I'm a failure /sci/,
Why does it feel like all of literature and philosophy is just fruitless escapism?
I doubt many of you here are actually involved in the field, does anyone use /lit/erary works as an actual driving force for their happiness, given that it doesn't help them with better career prospects or more ladies?
I mean, atm, nothing other than reading Kant, meditating and gyming seems to take my mind of suicide.
Yo no se if this is sustainable.1
The enjoyment of literature is an empty thing.
It is fruitless escapism but it is truer to life than most things, literature or at least the reading of literature is not suppose to be anything beyond this act. They are just moments of fancy.
Happiness is better palpable when the act of enjoyment is no longer about turning away from some other thing, then the act becomes a bit truer to itself.
Second this. People that are depressed are just acutely aware of looming mortality, and the inevitability of the end of existence- to them, diversions from this realization are frivolous and desperate
What is the best English translation of Kalevala?
i know this is the best thing i've ever read, nothing comes close to Joyce in talent and quality, he was truly a genius who squeezed the potential of language and words to the fucking max
however, i would feel like a phony saying this is my favorite book, as i didn't understand what Joyce was trying to say most of the time, i did some preparation before reading it and i knew what was heppening in terms of plot and the whole parallelism with the Odyssey, but the "meaning" of things (if there is such) just went over my head, anyone know this feel?
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I think it's supposed to be like a humanist manifesto... everyday life, everyday banality as somehow epic, Odysseus' struggle as every man's, and the beauty and scope in even the most boring of days..
I'm about 150 pages in so far and I am certain that I'm missing at least 2/3 of the subtleties inlaid in this book. That being said 1/3 of of them is more content and complexity than you find in your average 10 classics combined.
I'm enjoying Ulysses so far more than I've enjoyed any other book and I'm already looking forward to reading some of the material Joyce repeatedly references and then re-reading Ulysses in a year or so.
Can we establish a /lit/ approved edition/cover of Infinite Jest so we don't judge one another in public, and be able to be recognized as an ironic reader?
What would you recommend someone who's looking to dive deep into the experimental side of literature? I'm talking about stuff like Flann O'Brien and Italo Calvino.
what does /lit/ think of C.K Chesterton? I've just gotten into him and I've gotta say, his writing is some of the smoothest I've ever read.
Chesterton is one of the secret final bosses of Western thought. Read his essays arguing against the Modernist thinkers of his day. He's very homely and gentle, yet very magnificent.
Chesterton is sometimes forgotten in our own age, but everyone who's in the know has read him. He's almost part of the secret Canon, along with Kafka and Proust.
Question from someone who barely reads: why does it seem like literature is so boring? I am asking this in the most earnest way I can. Whenever a book seems to have an interesting or fantastical premise, it seems it's often written off as "genre fiction", as if something too exciting can't be considered literature.
It seems that when, I explore common themes in literature and acclaimed novels, I get a bunch of books that have mundane events, or some book that gets its merit from just referencing a bunch of other, obscure material. It seems that for...
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This is like why some people prefer movies such as Avengers over The Witch.
Neither are bad for what they are but one is really just flashing lights to distract you and the other is meant to stimulate and challenge you.
Read all harry potter you want. Kids love magic and wizards.
But dont look at acclaimed novels for anything substantial. Its the Oscars of literature. Go back to your GoT and anime fedora mate
A friend of mine really likes this book, and I've been seeing people keep mentioning it. It looks really gay from the summary, but tell me, possible memes asides, what is it with this book exactly?
How come books are such rip offs?
>tfw i just found out this lad solved philosophy even before socrates
Starting with the Greeks wasn't a meme.
Of course mang.
Heraclitus figured it out, Parmenides expanded on that, and everyone else has just been trying to explain to others why Parmigiano was right and everyone else's thinking is wrong.
My biggest revelation when I Started With The Greeks was that nothing was new (I was young).
I thought my age was unique because of reasons x, y, and z. Then I learned it wasn't.
And then I learned not to talk so much about things I didn't know.
Anyone else preparing for law school?
And good recommendations?
finished the book of mormon
how do people buy into this crap?
After you've read books by Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich Nietzsche, Mormonism makes a lot of sense.
What was the point of the "Yorick's skull" scene in Hamlet? Like, it hasn't anything to do with the story, and it's about a character that the audience dosnt see or hear of before or after the scene.
Lol. It's like you haven't even read IJ (Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace*).
Was he a pedophile?
Yes but he wasn't a selfish, carnal or predatory pedophile, and knew that by having sex with a little girl he would damage her beyond repair. Part of his love for little girls was their inherent pureness and beauty.