Going to be reading some eastern classics. Should I bother with an abridged Mahabharata if I'm going to read the Bhagavad Gita (Easwaran translation)? And what's a good translation of the Ramayana? I looked through the archive and the Narayana one was most mentioned.
Also, for Buddhism, should I read the Dhammapada as well as Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words anthology, or is the former adequate on its own?
Bhagavad Gita is definitely the most applied of all the sections of the Mahabharata, and it could be argued that it is the most significant portion. However, I think you'll benefit greatly from reading an abridged version of the Mahabharata as well as a full version of the Bhagavad Gita because it gives you more "historical" context. It's similar to how reading the Old Testament provides a foundation for the New Testament to deliver its message
>Also, for Buddhism, should I read the Dhammapada as well as Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words anthology, or is the former adequate on its own?
I'd recommend both. The Dhammapada is a fairly short read as far as Buddhist texts go, and Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology is pretty much the best introduction to Theravada Buddhism out there.
Anyone got a spare $1000?
What do the wonderful minds of /lit/ make of the postmodern structure in Bolaño's "2666"? Any interesting insights on the novel? I'd love to hear some feedback; I really enjoyed the novel. Furthermore, is Bolaño's "The Savage Detectives" worth the read. I've also heard good things about Julio Cortázar's "Hopscotch" (Rayuela). Has anyone read, can critique, or recommend this novel? TL;DR South American /lit/ thread.
I'm planning a HP event, and Cards Against Humanity is a favorite in our circle. I need black and white cards. I was thinking white cards with quotes from the book, and the black ones are what brought me to 4chan. I need dirty, mean, funny, playable things.
Will you help me, anons?
Got my first ever rejection letter today. Am I gonna make it /lit/? Share those rejection feels.
If you're this broken up over one rejection, you're probably not cut out to be an author. You'll probably get dozens if not hundreds of rejections. Even after you start getting published, you'll still get rejections.
Going to Oslo this weekend, recommend me some good Scandinavian literature please.
If there's no evidence for God's existence, why does so much philosophy treat His existence as a given?
>Reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
>Those detailed descriptions of autumnal rustic countryside
There's gotta be more stuff like this; what are some more essential comfy autumn/halloween reads?
I would honestly recommend starting reading this in the summer and then reading it slowly as the seasons change.
What is /lit/'s preferred Bible translation?
What would your 17 or 18 year old self have said?
Economics and management: Do bankers deserve their high pay or should government limit it?
"A simple answer might be that since banks are generally private firms and workers are free to work where they wish, then the pay they receive is just the outcome of a competitive labour market.
"In this story, bankers earn a lot because they are very skilled and have rare talents. It is hard to see a reason for government intervention in this case, though on equity grounds one may want to have a progressive...
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>"An alternative story is that the banking industry is not competitive and generates profits above what a competitive market would produce. In this case, there is a role for government intervention to make the market more competitive
The reason commercial banking is not really a competitive industry is because requires a government franchise to operate.
Deregulation would increase competition but also increase failures, and as we know from every economic policy adopted...
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>As we expand our knowledge of good books, we shrink the circle of men whose company we appreciate.
Do you agree? I'm shy and awkward enough that an interaction with basically anyone is something to be endured rather than appreciated. But I do think being well read can heighten boredom with the less contemplative
>'life is weird lmao xD'
>Philosophy formulates the questions implied in human existence, and theology formulates the answers implied in divine self-manifestation under the guidance of the questions implied in human existence. This is a circle which drives man to a point where question and answer are not separated. This point, however, is not a moment in time.
Anybody here who reads knut hamsun?
I read hunger, Victoria and Mysteries. I realy loved them
Hamsun is top-tier only read four of his but they were all stellar apart from Hunger which didn't really do much 4me
Mysteries > Growth of the Soil > Pan > Hunger
GotS would be higher if not for the srong overtones of Nazism
Where should I start with Ernst Jünger if I'm primarily interested in his politics?
Auf den Marmorklippen (On the Marblecliffs) and Heliopolis are recommended, also Eumeswil and Gläserne Bienen (The Glass Bees).
I'm not too sure how much of his stuff is translated into English, but all of those touch upon his politics and are great books either way.
Also, get Strahlungen. Fair warning, sadly more than enough of his work is, sadly, not even in print in German anymore, so you might have a hard time finding it in English.
Probably a biography. Like him or not, he lived a cool life. Two world wars + dropped LSD + skied with Heidegger + lived to a 100 and converted to Roman Catholicism.
Also, Bolano seems to have a thing for him.
so /lit/, whos pumped for Garth Hallberg's debut novel City on Fire? Has quite the buzz about it, thoughts?
The New Yorker said it's breddy gud but starts to drag. Then again, the reviewer got all excited about how he third person narrator changes emphasis depending on what character the scene is centered around. I thought that was common practice.
I saw news about this like two years ago. Insane that he was given $2 million. Kinda lame to accept that amount when publishing is dying. Anyway it looks ok but I won't read it. Too little meme potential here.