>mfw I realized that Socrates was describing a fascist states in The Republic
How did he know terrorists would destroy the WTC buildings? Does he understand America better than anyone?
I just don't see the point in being so concerned about what translation you'll get. There's no way a translator will fully render the context of the original writing, so why even bother? If you want to understand the book fully, you must speak the original language, which is impossible to achieve if you want to be an all around erudite and reader.
On the contrary, to be an "all around erudite and reader" you HAVE to know a few languages. You might not be able to read every great book ever made in its original language, but if you just read everything in English you're missing out on a good chunk of what literature can provide
I'll start, in no particular order :
The Brothers Karamazov- Dostovjevski
War and Peace- Toltstoj
Crime and Punishment- Dostoevski
Notes from the Underground- Dostoevski
Waiting for the Barbarians - Coetzee
And out of curiousity: how old are you ?
I just turned 20.
Blood Meridian, American Psycho, Matterhorn, The Forever War, Notes From Underground.
Usually I think lists like this are silly and pointless because nobody will read them or care, but it's a nice conceit to order your thoughts and reflect a little bit
Why do you support the destruction of small businesses by buying your books from Amazon, anons?
How do I stop being pretentious? Apparently it comes off as such in my writing and my personality and I don't know why.
I'm not even that well read
Talk less, be silent, appear mysterious. Speak only if you are of superior knowledge in a given field. Deplete your dopamine so you look like an over-worked sage (so either sex, drugs or sth). Try not to spill spaghetti.
be cruel as fuck. talk down to them so hard that they don't know what hit them. approach their sensibilities and ruin them. people who say you're pretentious probably just don't fucking get it. fuck them. who do you write for anyway? you write for those losers who think that you have some sort of animosity towards those who might not agree, understand, or identify with you? fuck em. write in whatever way that's comfortable for you. polishing is fine, honing your skill is fine, but changing your entire style because some few don't like a few sneers? you have to draw the line of how far you're willing to go to change yourself for others. you might lose whatever voice you had in the process.
I don't get it.
Reading words that you don't know.
>ignore then and try to grasp the context
>stop and look up each and every one
>only look up the ones that interest you
Which is it, /lit/?
I'm currently looking up every single one as well as writing them down in a notebook to improve my English vocabulary. It really helps but stops any kind of progress with my reading list.
fucking clover app
>try to guess from context/etymology, sometimes it's surprisingly simple
>if can't, look it up on wiktionary with etymology
>understand constituent/root words (e.g. latin)
>helps to memorise the word by adding more detail about it in your mind ("adumbrate --> ad umbra --> fore-shadow --> imply, portend," instead of just "adumbrate means portend!!")
>been browsing /lit/ for a year
>still don't understand what prose is
What are some good, modern, dystopian novels?
I didn't really started to get into it till recently. Read 1984, brave new world and now I, robot. And it gets really annoying to read the wrong views about the future. I thought maybe there is some modern novel out there that I would actually fully enjoy.
>tfw you aren't a wagecuck
>tfw you get enough money to buy any books you want for doing absolutely nothing
>tfw you have all the free reading time in the world
I am the patrician reader.
>tfw you are a wagecuck
>tfw you get enough money to buy any books you want but have to work hard for it
>tfw you have no time, at all, to read, and are too exhausted to do anything when you get home
I am the wagecucked reader.
One can really only know himself and his kind.
Two contradictory ideas that you are ready to believe, at that same moment in time, one being adapted from a certain nietzschean axiom, battle it out and the final arbiter is drawn out from his shell and released in full form, and one then knows, at that exact same time that neither statement is true and that we are judged by passion.
One might be seen as indecisive when one is really wanting to just go along and see how he feels about it. This is one who lives by his principles.
A return to form is needed....
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>"Would you like to say prayer with the family before eating? Your mother says she always sees you with books about God."
Will I enjoy these books if I've become really paranoid and frustrated about the whole 9/11 was an inside job, corporations control the world, new world order is soon upon us thing?
I've decided it is okay for me to abuse and take advantage of people to ensure my own standard of living remains decent. What are some books that will teach me methods of deception?