Just finished The crying of lot 49.
First Pynchon I've read and I liked it, are his other works similar, what did people think of it?
Lot 49 isn't that special, but it's a good novel. Pynchon's just more in his element with longer novels and 49 felt rushed in places, like he was holding himself back from being more discursive.
I don't know much about litterature so I'm asking this to you.
It may sound bizarre but I really feel the need to read some "dark, mad, tortured, disturbing" books (though not gorish if possible). I don't know why, I had this obssession of finding this kind of thing through all artistic works (music, cinema, games, paintings, etc.) since I'm 16. Alas, this need hasn't been fulfilled enough, though I've already read great books that are quite like this.
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/lit/ would say Lovecraft, but you're better off with Poe.
AproPoe, some of Borges' more macabre work might appeal to you, for example 'A Universal History of Infamy' or his treatment of mirrors as in 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius'. The dread and terror in Borges tends to be pretty subtle though.
Also some of Ray Bradbury might appeal to you.
>when he reads fiction
ITT: We post authors who are hated here but are critically acclaimed everywhere else
no surprise here /lit/ is full of /pol/fags and buttravaged white fuckbois
I just finished most of Wittgenstein. Is there even a purpose at this juncture to read anything of the things he says cannot exist, ie. Spinoza's ethics if those truths are unutterable?
So what's the consensus on the best translation of both Eddas? Any collections that contain all or most of the Viking sagas and folklore?
I read the Penguin edition of the Poetic Edda. I can't say much since it's the only one I've read. You can find them all online and see for yourself which translation feels the best.
Or learn Icelandic.
What are you reading right now?
pic related for me
Also Borges Collected Fictions.
This book is interesting partially because he puts the final nail in Jared Diamond's environmental theories, and in that it is also basically an apology for the whole "End of History" Neocon thing.
So refreshing for a scholar to admit his faults.
How does /lit/ recognise a genius writer? I'm talking specifically about 21st century writers. Do we have a living writer about whom we could say is one of the greats, whose works will be regarded as masterpieces in the future?
Great expectations < any other book
How do you start you day /lit/?
I get up at 6:45 every morning, microdose 35ug of lsd, drink a cup of green tea, and read 25 pages of a book.
I wake up from where I sleep on the ground at 6:50am. I shower and then sleep for another 15 minutes before dressing and rushing to leave by 7:30am. I catch a train at 7:55am and then take the subway to get to work by 8:30am. I then do the same in reverse and arrive home by 6:20pm, feeling exhausted, irritable and depressed.
What does /lit/ think of Tolstoy's Hadji Murad?
Is it relevant to contemporary Islamic conflict?
It's relevant to show that fighting has been going on for a long time and give historical context to the relationship Russia has with the Caucasus region. I don't really think Islam plays a huge role in it (which may be instructive in itself).
But you should still read it, because it's a phenomenal work as well as being short. Bloom strokes himself to it. If you are familiar with Tolstoy's longer works, it's like getting a piece of one of those without the commitment.
It's very good. I liken it to Shogun for its perspective on the Other as in some ways more cultured than the Self (or at the very least as something to be respected and learned from).
What does /lit/ think of His Dark Materials? I know it's YA, but does that means it's bad?
ITT: People who just needed antidepressants
Adorno called the cops because his students were being too loud near him. Apparently his health rapidly deteriorated around this time.
He was literally "no fun allowed" in both personal life and philosophical. It's impossible to have fun and not be complicit in some way. All art must remind us of the Holocaust etc
He was just too much. Interesting critique of Hegel though.
Any good /lit/ related podcasts?
I've been listening to The History of Philosophy, pretty informative.