Does anyone else here force themselves to read books they find tedious because they 'should' or because the books 'must be' good and if you don't like them you're just not trying hard enough?
>Camus, Albert. Dislike him. Second-rate, ephemeral, puffed-up. A nonentity, means absolutely nothing to me. Awful.
>Conrad, Joseph. A favorite between the ages of 8 and 14. Essentially a writer for very young people. Certainly inferior to Hemingway and Wells. Intolerable souvenir-shop style, romanticist clichés. Nothing I would care to have written myself. In mentality and emotion, hopelessly juvenile. Romantic in the large sense. Slightly bogus.
>Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Dislike him. A cheap...
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Really seems to have a type in terms of his resentment for existentialist and absurdists, I used to really like Camus, and while I can level with a person's outrage towards that movement for being too....quasi romantic, to zealously go out of your way to individually criticize writers of the movement seems a bit counter-intuitive in a broad sense... Don't get me wrong I still love Camus, I just think I got out of that all I could, thoughts? Personal experiences? Recommendations? Shoot.
I've started a journey to transform myself into a renaissance man. Going back to school for Physics in fall and have started a reading list of pic related. Any other literature that you would recommend?
Already read through most of Orwell so far
>benjy is the sound
>jason is the fury
>tfw going on a road trip with the family for Easter weekend
>brought along comfy Clash of Kings GoT book
What are some good /lit/ feels my dudes?
>tfw saw kid in my Math class reading Clash of Kings
>tfw when I saw a pepe on his phone once out of the corner of my eye
Travel the world then read books, or read books then travel the world?
Post your favorite books you know /lit has never read before. recommend your favorite.
>because we don't actually read
Somerset Maugham - The razors edge
Paulo Lins - City of god
Jeff Noon - Vurt
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin suicides
Larry McMurty - Lonesome dove
Philip K Dick - Ubik
Ubik is great. Gonna put Vurt on my reading list.
I really just got into reading about two years ago but here are mine:
Thomas Bernhard - The Loser
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
David Ohle - Motorman
I'd rec Motorman because I don't think a lot of people here have read it
>lent Soseki's 'I am a Cat' to a qt just because she loves cats
how fucked am I?
Hello on this Good Friday
There are several posters on /lit/ who claim to be Christian, so it seemed worthwhile to point out the arrival of this solemn day.
Dug up an old Roman Missal that was in the family and went trough Holy Thursday part yesterday, and I'll go through Good Friday today.
Then evening mass tommorow, and family dinner for Sunday.
Whose bright idea was it to put this shitty book in the 'Start with the Greeks' guide?
>I don't read fiction
I can't fathom the mindset of anyone who saves images like that. Do you just save them when you see them or go out and look for them when you have the urge to make another generic thread? Are you fishing for angry responses from people who don't read fiction?
Can we have a thread about good biographies and autobiographies, not necessarily about literary figures but those that possess integrity as texts.
I just finished A.E. Hotchner's "Hemingway in Love", about Hemingway's 100 days between his first and second wife, and it was a very beautiful read. Before that, I read Michael Herr's "Kubrick", similar vein in that it's a biography by a friend of the subject, and that proximity gave him insight that he might not have otherwise had.
Anymore like these?
Here's some of my favourite autobiographies, anon. Hope you're interested in filmmaking and jazz music:
Akira Kurosawa's Something Like An Autobiography: Kurosawa personally delves into his early life, how he found his way into the Japanese filmmaking industry, struggles and benefits of filmmaking, loss within the family and early silent-era filmmaking (there's actually a viewing list of silent films he viewed when he was young that he recommended: being a silent film enthusiast myself, he saw a lot of wonderful works). He writes with sensitivity, humour, charm and enthusiasm that it's hard not to like and admire Kurosawa, offering a lot of insight into his own early works (He doesn't delve into his later works, unfortunately). He was an outcast during his time in early education and struggled to make friends: he made a friend in one of his teachers and another kid who was a social outcast - his teacher taught art and it helped Kurosawa express himself more. Kurosawa and his school friend ended up working together in writing some of Kurosawa's earlier films, which
their old art teacher eventually saw their filmmaking efforts and cried because he was happy these two struggling kids had succeeded. The book genuinely tugged at my heartstrings at times.
Miles Davis' The Autobiography: you don't have to like jazz music to appreciate this. Davis' has a very honest and blunt way of detailing his childhood; racial tensions; drug addiction (he struggled with heroin frequently in his life to the extent where he would pawn off the clothes of his close friends and sell his trumpet for his next fix, begging for money from his friends to get his trumpet out of the pawn shop); religion and the afterlife (how Davis looks at how his best friend Gil Evans after he died is endearing); the methods in which he recorded his most iconic albums; etc. This book offers a very insightful, endearing, biting, cynical and sometimes funny perspective into an iconic artist. Strongly recommend.
Charles Mingus' Beneath The Underdog: although I don't enjoy this one as much as Davis' autobiography, Mingus writes from the perspective of his conscience rather than himself, focusing on early childhood, his mental instability, pimping lifestyle (and a love triangle he found himself in), etc. Such an iconic jazz composer rarely delves into how he actually recorded his music (this disappointed me, honestly, especially knowing how aggressive Mingus was as a person), but nonetheless, the books is enjoyable, albeit maybe gratuitous in how Mingus explores sex. It's very explicit.
Malcolm X's Autobiography
Lowside of the Road (a biography of Tom Waits)
Goerge Orwell's The Road To Wigan Pier
If any one has any recommendations, I'm happy to accept as I'm always looking for some new autobiographies/biographies. I tend to enjoy them and I feel the worthwhile autobiographies tend to get overlooked.
Prove him wrong.
Need some books that are filled with depravity and loss of hope. The more brutally depressing, the better
Already read "The Road"
Wittgenstein is not even that good. Give me some extensive proof of anything good that Wittgenstein wrote. I haven't found anything yet, he is intelligent but that isn't important at all.
Just give me something that's good. I need proof that he made any sort of progress.
1. Ray Monk's The Duty of Genius
2. Ray Monk's How to Read Wittgenstein
3. Blue and Brown Books
4. Philosophical Investigations