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
What's the conclusion (regarding how to act in life) one would draw from Schopenhauer "will".
If the will of the world is a thing and every individuals motivation is just an aspect of it.. okay but what consequences does this idea have at all for the individual?
If I try to answer this, it seems like he just wants a strategy of avoiding something bad.
Why is he so obsessed with suffering? I think he is. Why so negative? Is that stuff applicable to the West today?
everything is the aspect of will not just "motivation" your eyes your mouth your fingers, the will to do each of the things they do, it has to do with the kantian thing-in-itself is beyond experience, schopenhauer's will is that thing
for schoepenhauer all things including life is just expression of this will, you can't escape it nor can you satisfy it
Hi, /lit/, I know this will go under appreciated. But I would just like to say that I love this board and those posters that take their time to contribute to threads. This is the only board that doesn't make me depressed or gives me the vague sense that something very wrong is going on. It has also opened my eyes to how much there is yet to experience, and that makes me happy about the future. Thanks faggots.
I'm writing off the cuff because of severe writers block towards a project I'm working on. Would like to know if you guys like this style of writing.
Tell them I was happy. Tell them I lived a fulfilling life and had no regrets. Tell them I wrote something inspiring and beautiful and poetic or something. It would be pathetic if my death was embarrassing as my life. - unedited suicide note
When I go out into a crowd. I feel all their eyes scan across me. I see their face twist and contort in disgust. As if they already know what type of shitty person...
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At that moment you go soft in disgust and she keeps suckin because she wants that white lightening you begin to look back at all those bad moves and wrong turns. All those good girls you treated like shit and all those smuts you treated like goddamn goddesses. All those times you ignored the pleas of your parents to go to college. That one time or two or three times you fucked a fat chick. The time where being in love freaked you the fuck out and you literally snorted and drank and screamed a stable relationship away. That time where you drank too much and woke up upside down in your car and then went on to tell the cops to eat your dick. And as I think of these grand fuckups my dick shrivels up inside myself and the raggedy whore between my legs is desperately sucking at the hole in my crotch trying to suck my groundhog out of its prairie den. Now I get angry and I need to hit something so I push the living vacuum off my crouch and she starts crying because she thinks her payment of booger sugar won't be coming and I tell her I'm going to slap her around for a bit and after I'm done she'll take the entire eightball and get the fuck out of my shitty one bedroom apartment. She stops crying and she smiles and at its peak just when too much teeth begin to show I start the slappin and she stops smilin. I'm reelin out viscous wallops to her head and face and neck and tits and she's back to crying now. She puts her hand out and softly begs me to stop but a deals a deal so I slap her hand away and go even harder. Open hands become fists and smacks become dull thuds and she takes each one like a champ because this isn't her first rage filled rodeo for coke and it certainly won't be the last. I stop hitting her when my sobs are louder and stranger than hers and like an emancipated bruised and bleeding ghoul she scurries to the glass top and takes the bag of coke and leaves me to my deep seeded issues.
Now I'm a manager at applebees and life couldn't be better. Two years from now will be my big three O and when that happens I'll be celebrating with a shotgun in my mouth. Merry christmas happy new year go fuck yourself.
Can genre fiction be looked at critically and as Capital-L Literature? Is it just a select few novels within the framework of genre fiction or can it be any?
Why are you letting yourself get infected by /lit/ memes.
There's as much shit "literary" fiction as there is garbage genre fiction that the distinction is ultimately superficial. There's only good and bad fiction.
>why are you guys talking about aesthetics don't you know everything is just atoms
If you can make an interesting argument for the worth of a piece of fiction, go for it. just be aware that for the vast majority of genre fiction, it will be an uphill climb, not only because academia in general will be working against you (though this is starting to thaw out), but the work itself will be absolutely insipid in large percentages.
>"anon don't write like that, it's corny, pseudo intellectual, self-gratifying, and cheap"
>"but let me tell you about this famous author who wrote exactly like you do, and why he's hot shit."
>actually be a college prof
>"anon, don't write that. a^2 + b^2 = (a+b)^2 is clearly false in general"
>but let me tell you about how I think it should go and this really great idea I had about how I could write that equation
the student in question was operating in a finite field of prime order
can't we have a single infinite jest thread without shitty memes?
what do you think about the book?
Is the Will to Power worth reading? I know some of the history behind it, how its just his notes which his sister put together and used to make him le official Nazi man. But how would you rank it in terms of importance in Nietzsche's work?
>inb4 nothing he wrote was worth reading
>edited by Kaufmann
Nietzsche was a staunch Nazi, and libcuck Kauffman (Jewish cultural marxist btw) tries to make him out as some sort of progressive liberal to help breed out whiteness.
Don't fall for it.
I've seen the essential right-wing reading list before, but does /lit/ have one for left-wing. And if not, could I get some essential left-wing reading lists?
Just finished reading Fellowship
Was it any good?
>not listening to pic related while writing
Learning Latin seems easy enough. Why arent you doing it?
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
What does /lit think of this book?
Haven't read all of it yet but so far it's the best thing I've ever read. Anyone feel the same? is anything better?
I read it about two years ago, but it's stuck with me pretty heavily. There's something about Bolaño's writing, a certain flavour of melancholy and disentchantment that sits beneath (or hangs above) the text. Definitely my favourite author, and Savage Detectives is his best, though I need to see if it holds up on re-reads (I think it will). It sounds cliché'd as all hell, but I can't put a Bolaño novel down when I start one. Except maybe Monsieur Pain, that did nothing for me.
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