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/lit/ Literature

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anyone good with fonts?
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Francis Fukuyama hypothesized that the advent of Western liberal democracy may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and the final form of human government. But now it is starting to look like it is going to be Islam and not Western liberal democracy. What do you think?
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New to /lit/, does Gene Wolfe have a decent following here? if not, I think I'll just leave because at the moment he's the only thing in the world that matters to me.

need help/critique

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Critique time /lit/ Really need help developing this piece i spent an hour two on- any suggestions would be great thanks http://pastebin.com/DjkhzMaJ
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Where do literary junkies hang out at? I wanna meet a girl who likes painkillers and pushkin.
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Are there any good books on Stalin and of the Soviet Union under his reign? Most seem like their either written by cold warriors or the very few "Stalin did nothing wrong" marxists. People are willing to give Hitler some amount of credit but to even imply or ask if Stalin did anything positive for Russia attracts ridicule from both the left and the right with many of those on the left seeing him as the Great Betrayer. People dispute the numbers that were killed in the holocaust and how it was carried out yet there is little dispute over the numbers of people that died under Stalin and how they died, with said numbers dominating any discussion about Stalin far, far more than the numbers of Jew killed in the holocaust. Even information on how things functioned economically seem to be scarce in many discussions.
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So I read almost all of Nietzsche in high school. I've revisited Birth of Tragedy, read Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, and now that I'm 38 I'm revisiting Beyond Good and Evil. Here's the thing. I'm a fan. Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks is one of my favourite books. Birth of Tragedy is one of my favourite books on aesthetics. But Beyond Good and Evil is horrible. It's really bad. Some of the aphorisms are gems, but as a work of philosophy it smells a little like fresh cow paddies. He's a great writer, to be sure. But in this book, it's so hard to say what he actually thinks because he constructs these imaginary interlocuters, makes fun of them, tosses them aside, takes a potshot at Descartes here, at Schopenhauer there (I must admit I liked his comment about Schopy's stupid criticisms of Hegel), holds up Napoleon and Frederick II as paragons, then tosses them aside too, that I can't get behind any attempt to call this book a work of philosophy. And I hate all his herd mentality shit. It's like knee-jerky wannabe divine individualist bullshit. It's like Stirner, really. Evidence for his claims: nada. A coherent line of reasoning: nope.
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Just recently got into this and I'm actually enjoying it, some parts in Book I were tedious but the overall thing is not that hard to follow for a full blown philosophy magnum opus. I'm hoping the later sections about art and ethics will be less technical kantianism. What do you guys think about Schopenhauer and his main argument in Der Welt in particular? Even though I'm enjoying this book, I don't think I agree with the main argument altogether. I'll accept the Kantianism, but I just can't make the leap into accepting that the thing in itself MUST be Will. Especially since there are so many times when I can think of myself as being conscious, but not actually willing anything (and not just when I'm contemplating art).

Best conversationalists

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Surveying the field of literary folk, my top 3 would be: 1. Gore Vidal 2. Christopher Hitchens 3. Norman Mailer
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HI /lit. I'm a pretty entry-level philosophy reader and my university offered a class for the first time in 16 years, so I took it. Discussing the topics really helped me retain the information and I think I did okay on the midterm. I say this so you won't think this is a homework request. I missed the class where we discussed Aristotle's "Categories," and I was wondering if anyone would like to help me out with what was really going on in it. Could someone give me an explanation of the basic ideas he was trying to get across when he spoke of subjects and predicates? I reiterate, NOT a homework request. Just curious. We've already had the test. TL;DR Fuck you it's a literature board
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Why is Shakespeare such a chore to read? I have tried multiple times but I just can't get into it

Berlin

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What do you guys think about Isaiah Berlin's distinction between "negative" and "positive" notions of liberty ? Is he convincing or is he just muddling the analytical discussions about freedom ?
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is Either/or worth reading in its entirety?
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Do you prefer to read works that support your ideas or pieces that oppose them? I thought about this today while reading and I really didn't like what he was saying but enjoyed opposing him internally.
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This shit was way 2deep4me. Is there some tiny detail that somehow unlocks all the mysteries or is the joke that it's a mystery novel with no solution (and maybe no mystery at all to begin with)?
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For those of you who have seen LoGH are there any books similar to it? >great characters with interesting stories >intergalactic war >politics and the like.
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What relevance and links does psychonautics have with computational theory? What is the significance? I know it's unlikely anyone here will get these two vary disparate areas of inquiry though I am sure there are a few well read people here.
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/lit/ reading essentials?
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what makes someone an aesthete?
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Have you noticed three of /lit/s top authors, Nabokov, Pynchon, Wallace, all had a predilection for younger girls. Nabokov is mainly on suspicion(something about the young french kid whore in Lolita rings true) but Wallace did fuck a minor and briefly mentioned an attraction to a group of pubescent baton-twirlers in one of his essays. Pynchon, when he was writing GR in his 30s I believe, went out with a girl that was 17 or 18. Is there a similarity here? Did being aesthetes make them sensitive to beauty, regardless of age?
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This summer I have the opportunity to spend some time, (probably between two or three weeks) by myself, with little to no human contact. I will be somewhere in nature. I'd consider myself well read by most people's standard, but a browse of /lit's/ recommended works shows me there's plenty I don't know. I want to use this time to remove distractions and properly engage with what I'm reading. So, /lit/, what books would you suggest? I'm not interstd necessarily in books like Hamsum's "Hunger" or similar which deal explicitly with these themes, just anything that works well in an extended state of isolation. Thanks
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Hello, I like engaging in sexual intercourse with females. What books would you recommend to me?
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hello /lit/ can you please recommend a peasant candidly good erotic literature, something beyond appreciation of voraciousness, maybe with a touch of existencialism? pic unrelated
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Can we have a nihilism thread? Maybe it's because I'm 14 (hehe) or maybe I'm just a faggot, but I can't get past this edgy as fuck stage, and I think it's going to stick this time. Is there a nihilism core infographic or something? What do I need to read? What should I know? Any actual nihilists out there? Existentialists pls go (USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST)
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To whoeve, that read this piece of shit, how would you describe its form (language, conception etc..) Not gonna lie, I need it to school.
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I found the idea of the Tleilaxu creations in Dune to be very interesting. Any science fiction set in the far future involving androids/gynoids/strange biomechanical mixes of things used for all kinds of questionably moral things?
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Did anyone else get the sense, about two-thirds of the way through the book, that Valentine was going to be the Final Boss? I got the notion that writing as Demosthenes was going to color her thinking to the point where she believed only a strong ruler in line with her views could preside over the world. Then she would have killed Peter, hijacked his budding world domination plans, and in the end it would have been the fleets loyal to Ender vs the fleets loyal to her, and Ender would have had to kill the one person he actually loved for the greater good. I'm not sure how much sense that makes now that I look at it typed out. And I'm not sure if what actually happened is what I would have preferred. But it was more or less what I THOUGHT was going to happen.
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Does anyone know of a somewhat cheap edition of Summa Theologica that doesn't cost $500?
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Anybody here ever read b.s. johnson?
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What works of literature explore how the world, this world, looks like outside our frame of reference (i.e. from the POV of our senses)?
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John Irving is becoming a favorite author of mine. Hotel New Hampshire and The World According to Garp are fantastic. Any authors like him or that you could recommend that would mimic his story telling?
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Help /lit/. I've recently started taking interest again in the MechWarrior games, and am looking for a good BattleTech novel. Trouble is, there are a lot of them and I don't know where to start. Anything considered "great" in the universe is fine by me. But if it's a number in a series, please point me to the first book.
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http://www.amazon.com/Deboe-Jerome-Outer-Space-Twanksquad/dp/1481242504/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366238769&sr=1-1 Buy buk plz i riport u
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Which books have had the greatest influence on your thinking, and why?

Poetry is Boring to Me

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Hey /lit/, any poets around? Can't seem to get into poetry, no matter how hard I try. I respect it when we do it in class, but I just don't have any interest when I read it 'for fun'. Any suggestions that might get me more into poetry? [jpeg unrelated]

Ebooks

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Do you like ebook? Do you have any? Where is the best place to download ebooks? I'm getting one, but it's mostly for PDF files, but still, i might get some books with it.
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Who here is a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez? I read One Hundred Years of Solitude a couple years back, and recently finished The Autumn of the Patriarch. He's quickly become what I can best describe as my favorite living writer (Damn you Harold Pinter). What should I tackle next? Love in the Time of Cholera seems like an obvious choice, but I feel like putting all the remaining titles in a hat and reading the one that I pick. Any suggestions? Also, Marquez general thread
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Can you guys recommend some /lit/ podcasts? I've been listening to the StarshipSofa for years for scifi short stories, then I got in to their other offerings from their podcast network, a pulp, horror and crime fiction podcast. http://districtofwonders.com/ Can you guys recommend some others?

Genesis Chapter 1

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1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
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Hey /lit/, I'm looking for a book I can't find anywhere. The other day a guy on the bus recommended me a book named something similar to "Heroes of X"; "Heroes of Life" comes to mind but I might be wrong. The author definitely had an anglosaxon name, and I'm not sure if the book was a novel or poems. Thanks beforehand. pic unrelated

Literature-induced Empathy

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Here's the deal, /lit/: what I'm about to say has been going on a couple of times, with different books and results similar to the respective novel's basic scenario. I picked up Tomas Rivera's "...y la Tierra no se lo trago", to read in between my classes (about two hours apart). However, I had to stop reading because the book's descriptions of the sun, of the labourers working and sweating and falling to dehydration and of the extreme fatigue made It so that I had to leave class early because I felt exhausted. It's happened with other books: Camus' The Stranger gave me headaches and fever when reading his description of the Arab's knife. Anyone else have this? Where you actually FEEL what is being described in a book?
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I'm looking for a book I read when I was in middle school. It was called "the fall" or "last fall' or something like that, but google just finds some recent book that isn't it. this book had a jack-o-lantern on the cover IIRC and was about a kid who makes a new friend who ends up being a bad influence on him and making him skip school and stuff and he may or may not have magical powers. I can't remember. I just remember at one point they do the "light as a feather stiff as a board" thing at a school dance. Sorry if this doesn't belong here I just didn't know who better to ask. Thanks in advance for the help
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Hi /lit/ I'm thinking of riding this bicycle. Is it good? Will I enjoy it?

Belisarius Series

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Has /lit/ ever read the Belisarius series? They're a fun mix of history and sci-fi for the casual fan of either of those genres. The first three are free at baenbooks. I downloaded all of them for free, so I never saw these god-awful covers. I love the books, but Jesus Christ these covers are gay.
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Hey /lit/ I've got an assignment on spanish poetry, It's just for my spanish 3 class, albeit...I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations. I've got to memorize 12 lines, and would enjoy if it wasn't overly difficult, although it would be nice if the poem was well known. (Cause I've got to write on the poet aswell.)
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What's your opinion on secret societies /lit/? Are they all mystical money scheme bullshit, or are there some that are worth looking into?
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Hey, /lit/. Could you guys recommend me some books? I used to read a lot as a kid, but I got older and kinda stopped. But, I have time now, and it's something I'd really like to get into again. I've read your recommended reading list, but I'd like to hear from you guys, what do you recommend most strongly? I prefer novels, but I'll read anything.

Post-Modernist Books That Are Your Favourite/Best Post-Modernist Book

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Mission: To find, or write, a perfect postmodern novel. Status: My reading comprehension is poor.
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I never stopped masturbating through the entire thing.
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I read this today and felt it incredible, though I didn't grasp the underlying message of it to be sure. What was it all about?
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What's /lit/ opinion on Coelho?
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Where can I read books online? for the love of allison please tell me






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