so, I just bought these books on paper back. Please tell me why they're excellent choices, or why the books that I just chose are total fucking shit.
Pic obviously not related because it's YA.
How old were you when you gave up on that backlog that would take you years to read - or at least on the underlying assumption that piling up the titles of books you'll have at some point read could bring you anything whatsoever?
How do I do it?
>being upset at the fact that there are so many great books out there you'll never have an empty queue
why? do you care about reading great literature or being able to cross off a sufficient number of titles on your laundry list?
Guys, intellectually I'm all spooked out. I can't stand philosophy because of all the unfalsifiable garbage. Many fields like economics etc are just applied common sense and stamp collecting. I see novels as nothing but entertainment despite pretentious people claiming life / philosophical insights and tonnes of people will consider you a disgusting plebeian if you don't initially read shitloads of boring as fuck canon novels.
I think I am painfully adapting to the idea of the Internet age / information overload by abandoning any pretension that I can be...
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So, basically, you are having a fit because you can't be a polymath? Just read and learn whatever you like. There's no deadline to meet and no final exam. I think the elitism many people on this board exhibit has had a bad influence on you.
Hey /lit/ I'm kind of new to reading recently and I'm thinking of trying this as my next book.
Has anyone read it? What are your opinions on it?
I wouldn't recommend this for someone new to reading. Some of the greatest books, filled with life and virtuosity of style, will be a struggle to read. Not to say that you can't finish the book, but why turn what could be a great joy into a chore? Read things from the lit startkit and other such books, build up your skills, and come back when you are more experienced.
Anyone here actually read the sagas?
Just finished Njáls Saga (supposedly the best or one of the best) and I really liked it.
Actually surprised by how dramatic and really what an easy read it was. If the author didn't insist on introducing new characters every other page and naming half of them Þorkell and Þorgeir it reads similarly to a modern exciting novel although more dramatic and more literary than most with its prophecies and parallels, etc.
So if you've read any of them what did you think of it?
also I'm not kidding, there are literally hundreds of named characters pic related
Challenge: Write me a existentialist story in the form of a childrens book.
There once was child. Child acquires extended clip Glock 18 with fully automatic fire capacity. Child use gun to slaughter a great many people. There is much joy and celebration in our village that night. The will be a bountiful harvest at the end of this moon cycle.
Why was Severian,
when aboard Tzadkiel's ship, briefly presented with a looping hologram of himself?
I feel as if this was never explained.
>theory of Forms
>obsession with Socrates the cuck
Seriously, why do people still bother reading this hack?
Any advices on Van Gogh biography? Preferably with as little artsy mumbo jumbo as possible and as many juicy details on his various escapades.
I enjoyed his letters to Theo, you get first hand details of his depression and struggles as an artist. The letters are pretty much heart - to - heart as one can get in the postal era.
In terms of published books, I've recently enjoyed Song of Achilles, Aristotle & Dante, and Captive Prince.
In self/non-published books, Foxhole Court and In the Company of Shadows were pretty good.
Any other recommendations?
No Dalas thread? No problem
Guys, I'm a big fan of porno. Can you recommend me any porno?
I'm 53 pages into 2666 (clearly far enough into a 900 page door stopper to start making judgements [and more importantly threads on lit]), and already it's P comfy.
So, I'm wondering: is liz's annoying prattling masterful psychological prepping, for what I'm guessing will be a torrent of violence against women, later in the novel? If so robby bologny should definitely be in the next meme trilogy.
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not even that visceral or violent though
there's like 1 act of violence every 200 pages and one of the major themes is the 20th centuyr detatchment from the reality of violence
be better off rounding it out with dhalgren
The second meme trilogy was already decided, dummy.
Can you convince me that it is an ethical thing to do to study continental philosophy? When there is so much suffering in the world, couldn't you be doing something that would have more of a positive effect on the world? What kind of an effect on the world do you think continental philosophy has? Do you think that, despite being basically irrelevant today, it will become relevant in the future? If you see continental philosophy as not irrelevant, could you explain how you think it affects the world?
If the worlds suffering moves you, then what do you intend to do about it?
Personally, I'm with Callicles when he says that young men should be men of the polis and not spend too much time on philosophy and immaterial metaphysics.
BUT if your goal really is a just world for all then yes, do continental and skip analytic. If analytic philosophy moves you more then just skip it and get a science degree. It's the same thing basically.
>Can you convince me that it is an ethical thing to do to study continental philosophy? When there is so much suffering in the world, couldn't you be doing something that would have more of a positive effect on the world?
says the guy starting threads on 4chan