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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature, specifically books (fiction & non-fiction), short stories, poetry, creative writing, etc. If you want to discuss history, religion, or the humanities, go to /his/. If you want to discuss politics, go to /pol/. Philosophical discussion can go on either /lit/ or /his/, but ideally those discussions of philosophy that take place on /lit/ should be based around specific philosophical works to which posters can refer.

Check the wiki, the catalog, and the archive before asking for advice or recommendations, and please refrain from starting new threads for questions that can be answered by a search engine.

/lit/ is a slow board! Please take the time to read what others have written, and try to make thoughtful, well-written posts of your own. Bump replies are not necessary.

Looking for books online? Check here:
Guide to #bookz
Recommended Literature

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>I bet you can't beat pic related.
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This is the best bookmark ever and I'm not sure why. maybe because it is not glossy and never slips or because it doesn't stick out too much.

I plan to order from them again if I ever lose it.
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I get these in the mail with my insurance cards.
I use these tour pamphlet things from state parks.
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i have a nice birthday card my grandpa sent me a while back
How do you read the Bible on one sitting?

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Whats the best translation of In Search Of Lost Time by Proust?
The one that best reproduces the work in another language

Alright /lit/, let's get a bit self-conscious.
Most of us are striving for something you could best describe as a literary lifestyle, but what does that include concretely?

>being well-read
>being observant of popcultural and mainstream things without participating
>speak in a slow way to come off as thoughtful
>telling everyone about your writing without ever actually writing
>not masturbating to pornography because it fucks up your reward system
>not smoking pot
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sounds pretty good except the dog t b h f a m
what the fuck is my life I hate myself now
But why does it fuck your reward system? Can you break it to me? I'm trying to think about a good reason to quit.>>8656625
>he doesn't injaculate!

There's several studies suggesting that, and while I don't buy into this "no fap"-cult at all, I think there's some good points to be made about avoiding pornography.

Here's a breakdown of the study:

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Who do people pretend Kant blew him out?
Because of cultural marxism we have to return to science and logic instead of feels.

Women are simply inferior
They love philosophy slash fiction.
you're like a broken record
We have to stop feminism
How about you read Hume, then Kant, and decide yourself?

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>anglos use latin words to sound more polite and/or cultured
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That's not what OP meant I believe.

He meant things like the difference teacher/professor or country house/villa

Insufferable cunt
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>dkn "lagom är bäst" går tillbaka till vikingatiden
>America will be speaking spanish in the next 50 years

kek, sure thing pal
But teacher and professor have two different meanings in English; a professor is not necessarily a teacher and a teacher is not necessarily a professor. Villa usually refers specifically to a Spanish-styled house or a rustic house near the sea or on a wine farm. At least in South African English.

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>Behold! I show you The Ultimate Man. "What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?" – asks the Ultimate Man and blinks. The earth has then become small and on it there hops the Ultimate Man who makes everything small. His race is as ineradicable as the flea; the Ultimate Man lives longest. "We have discovered happiness"— say the Ultimate Men and blink. They have left the regions where it is hard to live; for they need warmth. One still loves one’s neighbour and rubs again him; for one needs warmth. Sickness and mistrust they consider sinful: they walk warily. He is a fool who still stumbles over stones or over men! A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And a lot of poison at the end for a pleasant death. One still works for work is a pastime. But they take care that this pastime does not weary them. No-one becomes poor or rich anymore; both are too wearying. Who still wants to rule? Who still wants to obey? Both are too much of a burden. No herdsman and one herd! Everyone wants the same, everyone is the same: whoever thinks otherwise goes voluntarily into the madhouse. "Before, the whole world was mad"— say the cleverest amongst them and blink. They are clever and know all that has ever happened: so there is no end to their mockery. People still quarrel, but are soon reconciled— otherwise indigestion would result. They have their little pleasures for the day and their little pleasures for the night: but they respect health. "We have discovered happiness "— say the Ultimate Men and blink.

Why aren't you Ultimate, /lit/?
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In English ultimate has a connotation of supremacy. "Last" on the other hand better coveys Nietzsche's negative view of this hypothetical man.
>In English ultimate has a connotation of supremacy
it only picked that up because of the way that it was used in theology

it's not the correct use of the word and I'll fight anybody who says otherwise

Mr Hyneman is looking pretty spiffy in that coat if you ask me
Is being the Final Man not a good thing?
>what is love
Baby don't hurt me

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Hey, /lit/. Who's your favourite poet?
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So the solution is moderation. The image depicts two extremes.
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Recently getting into poetry. Who should I continue with if I like Rimbaud?
Any partner that turns you on and who you feel comfortable with.

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/lit/, why is evil sexy?
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Because only the strong can afford to be evil.

It affirms the capacity for choice, hence that a person is a free actor and not a slave or a robot. Of course, Aurelius kind of refuted this idea IIRC; choosing wrong doesn't actually affirm choice any more than choosing right, it just appears to.
vagina the devil
It's verboten
Because women are degenerate.


I turn 28 in a month. I've started to finally notice time and age. As a teenager and early 20 something I felt like I had all the time in the world to read. With the responsibilities of daily life eating up a lot of time in the past three years I realized how much wasn't spent reading. I'd like to remedy this in the next couple years and read 2-4 books a month and resist the temptation of rereads.

Here is a list of my favorites:

Don Quixote - Cervantes
The Bluest Eye - Morrison
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Twain
Stoner - Williams
Blood Meridian - McCarthy
The Fifth Head of Cerberus - Wolfe
Different Seasons - Stephen King
Rape: A Love Story - Oates
Invisible Cities - Calvino
After Dark - Murakami
Dhalgren - Delaney

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Pull the trigger.
then reread them, they're worth it
NECK urself senpai
You should read Whatever and The Elementary Particles by Houellebecq.

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No bully!

Post your works. Get critiques. Talk about stuff you're writing, stuff you wanna write and how much you want to kill yourself.
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Looking for criticism for lyrics, but /mu/ is no help. I would use a recording, but I don't want to use my dinky built-in interface and get made fun of for sounding like a sissy. Here:

Soft and unchanging, your face never betrays you when you're weak
Save a teardrop on your cheek
Doing it all alone, hoping no one will see
Forcing that hazy smile, you won't ever convince me
Stabbing into me, those glassy shards that undo me cut right through what I feel for you
The pain piercing your heart
Won't go away until you start
You were always shooting me a smile
Though I know that in time I'll find it worthwhile
So it's fine now if you want to cry
Because I'll always be here by your side

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It must have been sometime between dusk and nightfall on that somber Fall day when Johnathan Randall Scott realized he was God. The exact timing is up for questioning, for at the moment of his realization, Johnathan's awareness of himself and the universe existed on a plane outside the realms of time and space. At that precise moment, he existed in past, present, and future, and he was one with the universe. At that precise moment, he felt every vibration of the universe throughout its multiple incarnations. At that moment, he WAS every vibration of the universe throughout its multiple incarnations. But, as moments have wont to do, it came to pass. Once again, Johnathan Randall Scott was a man. And as men go, he wasn't much of one of those either. He was a plump, moppish man with a thinning hairline and thick-rimmed glasses which gave him the appearance of a well-read, scholarly sort, though he wasn't particularly intelligent either. He was simply Johnathan, a man of fifty-two, too old for the excitement and thrills of a mid-life crisis and too young for the excitement and thrills of retiring to a life of ease and perhaps a bit of adventure. He was a bachelor with a wealth of acquaintances but a dearth of friends, who spent his days toiling away at a book store and his nights watching news programs (which he found himself to be quite disagreeable with) and tending to his bichon frise, a thoroughly spoiled toy dog who would have been just as content with any other owner were it not for the ease of access to food and chewable furniture at her immediate disposal. After having been subjected to a glance into the private workings and lifestyle of Johnathan Randall Scott, one might understand why such a momentuous occasion as the revelation that you are God could have such a massive effect on a person's character, though, to be fair, such a revelation would have an immeasurably monumental effect on any person. What made this occasion so especially exceptional was that Johnathan had nothing to attribute such an astounding event to. He had no history of drug use, except for one occasion when he was attending community college and he had accidentally partaken in marijuana use when he'd mistaken a joint for a clove cigarette. He'd gone on to spend the rest of the night vomiting into a paper bag and swearing his mother would never be proud of him. It goes without saying that he had no history of practice with hallucinogenics, and as is such, it was safe to say that he couldn't be having any sort of flashback. He'd never served in the military, and he hadn't lived a particularly stressful or daunting life so he didn't suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He had no family history of mental illness, and he was far too old to have suddenly become inflicted with schrizophrenia. Johnathan Randall Scott was by all means a completely functional, mentally healthy person.
why nobody critique my work
you can say your protaganist's names in any order and it sounds like the same person each time.
Nochts heemlich auffer Toilette, da zieh ich die Klamottn von meim Vadda an.

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Who else went to a lower ranked university or did a subject they hated and regret it massively?

I went to my nearest university. I feel ripped off even though I paid literally nothing for it. Compared to good universities the courses were light on content and depth. In the UK all universities and subject courses arent standardised. You dont always have maths / physics / engineering students all taking the same Calc 1 (etc.) class in first year. You get "[Subject] for Engineers" and so on. So they feel free to skip shitloads of stuff (at the bad universities). They skip shitloads of stuff. I remember being in the third or fourth year of my degree, doing this really stamp collecty course and then having this crushing demoralised feeling when looking at the exam papers for Cambridges maths degree in third and fourth year. It was like staring at the secrets of the universe in comparison with my own course, which was a big fat joke.

I remember overhearing two students talking in my first year. One of them said that people who go to the library were "weird". Of course when the new shiny library opened up it was a normie haven. The old library was too small and run down yet had a lot of free space because nobody went there.

Of course your university matters a lot for how many job interviews you get. Why does /sci/ or /biz/ never mention this factor? Someone who does history of art at cambridge would find it easier becoming an investment banker / other high paying job than someone who does mathematics at a lower ranked place.
Also I hated my subject. Engineering degrees, even at good places, are, at best, just introductory chemistry / physics / mathematics introductory classes along with a shitload of stamp collecting corporate wagecuck training courses after the first year or two. Who the hell cares about that crap? Theres nothing fundamental about it. It is telling that Harvard and Oxford dont offer Engineering degrees, they offer Engineering Science degrees. They agree with me. Only fucking monkeys go to university to learn skills for jobs.

Someone with a physics or mathematics degree can do a PhD in engineering but not vice versa. That sums it up. Why would you want to limit your options with an engineering degree? For an engineering job, when all the smart engineers go in to higher paying finance jobs? top kek.

[Offensive paragraph] At universities like Cambridge and MIT, where students all enter with equally perfect grades and high intelligence, engineering has zero reputation for being difficult. Maybe it has more grunt work than other degrees. But at shit universities where people with varying levels of intelligence attend, many lower class (not judging them, but they do have less career advice than others) people go in to engineering because they see it as leading straight to a job. These are the types of people who get scared by Calc 2 and claim that it is a conspiracy to make them fail. That is why you hear so much about the "difficulty" of engineering.

Notice that I am not denigrating engineering PhDs or research, of course they have intellectual worth. But I have said that you would have to be stupid / uninformed to think that physics / maths degrees are not the best option if you plan to do an engineering PhD. On a side note, many engineering PhDs seem to be funded by corporations in what seems like a clear case of outsourcing work to PhD students at stipends at the same levels as low paying graduate jobs.There is a cucky dimension to it that cant be denied.

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Honest question, Where did the meme of Sam Harris being some supreme intellectual come from?
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>and quickly eviscerated him with flourishes of reason, objective truth and logic.
No he didn't. He exposed himself as a clown.
From high schoolers
In a post Harrisian world, what can the word 'intellectual' even signify?
Someone you can quote out of context to win an internet argument.
It's more of a meme that he's an idiot or pseudo intellectual, which comes from people who've never read his stuff misrepresenting it. Like pretty much everyone on /lit/.

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Post your thoughts on a book you just read or are currently reading
it's shit
Not quite what I expected.

Reading Musonius: Lectures and Sayings. It's alright, but he's definitely a lot more simplistic and Greek than Epictetus or Aurelius.
Kinda technical.
Third person descriptions of U.G. Krishnamurti are disappointing since they're always done through the eyes of guru worshipping hippies.

It's better to stick with direct transcripts.

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It seems like everyone I know is on a constant quest to improve themselves, in a somewhat superficial manner:

>Exercise, yoga, meditation
>Reading self-help, productivity apps, "brain training" products
>Good nutrition, supplements, vitamins
>Optimizing sleep with gadgets such as the "FitBit"

What philosophical way of life does this fall under?

What do you think of this lifestyle?
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I like how you conflate eating healthy and exercising with gadget obsession and new age horseshit all in the same breath, and then ask people to give the whole thing a label.

It's almost as if you want /lit/ to make a buzzword for you to justify sitting on your ass watching netflix all day.
wtf I love Nietsche now

the only reason you're so aware that people are participating in these kinds of activities is because they take every opportunity to remind you through social media for brownie points

It's not about improving as much as it is about people seeing you improve
>you are free to be a fag in the Islamic State, just don't expect not to be thrown of a building for doing so

Nice hypothetical freedom.

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