Why is it so much more horrifying when children die as opposed to adults?
Because adults are invariably pieces of shit. Children haven't reached that stage yet, they are still like animals in that they haven't the self-awareness to be really held accountable for the shitty things they do.
"The Simpsons" owe a huge debt to this work.
I recently finished The Man in the High Castle, which I really enjoyed. What are some other decent titles in the same vein of alternate military/political history?
Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory series.
Is there such a thing as a national identity? Is nationalism any decent or just a cancer that leads to world wars? Is there such a thing as identity or free will at all?
Is there such a thing as a national identity?
s nationalism any decent or just a cancer that leads to world wars?
Is there such a thing as identity or free will at all?
>Impossible to know
Come on guys, we can do better, fucking discuss.
Is existential despair the most embarrassing product of the natural world?
I'm going to have to pick a book to read, one that's over 200 pages long, and with an anti-hero as protagonist. Any suggestions?
If my goal in life is to become a writer, should i drop out engineering and study english instead?
I like engineering, but i am really insecure thinking that i may be losing something by not getting a B.A. in english, and by seeing that almost all my favorite authors got one.
You definitely do not a degree in English to be a writer. Most people doing a BA in English these days don't even read. If anything, it could taint you and your aspirations given that univeristy English is pretty cancerous unless you really find a niche.
Also, engineering sounds boring to me but if it pays well enough for you to work less hours and read/write more that's better than the bullshit office job you'd probably have to get with an English degree.
it's not 100% necessary, but if you're serious about becoming a writer, why not go for the english major? better job prospects out of college would be one answer. you have to decide how important that is to you. the advantage of switching to english is not really the diploma but the opportunity to point both your work and leisure time at your goal, saturating your time with literature. alternatively, you could continue to pursue the engineering degree and just read and write regularly in your leisure time. but are you gonna do that, or are you gonna video games and...
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if your goal in life is to become a writer then write, lmao since when do you need a degree to become a good writer, sure edukation helps, but if you have the best grammar and can't write past a 10 page story then you're out of luck.
What's the fallacy where someone says something, then when you counter it they say "oh i obviously meant something else and it should be obvious for anyone who isn't a moron"?
No true Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim ("no Scotsman would do such a thing"), rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule ("no true Scotsman would do such a thing").
I figure that you guys know more about word shit than I do, so I have a question.
If you were to create a list of anagrams for the word 'hello', would it be acceptable for 'helol' to be on that list twice given that you could switch the order of the two letter 'l's in there?
You wouldn't. But given that there are two letter 'l's, are they both valid anagrams given that, if you were to number each letter, they would be different?
" h1 e2 l3 l4 o5 "
helol (a): " h1 e2 l3 o5 l4 "
helol (b): " h1 e2 l4 o5 l3 "
id say no
an anagram takes one arrangement, and makes a new one
if the letters aren't distinguishable from each other, then you cannot make a new arrangement
e.g. you can make an anagram out of "AAAA" because you have the same result no matter how you arrange them
How do you retain the books you've read?
Is it just a case of taking notes, rereading ect?
Is it possible to write a truly good novel in praise of anti-semitism or indeed any form of oppression/fascism?
Does one exist?
I'm writing in relation to 'What is Literature' by Satre, he says you could have a good one based on hate of the white people, because the hatred comes from a love of freedom by black people.
Now with that logic I could see some pretty good books coming from Palestine.
My last novel was an experiment based around this question - I mean, not about anti-semitism particularly, but about writing about a group of characters who are united by their rejection of modern liberal capitalism and their embracing of violence and terrorism, from revolutionary communism to the Nazis to Pol Pot and ISIS. My summary for idiots is "Fight Club but it doesn't pussy out". I don't know if it's "truly good", but it was a fascinating thing to write.
I have read Homers Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles Three Theban Plays, Aristophanes Frogs and Other Plays, Herodotus Histories, Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War, Virgils Aeneid, and Gene Wolfes Latro cycle.
What else would you recommend?
Help me /lit/
I've never been fond of reading. But I think I'd like to start. Can anyone recommend me some novellas? Preferably ones that have lots of drama, sad endings, melancholy tone, or just all in all depressing? Something that would give me the feels, it sounds stupid but that kind of shit inspires me to try harder in life.
So in Cannibal Holocaust, in the 2nd office scene the director quotes Gravity's Rainbow: 'If they get you asking the wrong questions...' This starts at frame 2672. In the Perrenial Classics Bleeding Edge on page 267, line 2 says 'Her brother starred in Ruggero Deodato's latest televion endeavor.' That's the director of CH.
Is this on purpose?
Am I losing my fucking mind?
Pynchon probably saw Cannibal Holocaust, saw they'd quoted him either, intentionally or not, and decided to nod back. Two artists referring to one another is not a
pynchonesqueconspiracy. The idea behind the quote in Cannibal Holocaust isn't original to Pynchon and the way Pynchon worded it isn't especially novel so it could easily be a case of convergence.