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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:
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Recommended Literature

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Someone help me out
I am looking for an epub/PDF of pic related. I've looked everywhere, I need assistance /lit/ so that I can read about the meme math man
Why he is a meme
He is really legit
Kronecker is more meme
Just buy it bro
I am just sad that he is slightly forgotten
>buying books
the mark of a pseud
Did he really have that much of an interesting life for a book to be written about it? I'm much more interested in his geometrical treatises.

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Is this a good book to give to someone who loves reading fairy stories and all the fantastical stuff? They're an adult, 24 years old.

What do you think of it?
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It's literally worse than the dullest franchise in the history of movie franchises written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip?
Each episode following the boy wizard and his pals from Hogwarts Academy as they fight assorted villains has been indistinguishable from the others. Aside from the gloomy imagery, the series’ only consistency has been its lack of excitement and ineffective use of special effects, all to make magic unmagical, to make action seem inert.

Perhaps the die was cast when Rowling vetoed the idea of Spielberg directing the series; she made sure the series would never be mistaken for a work of art that meant anything to anybody, just ridiculously profitable cross-promotion for her books. The Harry Potter series might be anti-Christian (or not), but it’s certainly the anti-James Bond series in its refusal of wonder, beauty and excitement. No one wants to face that fact. Now, thankfully, they no longer have to.

>a-at least the books were good though
The writing is dreadful; the book was terrible. As I read, I noticed that every time a character went for a walk, the author wrote instead that the character "stretched his legs."

I began marking on the back of an envelope every time that phrase was repeated. I stopped only after I had marked the envelope several dozen times. I was incredulous. Rowling's mind is so governed by cliches and dead metaphors that she has no other style of writing. Later I read a lavish, loving review of Harry Potter by the same Stephen King. He wrote something to the effect of, "If these kids are reading Harry Potter at 11 or 12, then when they get older they will go on to read Stephen King." And he was quite right. He was not being ironic. When you read "Harry Potter" you are, in fact, trained to read Stephen King.
Depends if you like being defamed and grossly misrepresented. Ludicrous levels of 'God is evil' and such-like.

Based and redpilled

What's wrong anon? bad day? Wanna talk?
Ah, the Fedoracles of Narnia.
I love that like, Pullman introduces Angels in the third book during a campfire of exposition with some witches and then one witch just hop on his broom and meets this mystical and incredibly rare and powerful creature in the air. Just like that. All in one chapter.
The first book was passable, maybe a little better than HP books, but after that is asspull after asspull

Wasn't there a whole plot where a guy has to assassinate a woman and then AFTER the main plot is over and this assassination is finally taking place, a literal Deus Ex Machina stumble upon the killer and kills him?

how do they even know each other
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Can somebody gimmie mush or md? Nearish Rome (not Georgia)
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>Taipei is one of the best books of the last decade
Grimes is an ugly rat, nothing to be upset about.
Musk is a fan of Lin's poetry

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Falling for It Edition
>how many sffg memes did you fall for?
>what was the last meme you fell for?
>how do you counter memes after you fell for them?



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I have never played the games, but I read the short stories and enjoyed them, but I heard the books were less interesting. Will give them a try, thanks.
The first couple are worth your time but it's up to you when you'd like to stop.
nice Joe Abercrombie gif
What happened with the anon who was going to read Baru to check if it's too offensively liberal?
>Pushing Ice translated as The Ice of Stars

Now that's nice.

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Has a book ever shocked you? Which one?
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my diary desu
The Dispossesed when the guy rapes the women. I was like 13 years old. Shocking.
When I was a kid, Therese Raquin did, since then, nothing really.
The Road.
The Idiot

I couldn't believe that so many people here think so highly of that pseudo-intelligent book.

Best living philosopher?

Badiou? Zizek? Agamben? Sloterdijk? Peterson?
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Heinrich Meier
St. Nick landogini
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Actually Galkovsky


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how do you guys talk to ANYONE about literature or philosophy? i work a 9-5 desk job and no one in my entire office has the capacity of talking about anything except their morning, dog or shitty marriage. i'm not even talking high-level and dreary philosophical concepts, i'm talking basic shit that requires maybe a modicum of thought. how do i find non-pleb people who aren't pretentious as fuck
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Are you saying an Epicurean commune isn't the bees knees?
>Watch more TV. Play some pickup basketball. You don't want to be That Guy
Terrible advice
> dude just consume and turn your brain off lmao
count me in

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>What's your major?
>Do you enjoy it?
>Wish you chose something else, if so what?
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>Computer Science
>just teach yourself to code on the side
don't do this - "self taught" programmers are always shit and I can always tell in an interview that they're missing significant parts of their knowledge. Unless you are confident that you love programming enough that you will get involved in open source projects or seek out user groups to continue your learning, dropping the major is a bad idea. The only things that programming in your own accomplish are reinforcing bad practices (because no student has ever written decent code) and convincing yourself that you know more than you know.
No. I enjoy the theory but struggle with the application of it for any mathematical or statistical models.
Yes but I'm my final year now so it's too late for that. I just try to turn any project I do into history or philosophy so I can shy away from doing equations.
currently deciding between philosophy or econ major, any tips on how to make the right choice?

Yes, but I have no idea what. I don't enjoy anything. Maybe a trade would be a better option.

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Who was right?
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They both fall into the category of people who take their abstractions too far.

Freud might seem like a person who has a more scientific outlook as he grounded psychoanalysis in sex, and sexual development, but grounding something in sex isn't the same as inflating it to mean everything is about sex.

The same is true of Jung. His theories of the collective unconscious and archetypes are very interesting, but the weakness of the theories show themselves when he tries explaining what seems to be simple psychological phenomena with reference to hundreds of thousands of years of religious myth-making.
He’s pointing at us...
>you are simply a mongoloid
Religionism in general is very simplistic, isn't it?
Scientific method won
>understanding spiritualiy

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What's a novel where the main plot is at first glance, very simple and one dimensional; but the more u look closely at it the deeper it gets
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Life a User's Manual
Not a single novel, but still:
The Wheel of Time.
Crime and Punishment
Gene Wolfe

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Post an image, get book recommendations.
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The Lord of The Rings
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Source is Futabu, now give me that recommendation
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Saigyo-Poems of a mountain home

Osamu Tezuka- Black Jack

The trouble with being born

The tenant

The bling owl

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is there any legitimate literature that can refute him? How is it possible to prove him wrong?
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That sounds like Feyerabend's approach to incommensurability, when one interpret as popper's critic on marxksm
No, he was literally right about everything.
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Pic related.

There's a distinction between "economic means" and "political means" that Marx & Engels refused to recognize. Or rather, they did recognize it but swept it under the rug. Primitive accumulation of capital was made possible by the use of force (political means) and while M&E would admit that the maintenance of Capitalism depended the use of force they could not explain how it came into being in the first place. They stated adamantly that it was because of "purely economic" conditions, which is patently false, and never elaborated upon by either of them.

If Marxists can not adequately explain capitalism, are they equipped to overtake the capitalist state? History answers that question; absolutely not. They embrace the political means fully as a means to an end, when it is the political means that caused the accumulation in the first place. Consequently, Marxist communism has been, in practice, indisinguishable from capitalism in any meaningful way over the past century.
Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen this adequately adressed. LTV defenders seem to get caught up in what subjectivity actually means in this context.
Engels goes over this very explicitly in his Anti-Dühring.

Read Bukharin's Economic Theory of the Leisure Class.

Who's his /lit/ equivalent?

Give me a Shakespeare monologue and I will read it out for your pleasure
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Read this
I'm on it
Behold yond simpering dame,
Whose face between her forks presages snow;
That minces virtue, and does shake the head
To hear of pleasure’s name;
The fitchew, nor the soiled horse, goes to ‘t
With a more riotous appetite.
Down from the waist they are Centaurs,
Though women all above:
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,
Beneath is all the fiends’; there’s hell, there’s darkness,
there’s the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding,
stench, consumption; fie, fie, fie! pah, pah!
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary,
to sweeten my imagination.
Deffo on the hammy side this haha:


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