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And I don't mean the Somalian kind. I want books about pirates from the 16th-17th century sort of thing.
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Go onto goodreads and search 'raiders', or 'pirates', or 'corsairs', maybe even 'vikings'. The onto Listopia.
Treasure Island!
Here's some I was gonna read:
>A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier
>If a Pirate I Must Be: The True Story of Black Bart, "King of the Caribbean Pirates"
> Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign
Check out the reviews to judge if they are good.
The original

>A General History of the Pyrates: from their first rise and settlement in the island of Providence to the present time

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"Starting with the greeks" has become a paradoxical meme because it has obvious utility, and skipping the greeks is very unwise. The real lesson to be learned, though, is that the Greeks are not "started" or "finished" ever. You will always go back to the greeks, and continually interpret their thought in light of modern philosophy. One does not finish reading Aristotle and henceforth abandon him for the rest of time. His works are studied for the rest of your life.
Therefore, the real joke in "starting with the greeks" is that you always have to start with the greeks. We are all starting with the greeks.
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Well, I dunno about the contemporaries, as it seems to me, or at least in the circles that I run, they tend to be trash. I would rather be 10-20, if not more years behind, so the crap gets filtered out with out me wasting my time reading it (Unless, this time frame still constitutes contemporaries, in which case, I still hold onto the fact that more often than not what is old and preserved tends be to better than new and fresh).
What are some better examples?
culture of critique
This is so true. I am currently reading Aeschylus and I already feel the necessity of re-reading the Iliad and Odyssey.
A lot of memes are just good advice wrapped in ten layers of edgy elitism and taken to the extreme for comedic purposes. Take /lit/ for example: reading more serious works than genre entertainment is good advice, so is learning foreign languages even without pressing practical needs, so is starting with the fundamental works to extract more from modern ones. For /g/ that would be: acquainting yourself with *nix in any degree, actually reading SICP, TAOCP and other theory instead of remaining a basic bootcamp codemonkey, not being an autistic irrational freetard. It's all solid advice if you don't take it as gospel and the "only right way to do something".

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Rank the Big Four thread.
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>I wonder what the word 'last' means
>something in the middle I bet
Who the fuck would fall for a meme QUADrilogy.
It is the trilogy, forever and always.
lol you can't believe this can you?
>thinking Ulysses is all about the allusions

this is sad. have you actually tried to read it?
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Used to read a bunch of books that are considered memes on /lit/ (1984, Animal Farm, Flowers for Algernon). I loved the emotions that these books played on my mind and I want more. I know there are better books and I'm hoping that you can help me find them. I want a book that takes a toll on my emotions, but I just don't know what to pick.

Most of the books that are recommended here are too complex for me and seem to push me away from reading instead of pursuing it. That's mostly because I know jack-shit about literature.

So, can I get a recommendation on a conventional books that provokes emotions. Nothing too ridiculously complex, I need a book to ease into.
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Conrad is difficult
academic literature is a waste of time for anyone who isn't an aspiring writer
Yeah maybe if you started actually reading at 19 like most of the faggots who migrate to this board
Lolita is a great book. One of the best.
Conrad is dense, even after five reads.
Op, I'm about to read, "The Pigman, " again. It has feelz.

What other novel from this century or the 20th, shows the failures of humanism, modernity and selfishness better than this?
Explain how

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What are the best passages of Romantic language literature? Post examples if possible.
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"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
che nel pensier rinova la paura!
Tant' è amara che poco è più morte;
ma per trattar del ben ch'i' vi trovai,
dirò de l'altre cose ch'i' v'ho scorte.
Io non so ben ridir com' i' v'intrai,
tant' era pien di sonno a quel punto
che la verace via abbandonai.
Ma poi ch'i' fui al piè d'un colle giunto,
là dove terminava quella valle

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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!

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The Mask of Anarchy

Stand ye calm and resolute,
Like a forest close and mute,
With folded arms and looks which are
Weapons of unvanquished war.

And if then the tyrants dare,
Let them ride among you there;
Slash, and stab, and maim and hew;
What they like, that let them do.

With folded arms and steady eyes,
And little fear, and less surprise,

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And did those feet in ancient time, by William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:

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How can I make stylized readable pdfs from epubs and mobi for reading on a laptop or a large screen ?
I know about calibre but fuck if I can get the settings right.
I want to get something similar to what https://mercury.postlight.com/ does for web pages.

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do you consider yourself superior to others because you read books and they dont? do you look down on them?
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People who read but have bad taste are worse than people who don't read at all.
I will read John Green aloud while I shit in your mouth you piece of garbage.
Cucked by virtue
No one said you can't pass those judgements. Just don't expect me to give a shit.
I consider myself superior to others because I have a gargantuan penis.
Reading books is just a gay little hobby I have.

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Why are anglos so retarded?
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I doubt anyone pronounces them as the actual individuals themselves would have so who cares. Those words are English words when spoken in English, they are altered to fit the language that adopts them. Same as any other language. All languages have lots of loan-words too, fucking Japanese almost solely consists of it.
Some phonetics are more correct than others
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It boggles my mind, why have anglos turned Platon into Plato and Aristoteles into Aristotle?
It doesn't make any sense

Σωkράτης = /sɔː.krá.tɛːs/
Πλάτων = /plá.tɔːn/
Ἀριστοτέλης = /a.ris.to.té.lɛːs/
From French. In Swedish we still retain the s ending, though not the -n on Platon.

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Hey guys, I really want to get into reading books but it's very hard for me to find the motivation. I'm really into music and movies and in my free time I usually find myself listening to an album or watching a movie. Any advice? Thanks
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My advice. Just go to a library or a bookstore and look around until something jumps out at you that really makes you want to read it. For me that book was Pimp: The Story of my Life by Iceberg Slim. Real trashy book. But it got me hooked on reading books outside of school. After that you can try dipping your toes into real literature.
just read what you like you dumb bitch
You like the idea of reading anon, which is different. The advice of "stick with what you enjoy is sound". That said, if you want to get into reading, find books you like (or if you don't know many authors for now, at least find subjects that are likely to interest you). Don't read for others, do it for yourself.

Thanks for the laugh, anon
kill your boss, then you'll no longer be so drained when you come home that you just want to vegitate

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Is the hero, by necessity, a collectivist figure?
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Whats the difference between a hero and protagonist?
protagonist of the story
hero of the people
The idea of someone doing this for my/our own good keeps popping into my mind for some reason.
A self serving extrodinary individual is closer to the idea of a villian imo. (Or you would end up with something like Saitama from One punch man, but then again, he did make a personal sacrifice and took blame upon himself to conserve the honor of the other heroes, although I think op's question refers to the idea of a classical hero).
>hasn't read Ayn Rand

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In terms of how they look, or how they sound, or the connotations they have, or the feelings they evoke.

1. linen
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The cleaved amphibrach of 'erotic' fathoms the protatic essence of its subject despite its connection to the dissolute dams of touching smut. The meeting of the rounded 'ee', the crisp masculinity of its ending, the midway emergence of an irresistible, guttural roar - is there a greater glossal metaphor for love?
Nice one

What should I read on the bus?
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what country do you live in where people reading books seem unusual?
what the fuck else am I meant to do on a bus?
You did good

seems reasonable?
>gets the synapses firing
fuck, i hate this trend to analyze every event/concept by the foucaultian optic of discourse. go fuck yourself and your "genealogy".

If you're autistic maybe

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This reminds me of the Odyssey
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For me it was the first part where he subtly gets more and more possessive and detached from reality in his illusions about Dolores, justifying everything.
The camp of the Saints

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