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>O’Neil, however, holds Mochizuki accountable, saying that his refusal to cooperate places an unfair burden on his colleagues.
>“You don’t get to say you’ve proved something if you haven’t explained it,” she says. “A proof is a social construct. If the community doesn’t understand it, you haven’t done your job.”
Do you agree with this? Are mathematical proofs social constructs?
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I'm half-way through reading Juan Carlos Onetti's novel La vida breve (A Brief Life). It's about a cynical, pathetic man-bitch whose life is going to shit (relationship in the can, fired, depressed, etc), all the while he's writing a screenplay which, he hopes, can get him out of his poverty and depression. In writing this work, he's inventing a world where people live "brief lives," independent from any past or future that may offer far more menacing possibilities than optimistic ones. At the same time, he's inventing these two separate personae, one criminal who lives a Jekyll-like life in the underworld, with drug-lords and prostitutes, and a country doctor who lives in the fantasy world he is inventing in the screenplay.
I began reading Onetti for the same reason I began reading Nabokov's stuff years ago: their criticism of other writers. Two of Onetti's rules for writing are the following:
!. Don't be afraid to be unoriginal, steal if you have to; 2. The decline of writing into pure technique and gimmicks are ultimately harmful to the work and are wasted on the middle-class reader.
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So, /lit/, I'm planning on writing a humorous short story. It's about a present day man who jumps forward in time to a future where being a retarded internet neckbeard is cool, society is based on internet culture, and Internet slang ("lol hai dudez!", etc) has become "proper english", so it's actually taught in schools.
Maybe it would be better classified as horror fiction...
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ITT: Literature dealing with personal development, or some such nonsense.
"Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
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>go to community college
>mfw there's actually people there taking 1 or 2 courses (3 or 6 credits of a max 15 per semester)
>ask them what it is
>psychology, business, sociology or just "English"
>they ask my courseload
>Calc 2, Linear algebra, Engineering mechanics, English, Advanced french, Engineering programming, Physics with calculus 2, Organic chemistry
>Total: 26 credits with deans permission
i c-cant wait to leave this place
B-berkeley will be different..r-right?