Is Everyman's Library's Don Quixote any good?
>Reviewing bad books, W. H. Auden once remarked, is bad for the character. Like all gifted moralists, Auden idealized despite himself, and he should have survived into the present age, wherein the new commissars tell us that reading good books is bad for the character, which I think is probably true. Reading the very best writers-let us say Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy-is not going to make us better citizens. Art is perfectly useless, according to the sublime Oscar Wilde, who was right about everything. He also told us that all bad poetry is sincere....
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>Reading the very best writers-let us say Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy-is not going to make us better citizens
Tolstoy has made me a better person though
don't know what type of measure of 'usefulness' he's using here
Anyone else like this faggot?
He's great to read right before bed.
I don't really know but I like the fact that the English town where he lives awarded him with some kind of excellence in citizenship award for picking up trash on his daily walks. No one there had any idea who he was.
Your favourite quotes on writing?
no so much a quote but a cliche. "writers write."
hannah arendt on meaning: "It is true that storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it, that it brings about consent and reconciliation with things as they really are, and that we may even trust it to contain eventually by implication that last word which we expect from the Day of Judgment”.
suit the action to the word, the word to the action. idk shakespeare probably
What are some good pro-suicide works?
What does /lit/ think about Everyman's Library? I was thinking about buying some classic books.
Fine. Buy with confidence. One of the better publishers for affordable hardcovers of classic titles, usually uses good translations for foreign works, and typically contains sufficient notes/intro/contextual info.
Excellent series. Beautifully made books. Sewn signatures. There's about thirty books from them that I want to buy. I love that they pack multiple titles into one volume. E.g., Updike's Rabbit tetralogy, Didion's nonfiction, McCarthy's Border Trilogy. Love it.
They're under the same corporate umbrella as Vintage, so I hope they one day publish Mishima's Sea of Fertility books in one volume.
In order to impress them, which obscure book would you choose to give someone?
It depends a lot on the person tbqh, maybe if you described you person you are thinking of I could give an answer
How deep of a knowledge of mythology is needed to understand Plato and the rest of the Greeks? I pic related back in September but I can't say how much it stuck. Is Plato going to be making specific callouts to characters like Iphicles or is it more general (i.e. themes and archetypes), and if the former case is true than is it worth rereading Hamilton?
Hamilton will have almost zero help with reading Greeks, especially on the philosophy side of things. You need very little/no mythology knowledge beyond what you probably already have to read le Greeks.
>someone asks you a question, and you don't quite understand what they're trying to convey
"How do you mean?" vs. "What do you mean?"
Which one is correct?
Someone please post the most recent top-100 book list that was complied just a few months ago.
He'll be fine.
What are some books that can help me get hyped for WWIII?
suggest a good blog for /lit/ to read
I'll start ... www.lancemanion.com
>If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not only ourselves but all existence. For nothing is self-sufficient, neither in us ourselves nor in things; and if our soul has trembled with happiness and sounded like a harp string just once, all eternity was needed to produce this one event—and in this single moment of affirmation all eternity was called good, redeemed, justified, and affirmed.
What did he mean by this?
A'ight. It's just that, take the good wif the bad, innit? Or the bad wif the good, I don't know, I mean, take sumfin, like a Chinese restaurant where they give you them sauces for free, an life is like that as well.
So life's like that, innit? Like a Chinese dish, with a shit afterwards. Take the dish, an take the shit with it
>One moment of pleasure justifies all the shit and misery of the rest of eternity, because it was connected to and required for that one moment
He's telling you to settle for what you get, pretty slave-like mentality there, Nietzsche.
Am I a plebe if, after three-and-a-half books, I don't fully appreciate Nabakov's prose style and prefer stuff like Hemmmingway?
Currently reading Ada. I don't dislike, but I'm not in love. The only Nabakov I've read that I've also loved has been The Eye (and that one wasn't originally written in English).
after several years to mull over it, I prefer Hemingway's style of prose over Nabakov's?
Lolita and Pale Fire, both in English. I liked Lolita but wouldn't put it in my favorites. Pale File was dense and I was reading it amidst the chaos of visiting family at home and I feel I need to read it again.
It's called having a preference.
Rid yourself of this non-existent pleb and patrician dichotomy and just enjoy reading literature. Maybe your appreciation of Nabakov will come in time, maybe it won't. It doesn't matter, Hemingway is still good. Even if he wasn't, it doesn't matter.