) but it's tailed off a bit. Is there an essentials list? Can anyone recommend a lifechanger to get me back into it?
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What is /lit/'s opinion on Fahrenheit 451?

Blood Meridian

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If Blood Meridian had a soundtrack, what would it be?
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Is there anything on this world more vile than psuedo-intellectual elitists who refuse to use an oxford comma?
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>tl;dr fucked up, didn't read a book, need help answering the below greentexted prompt Hey /lit/ I'm an everyday lurker, contributor, and avid reader like the rest of you. However, I come today with a big problem seeking some help. Long story short, I messed up and didn't manage to even start Wilkie Collins' Man and Wife for tonight. I have a big paper due tonight at 8pm. I've been having a problem with the following prompt that I can't figure out by just skimming the pages. >Take two characters from the novel (you cannot pair Geoffrey and Anne) and discuss how Collins is commenting on who 19th c. society believes they are vs. who Collins actually reveals them to be (their "true" selves. I thank you in advance for your help and apologize for creating such a thread, as it's not something I would ever do.
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The greatest weight.– What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!” Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?… Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?
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John Dies At The End, i honestly thought this would be all over /lit/. So ill say what i want to say about it. In my opinion, i thought it was one of the most entertaining and fun reads in my life, i finished it quickly within 3 days. How the hell david wong could pack that much fun into a 300 paged book is beyond me. The book is mostly retarded and quirky jokes, but that really helps with building that John and David are just average dudes. Some of the sequences are very poorly spaced and timed out. Like some chapters suddenly skip months after an event, and in those months nothing in between happens. The idea is very intriguing and fun, reading this book will keep your imagination soaring for days. So, /lit/, what is your opinion on John Dies At The End?
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So I've heard quite a bit about this book, but I'm skeptical. Anyone give it a read? What's your overall opinion on Tim Ferris?
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Does /lit/ like Botchan? I've seen it compared to Catcher in the Rye all the time, but after reading it found it very different both in tone and in message. Botchan, albeit a bit too serious about himself and events around him, seems to be a collected and self confident person. Sure, impulsive and a bit confused, but intact mentally and with a clear, stable view on life as a whole. For me that made the book a bit more simplistic and light hearted than the likes of Catcher in the Rye, where the main protagonist is essentially broken down to the core. Nonetheless it was an interesting culture study - seeing how similar the inner workings of human relationships in the early 20. century Japan are to the ones accuring in our days. That being said, the morality in Botchan is again quite simpilistic. Guess it makes sense that it's normally read by schoolchildren in Japan. (as you might have guessed, English is not my native language, so I'm sorry for any grammar mistakes)
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>go to pick up term paper at end of course >look at grade, it's 95% >congratulate myself, feel super excited and happy >notice it's written on a layer of white-out >scrape it off >84% I think my professor has Alzheimer's or something... What the fuck
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What are some gothic novels that can feed my teenage love for grimdark atmosphere, kinky sex and faux occultism
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Writing. Fuck.
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What does /lit/ think of this?
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Hoi /lit/ Does anyone know a website à la ted talks but in FRENCH?
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Anyone else listen to music while they're reading? For me it's got to be this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHnA_OVIIWw Relaxing instrumentals. How about you guys?

How is your writing going, /lit/?

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Don't let the laughing whores discourage you, /lit/. They don't know a quality book when they see one. WE still think your writing is good.
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What are the most accurate english translations of the Poetic and Prose Eddas available at B&N? Also what other books would /lit/ suggest if one is looking to learn about Norse Mythology?
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Any books where a black man lust king after a white woman is a significant part of the plot?
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Dear /lit/, I'm hoping that perhaps there are some English majors or grads here who can shed a bit of light on something for me. Let me preface my post by saying that I'm finishing up a science degree and know nothing about literary analysis; the only writing I've had to do since freshman comp are math-based research papers with more diagrams and equations than sentences. If you can explain it such that a literary ignoramus like myself can understand, it would be greatly appreciated. My girlfriend is English/Linguistics double major and since she's at work today I went to our campus library to copy an article from a literary journal that she needs for an assignment. After skimming through the article, her assignment really confuses me as to it's purpose. It's for a senior level class on two selected authors, one of which is Robert Penn Warren. She has to write an analysis of an article written a lady named Charlotte Beck about Robert Penn Warren's books. At first that sounds straightforward enough to me. However, this article doesn't directly analyze his books, it compares two other books written by Lucy Ferris and Leonard Casper as analyses of Warren's books. So I guess my question is this: What is the point? Is it just a thought exercise or is there some sort of legitimate value to doing such a thing? Is this sort of thing common in English academics? I simply can't see the purpose of writing an analysis of an analysis of two analyses of an author. That means the piece that she's having to write about is two levels removed from the source material and has been passed through two or three "opinion filters", depending on how you traverse a chart of the information flow (pic related). If one is studying a particular author in a class, what is there to be gained from studying an opinion written about two other opinions of the author's works? I assume there's a valid reason to the exercise that I'm simply blind to because I know nothing of the subject.
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Hey /lit/, I've read an excerpt from this piece, but all I though of it was a complete mind fuckery. But a lot of people say it's deeper than just a LSD diary. What's /lit/ 's understanding of this book? Why does this have to exist? Is it jus for the "fun" of it? I mean, that was Joyce's last piece...

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