What are /lit/'s thoughts on this? I'm digging it so far.
>he refers to philosophy as "lady sophia"
He is an entertainer. An autistic one, at that.
If you just read Zizek for the fun of it, ignoring all the inconsistencies and goofiness, there is no need to cringe over silly stuff like this.
I see. Pairing a reaction image of an autist with text describing actual autistic behavior is going to cause confusion. Would it really surprise anyone if he did talk that way about philosophy?
Do you have a collection of (bilingual) readers for the languages you're learning?
Like Chinese+English or Japanese+English.
I'm currently looking for some Jap+Eng ones, but can't decide if they are worth so much money.
Are you trying to get literary fluency only or do you want to be able to speak/listen and read? I only speak Chinese so I can't help with Japanese, but if you want the whole package of proficiency, I think the best way to start is Integrated Chinese (runs 4 volumes and is a great series) and find a Chinese-speaking girlfriend. After that use the Readings in Chinese Culture series and the McGraw-Hill Classic Chinese reader. Also watch Chinese soap operas (there are also some good Korean dramas dubbed in Chinese), Chinese Rom-Coms, and use Popup Chinese. Any Asian language...
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Please tell me what your level of proficiency in Chinese or Japanese is. It's not like Latin where you can start working through any text with a dictionary and a grasp of the grammar. You really need a lot of base work (and knowledge of grammar and basic characters) before you can even think of jumping straight into a bi-lingual text.
What does /lit/ think?
It's an amusing book of history vulgarisation. Don't let boring fucks put you off this book.
(Didn't learn much by reading it, but some of the "lessons" were presented in an interesting manner--it's so outrageously cynical it made me laugh.)
>literary author thinks he can use "quantum" like one of his french adjectives
>Before the Law
I don't get it.
There's a Musil quote from Die Mann ohne Eigenschaften that says "Before the law all citizens were equal, but not all were just citizens", Kafka and Musil regularly corresponded by mail and used to read each others work.
As any Kafka story there's a pretty limitless number of reads:
Identity (Metropolitan Judaism set against the more Orthodox tradition that could be seen in the door keeper "long sharp nose and Tartar beard") but identity is usually much too simple and I tend to stay away from it, its as remedial as analysis gets, imo....
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Which books do I need to become the ultimate Übermensch?
They can be on money, busines and finance etc.
or dating, social skills and business relationships etc
or in physiology, mental and physical health, energy etc.
or self discipline and work ethics
or general culture and knowledge
or general philosophy and self reflection
or education and learning, etc.
Just tell me if you know a good book that talks about any of the topics above or something similar
Who thought this cover looked good?
It looks like some 1984 deviant art.
Anyone write experimental prose or poetry?
World Map - Wizarding Schools
Please, convince me to buy this book. I have heard that Faulkner is a great writer and prose stylist, but from what I read myself in quick glimpses of the book his prose is quite poor (there is also the fact that Nabokov, a prose-poet himself, didn’t like Faulkner).
Can you people post some examples of the most beautiful and poetic moments of this book?
>reading for purple prose
>reading only for prose
Also, Faulkner is quite the good prosist. I've only read As I Lay Dying and some of his short stories, but I can assure you that his prose flows well and has highly poetic passages. If what you are looking for is prose similar to that of Nabokov's, then read Nabokov, not Faulkner. If you read Faulkner, you're getting some good ol' Faulknerian prose.
Which Johnathan Franzen book would be the best to read first? I've only heard of The Corrections.
If I like other post-modern white male authors like Delillo, DFW, Pynchon and Ellis (... ) is he a good choice, or is he just total shit?
but desu I really do like some of those authors (some) but I'm not interested in treading the same stuff, Franzen is like a go to when I've run out of choices. I picked up a russian Scifi novel that has sent me into an existential crisis over if I'll ever like reading as much as I did these past few months.
I need a text (short story or a piece of a novel or anything else) of about 100 pages.
It should be divisible in 4 parts (4 different "situations/contexts") that will be illustrated.
I'd prefer something historical but every text is appreciated.
Do I persevere with this? I'm quarter of the way through and frankly I'm struggling. None of the concepts (won't spoil) are particularly interesting to me.
Do I continue? Does it get better? I've gone into it blind so would prefer no spoilers - just tell me yes or no
Hello, I normally just go to /co/ but I have a question for you on /lit/.
In High School there was this guy who hated comics, when I asked why he said some nonsense about how visuals were somehow inferior and therefore lacked any real artistic merit. To this day I still don't understand this reasoning, how can drawings and writing be considered good art when seperate but not when they're combined? What do you think?
I'd ask this on /co/ but obviously everyone there already agree that comics have artistic merit.
I don't think visuals are inherently less artistic than the written word, but when it's easier for the masses to consume, there's bound to be more shit being produced. Sure there are many exceptions of artful comics, but the amount of cliched shit is overwhelming it. You can say the same things about books, but the libraries of great classics are too big.