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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature, specifically books (fiction & non-fiction), short stories, poetry, creative writing, etc. If you want to discuss history, religion, or the humanities, go to /his/. If you want to discuss politics, go to /pol/. Philosophical discussion can go on either /lit/ or /his/, but those discussions of philosophy that take place on /lit/ should be based around specific philosophical works to which posters can refer.

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Guide to #bookz
https://www.geocities.ws/prissy_90/Media/Texts/BookzHelp19kb.htm
Bookzz
http://b-ok.org/
Recommended Literature
http://4chanlit.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_Reading
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>age
>your vocation
>current book

21
Software developer
Gravity's Rainbow
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Books that read like a painting or a dream, that I can read on my own late at night and be like "holy shit"
I've been recommended In search of lost time. Kafka looks cool but can anyone give me somewhere to start with him and a rundown of the book?I heard hes very dream like.
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What are the greatest books with a political economic moral? Like Les Miserables.

pic only semirelated
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You're living in the best of times. Science has made every other type of knowledge redundant. We're at the peak of progress. Accept these truths as self-evident or read my book and you'll have no cause for pessimism.
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What am I in for?
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Why is the beauty of a young man, androgynous and sublime, the holy appearance of unattainable Beauty incarnate? Will mankind ever admit that hidden underneath all their mundane, everyday drives and desires lies an effeminate boy - unknown to all save a few enlightened individuals: Mann, Mishima, Plato, Wilde?
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teatro grottesco
this is some goosebumps shit
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Are these the most subversive books of the 2010s?
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How does /lit/ feel about the problem of evil?
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Has a book ever caused relationship problems between you and a loved one?

Fanged Noumena
What was it /lit/?
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>that chad who reads pic related in public
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>there's nothing better curling up with a good book
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>movies get remakes
>video games get remakes
>music gets covers
Why doesn't anyone ever remake literature?
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Worthy of being in the Exit Trilogy with Ulysses and Carpenters/Seymour?
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ITT: Post a game receive read book recommendation

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I'll start
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The Absolute STATE of Poetry

chingchongdingdong
How in the literal fuck does a poem like this warrant a four-figure payout?

https://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/arrhythmia-by-natalie-lim-1.4876962

How do we combat the bastardization of what used to be literature's greatest modality?
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Ernst
I've read Storm of Steel. Where do I go from here if I want to learn more about his philosophy, especially as it relates to technology?
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Erowid posting

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A while ago an Anon confessed to enjoy reading Erowid experience posts as comfy slice of life stories. Spent the last few days reading them. Today I wrote my own on the interplay between St.Johnswort and weed. Still debating whether I should upload it to Ero. Also post your favorite Erowid stories and discuss N.


>1~2 grams of dried St. John Wort, extracted as tea in boiling water
>0.1 gram of Sativa rich weed, vaporized at 200 C

Drank two cups of coffee at 09:00. Habitual coffee drinker, so this will likely not alter the experience but rather settle a baseline. Did not drink alcohol yesterday, weekly smoker, no other drugs or habits.
First sunny winter day of the winter, almost spring. Girlfriend left for vacation and friends won't respond to request for hanging out.
Thoroughly enjoyed at the prospect of wasting a nice afternoon at the park alone, and I will take the opportinity to do an experiment on the interaction of St. Johns Wort and weed.
Time is 13:10, just set the tea and turned on the vaporizer. Will take a shower after consumption and give an update after.

>13:27
Thoroughly stoned after the shower. My thoughts feel immense. Seemingly more organic come up without euphoria, though could be because of setting.
My thoughts seem to overwhelm my actions, and I believe the mental aspect of the high to be enhanced.
Now drinking second cup of tea, which tasted like somewhat like lemon grass, quite disgusting but rather attractive.
Thinking about how to get to the park.
structu

>13:39
Finally got at the park, which is around 50 meters from my house. Packing my bag took an annoying quantity of my mental energy.
Park was less comfortable than expected. Stark contrast between big asphalt road with affordable sedans and matt green grass.
First spring flowers are shyly blooming though. Thinking how the parallel of a green park and two pleasant green herbs being consumed with an article being written on them on an internet forum and other being located to an asphalt road is fitting.
Quite the run on sentence.

>14:15
Just read some chapters of Thus spoke Zarathrustra. Reading was definitely more visual and emotive, which is not uncommon for me while stoned.
Did not have the usual enhanced appreciation for style and metric. Storyline is still quite coherent, as coherent as can be given the material in question.
No anxiety with regard to other people, rather a pleasant fondness for strangers. Surprisingly at ease and content for such a strong head high.
Will heat vaporize the weed a second time in the next ten minutes, after which it is certainly spent.
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Justify human existence in one sentence.
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Post your novel ideas. It's not like they're going anywhere.
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Why are people so obsessed with depression? It's making me sick.
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I've had an obsession for a while about purposely ruining oneself. Indulging in morally abhorrent practices for the unique experience, for example. Drug use, petty crime, living outside of normal society, becoming a debtor, alcoholic, working scum jobs and odd gigs, associating with the lower class, criminals, ex-cons, etc., screwing around, being irresponsible and reckless, severing family ties, conning, manipulating, lying, coming and going at odd hours, sketchy income forms, alternate living situations. Other the the buraiha school what authors wrote along these lines? Apologies if it sounds edgy, that isn't my intent. I'm interested in seeing the lowest, most degraded aspects of man because it's genuinely more interesting than moral righteousness. It's more /lit/erary than being some church-goer with a 9-5. People on the straight and narrow have no thoughts in their head worth speaking about.
I can only go so far first-hand before risking jail.
For example, Crime and Punishment (rejecting the system of working for money, attempting to circumvent the norms and acquire money by unethical means.) The buraiha school (Dazai Osamu, Sakaguchi Ango, etc.) bring up the human element of fast and loose, indulgent living and argue that it's the more beautiful way of things. Where else can I find similar material? Essays are fine, too, it doesn't have to be a novel.
Anything indulgent to the anti-social, the immature shirking of responsibility, hedonistic indulgence, questioning conventional morality and social standards, alternative lifestyles, purposeful petty crime for its own sake, etc. It's just more interesting a concept.
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Logographic Thread

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In this thread: semiotics, ideography, morphology/phonetics, language games, semantics, et al.

Pic related: it's cursive in Chinese.
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According to Freud, how to channel your libidinal energy towards some goal?
That is, how to form some intense object cathexis as an adult?
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Have you ever read Elliot Roger's infamous manifesto, "My Twisted World"? Pic related is an excerpt of the manifesto towards the end.
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What books can help me understand american culture, as a non-american?
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Is excellence in writing innate or is it a skill you can develop? Can a slightly above average writer become great if he applies himself to the art?
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/sffg/ - Science Fiction & Fantasy General

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fantasy thread once in a while, magic edition

>How do you like your magic anon, hard and well defined or soft and mysterious?
>Tell us about your favorite magic system.
>Which book does the best magic system and why

Monthly Reading for February: The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe (Discussion by 28th feb)

Fantasy:
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General
https://imgoat.com/uploads/6d767d2f8e/21328.jpg
Flowchart:
https://imgoat.com/uploads/6d767d2f8e/21327.jpg

Science Fiction:
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https://imgoat.com/uploads/b44928ae11/114401.jpg
General:
https://imgoat.com/uploads/6d767d2f8e/21332.jpg
https://imgoat.com/uploads/6d767d2f8e/21330.jpg

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books:
https://imgoat.com/uploads/6d767d2f8e/21333.jpg

SF&F author listing with ratings and summaries:
http://greatsfandf.com/authors-full-list.php

Previously:
>>12601123
>>12585290
>>12570500
>>12559657
>>12545317
>>12534119

reminder do NOT reply to any leftist bait poster
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/kondo/ general

kondo-sama
Kondo-sama > Spengler

"Reaction is oriented towards order; creating order requires virtue; virtue is a habit; habits are first established via small tasks like tidying; therefore, the most Reactionary book ever written is Kondo Marie’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing."

kondo thread, bitches.
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crusaderkings2
Name a video game, get a book recommendation. I'll start!
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thegame
well maybe i should actually try and write a fucking book for once, eh?

i'm curious what you guys score, too

similarminds.com
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198384
Okay you fucking cunts,

How the fuck do I read Nick Land? What mountain of garbage do I need to read first before I read land, and in what order?

Then when I’ve read that steaming pile of garbage, what order do I read lands content in?

TELL ME NOW!
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Does name-dropping strengthen your argument?

platonic
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Murmur

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best song: we walk
worst song: radio free europe
every other song: a banger but not as interesting or fun as we walk
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What does a "desire machine" desire?
And what is it producing ?
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Becoming a psychopath

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Is there any book that follows a protagonist's thought progress where he undergoes a transformation from an emotional person into a psychopath who only do actions to furnish himself?
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bright light
This book is a lie, I didn't do any of that. I wasn't even alive during the 80's.
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>tfw never read the Greeks and probably never will

I literally don't care about what some dead Greek nigga had say lmao
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How do I stop consuming trashy pop "culture" completely and focus on elevating myself intellectually and spiritually?
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Books about reversing self-degeneracy?
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books for kv bored shut-in autist losers who empathize more with fictional characters in books than actual people?
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/crit/ thread

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Seemingly a lack of a critique thread, so post anything you’ve been working and would like some feedback on in this thread!
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The Impossible Kid

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>ywn recapture the feels you got the first time you listened to this while high on a fuck ton of coffee
feels bad man

still get chills on blood sandwich and get out the car though
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Rate this philosophy
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What's a synonym for "Hi Mom, I'm on TV!"
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How many books have you finished this year? 9 for me but they were all short
>a little book about maths I got for Christmas
>Lucky Jim
>No Longer Human
>Philosophy The Basics
>The Great Gatsby (reread)
>pic related Kafka collection
>Faust Part One
>Things: A Story of the Sixties and A Man Asleep
>The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea
>just started Mrs Dalloway
>want to read Magee's Story of Philosophy and Don Quixote next
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this book is dangerous.
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carl_jung
According to Freud, how to increase one's libidinal energy?
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download (3)
>be JBP
>get dismantled by a YouTube atheist
How does he still have fans?
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Jews Without Money by Micael Gold

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Has anyone read Jews Without Money by Michael Gold?

How good is it? What's it about?
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ww
True philosophy is a vaccine of thought. Ted K and Nietzsche were right about everything: what can't be acquired with the body, must be compensated for with abstraction. Consciousness is a consolatory principle: but its consolations are accidental to itself: I can move on from a past filled with regret precisely because I must, because I am a movement, how I narrativize moving on is accidental to the formal, /dialectical/ necessity of the same: if we could feel the mass of history's suffering all at once we would disown the stars. A slave to my momentum: waiting on my hands for who will shatter the coordinates of modernity once and for all, the next shining Nietzsche, is precisely the most subtle and insidious of capital's programs of self-preservation: the hunger for originality is a symptom of time. So that it may work in peace, the body is numbed to the organ by the secretion of hope: there are only two ways the Knot can evolve a defense to Alexander's sword: either trick itself into believing the cut has already happened, or learn how to stall by anticipation. Zeno's Paradox as the insomnia of thought: unable to perceive the transition to a radically new order of being – unable to think the end of its own thinking – capital thrives on/as the asymptotic postponement of its own Limit, the displacement of the responsibility to change onto some cultural star-child: paradigm shifts are new opiates of the people. That is: it's precisely when thought's creative function becomes transparent to itself that it is doomed to the tautological repetition of its status /as/ creativity: Hegel's history of philosophy coincides with its exposition, to historicize truth is to /perform it/: Hegel marks thought as the ineliminable tic of being, the endless, reflexive adumbration of its own aporia: in other words, we can't stop thinking, and the dialectic marks the structure of our incapacity to stop commenting on our own conditions: capital has enslaved us to the most natural of all processes, or rather it is precisely the slavery /of/: seeing a thing for what it is, “having a story to tell”: the more subjectivity becomes the field that takes cognizance of all other fields, the more it is doomed to be the repetition of itself as merely this cognizance. Hegel is the true philosopher of immanence because he, perhaps despite himself, elucidates the structure by which time engineers civilization as a collective thought-loop, and blinds us to the archons hungering at the periphery. The most diabolical philosophy establishes us in a center while abolishing all knowledge of the circumference: when thought has mastered obfuscating its own immanence to itself, or rather, in Hegel's case, has mastered absorbing all lines of transcendent flight into its /own/ flight plan, Yaldabaoth licks his lips: THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED.
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Retard help thread

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Can anyone explain the joke in this bit from Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov to me?
>'We'll get you an electric heater', Joan told Pnin confidentially, as if she offered him some olives.
>'What make heater?' asked Pnin suspiciously.
>'That remains to be seen. Any other complaints?'
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what am i in for
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>moving from Dante to the Moderns without reading the greatest work of the 17th century
Cringe.
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Can we have a /lit/ chart thread?
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>America would never stoop as low as Chin-

The truth is America inspired China's credit system
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Sisyphus, by Franz Stuck (1920)
Is The Myth of Sisyphus the literary equivalent of Schrödinger's cat?
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Is combining dieselpunk with cosmic horror a good idea? I've been thinking about writing a story like that.
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A fool saw a camel grazing, and said, 'why is thy form all crooked?'
Said the camel, in disputing thus you censure the sculptor; beware!
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>common people—rather than caring about their freedom—are only interested in “bread and circuses” (panem et circenses i.e. food and entertainment)
>Juvenal, II century AD

Is Sweden the first dystopia?
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holy shit
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What authors have ideas that would make interesting fictional characters?
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ITT: Books that make you want to kill yourself
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Heidegger_1955
I can't understand what Heidegger is about. I don't have the time (or even the prerequisite knowledge, I guess) to go through his books, but I tried encyclopedias and pop phil videos/articles but nothing helps. Explain his philosophy in a nutshell.
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Emile Zola

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I read through Germinal and I found it amazing, I think Zola made some really human characters, there was a lot of emotion on the book and the end was very poignant.
I tried reading through Nana and I think I dropped it at 1/4, I found it really boring.
Are any other of Les Rougon-Macquart worth reading? Am I a pleb for dropping Nana?
Also discuss Zola
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Write whats on your mind

Beauty of Nature
The other one is autosaging on page 10, so I'll make a new thread for this.
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cassady
What are some good Beat works outside of Ginsberg - Kerouac - Corso - WSB
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A men's fashion magazine's opinion literature

hmmmm
https://www.gq.com/story/21-books-you-dont-have-to-read?verso=true

Discuss
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13HOUELLEBECQ-articleLarge
Began reading Houellebecq today, precisely I've bought a collection of all his poetries. I'm 4 pages in and it's already all about struggle, suffering and misery. I love it.
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Getting around to reading some philosophy books and realizzed atlas shrugged is like 1000 pages anyone give me a quick summary?
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IMG_0935
What did Stalin do wrong?

Hitler?

What do illiterate "Centrist" pseuds do right?

I don't want bleeding heart responses, just genuine thoughts based on something more than THEY KILLED THE PEOPLEZ!
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9780099479314
Pardon my ignorance but is this book about Christian stoicism, if there is such a thing? Or just the eternal struggle to perservere through faith even if it seems like madness to do so? Also does the repeated mentioning of fish, horse and banana holds any thematic significance?
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Survivor,_Northwest_Iowa_7-13_(22550505788)
What audiobook should I listen to when I clean my house and plan how to fix my miserable life? I need something to motivate me and help me cope at the same time.

inb4 audiobook
I know.
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The Judgement is Kafka's best story
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what are you reading?
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Just finished it and all I can say is cringe
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books
How do you choose which books to take home with you if you go at any random bookstore
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The Castle of Otranto

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Hello, /lit/. My last few reads have been originators of genres/styles, and I'm thinking of continuing that trend with Otranto. I've read plenty of 19th century novels, but admittedly I've never read 18th. Can you tell me what you think of Otranto if you'd read it? I'm interested in reading it, but opinions seem to vary quite a lot. Thanks.
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What are some books about being ugly?
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ITT the most aesthetically disgusting words in English
>pressurise (as in 'to pressurise someone into doing something', not sure why people started saying that instead of 'pressure someone into...')
>fitment
>any word ending in -ise when it's spelt with a z (pressurize, catalyze)
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*rapes his students then lectures them about living sincere lives*
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What are some other examples of books written for people with ADHD?
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Why did Nina reject Konstantin at the end? She had been played by Trigorin, had an abortion, a mediocre career and shattered dreams. Konstantin loved her to death and she wasn't that uninterested in him.
Can anyone offer insight in the woman psyche?
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Please repeat the answer...
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Hellyer_Gorge,_Tasmania
Useful psychology books? I searched the catalog and looked at the wiki. Sorry if I am missing it.
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Mystery novel thread

sjwnenwhe
What is your favorite mystery novel?
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Make a choice

booksburning
QUICK! Your bookshelf is burning! You can only save 3 books and reach a safe spot.

> A Choice of Gods - Clifford D. Simak (first book I chosen I was 4 or 5 apparently)
>The Black Company - Glen Cook(the first one)
> Les particules élementaires - Michel Houellebecq (not mine I should give it back to his owner)
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eyes
>mom found the toilet paper treatise
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In short, I didn't like it.
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Stack Thread

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Post and rate stacks
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/lit/ Reads The Pale King: Info Thread 2

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"I overestimated my ability to check in on /lit/ every few hours and let the thread die" Edition

Join your fellow /lit/izens this February in reading (or re-reading) David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel of American ennui and tax codes, The Pale King.
We'll be reading through it over the course of 6 weeks starting in mid-February, so there's still time to pick up a copy if you're interested but don't currently have one, and the pace should be relaxed enough that those of us without much free time to devote to reading can stay up-to-date.
I'll try to keep threads with this info alive leading up to then, and I'll make sure we at the very least have weekly threads up for discussion on the current sections.

Strawpoll to see where everyone who wants to read along is in terms of their experience with David Foster Wallace:
https://www.strawpoll.me/17340889

Reading schedule (stolen from the Pale Winter group read on The Howling Fantods)
>Week 1: (2/17 - 2/23) Sections 1-9
>Week 2: (2/24 - 3/2) Sections 10-21
>Week 3: (3/3 - 3/9) Section 22
>Week 4: (3/10 - 3/16) Sections 23-27
>Week 5: (3/17 - 3/23) Sections 28-45
>Week 6: (3/24 - 3/30) Sections 46-50, Notes and Asides
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Spiritual and Temporal Worlds

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What are your anons thoughts on this? What makes them different and what makes them alike?

What do Heidegger, Plato, Aquinas, Augustine, and Catholics say about this?

Any world salad ramblings from anons of past on this issue that have been screencapped? Any good quotes or works to consider (City of God for instance)?
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Popo and Akucktagawa
Which collections should I get for these two?
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hm
*whistles alongside FM radio station song while boiling spaghetti on a gas stove*
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220px-TheBellCurve
Refute this
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220px-Ween-ThePod
What's the most eclectic book you've ever read that's still great?
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fffffffff
>Tolstoy, Leo. A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter. Read complete works between 14 and 15. Nobody takes his utilitarian moralism seriously. A genius.

>Anna Karenina. Incomparable prose artistry. The supreme masterpiece of 19th-century literature.
>The Death of Ivan Ilyich. A close second to Anna Karenina.
>Resurrection. Detest it.
>The Kreutzer Sonata. Detest it.
>War and Peace. A little too long. A rollicking historical novel written for the general reader, specifically for the young. Artistically unsatisfying. Cumbersome messages, didactic interludes, artificial coincidences. Uncritical of its historical sources.

>Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Dislike him. A cheap sensationalist, clumsy and vulgar. A prophet, a claptrap journalist and a slapdash comedian. Some of his scenes are extraordinarily amusing. Nobody takes his reactionary journalism seriously.

>The Double. His best work, though an obvious and shameless imitation of Gogol's "Nose."
>The Brothers Karamazov. Dislike it intensely.
>Crime and Punishment. Dislike it intensely. Ghastly rigmarole.

what does /lit/ think of this? I would imagine it's in part actual criticism and equal part cock jerking.
but on another note, where would I find all of nabbys reviews.
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attention
>mfw when I am the only woman on /lit/ to have read stirner
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classic books

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please suggest me classic books that one should definitely read, can be fiction or non-fiction
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Is creative writing the lowest common denominator of creativity? Like, if you have no skills in anything else, such as painting, music, dancing, or the like, you can still claim to be creative by "writing."
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ITT we post our reading nooks
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>ywn read proust in french
>ywn read pessoa in portuguese
>ywn read kawabata in japanese
>ywn read bernhard in austrian
>ywn read cervantes in spanish
>ywn read leopardi in italian
>ywn read kiery in danish
>ywn read kneechee in german
>ywn read joyce in
>ywn read bely in russian
>ywn read wu cheng'en in chinese
>ywn read hedayat in iranian
>ywn read hrabal in czech
>ywn read seferis in greek
>ywn read sillanpää in finnish
>ywn read kosztolanyi in hungarian
>ywn read eminescu in romanian
>ywn read hamsun in norwegian
>ywn read gombrowicz in polish
>ywn read tagore in indian
>ywn read simenon in belgian
>ywn read martinson in swedish
>ywn read in korean
>ywn read laxness in icelandic
>ywn read andric in servo-croatian
>ywn read agnon in hebrew
>ywn read singer in yiddish
>ywn read mahfouz in arab
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ITT: Book you currently reading

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Post the book or books you’re currently reading
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I've read

I, Claudius
Claudius The God
Belisaurius
Augustus
Julian

Is there any other good historical fiction (well-researched) that deals with specific emperors or timeframes?
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Books about fuck-ups

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Hey /lit/. What are some good books about failures and fuck-ups? Characters who strive for high ambitions but will always fall short because of their own incompetence and human flaws. I want to read about some self-destructive characters I can relate to.
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Can E-readers compete with paper yet?
I real a lot of pirated literature and I'm wondering if this would be a good investment.
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/sffg/ - Science Fiction & Fantasy General

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first contact edition

>what is your favorite first contact novels
>what makes it better than the others
and please dont post the same title again and again

Monthly Reading for February: The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe (Discussion by 28th feb)

Fantasy:
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General
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Flowchart:
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Science Fiction:
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General:
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NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books:
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SF&F author listing with ratings and summaries:
http://greatsfandf.com/authors-full-list.php

Previously:
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reminder do NOT reply to any leftist bait poster
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I see through your bullshit, as I myself am a frog too
>French theorist A cites French Theorist B, claiming that B "has shown" or "demonstrated" such-and-such in his (B's) text, when in fact no such thing took place and B was just bullshitting poetic/aesthetic ideas devoid of substance, and A is just namedropping B to show off his education in bullshit per French intellectual cultural norms
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>claiming you know western literature
>not reading Nathanael West
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Wtf? Does he not get a dime because he chooses not to or because the retarded mutt government does not allow him to do so?
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//COUPLETS//

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Post your favorite couplets, Anon.
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Is it possible to break a bad habit after a decade? Or are we stuck in a loop of mediocrity?
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Which academic degrees are /lit/ approved?
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Comical Books

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I've read Kafka,O Brien some Faulkner and others and was wondering what are some good comic novels or short stories?

I need recommendations /lit/!
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What's the best cheap e reader?
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Is there any reasonable merit to multilingualism for a person who only wants to write in english? Years back I've developed a turn of phrase coincidentally around the same time I started learning 2 more romance languages, but from looking at my peers I'm sure that it's not a universal thing. So does learning foreign vocabulary, grammar, conjugation, idioms, sentence structure etc. help strictly with writing in other languages or is that time better spent simply doubling down on language of your choice and learning more words, reading more books in it instead?
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how do you read with a learning disability?
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Anyone read seven types of atheism by John Gray?
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English language essayists
Which essay collections should I get by each of them? What are the essential essay collections other than them and Montaigne?
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nationalities
How much does each nation's literature reflect this?
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Should I be ashamed for reading this? I want to get a good rough top-down picture before I dig deeper.

General post-modernism thread I guess.
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>tfw born too late to make a living as a Pulp writer, creating stories that are fun to both write and read

Why did Pulp have to die?
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Germanic degenerates
What is some literature about the vile nature of the german?
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bernhard
Where to start with him? Preferably his most self-loathing, introspective book. I here the loser is good but I was told to check out Extinction for more "self loathing". Anyone that has read Bernhard that can point me in the right direction?
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Did this place contribute any worthwhile literature to the world?
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itt: poems or passages from literature that move you deeply, to tears or ortherwise
ill start
>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
>by Robert Frost
>Whose woods these are I think I know.
>His house is in the village though;
>He will not see me stopping here
>To watch his woods fill up with snow.

>My little horse must think it queer
>To stop without a farmhouse near
>Between the woods and frozen lake
>The darkest evening of the year.

>He gives his harness bells a shake
>To ask if there is some mistake.
>The only other sound’s the sweep
>Of easy wind and downy flake.

>The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
>But I have promises to keep,
>And miles to go before I sleep,
>And miles to go before I sleep.
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Engineering.

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Do you know classic books of the XXth century about astronomy, astrophysics, engineering in general, and rocketry? And space race and space exploration.
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What's lit opinion on the marxist argument that capitalism will replace all workers with robots only to find people lack the income to buy their products and society will collapse?
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Books where the main character is a vegetarian or books with a story centered around vegetarianism?
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san francisco
You have 3 minutes to give me the elevator pitch for your fictional story.

Go.
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Henry rollins

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Any of his books worth reading? And any thoughts on him?
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Thoughts on this book, /lit/?
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what do you think of this thing I wrote?

I'll reply with the second half of it
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Is this good writing/prose?
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Why do authors bog down pages with details that doesn't add anything? When a narrator walks into a room, why do they think the reader might have the slightest interest to know about the shades of colors on the walls, exact locations of where furnitures are located in the room, and detailed descriptions of their decorations?
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Lads, how do I build a world for a fantasy novel? I've got plenty of characters and I've pretty well gotten them to the point where I know how they will interact with each other, but the world building and a historical timeline feels like it's the hardest part of writing a novel.

Any anons have any advice they could give me? I've tried just writing the damn thing as I go, but I end up with a ton of plot holes, or just shit that doesn't make sense (at least, in the context of what's going on, I'm aware that in a fantasy novel, not everything has to make sense. Laws of physics and nature don't always have to be obeyed.)

Also, I would also appreciate any advice that anons could give me on becoming a better writer in general.
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>make a "there, their, they're" mistake in a post
>close thread and never return
im just gonna start writing all my posts without punctuation or grammar checking so that mistakes like that wont even matter
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Mathematics
>Me: "H-Hey I was wondering if you could t-teach me, Mathematics? "
>Her: "Anon, you know that I don't have time for that, also you're not a stemfag so I don't think you can understand it".

What are the best books for learning mathematics for a complete beginner? I was really good at it till I was 14 years old. And then Calculus happened. Is there a /lit/ approved chart? I want to start learning it again, but this time I want to really understand it rather than just remembering the formulae. Also should I post this on /sci/? I've never posted on /sci/ so I don't know if I should.
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Ethics of politics

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I created a plan for a self correcting ethical system of self governance that is best suited for our mind and time. But I am not sure it would be ethical to publish it since it can create conflict between people who are doing well and those not in trying to bring about proposed changes.

What do ?
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What's the McLuhen reading order? What if I were to just read one book of his? McLuhen thread. Pic unrelated
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rate me writing
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Two people might use their phones in very different ways: a man could live in a virtual print culture made of twitter/ebooks, or a virtual oral culture of youtube and podcasts. It is hard to escape the perception that I am surrounded by the latter sort.
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I had a horrific Valentine's Day with my (now ex) gf. It is not a matter I savor discussing, I have decided to relate it only for the edification of other young men who are potential victims of a similar travesty.

It all started not a week ago. I had grown attached to an acquintance that shared my passion for fine literature. We would often play a game of quoting a passage from some famous work and challenging the other to determine it. We found in each other laughter, smiles, eventually someone to confide in. One day when we stood abnormally close and were disclosing personal stories she took to playing with my hair and our otherwise incessant talking grew altogether silent. She spoke now calmly, not excited as usual, in a tone of almost embarassed candor, Anon, I really like you. I replied to her that the feeling was mutual as I am sure she knew. Then you should ask me out. I should? Yes, you should. So I did and she said yes.

Our first date was exceptional. I had not realized how beautiful she was before, but now, outside in the evening, every feauture seemed precious and carefully crafted to create an exquisite woman. It did not escape my attention that my admiration was recriprocated. We talked endlessly and effortlessly, I could have married her then and there. At the end of the night I returned her to her apartment. I had gotten out of the car with the thought of kissing her, but having no experience in that regard I became hesitant, and chose merely to wish her good night. However as I turned back toward my car she reached out instantly and grabbed my hand. Aren't you forgetting something? I could feel my heart pounding in my chest with anticipation, like a race horse just as the gate were to open. I turned around and she stood as if entranced, holding me fast with her eyes more than her hand. I took a step and found my face very near to hers. Her lips parted and I could hear her breathing and nothing else in the world. I delicately held her chin and tilted her face up. She was otherworldly now, an angel, and I was a fallen angel, falling, falling, falling, and then...contact with her lips. She thrust her arms about me like a harness, and we kissed chastely but long and deep, one single kiss for every inch of her body and soul, only her entire being could sate my heart. When I drew my lips away we both exhaled and then took the deepest breaths we had since our births. She refused to release me and I knew she would not be satisfied with only one kiss and I had to give her two more before she would accept my parting and just before she did she whispered into my ear. Her voice was trembling with emotion and sincerity. I'm never letting you go, Anon. Never.

Continued in next post
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I just published my first erotica on amazon/ kindle (technically it has been on the site for 4 months but in an unpublished state)

Where to promote it effectively? Its definitely written in a way that panders to a very fetish oriented audience, which is what Im intending for the entire ""series"" if you want to call it that. Made the cover myself as well although Im not 100% happy with it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNLHWKH

link and pic very related. Any tips from people on this profession? Should the blurb be more explicit and descriptive rather than trying to reflect the piece more tonally?

And yes, thats a pen name
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ayan rand, karl marx
Post your best memes.
I will start.
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I have never read any books (except for textbooks for studying). But I will be away from home with very limited internet access and stuck in a building for 2 weeks. I think reading books will help pass the time easier.

So I need recommendations /lit/, as I said, I was never a book reader so it's gonna be hard to convey what i'm looking for but I can list a few things that I'm NOT interested in:

fiction, autobiography, poetry,
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is this any good?

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The Art of War
Lets Talk.
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le evil flowers
Can /lit/ recommend an English edition of Les Fleurs du Mal? No, I'm not going to learn French (yet), so don't bother about that. Also these sorts of volumes seem to typically have parallel French/English so the objection is doubly-moot, in a way-if a reader won't engage with the French (but has it available for later in life) then etc.

I was thinking the Richard Howard one since I saw it in a shop the other day and he translates Cioran. y/n. Similar suggestions for Verlaine, Rimbaud etc welcomed, I'm angling for "standard" English editions.
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