Does /lit/ like Pratchett?
Newfag to /lit/ here. Redpill me on David Foster Wallace.
Greatest Opening Lines in Poetry?
>I've seen rivers
Suburban, latte-sipping, STEM major here.
I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never know the feeling of suiting up to go to war for my people and my country.
My life is a waste. Help me read some of the greatest books on war ever written.
Veteran here. You really don't want to. The people who have done it and enjoy it aren't people you want to be around. It's a terrible, sad and hard experience. One that I'm glad I'll never do again.
The Things they Carried
Generation Kill for a modern look on soldiers.
Is it good or just long?
I had to read several parts of it for a Modernism course I once took. It's good, but it gets tedious, especially when the professor wants to constantly reiterate the importance of every single sentence in the work and how it relates to the entity that is European Modernism.
No memes, is this worth reading?
Are there any good writers within the past century who worked blue-collar jobs - particularly in the trades?
I didn't really know where else to put this. Any traditional Christians around to lend a bit of information?
I was born Lutheran, Raised Catholic, became an avowed atheist, then kind of became agnostic, and I dont know why but as I get older I keep thinking back about all those years in Sunday school, church, etc
I do know however Catholicism is not for me in any way. Penance, Purgatory, and the Pope being the only one who is truly able to talk to god... it all flies in the face of everything Christian.
Southern Baptist seems like it would fit well...
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I can actually tell you this is true. In 15 years of CCD and Church the only time I ever read the bible was in the very first few years. In Catholicism the actual bible is really downplayed in favor of the Priest's sermon and teachers guidance. From the age of maybe 13 to 19 when I became an atheist I didnt touch a bible despite going to church twice a week and volunteering at 2 different summer camps
Is it possible to read a book a day?
Is it even worth it?
Possible - obviously (see: most novels under 200 pages). Worth it? Probably not. I'd give myself 2-3 days to actually read and comprehend the text, maybe more. For longer books it's out of the question imho.
Do you know any good novels that take place in prehistoric times, or are about humans living under similar conditions?
I'm looking for some decent fiction ref for my novel.
Dear anon, please, help little Russian girl.
I am doing research on anti-utopias of the 20th century, so I need your answers!
Are you familiar with the works in this genre?
(sorry for mistakes)
Need good Yakuza or Ninja genre fiction
no samurai shit
I need a good book to learn about the Mexican revolution.
Is pic related any good?
No one has ever once proven a normative statement to be true. In the thousands of years that we've been studying physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, logic, etc. we've come up with many uncontroversially true statements that have led us to new problems and, thus, new true statements.
We've been studying ethics and aesthetics and have never come across a true statement.
Objective normativity is just as mystical (if not more) than god, and yet some of you dumbasses still believe in it.
>No one has ever once proven a normative statement to be true.
Premise #1. Earth is not flat.
Conclusion: Therefore, Earth is not flat or OP should stop being a flaming homosexual.
Let "Earth is not flat." be P, and "OP should stop being a flaming homosexual." be Q. Then we have:
.:. P v Q
Proof of P v Q: Suppose ~(P v Q). Then, ~P and ~Q. But we have P and ~P. Contradiction. Thus we have proved P v Q. In other words, we have proved a normative statement which, as it happens, is true.
Now stop posting.
I heard this book was very difficult, but when I saw it in the library today I read the first couple pages and it was delightful. The prose literally delighted me. Should I check it out next time I go?
hell yeah man. mann is a master. and the best part is after you finish that mammoth he has three other door-stopper masterpieces in Dr Faustus, Buddenbrooks, and Joseph & His Brothers.
Yes: it is one of the greatest masterpieces in all of history. William Gass, author of another one of the greatest masterpieces in all of history--The Tunnel--even put ranked 25 in his "Fifty Literary Pillars."