Recent purchases thread.
Bought some Japanese books that I couldn't find online.
The 3 on the top left are The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and below them are 3 Mishima novels (The Sailor Who Fell; Mishima's essay collection; Sound of Waves).
There's also Junichiro Tanizaki's short stories and Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen. Those are the ones that have a translation.
If anyone cares about the other ones, ask.
did dfw stage his suicide and become a japanese pleb author?
I need some books that would help me understand complex political theory, geopolitics, etc.
I just finished reading Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington and I found it really interesting.
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury is fantastic for understanding the impact of perceived Soviet espionage in the 1950s, as well as the diplomatic process toward a resolution. It's also a valiant effort at chronicling the machinations of the Senate, which is often poorly done. Would recommend
The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John Mearsheimer
Theory of International Politics by Kenneth Waltz
Politics Among Nations by Hans Morgenthau
Social Theory of International Politics by Alexander Wendt
World Order by Henry Kissinger
>my mother just spoiled me Hamlet
Favourite epic poems? Bonus points for lesser known
he Epic of Manas (Kyrgyz: Maнac дacтaны, Turkish: Manas Destanı) is a traditional epic poem of the Kyrgyz people. Composed and sung entirely in oral form by various singers throughout the centuries. As nomads, the Kyrgyz had no written language. Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov notes: "If other peoples/nations displayed their past culture and history in written art, the sculpture, architecture, theatre and literature, Kyrgyz people expressed their worldview, pride and dignity, battles and their hope for the future in epic genre."
Today there are about sixty...
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Name a better German author.
Is he kill? The forum is still active but he hasn't posted in months and the front page to his website is broken.
How does /lit/ feel about Library of America?
they look like nice books, but i don't really go for american writing much so i don't have any copies.
was eyeing one of their wallace stevens collections though. everything i heard of LoA indicates it's a good choice as far as publishers go.
If I read nothing but the New Testament for a year, will I become a good writer /lit/?
What does lit think of Mervyn Peake? Unrelated: weird fiction/early fantasy recommendations would be much appreciated.
>He smoked a cigarette, standing in the dark and listening to her undress. She made sea sounds; something flapped like a sail; there was the creak of ropes; then he heard the wave-against-a-wharf smack of rubber on flesh. Her call for him to hurry was a sea-moan, and when he lay beside her, she heaved, tidal, moondriven.
Isn't it great? Looking for underrated stuff, not Nabokov and the usual gang. Can anyone guess what this is, btw?
I'm 150 pages deep and I'm still not feeling it. I get really into some passages, then others (usually the theological stuff) really send me to sleep. Is the theological stuff the point? Should I persevere? Am I just too plen for this?
Keep going until you finish The Grand Inquisitor, then stop if you don't like it. Revisit it some other time if you want. You're not going to like everything hailed as incredible and that's okay.
I'm nearing the end of the novel. The final third, with the exception of one of the "books" which is total filler, is really engrossing. If nothing else, read the Grand Inquisitor. All in all, though, it's a pretty turgid book with a lot of fluff.
What's the best Beowulf translation? Has anyone read Tolkien's?
On a scale of 1 to 9, how suitable is the Russian language for the literary life?
Exhausted a century ago
Only interesting because the productive Russian spirit, in the 19th century, was the sparks and fire that resulted when the monolithic West and Old Russia grinded up against one another
Instead of birthing something from that fire, Russia descended into Chinese barbarism, and the minds that had kindled the original sparks were absorbed into the West
So /lit/izens, I am curious about your opinions on who are the most poetic hip hop lyricists.
I am asking on /lit/ to see who has the best technical ability in writing rhymes, and /mu/ wouldn't be the best place to ask about poetic capability.
Not the question. I didn't ask if hip hop had any poetic merit, I asked which hip hop performers had the most poetic lyrics. Obviously their rhymes are not going to be on par with poets like Keats or Poe, or many popular poets in literary circles. I was just curious who /lit/ thought had the most skill.
I want to become a certain kind of medical professional. I'm trying to get into a program. I have a few great textbooks thanks to bookzz.org and #bookz on IRC.
However, when I sit down to read, I can't stay focused. I'm genuinely interested in what I'm reading and I am passionate about getting into a program, but I just can't fucking focus. I get into it and within 10 minutes I'm thinking about what needs to be done around the house or remembering things I've meant to look up online.
What the fuck can I do to make myself a more...
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Get on a train journey, put some in-ear headphones in, music or not as you please and enjoy 1-2 hour each way of joyful reading time. I do it a lot on the way to work (about 2 hours each way of reading) and even with the disturbance of being in the rush hour i can pile through books at speed. Plus try reading something different made of paper if you are reading electronically, it may make enough difference to start you off.
- Pomodoro technique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique
- Try to focus on the process of reading the book
- Learn to ignore distractions
- When you are lying in the bed or some shit and you want to read 4chan or some other shit, start reading the book instead.