Would anyone care to discuss Alan watts work? I would preferably like to exclude those who are verbose just for the sake of it.
Has anyone read his complete works?
Did it register as just another great read, or was life a little different afterwards?
First book of his you read?
Overrated second-rate wannabe scholar-guru. His "work" on Zen and Buddhism in general is considered mostly nonsense by modern scholarship.
There is a joke about how you can tell a fake western "buddhist" from a person legitimately interested in Buddhist scholarship and practice by whether they take Watts seriously or not.
I think that's pretty unfair. Alan Watts was my segue into genuine Buddhism. Alan never professed to be a "buddhist scholar." He was admittedly an entertainer. All he was striving to do was take concepts and ideas from eastern culture (not just buddhism) and try to package them to a western audience that had little familiarity with eastern thought. He was helping to give dissatisfied Americans a new perspective, one that might potentially lead to a healthier and happier understanding of their lives....
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I just finished with the last of Dostoevsky's works that I could get my hands on. I think he's truly excellent and really enjoyed every single one of his books, even the slightly less respected works.
What novels/authors are similar in tone and material to some of Dostoevsky's works? I'm really after something similar to catch my attention.
Has anyone finished this? I had to make the decision for my mental health and future eyesight to put this down about a quarter of the way through. I really enjoy the prose, but how can I overcome a feeling of inferiority that this massive novel instills on people? Is it even worth reading?
What's the opposite of "not?"
>want to try reading and researching on my own
>finally hits me that my education pretty much ruined me
>comprehension is shit
>notes are garbage
How do I apply myself?
Hey /lit/ what are your favorite books that you never see get talked about here? Pic related
No non-fiction. What are some books based on loyalty, camaraderie and honour?
This is greatest brocom in all of lit. Rivaled only by Don Quixote and Huckleberry Finn.
This. Talked my gf and grandmother into reading M&D and they both think it's mostly boring. It's just too male-centric for women to empathize with well, the same way I don't get into Pride and Prejudice or Housekeeping.
You have 1 minute to disprove solipsism.
Who are some underrated poets? Pic not really related.
Mostly Americans from the later 1800's-early 1900's
Edna St. Vincent Millay
John Crowe Ransom
If any names look cool I can rec. poems too
Looking for the best of flash fiction and micro fiction.
What chile?! Deres a monstag under my bed—Montag looks under bed—deres someone in my bed—mfw
/lit/ was is your favorite aesthetically pleasing book that you have? My mom got me this Alice in wonderland book a few years ago and it's just so visually stimulating to me, it's so beautiful
Books to help you of of mind-numbing depression and soul-crushing apathy.
Will pic related help?
Hello /lit/ I need your help. I have to read and compare two books and write a 4-6 page essay on them for an English class. My friend recommended The Stranger by Alfred Camus.
Is this a good idea?
What book should I compare it to?
I was thinking of either Kafka, The Crying of Lot 49 by Pynchon or Samuel Beckett, is that a good way to go?
If not what books would you recommend?
Would all these books go over my head?
Thanks a lot, and also, it's my first time here be nice to me.
the guy is obviously in highschool
give him go set a watchman and to kill a mockingbird
or the wind up bird chronicle and anything else that hack wrote
it's highschool, the teachersa don't even read what they hand in
best fiction books on sadness/depression