>when u realise your literature and philosophy habit is probably making you more unhappy than you have to be
Anyone else here try to stop reading?
>It's a Hegel tries to save Christianity but ends up destroying it episode
>it's a Kant tries to put philosophy on firmer footing and ends up mind-breaking literally every subsequent philosopher with his labyrinthine ossified system of philosophy episode
>it's a Zizek tries to explain Hegel but ends up discussing the ideological significance of Jacques-Alain Miller telling jokes about masturbating in Macedonia while sitting on the toilet watching Rear Window episode
>In order to understand Ancient literature, you need to have a massive knowledge of ancient history and to be familiar with the context and circumstances surrounding the creation of that work
>In order to understand "modern" philosophers such as Derrida and such you first need to have a huge understanding of phenomenology, Heidegger, structuralism and post-structuralism and pretty much every single philosopher (and their ideas) that came before him, and it all boils down to "start with the Greeks"
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You're thinking about it wrong
Read what you want, look up what you can't understand or want to understand, infer the rest.
This is how you learn. You don't need to have read literally everything that influenced or is referenced by a piece of literature.
>You don't need to have read literally everything that influenced or is referenced by a piece of literature
but it is more enjoyable if you do
but yeah, context doesn't matter if it's a good piece of art
Does the fact that J.K Rowling never explicitly stated the race of Hermione mean it's an acceptable interpretation for a reader to interpret Hermione as any race they feel like and nobody can suggest otherwise or say that they're wrong? What do some approaches of literary theory/criticism have to say about this? What does /lit/ have to say about this concept?
Everybody knows that Hermione is meant to be white. Everybody knows that J.K Rowling must have had a white person in mind when she was writing Hermione, and in fact probably never wrote it down because it went without saying.
I'm genuinely curious what lines of thought have probed this kind of issue because it opens up all sorts of cans of worms about what you can start claiming about characters through literature if the absence of an explicit statement to the contrary or affirmation of opposing state is all you need.
Why is Kafka one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th Century?
General: http://i.imgur.com/r55ODlL.jpg/ http://i.imgur.com/gNTrDmc.jpg
Is Urth of the New Sun worth 16 bucks? I know it serves more to answer questions left by the original story, but the reviews in amazon make me doubt a bit, even if i shouldn't trust them much.
You can only read one book for the rest of your life which one do you choose
Inb4 bible, the bible is a multitude of books.
Reading 1984 by G. Orwell. What are you reading today?
I'm reading Burmese Days by Orwell. I also recently read Down and Out in Paris and London and Homage to Catalonia. AMA
Pleb or patrician?
Stopped Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore both halfway through. I rarely put down books and flat out don't finish them.
I'm gonna say pleb. Of the Japanese authors I've read, he is easily at the bottom of the list (the others being Akutagawa, Dazai, Soseki, and Ishiguro- if you count him).
What will I need to read to build foundation to understand and/or appreciate Stirner?
The other one's clearly dead.
Dialogue is unrealistic. Baby line is bad. The simulated accent is jarring. Vapid main character interior dialogue that takes too many words to show too little of character. Still better than most here, keep trying, youll get it soon it looks like.
Which books will help me recover from the /r9k/ mindset?
has anyone here given up on writing?
Really? THAT is your concern? That's really fixable anon.
The things that aren't fixable are talent and creativity. I imagine most people give up because they don't put in the effort to churn out something good or just aren't creative enough to write something worth reading.
Grammar doesn't sound something that you should give up over imo.
ITT: We blurb an entire book in 10 words or less.
Lolita - Pedophile strikes gold and goes on cross country adventure.
Don Quixote - Man thinks he's a knight and fucks up sheep/windmills.
On the Road -- Young writer drops everything and goes traveling with artsy friends.
How do I deal with the fact that the Munchhausen trilemma exists and all philosophy is bullshit and all humanities / art / politics is narcissistic posturing?
Everything is such BS on a big pile of BS on a mountain of BS, it's all so hard to take. Everything boils down to BS or trivialitirs
Certain things are self evident. I think there I am. I intuitively know suffering is bad because the evidence is the phenomenological experience of it. And from such truths you build upon it.
Yes, everything is just bullshit. Bullshit on bullshit on bullshit.
And now what? This line of thinking doesn't lead anywhere, it's a dead end. And if your thoughts can't go anywhere further, they'll take a few steps back and go into a new direction. (That's what happened to me, at least, when I felt like you.)