How fast do you read and how many books per year?
Do you think it is better to read faster?
>Romance of the Three Kingdoms
>one of the Four Greatest Chinese Novels
>still no properly translated into Spanish, one of the two or three most spoken languages on Earth
Who can explain this bullshit? Why is Spanish so mistreated despite being an official language in so many countries?
Will I have to resign myself to reading an English version of this Chinese long-winded novel?
Seriously? I haven't seen any thread regarding RoTK. Journey to the West seems to be more commonly discussed on /lit/.
Anyways, I know that there are a few spaniards and latin american posters. Has anybody been in this situation?
>Most Arab countries have not learned from the lessons of the past and the field of translation remains chaotic. In terms of quantity, and notwithstanding the increase in the number of translated books from 175 per year during 1970-1975 to 330, the number of books translated in the Arab world is one fifth of the number translated in Greece. The aggregate total of translated books from the Al-Ma’moon era to the present day amounts to 10,000 books - equivalent to what Spain translates in a single year (Shawki Galal, in Arabic, 1999, 87).
Did any philosophers believe in God or religion? Did this affect their philosophy? Most do not, why?
What lamp do you use for reading?
I don't need no mother fucking lamp to read. I use the light from the sky, and when it is dark I turn on the lights in my room. I don't have a lamp on my desk. I don't need no motherfucking lamp.
When you get one of those in OP's pic make sure that either
a) it's mountable to the table or
b) The base is extremely heavy.
Otherwise moving or adjusting the lamp will result in you pushing it around, which sadly happens with my cheap one.
Hey /lit/, anyone read Dan Simmons's Hyperion series? Imo it's one of the best scifi series I've read. Do you have any scifi book recommendations?
Read it - I'll type out my thoughts on it in next post.
You should check out the next book (sadly falls off)
Some other good sci-fi I've read: Dune, Starship Troopers, The Left Hand of Darkness, Neuromancer, Snow Crash, Flowers for Algernon, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Is actually good, it's not pleb shit as 4chan says; nor is it a visionary masterpiece as reddit says)
If you want any more details about those lemme know
I really like Johnson's dictionary, which is prescriptive. It is a bit dated, but it's such a pleasure to read.
But the main topic of this thread is: how do descriptivist dictionaries obtain their definition? Seems a bit difficult without a mass poll. I'd really like to know
Also, as an aside, is the transition to descriptivist dictionaries something almost inevitable from democracy? Johnson was a High Tory (anti-capitalist, anti-democracy), and in a way I think his book as the paragon of prescriptive dictionaries in English is almost an embodiment of that ideology. One of course he managed to work into his dictionary
His definition of Tory
>One who adheres to the ancient constitution of the state, and the apostolical hierarchy of the church of England, opposed to a Whig.
His definition of Whig
>The name of a faction.
Guys, can we settle the translation debate right here, right now? Who are the definitive translators of Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov? Should I listen to Amazon and just get the P&V translations?
I've finally done it /lit/, I managed to get tuberculosis. The most romantic, patrician end is within my grasp.
I wish romantic aesthetics like wasting away from consumption would come back into fashion, it really feels right to me. I know I will eventually die from it, but it's a better ending than most people get. I've been reading a lot of romantic lit to get in the right mindset.
What /lit/ ways have you considered? The only other good one I could think of was opiates, but that's kind of gauche I think- I prefer the wasting gradual erasure...
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Funny thing is consumption is one of the largest killers nowadays, it just means something else.
You could also try Byron's bloodletting > sepsis > fever > death route. A bit more dramatic than coughing into a hanky while you shuffle off your mortal coil.
ITT: niggas post their 5 fav writers and others try to guess stuff about them niggas IRL
>Suppose two men at cards with nothing to wager save their lives. Who has not heard such a tale? A turn of the card. The whole universe for such a player has labored clanking to this moment which will tell if he is to die at that man's hand or that man at his. What more certain validation of a man's worth could there be? This enhancement of the game to its ultimate state admits no argument concerning the notion of fate. The selection of one man over another is a preference absolute and irrevocable and it is a dull man indeed who could reckon...
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>He rode out alone on the desert and sat the horse and he and the horse and the dog looked out across the rolling scrubland and the barren peppercorn hills and the mountains and the flat brush country and running plain beyond where four hundred miles to the east were the wife and child that he would not see again. His shadow grew long before him on the banded wash of sand. He would not follow.
Bravo for getting me to feel sorry for a ruthless killer
>What did he mean by this?
Chance sure is super scary and edgy.
-Chance is everywhere
-War is a part of everywhere
-War is a part of chance
-War is the god of chance because people die in war and aint that a bitch
What is some 21st Century essential fiction?
Just admit it /lit/, you will never have an original thought and everything that you spout off about on here is just trite garbage vomited up through your keyboard, you, again, vomiting up, the giant amalgamation of books you've read which, I might add, all contradict each other in some way or another.
Nothing is original, all is pastiche,
nothing is new under the sun...
This book changed my life :)
The Catcher in the Rye By J.D Salinger
Thoughts on this book?
It is a self-help book, but I'd like to hear what you guys think of it. For those who read it, did it actually help you in some way?
I've heard a lot about how you should consciously choose to behave as though you were a psychopath in order to be successful. Which I refuse to do, and which is probably the reason I'm not successful.
But I have read the book by the other Dutton. It was pretty good.