Was mathematics created or discovered?
What are some (good) novels or short stories that have characters who become aware of the fact that they're in book?
What about novels or short stories that involve experimental interactions between character(s) and author?
Are there books that execute this well? It seems like it can get masturbatory pretty quickly
Anyone reading or has read the book? Currently reading it and while the pace is a lot slower compared to A Storm of Swords, I'm really getting into it.
Doesn't change the fact that it's still very slow-paced, though. Wish it picked up speed.
AFFC and ADWD are two of the worst books. The plots get a bit convoluted, and they are more boring compared to the other ones. That being said, it does expand the world more, and the interesting parts are indeed interesting.
Also, despite being two of the worst ASOIAF, they are still great books,
I agree on the interesting parts. The parts where things start to pick up are some of the best, but there's not much of them, sadly. Let's hope Winds of Winter has something more in store.
Rory Gilmore read a helluva lot of books - and Australian writer Patrick Lenton has compiled a list of all of them. So how many have you read?
>“I live in two worlds, one is a world of books,” she said. “I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world.”
That's a decent selection.
What's the best written song you know?
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Make everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much is really sacred
Sale la nebbia sui prati bianchi
come un cipresso nei camposanti
un campanile che non sembra vero
segna il confine fra la terra e il cielo.
Ma tu che vai, ma tu rimani
vedrai la neve se ne andrà domani
rifioriranno le gioie passate
col vento caldo di un'altra estate.
Anche la luce sembra morire
nell'ombra incerta di un divenire
dove anche l'alba diventa sera
e i volti sembrano teschi di cera.
Ma tu che vai, ma tu rimani
anche la neve...
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I plan to read this guy to understand contemporary movements. What is his core book?
Define "contemporary movements." If you're referring to the campus fringe / tumblr variety, I doubt any of them have read anything by Sam Harris. They're probably too preoccupied with feminist authors.
Lately I have become frighteningly aware of my own mortality. I've started to suffer from mild death anxiety.
What philosophers can help me cope with mortality and the transience of life? Are there any philosophers who have made credible arguments for an afterlife or benevolent God?
Have you considered the other side of approaching death, meaning embracing it exactly because it is an end to existence?
Maybe that's not appealing to you, but honestly after reading a lot of Roman history (pre-Christianity), the idea of a good death has really started getting under my skin. Immortality through being remembered and all that.
>“I call upon my own courage to find release from this hateful life.”
>"What will make you hold life cheap?"
(Both from Livy)
What are some literary easter eggs? By easter eggs in this sense i just mean references to literary characters and works that caught you by surprise. Like Thoreau's Walden cabin in Fallout 4. Stuff like that
What is your passion Anon?
What have people said about your writing?
I've been compared to Salinger and Kafka, told that my writing has a surrealist dreamlike quality. I've also been told that my writing is plane, sparse, lifeless, devoid of imagery. I've also been told that my writing is overwritten, stuffed with purple prose, filled with the unnecessary personalization of the environment.
I guess what I'm saying is I don't really have a style yet, but I suck. I'm pretty sure the complements were just from people who wanted to fuck me.
Got a kindle for Christmas, and enough gift cards for a couple books.
Have read about many of Carl Jung's theories, and am captivated by them. Want to read all of his books. I understand his writing style makes for a pretty tough read, though, and the passages from his books that I've read so far seem to confirm that. Which ones should I start with?
His ideas are old and dumb
Before you do that read The Man Who Was Thursday b/c it's free on kindle
Pleb here, started reading in october and i have a few books in my backlog, what should i read first?
-One hundred years of solitude
-Myth of sysiphus
-Lord of the flies
I'd say Infinite Jest just because you need to be young or at least inexperienced in order to find it worthwhile.
If you save it to last, you won't find much merit in it in comparison to what you read prior.
>Empecé a leer en octubre
>Leo El Meme Infinito o Los Hermanos Karamazov?
Cómo eres tan bravo. Yo te diría que empezases con los otros que pusiste, o, en todo caso, darle a algo más accesible de Dosto o DFW.
Anyone here studying lit or finished their degree? Was it worth it?
Ezra Pound discussion.
Has anyone here read The Cantos of Ezra Pound?
Write something in the style of a well known writer and others will guess who you are mimicking.
I see a couple children, their path stained with berries squashed
Their cotton t-shirts wet by the sprinklers
Elder man fallen asleep by the Firs
By wooden decks no longer pressure washed
Oh! See this boulder too heavy to lift!
Brought here by glaciers ice
Across the street vendor changing his price
A brother brings you a package. A gift!