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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature.

If you want to talk about politics, go to /pol/.

Recommended literature:
Ask for recommendations only once you have browsed the wiki.

Looking for books?

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Books which make you smarter?
By no means a comprehensive list.

A mix of modern popular science, patriciancore and middle-tier philosophy.
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>novels make you smart
also wine makes you live longer and eating dark chocolate every day detoxes your blood
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>" go out and meet people "
>implying people these days are worth my time
>implying that even if i did that one in a hundred that I'd suddenly become more knowledgeable
might as well say i need to hang around the gym and chat up girls. you fucking faggot.
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>tfw I just looked up cp because of this chart
>criticizes the "go outside" meme
>is a girl
pick one
Based anon includes Taleb

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Let us get some empirical work done here, pic related and:


>got 73
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I answered honestly. Except the question regarding songs. I do repeat some incessantly and will listen to songs on loop for days, but I do mind that I don't know lyrics for these songs. Didn't know how to answer that one.
How so, Monsieur?
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you guys realize that the self-assessments that are worded like this are utterly, completely useless right? self-perception is bullshit. there's a self-assessment that the military uses to weed out sociopaths and the like, I forget what it's called. maybe you can find it on the internet, it's worded in a bizarre way that's impossible to defeat by meta-thinking.

i‐it's just a internet test, right?
would be interested in seeing this

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What's some good works where a random force comes out of nowhere and ruins everything / kills the protagonist with no explanation at the end?
I am also interested, I loved that film.
One of these so far
That movie is an adaption of the Book of Job.
Immediately thought of the trial by Kafka

This my be helpful if you don't mind plot endings being spoiled

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>left-wing Nietzschean
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But she's right, Monsieur. Try not to be distraught over your error.
Anyone with Rightist tendency on 4chan is worthy of sensible chuckles.
Aye, t'is so erry time, lad.
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Leftists want equality of results as opposed to rightists who want equality of processes. The classic example of things leftist try to combat is wealth inequality. In law, they may support judicial activism. Trying to get equality of results often creates new inequalities, is expensive, and gives the government dangerous power. Now, anarchists are a whole other bag of problems.
He's probably not well-educated so it's easier for all the millions that are spent on libertarian propaganda online to get to him.

You should be able to talk him out of these things, though. Know your enemy and so on.

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What am I in for? Worth £25?
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What's in Eldritch Tales?
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I hope so. Nothing since Tarzan, though. I was bugging them to do a Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser volume last year, and they seemed positive. It would be in line with their general "good classic pulp" mandate--even a best of Elric would be a nice addition. So far just those six though.
Lesser known stuff I believe, like letters and poems.
Fafhrd and Gray Mouser could work, so could Barsoom, or Zothique
A lot of rarities, poems, essays, etc.. Between the two volumes there are still HPL stories I like not included, but it's a nice way to get a fuller appreciation of his fiction.
History of the NECRONOMICON
The Alchemist
A Reminiscence of Dr Samuel Johnson
The Beast in the Cave
The Picture in the House
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Psychopompous: A Tale in Rhyme
The White Ship
The House
The Nightmare Lake

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>not living the literaly life


>For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

>Many victims of Knight’s thefts reported that their books were often stolen—from Tom Clancy potboilers to dense military histories to James Joyce’s Ulysses.

>He stole hundreds of books over the years; his preference was military history—he named William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich as his favorite book—but he took whatever was available.

>"I don’t know your world," he said. "Only my world, and memories of the world before I went into the woods. What life is today? What is proper? I have to figure out how to live." He wished he could return to his camp—"I miss the woods"—but he knew by the rules of his release that this was impossible. "Sitting here in jail, I don’t like what I see in the society I’m about to enter. I don’t think I’m going to fit in. It’s too loud. Too colorful. The lack of aesthetics. The crudeness. The inanities. The trivia."

>When I mentioned Thoreau, who spent two years at Walden, Chris dismissed him with a single word: "dilettante."

>"I did examine myself," he said. "Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.

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He might be the only sane person in the world.
He's only mentally ill in that he deviates from the norm.


I mean, imagine that you're in your twenties, you get in your car and start driving, when you realize you're almost out of gas, but whatever, you keep driving, suddenly you're in the middle of forest, with no one around to ask for help. You decide, "I'm too tired, today isn't that cold, I'm going to sleep on this and tomorrow I'll seek help." And so you do, when you start getting near a house you start dwelling on what people will think of you, perhaps that you're some sort of freak, a white boy on foot begging for help in the middle of nowhere, so you decide, "I'll sneak around trying to avoid people", suddenly you realize that you're living in the woods for a week, stealing from balconies and gardens to pass by.

I mean, I don't know about you, but I'd surely be even more ashamed to return to society. Look how he talks about his Mother, like he doesn't want her to see him in his prison jumpsuit. He is so fucking insecure that even after 30 years he still can't get over the fact that his parents might think he's a failure.

What a fucking guy. I see my future in that beard.

He didn't have ID when they found him. In the USA drivers licenses expire after a few years, because the law assumes you magically age backwards (anyone kicked out of a bar for expired ID knows this pain).


That would have required human contact, which he shunned. He also didn't bathe and probably smelled horribly. Also those things go beep when you take them out.

>I'd hardly regard the theft of cheese, propane gas and a few potboilers as the main component of his story, nor would anyone else in their right minds, thus, is the assumption that he would be 'benefitting from crime' inapplicable here, imo.

A man, in the wild, free, with propane.


Publish outside the US.

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Has Zizek ever appeared in your dreams?
Yes he fucked a german shepard in front of a crowd of people

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>You don't crack open a thousand page book because you hear the author is a regular guy. You do it because he's brilliant.

How do you guys feel about this DFW quote?

There are plenty of great authors with kind of boring personalities and lifestyles. I only agree with that quote If he means you read someone because he's a brilliant writter.
Nice try, but Mark Zuckerberg said that.
That's what I take from it -- don't waste your valuable time on mediocre books. If you're going to crack open a thousand pager, it might as well be brilliant.

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Poetry critique thread?
Poetry critique thread!

Post yours, give feedback, recommend.
All languages are welcome.
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From day to day to day to day to day
Nothing I do makes any difference, anyway
“The Manlet’s Lament”

“So restless I, with aching feet,
Never to peace resigned!
How sweet indeed must be the sweep
Of death upon the mind!”

Such were the thoughts that filled the brain
Of love-lorn Manlet Bob
As wiping up a limpid stain,
He felt an aching throb -

It flowed with rancor through his veins,
It ravaged all his heart,
That primal, jealous, seething pain

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Sad masochist
Quips and 'splains
Stub admission
Which words are safe
Gag order on high
The word your bond
The twine your canvas
The boot you'll lick

The power's pretend
Act of fantasy
Consent is implicit
Your collar is yours
The chain and its end

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I haven't more than a 10th grade comprehension of spanish but it sounds nice at least.
in strong sun and rough stone
we built monuments,
at low tide and slowly
we sung and dug graves,
in soft wet sand for the rest.

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Does any book capture the zeitgeist better than GTA V?
GTA5 was pretty hamfisted in its satires, but I liked what they were trying to do anyways.
By the zeitgeist you mean our current zeitgeist?

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It's time, /lit/...

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Looks like Carrey's shadow. It might be him. I know he said in interviews that Olaf was the only character he really wanted to do again and that he didn't like the differing tone of the movies, so maybe he'll get a chance to do it right this time.

He's perfect for the character. It's just that when he gets cast in movies, the higher ups change the movies to be more like Ace Ventura because they're like HEY WE GOT JIM CARREY TIME TO CASH COW THE FUCK OUT OF THIS.
Look at what they fucking did to I love you Philip Morris.
I mean he does need the work so it's entirely possible. Does Nexflix usually get big names for their show?
Snicket said he never wanted anyone else to play Olaf. They might not have a choice.
That might not be in the contract but the evidence is mounting.
>he said in interviews that Olaf was the only character he really wanted to do again
Man, idk about anyone else, but I really dig seeing stuff from around my childhood exploited.

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Were witch hunts misogynistic?
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>witch hunts
>bitch cunts
That justification is like building a gun, and writing a note on it saying "for ecclesiastical use only," then when the layman shoots himself with the gun, the makers of the gun are absolved from any guilt since they wrote the note.

The (apparently biological) gun shoots seeds of other guns. When they kill people the guns multiply throughout the populace (as witch hunts tended to do).

>And according to some writers, the ordeals may have been effective at sorting the innocent from the guilty, since a innocent true believer was more likely to accept the ordeal, giving the priests a chance to "tweak" it a little bit

Heh, so that explains why God didn't save Peter Bartholomew.
they were fundamentalist
tfw all insane religious violence, including witch hunts and the inquisition, were actually the church trying to be the lesser of two evils and keep the real terror and violence away. like in There Will be Blood, where the modernism that took over the pre-modernism was even dirtier, more violent, and crueller.
I love how /lit/ is now so fanatically catholic that people will try to defend the Spanish Inquisition.

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>Literary characters that are litereally you

I'm a mix of Prince Andrei and Holden Caulfield.
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I'm Raskolnikov, everything about him is just like me. He's intelligent, nihilistic, and with a wicked sense of humor.
>intelligent, nihilistic, and with a wicked sense of humor
How did this maymay start?
>implying maymays start
this maymay has always been
phaedrus from zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.
Juan Pablo Castel, in some way

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