Who is your favourite poet/poem?
What books can make a human desire for happiness?
From War and Peace
>Peter knew he was a good man because his wife reflected his best qualities and was good herself.
So if your waifu is shit then so are you? I can agree with that desu
What's the best English/Spanish translation of the Quran? I really don't want to learn an entire new language just for 1 book.
Also: is it any good? I've only read a few excerpts and it sounds a bit repetitive and angry.
I've watched a few Islamic lectures on youtube and have found people like Hamza Yusuf and Abdal Hakim Murad really informative and have made me curious of the whole thing. Is it worth it?
Every Muslim scholar I've listened to sounds a thousand times more logical and knowledgable than my local Christian priest. While I still don't believe any of it, it sounds interesting and I'm willing to be open-minded to the idea of an impersonal God. I also want to find out if it's really beautiful and poetic or evil and violent.
I read the Twilight books to find out for myself if they're awful or not (they are), and I'm willing to read the Quran to make an informed opinion for myself as well.
>Every Muslim scholar I've listened to sounds a thousand times more logical and knowledgable than my local Christian priest.
Maybe that's because you're comparing academic religion with your parishioner
I feel like buying something really modern soon, but I'm not sure what. I sometimes think all the truly great books have been written and released, I guess. Sad if true.
Is anyone here familiar with how Yukio Mishima is regarded in Japan? Is he considered an essential author and taught in schools? or is he an author that most don't want to associate themselves with due to his nationalist sentiments and the scandalous elements of his homosexuality?
Sorry if this is a redundant topic but it doesn't seem like the archive is functioning.
He has appeared in vidyia over there so is probably well regarded :^)
Can we get a script thread?
This one I pretty much enjoyed.
My favorite movie. But It is very visual and I think there are a lot of improvised scenes (I mean, por of it was filmed a year or so later), so the script must be very different from the final result.
What are some books that will give me a stronger understanding of humor? I've always had an interest in comedy and was voted class clown in my high school but turned it down because of stupid hipster bullshit. I know that taking comedy seriously is the most unfunny thing you can do but I don't care. I legitimately have an interest in it as an art form. I don't plan on making a career out of it or anything though. So what are some essential comedies and nonfiction that analyzes comedy? Pic related. I'm currently reading Don Quixote.
>was voted class clown in my high school but turned it down because of stupid hipster bullshit
>turned it down
I need clarification. Were you offered a certificate or something? Did your high school do badges or something?
It was a senior superlative type of thing. You got your picture in the yearbook alongside the other people who got most athletic, most school spirit, ect. I didn't want some sort of cheesy pic of me doing something totes wacky in a yearbook. Looking back on it, I'm not sure if it was the right decision but I don't really care that much.
>"It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies."
Can you refute this man?
should i read paradife loft?
I know you guys are mostly about the serious stuff here, but let's hear about thrillers.
What is the thriller writer you admire the most?
Which thriller novel is your favourite?
I love a good thriller. I came to the genre through my love of Ian Fleming and James Bond novels. So after Ian died Kingsley Amis wrote one Bond novel and it turned me into a fan of his. In fact I love all the Bond authors, Gardner, Benson, Higson, Faulks, Boyd, Wood, Horowitz and Deaver. Jeffrey Deaver I love outside his single Bond novel, check out Garden Of Beasts.
Also, Ludlum, Clancy, Lecarre, Dale Brown (Act Of War and Edge of Battle are the closest we will ever get to an Iron Man/War Machine/Air force/south american drug lords novel).
Since Idealogy Lit and Pinecone Magazine are apparently defunct, I've decided to do my own little magazine.
Since the archive is down, I thought I would post this thread again.
Submission rules are simple, just send a Noir-themed story, poem, or whatever to email@example.com.
Best submission will receive a $20 prize from me.
This isn't meant to be the next Tin House, its just a chance to practice your writing and get your stuff read. If you would like help editing your work before final submission, just let me know.
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Are there any good novels about hacking? Preferably fiction but if it's good I'll take non-fiction as well.
I would dare say the non-fiction available is superior to the fiction. Some good titles, limited to the topic of hacking itself:
* Steven Levy, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution [the best general history I think]
* Eric S. Raymond, ed., The Jargon File [hacker dictionary; also a good author to know for open-source topics]
* Katie Hafner and John Markoff, Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier [some interesting examples]
* Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder...
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Anyone here read this?