Do You know some good historical novels to learn history?
I miss the times when I was not paying much attention to the lessons of history, as I regret it, but I find it hard to read the essays. I find them very boring. I prefer to live adventures and, at the same time learn a little something.
Opinions on this?
It's an interesting read, and it reads like a good magazine article. I would recommend reading it for the lessons that Strauss learns along the way.
Strauss concludes that if he's confident and has something going on in his life, then everything plays out well. He also realizes that hedonistic pursuits should not be one's focus.
Its a fun read overall. Has shitty advice for picking up girls at the bar, but has good life lessons.
How do filthy continentals recover after reading the below greentext? Zizek? BTFO! Hegel? BTFO! Nietzsche? BTFO!
Even Stirner, who I like, wrote a big fat boring book that could have been two pages long at most.
Why does the government give money to those sneaky conniving continentals? False analogies, over-extrapolation, appeals to authority, flowery and dense and incoherent language, over-abstraction, not speaking English, 100% unfalsifiable assertions, disgusting pseudo-scientific use of scientific concepts, the use of fiction / jokes in order to create false analogies, complete ignorance of empirical data... is there no length the Eternal Continental will not go to in order to gain followers and a juicy book deal with Verso or their alternative publisher of choice?
>What you’re referring to is what’s called “theory.” And when I said I’m not interested in theory, what I meant is, I’m not interested in posturing–using fancy terms like polysyllables and pretending you have a theory when you have no theory whatsoever. So there’s no theory in any of this stuff, not in the sense of theory that anyone is familiar with in the sciences or any other serious field. Try to find in all of the work you mentioned some principles from which you can deduce conclusions, empirically testable propositions where it all goes beyond the level of something you can explain in five minutes to a twelve-year-old. See if you can find that when the fancy words are decoded. I can’t. So I’m not interested in that kind of posturing.Žižekis an extreme example of it. I don’t see anything to what he’s saying. Jacques Lacan I actually knew. I kind of liked him. We had meetings every once in awhile. But quite frankly I thought he was a total charlatan. He was just posturing for the television cameras in the way many Paris intellectuals do. Why this is influential, I haven’t the slightest idea. I don’t see anything there that should be influential.
Can reading books ever be dangerous?
For example, if you're at the brink of insanity, depression or suicide - should you, for the sake of your own, stay away from certain books? Not wallow in the self-despair of Dostoyevsky for example.
Or is knowledge and insight ALWAYS what is good, and needed?
What is not commonly known, and that any serious reader will experience and have to overcome, is over reading produces a kind of a dependence on books to simply think. This is more dangerous than it sounds.
The latter. It is the individual that determines how the knowledge and thought of another is integrated, for better or for worse. A certain level of maturity is needed for absorbing certain material in a balanced manner.
What are some /lit/-approved comic books?
What's the edgiest book you own /lit/?
Bonus points if it's not Mein Kampf.
Hey, /lit. First time poster here. Have any of you read the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace?
>tfw you will never have an infinite jest audiobook narrated by DFW himself
his voice is so comfy, /lit/
>tfw you will never read anything written by DFW because you watched a couple of minutes of an interview with him and Charlie Rose and instinctively know a retard when you see one
What in it blew your mind? I finally got around to smoking some weed and watching the Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Cosmos and I am still staring at my hands in wonder. Did you know that the atoms in your right hand probably came from a different star than the atoms in your left hand? Let that sink in for a minute. We are stardust.
could you please recommend some books about jesters or jester-like characters? or just any books featuring such characters. thank you very much in advance
Not OP, but this is also of much interest to me as well. And if you know about any books featuring similar characters; such as mimes, clowns, or ventriloquists, I would be very pleased to hear about them.
Has ever happened to you while reading a book to picture some charachter's appearance, and immediately immagining it with some specific actor/actress' looks?
Here's the thing: who is the best actor to impersonate Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, and why is Adam Driver?
I tend to imagine Slothrop from GR as Michael Richards
Reading too straightforwardly, I initially glossed over Severian's ramblings, which I found pseud (yeah, yeah), but maybe there's something to it. Some of the Catholic interpretations are interesting, and I'd like to know more about how Wolfe embeds Catholicism in his work. However, for Wolfe/Severian's opinions on semiotics, my opinion is that they don't compare to established thought like those of Barthes.
Here are some examples of the philosophical banter:
>"We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is...
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Someone once told me about how Wolfe is not as interested in injecting religion into his works as he is in making you think about things the way the religious do.
I think there is some truth to this, being Catholic myself. I would argue that the whole entirety of the world of BOTNS is deeply Catholic, because to be Catholic is to be weighed down with meaning and symbolism. The smallest things in the Catholic world--the Mass, the feast days, the celebrations and the coronations--are freighted with symbolism developed over thousands of years, which within the span of meager...
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>the Mass, the feast days, the celebrations and the coronations--are freighted with symbolism developed over thousands of years
If it's not too much to ask, care to elaborate on that? Also, what do each of the items of that list correspond to?
Why /lit/ doesn't even read Pierre Boutang ?
/lit/ has a reputation of elitism, and not knowing French is pleb as fuck.
On top of that, Boutang :
-started with the Greeks
-is a true erudite (literally knows the Greeks, Latins, Augustine, Aquinas, Rimbaud and a lot of others by heart)
-blew the fuck out of Sartre and deconstructivists
-wrote the French Ulysses (Le Purgatoire)
-wrote pamphlets, philosophical essays, literary criticism, novels
When you're writing in English you don't put a space between the words and the punctuation mark you fucking worthless French piece of shit. Put in the bare minimum to acclimate to another culture when you live and work in it 24/7, and maybe your garbage fucking Muslim-hole of a country will become relevant again. Fucking piece of shit French.
I read French. Boutang is a fucking joke. A decent novelist maybe but his politics are such bullshit. For people who don't know French politics, Boutang essentially arse-licked the Action Francaise, a proto-fascist, royalist, Catholic group who cheered on the Nazis when Petain bent over and let them fuck France during the war. Go back to /pol/ you Nazi frog
Is lolita worth reading? I have heard some good things about it, but most have come from friends with shitty taste. Other friends with good taste have also recommended it to me, so who is right?
gentlemen I have a question: money means power? please if they have an opinion about it or can show me books that can help me clarify my question I would be released very grateful.