I'm reading through A Confederacy of Dunces, and I'm enjoying the comedy a lot. Ignatius seems like proto /r9k/ anon, it's pretty great.
There's something that I feel like I'm missing about him though. What's the significance of his Big Chief writing tablets? I'd never heard about them before until I started reading ACoD, so I get the feeling that I'm missing another magnitude of absurdity.
They are wide-spaced tablets for little kids to practice handwriting on. Ignatius's use of them for writing his philosophical opus signifies his childishness and lack of self-awareness.
I know this subject has been posted before, but:
What is the best translation of The Odyssey
From what I've read, there are three common recommendations:
Robert Fagles, Richmond Lattimore, and Robert Fitzgerald.
Which one does /lit/ recommend?
Starting off with some fresh OC
hello friends! hit me up with some mythology books, ive read the greek myths by robert graves and would like to read something like this but about egyptian/ mesopotamian/ etc. thanks in advance
Let us discuss this genuinly exquisite and sui generis astute description of our cosmos, which, I believe, also to be the one work that once and for all proved rationalist philosophy to be philosophy proper.
"My son once brought home a book of Spinoza's Ethics; I looked through -- this jerkass doesn't know a thing about physics! I then was sure never to let my boy read a single page of that mumbo-jumbo" - Feynman, Lectures on Physics, P. 243
"My son once brought home a book of Feynman's Lectures on Physics; I looked through -- this jerkass doesn't know a thing about philosophy! I then was sure never to let my boy read a single page of that mumbo-jumbo" - Anonymous, 4chan /lit/ board, thread 7623700
>tfw infinite jest was released a year after you were born
>tfw my grand-grandpa was alive when Ulysses was released
When Sartre is describing the lonely old proctor on the bench he states they feared him not because of how he appeared but because they thought he might be "shaping thoughts of crab or lobster in his head."
Is this some sort of french saying? I get the gist of it in the context of the text and i love the sound of it but what does it actually mean?
>Is this some sort of french saying?
It's more a mescaline-induced obsession that's personal to Sartre:
>L'auteur de «l'Etre et le néant» avait commencé à expérimenter avec la mescaline dès 1935, intrigué, comme tant d'autres intellectuels et artistes, tels Aldous Huxley ou Henri Michaux, par les altérations, voire l'expansion de la conscience, que pouvait induire cette drogue. Mais, raconte Sartre à Grenassi:
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So you are saying he means to imply they thought the proctor was mad, or hallucinating in some way.
I've always felt it to meant that he was without any form of human contact to keep his thoughts in line so had become dangerous in his thoughts.
/lit/ any tips for reading/concentrating in loud areas?
Since moving into the city center close to my university, I can't for the life of me concentrate enough to read with constant traffic, car horns, trams, sirens, drunk people, etc.
OP I had this same problem and I had to switch colleges. Most people literally don't notice it, some enjoy it. Your grades are going to slip and your brain will always subconsciously associate loud noises with reading, whereas it should associate silence with reading.
For us in university, a new semester has either just begun or is about to begin. What courses are you taking?
>not being a lit/phil major
Philosophy and French Lit double major here. I'm taking courses on 19th C. Lit, North African French Lit, metaphysics, a required survey on Descartes through Kant, and a seminar on the Critique of Pure Reason.
As I'm sure for most regular readers and those who aren't, the act of reading a book is a large part of the enjoyment. Relaxing in bed, on the couch with your feet up, as it rains outside and you're warm inside, you feeling cool in an air conditioned living room on a blazing summer day and just being engrossed in a book. The smell of the book and the sound of the pages being turned can almost be ritualistic.
That being said, the primary act of reading is to enjoy the story. People often complain about not having the time to read when I mention a good book....
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The problem I see with audio is that it defines a lot of stuff that one can play around with when reading rather than hearing. Such as pace, tone, etc.
Also I think that it might be easier to lose focus that way . and it might make it harder to quickly compare and go back, ponder a sentence etc.
Would you guys please recommend some German literature for someone who is learning the language (A2)? Danke sehr
I'm looking to get back into Gene Wolfe.
Having read BotNS, Latro, Peace and The Fifth Head of Cerberus where should I go next?
Hello, I'm in dire need of a basic psychology book:
Martin, G. N., Carlson, N. R., Buskists, W. (2010). Psychology (4th edition)
With an exam coming up this week, I would appreciate a torrent or a .pdf file.
Did he misinterpret The Catcher in the Rye?
His interpretation was valid.
I was recently listening to the White Album (thanks spotify) and I realized that Manson's interpretation was pretty correct as well. ISIS and Salafist interpretations of the Quran are pretty spot on.