I tried making a thread about this the other day, but it was ignored. Let's try this again.
I'm not enjoying Gravity's Rainbow. Nor am I understanding any significance.
I loved part one, Beyond the Zero. The prose was great, several passages were meaningful to me, and I got a sense of the spirit of war and paranoia. Mexico and Jessica were my favorite characters.
But I'm in part three right now, and I'm not giving one fuck about this book anymore. Tell me reading the rest is worth it, please.
Is it worth it?
It looks like a bunch of Ad Hominems strung together into political science book form.
Are there any more scientific political science books?
>tfw Popper's antichrist tract gets BTFO by Papa Dugin
Will this water damage get better or can I fix this?
amazon cunts sending me wet books i swear to god i'll kill them
do you guys organize your bookshelves by color?
I’ve been feeling sort of disturbed lately over the thought of how people use retribution and violence to comfort themselves. This disturbance came to me when I started thinking about whether or not it’s okay to hurt rapists after they’ve raped someone. I feel like if I were to just say, yeah go ahead and smash their balls with a sledge hammer, then that may satisfy some basic need for moral answers in the universe. The problem is, the existential and higher rationality side of me says that violence doesn’t really achieve anything.
So, it’s left me in an existential dilemma that I’ve been inside of for a while now. It’s the problem that there is no ultimate good or bad in this world. Even rapists, they’re only bad because we place that jurisdiction on them. We’ve come to a societal consensus that rape is a bad thing, for the betterment of our human kind. One of the reasons society has religion is because people feel - as I am feeling right now - uncomfortable with existential dilemmas. It makes us feel uncomfortable to feel like we don’t have answers in the world.
It feels like a valley has opened up inside my head and all logic seems to fall into it, like a black hole, the weight collapsing in on itself from the complexity of the problem. I realize with despair, there’s nothing that makes good people good and bad people bad, and the very idea of justice is something that perplexes me. This disturbs me to the core of my being, the existential dilemmas that we can face. There’s no ultimate feel good endorphin release with intellectualizing the universe. The only thing that can superseded our emotions is our intelligence, but even intelligence isn’t enough.
I don't believe I have the education needed to speak with authority on the matter but I believe you'd find something in René Girard's work. Memetic violence/scapegoating - s'wat he deals with. I've been meaning to get more into his ideas but I don't have the time anymore.
Schopenhauer deals with this by saying that once a person has committed a harmful crime, the job of the state is to use him as a means to dissuade other would-be criminals from breaking the law via punishment, as well as to restore public order.
Do you own one /lit/ ? Do you want one ?
Is it worth it ? Typewriter thread
Is this the most literary facial hair yet discovered?
My grammar is awful. How do I improve it?
Dude, what do you mean you're reading? It's Friday fuckin' night. Didn't you graduate like 2 years ago anyway?
Let's go hunt for some fuckin pussy dude cmon dude let's do this stop bein a bitch you can read anytime literally anytime we are only gonna be boys for like another 3-5 years tops let's get some brews put your book away it's probably pleb I know you I know its pleb you'll probably not even read it and just post on that creepy site. YES YOU're COMING? LETS GO
I'm such a craft ale addict. I'm like a zombie on the weekend without it! I try not to drink not than 3 local craft brews day, but let's be honest, including my daily post-prandial Fernet-Branca I have with dinner, that's literally impossible.
Is there a torrent of this anywhere? I really want to read it.
Can one still be a polymath in modern days like they used to be 500-600+ years ago? Can one have top tier knowledge and be respected on a topic without directly studying it in a university?
>Can one have top tier knowledge and be respected on a topic without directly studying it in a university?
If you have courage of the heart, and ability to tell your peers no, and an internet connection, yes.
For the second question, certainly. Autodidacts are everywhere, especially when there's so much information online nowadays that you can give yourself a graduate degree in anything for free.
For the first, it depends on what you mean by polymath. Making novel contributions to disparate fields is something that's very unlikely in 2016; academia is simply too deep anymore.
But if you just want to have a solid base of knowledge, say at the rough level of an undergrad degree, in multiple subjects,...
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Do you owned any autographed books?
recognize the summer
let's not be plebs and read gay, pointless infinite jest. let's read something with some literary merit.
starting Monday June 13 /lit will be reading the recognitions! we will be reading 100 pages a week and having daily/weekly discussions.
don't be a pseud and fall for the infinite jest. try reading a book that actually relates to us. like the recognitions.
>“It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”
Is this actually a metaphor?
okay so, I have another thread up right now, but I just wanna be sure. I wanna get the most fucked up, extreme books you know. I mean like grotesque, mind lacerating violence and horrible taboo unspeakable sex acts, and whatever else completely rots away your sense of security and consciousness. I just want an atomic bomb of filthy disturbing fucking, well written mind fucking shit. I'm the guy with the other thread with hogg, the painted bird, the marble swarm, cows, crash.