Which books should I read to my newborn son if I want him to grow up to become patrician?
play Shakespeare audio around the clock and while he sleeps every night
but you don't want him to become a poofa so from 5-16 make sure he plays sports and trucks. at age 17 you tell him he is a patrician warrior, the one Dave Wallace promised
I heard the other day that Cormac doesn't read. Kind of makes sense with his style, and I personally like his stuff. But is it possible to be an influential writer without reading? Was I fed garbage?
Also, do you know of any other influential writers who don't read anyone elses stuff?
What are you reading? How far are you? What do you think of what you've read so far?
Currently reading pic related, about a quarter way through (~200 pages just today). Pretty awesome book, I got really sad when
Farria died. The prose is beautiful.
Read the first two chapters of A Portrait of the Artist. I like it a lot more than Dubliners. Thought I was going to suffer when I read moocow but it turns out that the prose gets more concise as Stephen ages.
What translation's is better, that or the Penguin one?
On topic, I just started The Sound of Waves by Mishima. Hopefully I can finish it before the 30.
Currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, about 60 pages in and thoroughly enjoying it. Also reading Don Quixote, about 100 pages in, and enjoying that as well. Just finished The House of the Seven Gables (after starting it probably 4 times over the last couple of years) and liked it a lot when I finally stayed with it until the end. Listening to Stephen King's It on audible right now if that counts but read it before.
What does /lit/ think of Dune? It's big as fuck and I'm wondering if it's worth the read.
This is my all-time favorite book. I was lucky enough to know next to nothing about it when I found it. I got the version with the black cover and small strip of sand. Before I knew it, I was reading the sequels and even some of the prequels written by his son and Kevin J Anderson.
>implying Kafka isn't irrefutably the greatest writer of all time
Sure is Reddit in here.
There you go guys!
Is anyone else disappointed by the dropping out of university thread? I thought lit was the board that had smart people. Good universities have lower drop out rates because the students are intelligent enough to choose to work hard.
Its too easy nowadays to make it big. You gotta be pretty dumb to think college is a worthy investment. Go learn math and computer science and you should be making $40/hour within a year unless you're retarded. Students who are "intelligent enough to choose to work hard" are "intelligent enough" to know this already and would rather learn something as simple as computer science and "choose to work hard" with their knowledge of CS. They don't need to go to college to be told what to study when all that info is a click away. If they go to...
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What does /lit/ think of Kazuo Ishiguro?
This place seems to be all about the history of ideas and continental philosophy.
Why is there little to no analytic philosophy? Why no discussion of the articles and arguments of Bertrand Russell, Rudolf Carnap, W.V.O. Quine, R. M. Hare, Saul Kripke, Jaakko Hintikka, Simon Blackburn, Hilary Putnam, Alan Gibbard, Wlodek Rabinowicz, and many others?
What? To hard for you?
>Why is there little to no analytic philosophy?
cause that shit's for fags
I've been reading about modal logic, and modal ontological arguments strike me as interesting, such as Alvin Plantinga's argument for the existence of God. I've noticed some atheists seem to think that the same sort of argument can be used to argue the non-existence of God, but I don't trust that they're not making a fundamental, logical mistake--particularly in the form of modal logic. Here's an example of an argument an atheist sent me:
1. If God exists, God is necessary.
2. It is possibly the case that God doesn't exist.
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Riddle me this: How do I read LotR without falling asleep?
Hey /lit. I'm pretty new to philosophy, having just read Bryan Magee's The Story of Philosophy and the Greeks.. but I'm interested in reading and understanding Nietzsche. What else do you guys think I should read before reading Nietzsche so that I actually understand him? Thanks in advance for any help.
What am I in for /lit/?
If you're reading in Italian, you're in for one of the top four or five literary experiences of your life.
If you're reading in translation, you're wasting your time.
In either case, I would read Aquinas' Summa Theologica either before you read Dante or immediately afterwards. The Divine Comedy has been called "the Summa in verse".
Most people who have not studied the disciplines of pure mathematics, or brain surgery, or rocket science, will usually be quite reluctant to pronounce on any aspect of these disciplines, since they are completely ignorant of them.
Despite this, most people seem to have no problem pronouncing on philosophical issues, despite being totally ignorant of the discipline.
Why is this?