>tfw just turned 25 and haven't even written a novel yet
I'm on page 76 and its just okay. Does it get any better?
>not reading the best book of the century
>When you realize that Harry Potter is an allegory for racism
>when you realise Harry Potter is an allegory for post war social democracy
Anyone else into Umberto Eco?
I find stuff like The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum to be a much better example of postmodernism than something like Gravity's Rainbow, but that might just be me.
Meta concepts, mostly. The key to understanding the entire historical mystery in the novel revolves around Aristotle's second book of Poetics, on comedy, which has been lost to time.
How many of you are here for credit, a research project, or as an activism project?
>Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and "drifting" around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International. Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." Another definition is "a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities... just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape."
>In psychogeography, a dérive (French: [/de.ʁiv/], "drift") is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travellers, with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience. Situationist theorist Guy Debord defines the dérive as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances."
>Dérives are necessary, according to situationist theory, because of the increasingly predictable and monotonous experience of everyday life in advanced capitalism. The dérive grants a rare instance of pure chance, an opportunity for an utterly new and authentic experience of the different atmospheres and feelings generated by the urban landscape.
do any of you go for dérives? what are your experiences with them?
Stop this meme right there
What is the most complex and well developed character you have ever read?
Why haven't you read Yang Zhu (aka Yung Chu) aka The Spookbuster of the East?
>Life is full of suffering, and its chief purpose is pleasure. There is no god and no after-life; men are the helpless puppets of the blind natural forces that made them, and that gave them their unchosen ancestry and their inalienable character. The wise man will accept this fate without complaint, but will not be fooled by all the nonsense of Confucius and Mozi about inherent virtue, universal love, and a good name: morality is a deception practised upon the simple...
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Because afaik no works written by him (or even his followers) actually survive.
Must admit, though, assuming Mencius isn't just making shit up the 'would not pluck a hair to save the world' thing is stone cold.
be narcissistic without being egotistic
>One hundred years is the limit of a long life. Not one in a thousand ever attains it. Suppose there is one such person. Infancy and feeble old age take almost half of his time. Rest during sleep at night and what is wasted during the waking hours in the daytime take almost half of that. Pain and sickness, sorrow and suffering, death (of relatives) and worry and fear take almost half of the rest. In the ten and some years that is left, I reckon, there is not one moment in which we can be happy, at ease without worry. This being the case, what is life for?...
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Hello my well read anons, how can one become more intelligent /lit/?
This is /r/books laughable list of favorite books read during 2015.
So, what laughable list of favorite books has /lit/ read in 2015?
That's all I've read.
>I agree on Kafka on the Shore, definitely a book I am going to need to read one or two more times to get. Still a great a book though.
I've never been on this site and don't think I plan on ever going on it again
How's your novel coming along?
Are you happy with your results so far?
How long did it take you until now?
How long do you need to go on?
Hey guise, I´m going read the greeks, going for the oxford plato and aristotle complete works, pic related is the plato book.
I was wondering since I am rather new if you think I should read any other books first, perhaps the first philosophers: pre socratic book or something else.
Also if you have any thoughts on the versions of the book or translators they are welcomed.
If you're planning on going through Plato then I'd definitely advise you to read the Pre-Socratics. He uses and refers to their ideas quite a bit.
If you're new to philosophy in general then I'd recommend The Story of Philosophy - Bryan Maggee.
Read the Iliad and Odyssey as well, they're not philosophical treatises, but they're referenced often. Try Fitzgerald or Lattimore.
I'm doing the same thing, following the /lit/ flowchart: >>7451366
From what I've gathered you really should start at the top, with some basic mythology and then the Iliad and Odyssey, followed by The First Philosophers - it helps out a tonne in understanding Platon and Aristotle.
ITT: Books that make you feel almost every emotion.
Damn, there are so many. I loved that I could never guess what the hell was going to happen next. That part was great though. All the Harrogate parts made me laugh out loud. Mine is probably when
Suttree just packs up and lives out in the wild after the event with the mussels family