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Any good literatures on espionage?
I already read tinker, soldier and spy.
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Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana is good.
If you like Borges, Garden of Forking Paths
The Man Who Was Thursday
I liked Robert Baer's books.

cloonie's character in syriana was based on him.

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Hey /lit/,

I want to buy a book containing the complete works of Shakespeare.

Any thoughts or recommendations for the one with the best layout or organization?
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I picked this up for 5 bucks years ago.
Is this any of those things? Or just some random shit? It worked well enough for what I needed.
No, they don't. The digital edition has the same content as the physical one plus more versions of the plays (quartos, folio), recordings and other appendixes. It also can be downloaded to your phone.

Yes it is.
What's the best edition for non-native speakers?

t. non-native speaker

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What are some books to read if I'm horribly obsessed with the magic of childhood to the point of near depression and am increasingly unable to handle my ever-growing disconnect with the Fairy Tale reality of youth
I've already read Grimm's Fairy Tales and they made me cry because there was a time when those things were almost real, or at least more real than they are now but that's gone now.
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Not OP here

As a brainlet who's never really gotten into fiction but does feel the same way, is this proust novel collection (specifically the first one) going to be readable for me? Or should I start off reading some easier shit that'll jive with my reading level?
Proust is one of the greatest, might be difficult for the layman. He packs a lot of philosophical insight into beautiful prose, stuff like

>All that we can say is that everything is arranged in this life as though we entered it carrying the burden of obligations contracted in a former life; there is no reason inherent in the conditions of life on this earth that can make us consider ourselves obliged to do good, to be fastidious, to be polite even, nor make the talented artist consider himself obliged to begin over again a score of times a piece of work the admiration aroused by which will matter little to his body devoured by worms, like the patch of yellow wall painted with so much knowledge and skill by an artist who must for ever remain unknown and is barely identified under the name Vermeer. All these obligations which have not their sanction in our present life seem to belong to a different world, founded upon kindness, scrupulosity, self-sacrifice, a world entirely different from this, which we leave in order to be born into this world, before perhaps returning to the other to live once again beneath the sway of those unknown laws which we have obeyed because we bore their precepts in our hearts, knowing not whose hand had traced them there — those laws to which every profound work of the intellect brings us nearer and which are invisible only — and still! — to fools.
And that's a somewhat random passage, there are so many good examples of incredible ethereal imagery and concepts he creates
Im very tired so some of this flew right over my head but some of this unironically made me think
Tolstoy's Childhood Boyhood Youth
Tonio Kroger

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Cop a squat and show us your stuff

And remember to always critique others if you wish to be critiqued.
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>Shit unseen, still.
awkward, try "Still, it's shit unseen".

Comma after "more precisely", swap semicolons for hyphens, it's "plat-doh", etc.

The character is in Boston, thinking about the quality of New England weed, so are they from a different part of the country?

Some good prose in the last paragraph but altogether it's too much over just a name, and if the intent is that it's the drugs that are talking, then it's far too coherent and literary.

A good start. But I need a hook to pull me in, show me where the story is going to go.
Also thanks m8. I didn't realize that I posted an older version that fixed a couple of the things you mentioned, but your crit gave me some ideas for a new direction.
Her self does not exist separate from the will of those who are important to her. She wants in her despair to be a self separate from the will of others. A desperate position as the self of this ideal can only be achieved if she can be rid of herself.And if this ideal self is in fact the true one, would it not be her? Would not the self that is willed by others disappear, to be proven fraudulent? If the proposed ideal was her true self, unbound by the will of others, would not she be unbound; instead of the desire to be rid of those who will, an indication of her binding obligation to herself: a paradigm in-which others will is a fundamental component? I say desire deliberately as this desire is purely fantasy, her behavior shows that she cannot be rid of those who will.

This idealization of a self rid of self is illusion. As long as an ideal remains, despair will be had. To be true to oneself is to abandon the illusive ideal of self.

This despair is in truth a tool set forth to deconstruct the self for one to see what's really there. Because of this I do not worry for her; this sickness is not unto death, as Lazarus it is but a death to a rebirth, that they may know the glory of God; that she may know the glory of being true to oneself.
Let me be wrong - I hope that I am - nevertheless this battle takes place; my analyzation of which self is true is irrelevant, as despair submerges once again the self will emerge victorious, stronger for the battle it fought.
White privilege is often the buzzword used by the left to demonize conservative voices who just so happen to be white. Instead of addressing any of the main points argued by their conservative opponents, the left will simply just dismiss it entirely by claiming white privilege blinds conservatives from understanding the true hardships of minorities. However, that isn’t actually an argument. It’s the dismissal of someone’s view simply based on their skin color and background. Ironically, it’s racist in of itself to just say that due to someone being white their political views are automatically wrong or misguided due to the fact they have white privilege. It doesn’t address any falsities within their argument but instead uses an individual identity to dismiss it entirely. Yet the question still remains, does white privilege actually exist? Let’s find out why it doesn’t.

>boor water
>useless to play anything

You are close to reaching a real emotion, but the thoughts don't make sense.

certain people that I disagree with would probably like this. Personally, I find it unspeakably boring. You're just walking around describing the weather. C'mon, you gotta trick me a little bit with some fireworks before we get to that stage of our relationship...

I don't vehemently disagree with you, but that's because you're hardly even worth disagreeing with... These ideas are so unoriginal that it's a stretch to call them ideas at all...


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What are your thoughts?
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This is such a great joke.

Come on man it is a classic build up and play of expectations.
ok this one is pretty funny
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the humour mostly comes from how absurd it is
the first man asks for intelligent wishes, the second takes the same ideas but improves on them whereas god knows what the third one was thinking
are yall memeing because this isn't funny at all. sounds like a Seth Rogen joke

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Is it really as good as people say it is?
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It's good. You should read it.
It's a lot of fun, try it out.
it's god-tier and fun. I read it when I was 15 and blew my mind. Still today, I found the book to be one of my favourites.
one of the best magic realism lit out there

It's a really fun read.

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who do people take this guy seriously again?
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>I agree with Chomsky that it is undeniable that humans have some innate capability to learn natural language
"Genome" means God/Self in biobabble.
>application is truth
Fuck off, STEMspergs
Genomes don't exist.
A remnant of a time when social science still was about making a theory up and making everything fit into said theory.

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Read this book, if you want to know an relatively unknown german philosopher. It´s a book for hard working humans. Memorize it and become a philosopher, that´s an order.
please elaborate, senpai

Anything you've read on the subject and its key figures that's worthwhile, primary and secondary sources welcome but historical & cultural analyses particularly

I guess I'm more interested in Luther overall but I'd love to know whether Calvin's own commentaries are worth reading
The Great Heresies and How the Reformation Happened by Hilaire Belloc.
thanks, i hadn't really considered the Catholic perspective but i can see how it'd be necessary to a well-rounded understanding, and these look pretty digestible

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So is he actually right or is he wrong in the end? He basically made the bold claim that all past philosophers were wasting their time and he effectively tried to "end" philosophy with a somewhat similar view of an absurdist in terms of accepting life.

I am having trouble wrapping my head around it but he thinks that language cannot be used for anything other than localizing your own experiences and describing them to others in a way that they would understand in their culture? And because of this, he thinks that saying "you should do this" is a meaningless statement because "should" has no real meaning. Could someone clear this up? Is it really true or false?
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Do you know that a circle is said to be round?

Do you know 100% that a circle is said to be round?

Do you know that round is a word used to describe the curve of a circle, another word is arc? And we can point to a circle, and a straight line and see the difference.
I believe 100% that a circle is rounded rather than a straight line

For this problem i will ignore pragmatic issues, specifically the problem of identifying/measuring all the particles that make up a circle in the world. If we were to actually attempt to measure our circular object with 100% certainty, we would never get consistent results due to quantum mechanics

A circle is an abstract geometric shape whose circumference can be found by the equation (circumference)=(pi)(radius)

Even if we were to be able to find the length of the radius (in my view you cant with 100% certainty simply because of the pragmatic quantum issue i mentioned above), you still have to find pi (which we all know is irrational)

My point is simple, the abstract idea of a circle is unfinished, incomplete. And I say the same of any geometrical shape

Lets take a triangle, whose reliable a[squared]=b[squared]+c[squared] always proves it is a triangle

What if we enter all possible values up to infinity for b?

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>Of course I haven't read it
Uhh that's not what a circle is, circle is the locus of points in a 2d plane equidistant from a specified point. Pi is a consequence of that, pi is defined as the ratio of diameter to circumference.

I would disagree with the assertion that the abstract idea of a circle is incomplete. The theoretical perfect shape never will exist in anything but mathematics, but that doesn't matter I don't think for the concept of a circle.
Any other contentious, controversial, mysterious, thought provoking examples?

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What are your thoughts on it? Are you gonna participate this year?
Pls no shitposting
It looks like a really motivating challenge for a certain sort of person. I write very slowly though, so I literally wouldn't have time for anything else if I did it.
Might give it a shot this year, been meaning to pick up my first draft and give it a rewrite
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Sure am. Gonna write a literary book about some shit.

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What scary books are you guys reading this October boyos?
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Nice book. Personally, I believe it's not Wells' best, but it does fit the 'horror' criteria more. If you haven't, I'd recommend reading The Time Machine. His description of the scenery in the far-far-future really gave me chills.
Whenever I want a good spook, I read Flowers for Algernon. Always leaves me unsettled for days.
If you wanna have a laugh, give this a shot. The most enjoyable shit book I've ever read. I even laughed out loud a couple of times.

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Boy this guy really goes off the deep end at the conclusion of the St Petersburg Dialogues. He says the Holy Trinity is Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, and that while we must recognize and solicit other gods for favor, we must recognize the supremacy of the Holy Trinity.
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>Minerva, intellect, the son/daughter of the divine and the earthly, the motherly fatherly child
Read, nigger.
Shouldn't it be Jupiter, Mars and Juno?
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>Doesn't post the quote
Fake News
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For me it'd be Jupiter, Mars, Hermes.
Mercury, not Hermes. Roman names.




>"There is literally nothing to be said, scientifically or therapeutically, to the advantage of the entire Freudian system or any of its component dogmas" -Psychological Science journal

If Freud's work was so utterly wrong about everything, how come people still tout psychoanalysis as something legit?
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>It's actually CBT that's being proven more and more to be shallow and inconsequential
But the results show something different.
>People aren't interested in truth but whether or not it "works"

That's the same thing in modern science.
like, as in chefs?
a freudian slip guys
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