Hey thanks for letting me borrow your book Anon, I read enough so let's just bookmark this page...
>begin reading book at some coffee shop
>nothing to use as a bookmark, so I use a dollar bill while I get up to order something
>when I get back my dollar is gone and I lost my place
thoughts on barth? where to start? what's he comparable to?
Given the choice, do you prefer paperback or hardcover?
Shittiest book ever written?
who are your favorite essayists, /lit/?
The list to end all lists!
Just finished this book.
Is there any other portrayal of a virgin neckbeard loser in literature that compares to that of Ignatius J. Reilly?
Hey /lit/ when you've finished a particularly lengthy and complex book and you want a nice literary palate cleanser, something to just read mindlessly, what do you usually read?
Mines just stuff like pic related and half bullshit Navy SEAL autobiographies and such
I've never read anything mindlessly before, what's it like?
I'm trying to figure out why I should care about literature. I was a heavy reader all while I was growing up, but recently started to get into film and now I have to struggle to convince myself to read a book or two a year.
Is there anything I could read which discusses the differences in the two mediums? I would love to hear some arguments for literature, anything to get me to read more when there are so many great films out there.
I don't have a book for you OP, but i believe there are inherent advantages to both mediums. In literature, there is a much slower burn, and themes are allowed to develop over a much longer time, giving them significance that you cant really get out of a 1.5-3 hour film. I think the amount of time you have pour in to reading a novel like Crime and Punishment or East of Eden also force you to consider them more whereas with film its totally optional. Lastly, for me at least, lit has a bigger impact on our lives than film. But hey that's just me. Best of luck out there anon.
What does /lit/ think about Sam Harris' podcast?
What do you guys think of Philip K. Dick books. Read Man in the High Castle and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Elderitch.
Great books. Lot of great twists. Next book I'll read is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
androids is the only pkd book i've read and i wasn't really impressed. the characters were pretty bland, the plot was nothing to write home about, and the vocabulary was a little drab and repetitive.
maybe i'll try man in the high castle or valis
ubik is supposed to be his best so i read that but was underwhelmed
on the one hand, i read it straight through
that means it's good
but i was expecting to have my mind blown at least once and that never happened
Could you recommend some edgy literature? Morose, extreme, purgative, severe, etcetc
Books that go along with books like Paradise Lost, Greek tragedy (particularly The Bacchae), Naked Lunch, Notes from the Underground, The Metamorphosis, Bataille, Hamlet, Sade, etc.
Bumping because also very interested in this.
I guess if you want severe extreme literature, check out Las Casas' A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Hubert Selby Jr is pretty damn distressing too but maybe you've already read some of his works?
It goes something like, "If philosophy were in agreement with common sense, then we wouldn't have need of philosophy." I want to say it can be attributed to Deleuze, but with or without Guattari I cannot say. I may be way off the mark, however. I think it was in response to some criticism or the other. Thanks in advance to any philosophically versed anons willing to lend a brain.
So the other day I subscribed to a European ~Marxist blog called monoskop (http://monoskop.org/log/) and I got my first weekly email from them today. Turns out, they mentioned a post about Hypersphere. (See here: http://monoskop.org/log/?p=16172) Who did this? Does anyone else know about this?
From my experience, it appears that modern works on old philosophical ideas are easier to understand, have updated/modern language and examples and add relevant objections/support from modern science. The original works seem to suffer from redundancy and, in the case of the ancients, awkward ways of going about a philosophical investigation.
In saying that, there are philosophers that no one appears to agree upon what they actually meant. Everyone still argues about Nietzsche and there are dozens, if not hundreds of ways of interpreting Marx. Reading abridged copies...
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