>and then, like, he made strips of soul that he cut up and that was like the soul of the universe and shit and it controls the planets lol
Why the fuck am I bothering to read the Timaeus? Is Plato's cosmology worth anything at all? This is Myth of Er tier.
Buttmad Socratist detected.
Timaeus is a Socratic dialogue by Plato in which Timaeus describes the principles of cosmology. So far there have been some interesting points raised - for example an argument for the unique singularity of the universe, and an interesting account of space, being, and becoming - but it is held down by a bizarre speculative account of the ordering of the rotations of the planets and the creation of the universe.
When can one be considered an intellectual?
It's AD 1969
What is hip and making a splash on 60's /lit/?
Hey, Anons. Today, I've finished the "Telemachiad" of Joyce's Ulysses, or, the first 45 pages of the Gabler. I've been using Gifford's Ulysses Annotated only for Latin and French quotations I can't derive any meaning from on my own, but I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't be doing this at all? If maybe I should only look at annotations at the end of the chapter? Or maybe that not understanding what's going on is maybe part of the intended effect—especially in the third episode. Any Ulysses vets care to weigh in?
I should clarify—it's not that I don't understand what's going on at all. Only that the book, no more powerful than in that third episode, oscillates between a space of having a narrative foothold, of events and sensations to latch on to, and densely allusive free indirect discourse that I sometimes will have to go back and read two, three, four times to get anything. It's taxing, I'll admit. But it is rewarding already.
it is easier to read, especially if it's your first time, if you don't try to get every reference and just treat it like a novel. come back to it afterwards and analyze it to death with a million commentaries but the first time just turn your brain off lmao
i like to read things that repulse, disgust me or shock me, due to the intensity and vividness of the description. it's kind of rare when i read something and get that kind of visceral reaction. anyone have any tips for writing really graphic things? is there a certain way to do it?
What are some good books about music? Not necessarily music theory, but about genres or musicians?
Is it essential to read some Russell and Frege before jumping in Tractatus ?
If yes, which works I should read of those two
1.1. The Tractatus is easily readable once you understand the format.
2. If I was a betting man I'd say Russell because he's more readable and he famously corrected/undermined Frege.
What the fuck is with black people and heavy-handed race metaphors? Between this nigger and Toni Morrison, everything is so blatantly muh slavery and muh oppression.
Seriously, he has a white character disguise himself in black face to try and mind control the black population into destroying their magical cultural energy.
Are black authors a meme?
Steinbeck and Huxley were heavy handed as fuck but you don't see me saying that about all white writers.
It's not aimed at you. If you don't recognise the power in the writing, consider the idea that you went into it unconsciously expecting not to like it.
I could rattle off black writers who run rings around you, but what's the point.
you should rattle them off
the point is you're not only talking to one idiot
the problem seems to be that heavyhanded black writers are disproportionately pushed into the curriculum because they're to enter the thick skulls of freshmen, not be a show of art
this is not a black problem, but a white people being pussies problem
Why is this considered a great work of science fiction?
This is the lamest fucking book i have read in a long time.
>"Tanj it!" is worse than the plonks or whatever from Maze Runner
>Nothing to be gained, nothing to analyze, nothing to think about
I stopped reading at around page 200. They've just been flying around...
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The Time Machine is a good and quick read if you haven't read it before. Dune was awful. I stopped reading it at about half way as well. It's sad really that so much science fiction is so terrible.
Holy shit, HOW DARE HE BTFO HITCH
He was a gigantic egotist, a drunk, an atheist and a Neo-Con who wanted to help Industrialists destroy the Middle East and naturally saw that it would lead to other countries like Russia, and China.
I'm still surprised that certain people take so much of his flattery at face value. He was more of a hawk than Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, or McCain, but far more dangerous in some respects.
Can anyone recommend a book on the origin and/or nature of human morality and ethics? Are all our morals the product of socialization?
What writers do you think handled this issue well?
What are your own personal thoughts on this topic?
Just because Judeo-Christian morals were born out of resentment does that necessarily mean they are of little value? Isn't that just mixing up cause and effect? Anybody care to answer?
Thoughts on Thomas Merton?
I think he has a lot in common with the so-called Traditionalist school of Perennial Philosophy: the best reaction to modernity is to rebuild the connection with man's past via an established tradition's spirituality (as opposed to neo religion or new age practices).
His pioneering of (a slow, careful, patient) religious dialogue with the Buddhists and his emphasis on creating a society that reflects traditional mores (ie, without the stifling poverty and warfare of modern industrial nations) are probably no less important (one of his...
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Anybody read pic related?
Started it today (chapter 6) and it's pretty interesting in how fucking vulgar and corny yet entertaining it is. Haven't read much cyberpunk, is this one iconic of the genre or a oneoff?
Also pretty shocked to learn this oddity was released in '86.
This can be a guilty pleasures or a cyberpunk thread, first come first serve.
It's relatively obscure as far as cyberpunk goes I think. I tried finding it in ebook a few years ago and failed. You just reminded me about it and I found it on bib. Thanks, gonna give it a read.
>that feel when the girl you like asks you to review her bad poetry