Is this suicide core?
Do you think colonial adventure novels will make a comeback after the inevitable disillusionment with multiculturalism?
Did Twain intend for the reader to sympathize with Satan? I thought so after the ending about life being a dream, and also he fucks with the angry mob. But also he totally disregards human life, sooo hummm.
i don't think twain wanted the reader to view satan as an object capable of being anything other than a product of it's nature which is inherently evil. So to some degree I think you could argue that asking if the reader is supposed to sympathize with satan is like asking if they're supposed sympathize with a butter churner that only produces evil butter
Can anyone recommend a good book written by a woman? Do they exist?
/lit/, where do I find extremely rare books?
I am searching for a specific book that only had a 5k print run before it was banned in the state of origin. Amazon USA and UK carried the book, but not anymore, although legal there.
Do I contact the censors and request insight for academic purposes? Or universities? Are there sites or organizations specializing in doing the detective work needed to find such a book?
It's not even old. Published in 2001, I think.
>Four storeys of rare books, first editions, maps and prints from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
I'm not an expert on this at all. I just need it for my paper. What would be a major rare book store for contemporaries? Really appreciate it.
I'm looking for a book that speaks in a way that is so maddening that when you put it down you feel a sort of vertigo for reality. I'm not looking for books that try to undermine science or something, I'm just looking for something that will make me feel like my thoughts are spiraling. One that speaks evenly, so that I'm lead into the madness naturally, not confused. Because it's hard to feel like you're going insane when your mind is confused, it works better when you feel lucid, but feel reality sort of crumbling.
If a book like that exists, I want it.
I only felt something slightly similar to what you're describing while reading one particular scene in Infinite Jest (inb4 pleb yeah fuck off). The scene where James Incandenza is young and his father is telling him of how he destroyed his knees because of his father when he was young.
Jesus that chapter was amazing. The book as a whole I don't know but that particular scene was great.
Don't spoil it for me, but I'm guessing the titular badge is a bullet wound
Recommend me books about spirituality.
What are some good books about Success? I am chasing my dream of becoming a Winner and a World Class Apex Predator. I want the whole package; Wealth, Health, Love, Power and Happiness.
The Law of Success in 16 Lessons by Napoleon Hills
The work was originally commissioned at the request of Andrew Carnegie...
...and was based upon interviews of over 100 American millionaires across nearly 20 years, including such self-made industrial giants as Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison.
Napoleon Hill Laws of Success
>did you ever have the feeling there's a zamp in the lamp?
what did he mean by this?
It's probably a metaphor for the gooks and their crooks that he hated here and there and everywhere! The yellow men who bombed Hawaii.
"Two atom bombs weren't enough!" He cried.
And we should have listened anyway, for now we have the disease of anime.
So if you hear about zamps in lamps, he just might mean there's a beady eyed Jap in your camp.
Reminder that The Sneetches is about an arch-capitalist taking advantage of racial tensions for his own benefit
anyone interested in the illustrated version of Neverwhere?
>The TV series is shit.
yeah it pretty much was
there was a good radio adaptation of it a couple of years ago tho. it had christopher lee as the earl of earl's court.
So /lit/ what is your opinion of this book? I've read it numerous times and it's definitely one of my favorites.
I've read a bit of MIchael Shaara and this is his best book by far. I don't know what the /lit/ consensus is but as a History major I really enjoyed it. It's not a high level lit book but it is somewhat historical and a better read than a lot of other shit out there.
Man is this book ever boring. I got to page 25 or something
after she ditches the party to hang out with that guy that her friend she was out with for the night took her friend and she just fell asleep on the floor. Fucking, do I just suck at reading or something? I literally can't will myself to read another paragraph of this book, I just can't do it.
What the fuck is this guys deal with grammar
> I don't understand grammar
He writers sentences like
It's not a surprise that Saturday Night Live [blah]...premiered next fall. On television.
That full stop between next fall and on television, why is it there? WHY NOT A COMMA FOR THE EFFECT HE WANTS OR JUST NOTHING. Have I deeply misunderstood grammar and sentence structure my whole life?
I saw it loads in IJ but just always thought "weird future grammar or some shit, cool"
In order to be le quirky postmodern genius you have to have quirky incorrect grammar!
Pynchon does This to Certain Nouns quite improperly.
McCarthy doesnt put apostrophes in his conjunctions and I wonder why he doesnt use question marks.
I'm not wholly against it and in many cases it's to the benefit of the novel, but my inner anal-sadistic 10th grade English teacher wants me to let them experience my pain and humiliation.
But this is taken from one of his essays! Surely one can't be such le quirky durk that one literally writes ungrammatical sentences outside of fiction. I'm wondering if it's just another "Don't start a sentence with a conjunction" type myth?
So I've never read a collection of poetry before and I am seeking to get into poetry. This is a good place to start? I've checked the wiki and have no idea where to begin. Recommendations for books and authors to start from would be appreciated. Thanks.
A Coney Island of the Mind - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
How's this for $14.50? I feel like I robbed the place.
I feel like this book is hard to find in the UK but damn good job, Mason & Dixon is a fun ride. Anyway I recently got:
Les Miserables-Victor Hugo(currently reading)
The Engineer of Human Souls-Josef Skvoresky
Life and Fate-Vassily Grossman
God Emperor of Dune-Frank Herbert
The Black Prince Iris Murdoch
Got all that for about £18 or so, I'm looking...
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/lit/mus test. There was a recent thread regarding a Plato reading group. How many of you guys would be up for a Kant one?
Critique of Pure Reason. No girls/empiricists allowed.
It'd be standard procedure; using burner emails or whatever.
I've read/studied it before, just curious to see if there are any /lit/ friendos to discuss it with.
I can help if you want.
>tfw read all kant's work
>trolling hume posters for years
>tfw autistic enough to understand kant
>tfw autistic enough to abide by your no girls rule
>mfw kant group of emo males who don't know how to use a semicolon trying to pretend they're not empiricists reading cpr
;_; and people wonder why schopenhauer was a dick
What the hell did I just read?
Any thoughts on Atlas Shrugged? I have been told it's a must read by many people.
The atheist doesn't claim to be able to prove God doesn't exist, the atheist chooses not to believe in a hypothesis for which there is no evidence.
A theist on the other hand claims to know there is a God - a much stronger claim than the atheistic position.
Hey /lit/, please recommend me some good novels that feature a close-knit circle of young adult friends. Preferably urban setting but honestly I'll go for whatever, I just need some friendship feels rn.
Does it go anywhere? Its very well written and not that big of a chore to read but aside from killing people and detailing outfits does it that amazing of a book by the end?
Anyone have opinions on this book? Looking to get a basic familiarity with the field before I dig deeper into individual philosophers and wondering if this is a decent place to start cause I'm not gonna read Copleston
Here's the table of contents:
1. Plato and Socrates: The Fire and the Sun
2. Aristotle: The Spirit of Rational Enquiry
3. Epicurus and Zeno: How to Lead a Good Life
4. St Thomas Aquinas: The Unified Interpretation of Reality
5. René Descartes: Systematic Doubt as Philosophical Method
6. John Locke and Montesquieu: The Liberal State
7. Benedict de Spinoza: Rigorous Thought and Severe Conclusions
8. David Hume: Empirical Verification
9. Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Reason
10. Karl Marx: The March of History
11. Friedrich Nietzsche: The Will to Power
12. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Language and Reality
13. Martin Heidegger: We Have Forgotten Being
14. Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialist Anguish
15. Jacques Derrida: Deconstructing Reality
I have decent familiarity with chapters 1-5 but only very basic knowledge of the rest.
I'm looking for a book that's filled with mental breaking torment and humiliation which is not a porno book. I am looking for a book that has an actual story, preferably one that involves piss and scat.
Is reddit really more badass than this shitty board? Seriously, this board is infested with pseudo moralist christ fag repugnicans. I seriously hate this board, but I always hated the layout of reddit and it's upvote system.
wardine be cry.
do you think he knew when he wrote the line that that's what he would be remembered for?
why is it so amazing? has anyone ever written something more memorable since 1996?
How important is a good opener? Or is the prose style / progression / plot more your thing?
I'm having some trouble, as i always have, with opening my newest short; I know what I want to say but struggle for about a week to find a good way of saying it.
What are your favs? Post examples?
>A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
>Hanno the Navigator,the Carthaginian explorer of the fifth century BC, also known as King Hanno II, is...
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>either someone says something or something is described
Aren't those literally the only two options?
You guys are making a fuss over nothing. Make sure the first paragraph is good as a whole and you're fine.
I've bought about five of these Very Short Introduction books and so far they've all been duds. None of them seemed very "introductory" at all. I'm either retarded, or these books were just an easy way for Oxford Press to make money. I don't want to stay a plebe forever. What are some good intro level books- to any subject?
Those are the like 50 page piece of crap they sell at the counter at waterstones, right? Yeah, avoid those.
There are plenty of guides to the best introductory texts for a given subject. Just ask /lit/ or /his/ or /sci/ or whichever board is most appropriate, or check their stickies.
>A """""short introduction"""""
>Literally everything an expert on the topic knows about the topic
I always found this suspicious. Not for this series...
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Okay, /lit/, red pill me on this bitch.
Is her "from NEET rags to riches" story complete bullshit? I mean, I was inspired by her story so I decided to become a NEET and go on welfare so I could become a famous filmmaker - but it's not going so well ATM desu.
>you will never stick your wand between those tits
As far as I know, her rags to riches story isn't bullshit, but you know how the world is: for the one that succeeds, they never tell you of the thousand that starved to death.
What's his problem?