I'm suddenly gaining an interest in fiction /lit/erature. So far, almost all of the fiction stuff I read was fantasy or post-XXth sad novels. I'm looking for classic novels, love stories, people in conflict with themselves, I don't know, something beautiful. What would you rec me?
I'm seeing a lot of interesting political movements in the world today and I can't help to feel that is likely that a similar thing has happen before.
Maybe we are 20-30 year from something like the fall of an empire or something similar but you guys might know more, so what can I read about a similar historic period to know what to expect?
Things are pretty degenerate today so that might be a sign
The whole west is in Weimar republic mode. So go and read Spengler if you have to.
>Things are pretty degenerate today so that might be a sign
Honestly, was there ever a time when it wasn't like that?
Of course, but I think maybe the deegre of liberties present has been seen in other declining civilizations before. You know how this is we go from one extreme to the other in a few years
>against the day
>late summer 2009
are we getting a new pynchon novel next september??????????
End, Middle, Beginning
There was an unwanted child.
Aborted by three modern methods
she hung on to the womb,
hooked onto I
building her house into it
and it was to no avail,
to black her out.
At her birth
she did not cry,
but did not yell-
instead snow fell out of her mouth.
As she grew, year by year,
her hair turned like a rose in a vase,
and bled down her face.
Rocks were placed on her to keep
the growing silent,
and though they bruised,
they did not kill,
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>he thinks metrics and rhymes are important
Pic related is what happens when you throw out metre and rhyme desu
>I guess, so, well, yup, uh...
>THIS IS NOT AN EXIT.
What the fuck did I just read? (Should I watch the film?)
While Christian Bale is who I see when I read the book, I think the film is worse. Obviously it couldn't be as graphic but something else is missing as well. And I hated the stupid chase at the end where suddenly everything is from the girls perspective.
I found these on my dad's bookshelf today
How did I do? Was my dad /lit/ in 1995?
'Whatever exists,' he said. 'Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.'
What is the opposite of Solipsism? Like believing that everyone is normal except for you and that you are broken or incomplete?
>What is the opposite of Solipsism?
It's definitely not believing that everyone is normal except for you and that you are broken or incomplete
The opposite of Solipsism, is Solipsism, and by that I mean: believing that "others" exists and that "you" do not. It's paradoxical psychosis dude.
This is probably the correct answer
"I have finished works that will never be destroyed by fire, iron, time -- not even the wrath of God. When that day comes, let my life be ended: the better part of me will fly eternal to the stars, and my name will last forever. In all the world I will still be heard, and my fame will endure for all time." - Kanye West, 2014
Thanks to the set-up of the net, an 11 year old brazilian teenage girl lip-synching to Katie Perry will last until the end of civilisation.
Within our lifetimes you will be able to backup all the data that has ever been output into a physical space that fits in your palm.
The age of expiration, of decay and of the death of ideas is over.
>Within our lifetimes you will be able to backup all the data that has ever been output into a physical space that fits in your palm.
Have you ever heard of Beckenstein?
You can't physically increase the amount of information contained in a finite space, and the amount of information we generate is growing exponentially faster than our storage efficiency.
i want to read kant - what is necessary for me to read beforehand so that i'll understand him?
Why should I read books when all the information I could ever want is easily available on the internet?
RIP Slovenian Heideggerian philosopher Ivo Urbančič
Friend of our boy Zizek
I'm looking for a book that is extremely intense, which will take you through the twilight zone of your own thoughts. Idk whether I'm looking for a book that is entirely a metaphorical journey, or a book which is a lot of dialog between two characters,
like when Obrian in 1984 is interrogating Winston, I don't even know what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a book which takes me down a twilight zone of thought, and is possibly an extremely uncomfortable and frightening place for your thoughts to go. I don't think I'm looking for a conventionally told story either. I don't know what I'm looking for to be honest, I've sort of just had this feeling of the sort of text I'm looking for for a very long time now, and I feel that I'll know that I'm reading it when I find it.
Can a fan fiction be literary? Is writing/reading fan fiction pleb?
>reads an awesome and interesting book series
>it ends on an unfinished 20 year cliffhanger
>finish a book
>all those treasured moments are nothing but paper and ink
>live a life
>all those treasured moments are nothing but memories and mementos
(emphasis on the meme)
>implying books aren't fooking magical
Nigga you are literally sharing thoughts, ideas, and emotions of men who lived hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago. Perceiving the world through books is the most authentic way of understanding the reality
What does /lit/ think of David Hume?
I tried reading his works, but his outdated English turned me off. Should I give him another chance?
>says he's completely sincere in his words and actions
So basically he proved life isn't worth living?
Cats or dogs?
Tolstoy or Dostoevsky?
Voltaire or Rousseau?
Tea or coffee?
Lenin or Trotsky?
Aragon or Breton?
Beckett or Joyce?
Gass or Gaddis?
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Nabokov or Faulkner?
Apples or oranges?
Gravity's Rainbow or Mason & Dixon?
Finnegans Wake or Ulysses?
/lit/ or /his/?
Rousseau (More interesting politically, though Voltaire was a better writer)
Read neither (sorry for pleb)
Only read Ulysses
>this is a librivox recording
>There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.
So knowing this, and all of Camus' other ideas, how do we kill ourselves properly (i.e. in the most absurd way possible)? Does one seriously have to go through all the trouble to set up a "car accident"? Have it occur at some random time unbeknownst to us in the future? I mean there's got to be an easier way, right?
ITT: we post what we're currently reading
Guess what I just bought for $2
How do I read Ethics? I can't even get past the axioms of part I without completely getting lost.
Plz /lit/, I want to believe in God.
Anything for general advice to annotated editions would help!
Get an edition with decent notes, read something online about the Ontological Argument and its history, Parmenides (might as well read On Nature, takes five minutes), Descartes and his ideas and, well, get a general idea about where Spinoza placed himself/was placed by history's accident in the philosophical debate.
Read the first two parts slowly, go back and reread the propositions and axioms he refers, make your way through assimilating the system. Parts three, four and five are more easily readable - I also think they're the weakest half of the book, but...
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Listen up. This book is the most profound thing I have ever read. By the end of it you will realize how to obtain intellectual love of God and transcend your casual existence. Pay attention and don't give up.
I'm a big pleb and pic related is probably my favourite book. Some authors that I like to read are Bret Easton Ellis, Dostoyevsky, Chuck Palahniuk, Tao Lin, Cormac McCarthy, Irvine Welsh, Bukowski and Don DeLillo.
As you can tell, what I like is all a bit samey, and I'm looking for new stuff that I might like. Does /lit/ have any suggestions?
What does /lit/ think of David Mitchell?
Really milking the peep show persona - a character he didn't even write.
He also married pic related - a professional poker player
I'm looking for a book to read while being on vacation. Thinking of something like "The four hour week". Any suggestions?
The fact you have a job.
The fact you enjoy going on "vacation"
The fact you appreciate large breasts
The fact you even consider the idea of reading non-fiction
All these things tell me, in turn and in whole, that you are really, really dumb
>pre 20th century
>all philosophers are theists or deists
>most philosophers are atheists
Today is the feast day of St Dominic, patron saint of astronomers. Write a poem about St Dominic or about the stars, and let's see if it's any good
Twinkle twinkle little star,
Point me to the nearest bar.
Where I'll booze and beer and barf,
Where last time I lost my scarf.
Twinkle dinkle little star,
Raise your glas and raise your voice!
Pick your drink and girl of choice!
Hickup pickup check out bar,
Now you feel like you're the star.