I ordered these books. Did I do good?
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The Bell Jar (Modern Classics)
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics)
Rilke, Rainer Maria
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La-Bas (Down There)
Huysmans, Joris K.
Tales of Ordinary Madness
Moravagine (New York Review Books Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
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What are some books that will help me to become as independently-minded as possible, when it comes to formulating viewpoints/arguments/etc?
I'm tired of just repeating what other people say because I like the sound of it, but I don't think I have the confidence/intelligence to conclude things for myself.
I remember reading about Foucault who, after having read Nietzsche, pretty much left his job/etc without a second thought to pursue his own ends. That's the sort of intellectual get-up-and-go I'd like.
Do you not see the irony in asking for a book that will tell you how to think for yourself
why is this allowed
because it's hilarious
I saw pic related at the book store today. It gave me a chuckle knowing that someone like you would get rustled seeing it
>tfw just played with my brother's vive virtual reality headset thing and now that it's off everything seems unreal
what do i read to get away from this chaotic feeling i have?
Is her philosophy worth reading, /lit/? Is she some sort of radical capitalism advocate?
Are you serious? She literally doesn't even do philosophy and is easily disproven on all points.
I could debunk every thing she said, but that would be too easy. In fact, the only thing she ever got right was atheism, but she didn't even understand that atheism is necessarily humanistic.
What a joke.
What the fuck is a pseudo intellectual? What an arbitrary fucking word. People spew that word at me sometimes, they don't even refute my points, they just assert that I'm wrong. I guess my conclusions don't serve you? Lick the crusted smegma off the folds of my salty balls, you smily fucking cunt.
I've always felt it was someone who tries to act superior and intelligent without actually doing anything. They don't read great literary works, become masters in science or art but they still feel that they have the right to put other people down for things they understand only slightly better. They get all their knowledge from Ted talks, reddit, and shitty online articles. They basically get only the easily digestible info and then use it to feel superior. That's what I've always felt anyway
Why is every book on goodreads rated 4 stars?
Also general book goodreads thread I guess.
The population of its website seems to be:
80% people who read nothing but twilight and other chick lit
5% people who read nothing but gaddis, vollman, and the like
and only 15% rationally minded people.
they aren't all rated 4 stars.
here's how goodreads works
4 or above = read that shit
3.9 = read that shit you will probably like it
3.8 = hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm try it out, shirts getting experimental, you might not like it
3.7 = read at your own risk
3.6 = utter trash avoid at all cost
3.5 and under = kill yourself
I'm looking for a book about the cold war era US. 2 school aged boys befriend a communist artist living in a cabin near their town. One of the boys learns abstract art from him.
That is all I can remember.
Thanks in advance.
Where is the appeal? Have not fully completed the book, but it seems to consist mostly of antics and small side-quests.
>wow that was short
>check the foreward
>"A few passages have been omitted which would offend modern ears"
>literally half the book is missing
Does anyone else forget most things they read? Sometimes I just a re-read a passage from a book I've read a few months before and think 'fuck, how could I forget such great writing'.
My long-term memory is actually good, but mostly I just remember what the page looked like instead what was written in there.
I just reread Religion for Infidels for example and couldn't remember 90% of the details. Obviously I remembered the general gist.
With novels I remember them more vividly for some reason.
I forget the details -im human.
But I think its not possible to forget anything, you just have something like a structure of priorities in your mind. If you really like a 'detail', because you really like it, its not a detail anymore, and you remember it.
I find myself remembering details -actual details, things that i didnt value at the moment- 15 years later.
I've realized that I'm terrible at describing the physical attributes of people, whether it be their hair, facial structure, or body shape. Is there anything you guys recommend reading to focus on honing these skills?
> main character is a women
>main character is fat
>main character has four eyes
>main character doesn't take the leap of faith
because i can't find a pdf of it. can i just read the trojan war or the illiad first instead?
So, hows your novel coming along /lit/?
Pretty well, I like to think. There's a bar close to my town that doesn't have TVs so I'm heading there in a short while ecause everyone else will be watching the Euros. One or two pints + writing in a pub = max comfiness.