Writer Thomas Pynchon born
May 8, 1937
might be the greatest living author.
Does speed-reading work? How fast do you read?
Speed reading is literally skimming. It's used just to find the most imporant info in a text. A lot of speed reading guides I've read tell you to outright skip entire passages if they look "unimportant" enough. This is surely useful if you're reading the news or a technical manual, but you're an idiot if you do this with literature and pretend you've fully understood the book.
How do you name your characters? Do you look for a "meaningful" name or just put a name on them that sounds good enough? What's the favourite name that you came up with?
Lawful Route: Mitya
Neutral Route: Vanya
Chaotic Route: Alyosha
>If you only read mediocre stuff, you stop thinking very well. And if as a nation we stop thinking well, someday we will yet cease to be a democracy.
Are we already seeing stirrings of that? Do you agree with his claim?
People don't read as much good literature as they used to, even a few decades back.
Yes. People have a very limited vocabulary which reduces their empathy causing them to be more withdrawn and antisocial. Democracy requires strong social bonds to defend against insurgent threats.
Our negligence of the education of the youth has led to the current, and still forming, crisis in democracy. To combat this we must demilitarize our public school system which is daily becoming more of a factory for future workers in a high tech military industrial complex. The youth are taught not how to think but...
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You guys have any favorite books by any British authors? I'm thinking about reading Emma by Jane Austen.
>TFW you are anarchist, nihilist and individualist.
>But you don't pass every single history, philosophy and literature exam because is all about spooks.
>you are anarchist, nihilist and individualist
>modern education system
>"Yo babe, this is the guy in your philosophy seminar who said that the climate movement was resembling a cult?! Dude, what's cultist about caring about humanity? You can make snide analogies about anything!"
>puddle forms directly below the woman
What do you think of Embers?
man beckett looked so fucking cool. look at that buzzard looking motherfucker. the wrinkles perfectly accentuate his skeletal architecture, his piercing eyes refusing to illuminate only blanch, and instead close in on a point that seems to hold some source of disdain for the mechanical mind strapped to them, what a cool looking bastard. And that fucking hair, man. that hair.
i guess so, i don't have any sexual fascination with the guy, he just seems so cool looking. like a hawk. replace that nose with a beak and you have a ripe old buzzard, regal and dripping with disease on his lips, waiting for some new young thing to die, so he can fill his lean belly.
ITT: Words that you love.
I'll start: Antediluvian
for people who will say this is Tao, yes this is me Tao so hello.
i just think people write him off too quickly
he's one of the only interesting writers alive. you can't shun him
I'm making this in my free time - it's no where near done, but I find the concept nice, and it keeps my brain active. If you could play it and share your thoughts, please and thanks. Everything counts.
Is this you?
Anyone have recommendations for literature on mysticism, esotericism, and occultism?
>he still buys into the idea that the inner lives of human beings are inexhaustibly profound and of deepest literary and artistic merit
hegel said art is the means by which the mind comes to know itself
by taking the ideas swimming around in our brain and giving them a physical form, we can study them and make sense of our thoughts. we can see whats going on. same thing with literary fiction. By putting the drudgery and vague anxieties of life on paper, we can comprehend them and overcome them.
Plato thought art sucked because it was merely poor simulacrum of a form, but art helps us approach the truth. It's certainly better than...
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This is /lit/'s embodiment.
Also, discuss how Dunces is the greatest US novel.
I am reading "The 10 days that shook the world" by John Reed but I am getting really burnt out on it. It is very drawn out and bias toward the bolsheviki, and this is coming from a leftist. I am pretty burnt out on political books and want to read some philosophy. Would it be wrong of me to give up on this book more than halfway through?
I'm having trouble discerning the theme or themes from this book. Anyone have some insight into this? I know it must have something to either do with change itself or the death of Lord Marchmain, but other than that, I'm stumped.
imagine your surprise when in the grim darkness of the future there is only waugh
the most tasteful exterminatus you've ever seen
Well, we know he becomes a Catholic in the end when he enters the chapel and prays, but I'm not sure how he got to that when for most of the novel he vehemently disagrees with Catholicism. Perhaps it was the only thing that was "unchangeable"?
What is the punk rock of literature?
Don't read/watch The Three Musketeers then, or Angelou, or Hughes, Du Bois or any of the very important political writers in the US that were Black.
/Pol/acks like you can barely assemble a clickbaity article together for Breitbart.
What's his problem?
So, /lit/, just finished this masterpiece after re-reading it immediately after I finished the first time. However I still have a couple questions? Why don´t we ever see Pedro in a ghost form. The basic explanation, would be that he simply when to hell, however do you think there is a possibility he repented and went to heaven? Also, if he went to hell, how could Abundio still be chilling in Comala after he murdered his own father (Pedro). Could Comala be hell? What do you think /lit/?
Any other thoughts on this brilliant piece of writing?
>how could Abundio still be chilling in Comala after he murdered his own father (Pedro)
It's been a while since I read this, but what do you mean here? Pedro Páramo was dead when Abundio gets to Comala, right?
At the beginning of the novel the narrator (Juan Preciado) is taken to Comala by a man called Abundio, who we learn is also Pedro's son. When the novel ends we learn that Abundio killed Pedro. The Abundio we meet at the beginnig is a ghost. However we never get to see Juan interact with Pedro
>More artistic, even: in a realm of its own.
Is this sentence grammatically correct?
If that's the whole sentence, no. There's no subject. If there was an independent clause leading to this, followed by a colon (just one example), then yes.
I also wouldn't use a colon where you did. Not sure if that matters. I'd use a comma. I don't think it's incorrect though. They should be used sparingly/only where they are really needed.
Just finished this. Can we talk about how well it was composed and how well the prose flows?
What was your favorite part? Mine was the description of Soaphead Church's life near the end of the book and the letter he writes to God
Also any other recommendations by Morrison?
>I have no more room for books in my apartment and have to start putting them in odd places
>go to get Plato out from the corner
>entire house falls over
EVERY FUCKING TIME
Philosophy majors of /lit/, I need your help. I'm writing a story where the two main characters are undergrad philosophy students, and I am but a humble stemfag.
Who/what has the average student in the U.S. or Canada covered by second or third year? Summarize your first couple years of college for me.
how come when u get older philosophy stops being as interesting
When you're young you feel like when your eyes are opened to new philosophy it might change your entire world are its very foundations in your eyes. Every new philosopher you come across brings about pic related.
When you're older you realize how little the world ever actually changes and you block out how much you can care about big questions like mortality and meaning because its not worth the stress
Aside from his radical anti-egalitarianism and idea of will to power (which can be seen as an antithesis of wu wei), Nietzsche is basically just rehashing Laozi. Especially his criticisms of morality as understood by plebs like Plato and Confucius.
What's the best version of this book?
What did Kierkegaard bring to the philosophical table?