Books I'm committed to reading by the end of the month if possible; Phillip Zimbardo - Man (Dis)connected, Sally J Scholz - Feminism (Beginner's guides), John Hersey - Hiroshima, Craig Santos Perez - From unincorporated territory [Gumá], Fran Ross - Oreo, Claudia Rankine - Citizen (An American Lyric), Anne Carson - An Autobiography of Red.
Any anons read these?
What is a book that can show me how to accept myself, and start to build self-confidence?
I have some things I'm good at, and friends who support me, but I just can't see myself as someone worthy of... pretty much anything. Has anything helped you shape your mind in a healthier way?
Three Pillars of Zen (you gotta meditate though)
General, life affirming philosophy like Plato, Evola, something to really get you feeling your true Self
Has anyone read this?
What did you think?
I'm half way done and I'm wondering if it gets better.
Best plays thread
hard mode - no Shakespeare
hello lit, I'm trying to read neuromancer but can't find an e-book without syntax/formatting errors and without missing parts
do you have or know where to find a good neuromancer epub/mobi?
Hey /lit/, can you recommend me some books that take place in a communist/socialist society? It doesn't matter if it's portrayed positively or negatively. I'm aware of Bulgakov and plan to read him. Thanks!
Just finished this. What does /lit/ think?
I read it two semesters ago. Stylistically I wasn't a huge fan of it, nor was I fully impressed by it as a standalone work. However, I definitely think it's implications when used as a lens for other works is definitely interesting.
Basically, I think that while there is definitely a lot to be had just from Confessions, I found it more of an enjoyable experience to consider it up against other works that have to do with addictions of all kinds.
I'm thinking of reading this, but there are few obstacles in my way (apart from book's lenght) for me to finish it. In my first language only the first four volumes have been translated with no sight of the rest of the translation on the horizon, and even though my english is good enough to browse dank memes and read something that's not too difficult like Murakami or Steinbeck, Proust might be too hard for me.
Should I just read the first four anyway, or maybe it's not worth starting? How much would I be missing?
I'm trying to read the Horus heresy book series from the warhammer 40k universe, problem is it's getting expensive, it's 15.99 a Ebook in iBooks, there are 58 books in the series... That's like 800 bucks for the whole series. I'm a prolific reader so I read a novel a week. I need a place I can buy the entire series for a discount. Can anyone help me?
Those books always looked interesting to me but the high pricess didnt do it for me. Found a bunch of them at the thrift store for like twenty cents each. This first 3 HH novels were there but then the rest were a mishmash of different WH series as well as a couple more from HH.
Its a fun read, but I dont see the story coming to an end in print. We all know about the battle of Terra and how Sanguinos, Horus and the Emperor die and how the traitors dissapear into the eye of terror from various sources ... but how about releasing those books so I can actually read them.
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Best books on music, music theory, aesthetics of music, philosophy of music etc.? No science please
Thank you sir. Do you happen to know of any recent articles, or maybe even books. that talk about pop music aesthetics? I'm thinking like what an electronic remix of a Lana Del Rey song can do to a listener at the right moment and a few drinks deep. I unironically believe electronic and some rap can be incredibly beautiful. I realize how niche this is
Hi /lit/, I need a recommendation for funny and lighthearted books that are still /lit/ approved. Are there any enjoyable books out there?
Should I bother?
I read The Thin Red Line a long time ago, the author is something else, you should see an interview of him, he's been through some shit. It was a good book too as his firsthand experiences in his writing is pretty intense.
What do you all think about the split between literary fiction and genre ("commercial") fiction?
Is the divide really as sharp as a lot of old-guard academics seem to want to make it, or can we actually draw some literary value and understanding from the work of people like King, or Martin, etc.? I'm much more inclined toward the latter opinion and find that the shrugging off of "pop fiction" is an unnecessary, inaccurate, and disdainfully snobbish position to hold.
The problem with King, Martin, et al., isn't that they're 'genre fiction' per se, they're just poor writers without literary value. I agree excluding deserving works on the basis of their genre is a mistake and is to be avoided, but there never will be anything wrong with a divide between 'high/low art,' which seems to be the case here.
I agree with you anon. The very act of dividing books into genres, while maybe useful for cataloguing, is unnecessary. If a book is able to stand on its own, then it's a good book. If it isn't, it's a bad book. At least that's what I feel.
Borges made some great short fantasy, or detective stories, for example. The fact that a book fits an archetype is not enough to discredit it.
It's true that genre fiction writers write shit for the masses, but that shouldn't keep us from good books with fantasy/sci-fi/detective or whatever themes
Hey guys, do you have any recommendations for really good books about the Italian mafia? I've read Wiseguy, but I was kind of underwhelmed by it. Can you recommend me some really good ones?
I don't understand the significance of culture, such as literaute and art. Paintings, sculptures and old books gives me absolutely nothing and I think it's the same for 99.9% of all people. Why are creations of this culture (i.e Mona Lisa) so revered?
Because you're autistic or are so sheltered and dead inside your sense of reality has totally atrophied after years of vidya and anime that nothing moves you on a deeper level than "oh shit steam is having a sale today!" anymore
Live life, go outside, hike in the cold, love and get your heart broken, let the primal experience of life butch slap you back to reality. Know what it is to live and live tragically