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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 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.

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Guide to #bookz
Recommended Literature
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Are you incapable of making decisions without the guidance of anonymous internet strangers? Open this thread for some recommendations.

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Review the Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes) honestly and respectfully. Thank you.

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Does anyone here own Plato's Complete Works? Would love to have all his stuff in collection but I'm bit worried that such a big book will be awkward to read and just stays in my shelf so I'm trying to decide if I should just buy the most essential stuff in couple invididual editions instead
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he has to watch
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The Great Books fears the Jowett 2vol
>You need to see how Plato, and by implication his predecessors, built their abstract vocabulary out of real living Greek. To presume that they just spontaneously started speaking of "essences" and "substances," without having to dredge these notions up from immanent living linguistic usage into abstract self-consciousness, is to bury the originality of Greek thought and never actually get at its origin.
Anon... are you... Ristanon? In the flesh?
My god this is the cringest shit I've ever seen on this site.
Just a quick question, do you know who made the bible?
That's not actually my channel, I'm not linking my channel here.

Will the concept of artistic genius die with Gen X?
Millennials haven't produced a single remarkable writer despite being in their 30s and 40s, while the greatest Gen X and boomer writers all debuted and were recognized before or in their 30s.
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Yeah, but Alex Perez has no talent or taste
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>t. Boomers who aborted 1/3rd of Gen X still have a deathgrip on everything

It's Gen X's time to shine in literature. The apparatus is more incapable than ever of recognizing and promoting quality from yung guns anyways.
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>that headline
>that photo
Faggots will never not be funny
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Psychological warfare.

You know, for all that he got attention for asking about Aragorn's tax policy, I'm honestly not sure if George has a very good grasp of economic policy himself.

Like, how the fuck does the Iron Bank of Braavos work? It just... has money? So much money that it can randomly lend to entire kingdoms? It doesn't seem to generate any income, I guess it gets income from interest on loans? Or something?

There weren't even banks as such in the Middle Ages, you had the Templars and that's pretty much it.
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Forgot to answer the last part. So it does seem then that it was part of erus plan based on that first part of the silmarillion. Eru says something like, “you might try and twist things but it will end up being part of my greater plan that will be greater than you can imagine.”
>somehow shitty mangas are better
Other people call him that
What fucking poison? That politics is difficult and full of unintended consequences? Seems pretty responsible to me. Retards like >>23122286 assert that Martin is just a modernist nihilist, which only shows their ignorance. The books are full of reasons to be good, from Tywin destroying his legacy by not loving his family, to the northern conspiracy plotting against the Boltons for being backstabbing cunts, to Jaime seeking redemption because a life of violence and taboo sex doesn’t fulfill his boyhood dreams of heroism, to the whole theme of letting the nights watch fall into disrepair and why we should listen to old myths.
What Martin is saying is that it’s not enough to be good if you’re also naïve. You have to be CAPABLE, AND good. In that respect I think he’s a far better influence than Tolkien.

Genesis 38:14
> And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife
>covered her with a veil
This is a grammatical error. It should be “covered herself with a veil”.

>bought used book online
>"For Kelly: You were my favorite girl that night. T.P."

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Write What's On Your Mind
Eating a dead horse edition
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When I was a child, I discovered my dream of becoming a writer. In school I was the darling of my English teachers, I constantly read, and won an essay contest in the 9th grade. During high school I discovered I love music, and so shifted my dreams toward music instead.

To put it bluntly, I'm a musical retard. When I pick up a guitar, I have no rhythm or grace. When I open a DAW and load up a synth or drums, I feel like I'm drowning. Part of me thinks, "Oh it's normal, just keep trying!!" But it's almost painful, any progress is a steep climb uphill. When I write though, I actually enjoy it. Rather than feeling helpless I feel in total control of my tools, and instead of being daunted by the possibilities I enjoy playing with them, getting nice results is easy. When I'm drunk especially the words just pour out, I write dramatic essays and it's thrilling. I write paragraphs every day from my phone even because I like doing it, no, I have to do it.

It seems so obvious written like this, but damn music was probably a huge waste of time. I think I should switch dreams.
What if the ancient Egyptians were right and our Ka's will all be suffering in the afterlife because we didn't preserve our bodies and earthly images
So you're in 10th grade now?
Isn't it interesting how ahkenaten's legacy is one of the best known of all Pharaoh's when his contemporaries tried to erase him from history?
No, thank god

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What was his problem?
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Stirner was a Sadefag who rejected his hedonism because he thought being controlled by your desires was the same as being spooked.
You can understand that and not be a hedonistic, degenerate, shit-eating faggot.
>and his literary peers held him in high regard
Please direct me to this information.
He wrote like a 13 year old discovering masturbation for the first time.
Actually based

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All the girls want someone with an understanding of theology and geometry
What's the joke here?
Disgustingly soulless. Equivalent to leaving the book face down; neutral evil.
of course he listens to rs
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>women created an entire genre of literature to explain exactly what they want and men call it trash
Is this true? Is it possible to learn how to get women by reading romance novels?
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I miss young Fabio. He's 64 now

there are both men and women with unrealistically high expectations when it comes to looks. I'm a guy like that, have meet a few others. But most guys and girls realize you're not going to look good forever, so if they are looking for a life time relationship where you end up as wrinkled old people that look gross, but still happily holding hands sitting on the porch bench in love... they aren''t going to prioritize looks all that much
Well you could at least get /fit/. /fit/ness is honestly more rewarding than women anyway, so even if it doesn't get you women you'd might as well do it.
I've been fit several times in my life. And yes, women seem to be more approachable. But then I open my mouth & it's all over.
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My fav genre recently is romances where it doesn't work out but i haven't read any written by a woman yet. I was gonna try wuthering heights
wuthering heights is yhadhxgreat

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What are you working on at the moment, /lit/?
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I'm working on my philosophy dissertation. I've also started the prep work to turn the core chapters of it into a separate publication.
Erotica slop to make me $$$
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The book will be published anonymously, I will be distributing it by hand to rural and ghetto anti-government groups and militias.

Will publish it for free online, of course, the goal is education for the revolutionary struggle against zionist federal government.

However, the knowledge will prove useful for the struggle against zionism worldwide, from the first to the third world.

Much of the information is synthesized from various sources, certain methods are improved on.

The most important being a further development of unit organization from Mao's work.

It is a practical union of the traditional guerrilla units and modern infantry tactics.

There is some political material, but it is mostly a plain, practical work.

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writing a book set in the Halo universe. I have plans to turn it into a machinima-esque thing but that'll come later once I'm happy with the plot
I am just reading as much French as possible
Once I master French I will read the complete works of Balzac, Zola and Simenon
Next I will read the complete Icelandic sagas
Once that is accomplished I will begin my studies of the Icelandic language particularly Old Icelandic and then begin writing my magnum opus

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- The most popular Russian authors in the US are Tolstoy and Dostoevsky (Russians don't care for them and prefer Pushkin and Turgenev).

- The most popular American authors in Russia are Jack London and James Fenimore Cooper (Americans don't care for them and prefer Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson).

What would've he made of AI?

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Do you buy all your classics from same publishers? On the other hand I would like to collect Everyman's Library books but I kind a thing that it looks stupid if your bookshelf is too uniform, it looks like you were just subscribed to some book club and probably hadn't read those books so maybe it's better to buy from different publishers every once in a while
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Nah, I almost exclusively buy my books used and that means I generally can't be too picky about the publishers. I do like Everyman quite a bit, though, and I have a few from them. I wish they had a larger poetry selection, though, because I don't know where to find good poetry hardcovers.
I prefer sewn bindings with acid free paper were possible.
Hardcovers are nice, but not absolutely necessary, but usually are present when buying books with sewn bindings and acid freebpaper.
Everyman’s Library and Library of America are nice for this reason.
Some titles not available from EL or LoA have to be purchased with glued bindings and or acidic paper and in paperback form.
Generally, original hardcover printings of books when new to the market are printed on acid free paper, and sometimes have seen bindings, however sewn bindings are way less common in first printings than they used to be.
Sometimes I’ll search out older hardcover editions of books.
Folio Society are nice, and usually, although not always, cheaper than buying a first edition.
The Barnes & Noble “Deluxe” Meme editions are sort of nice.
Modern library has acid free paper that isn’t bad, but they glue the bindings, and don’t even use the folio gluing system, that can be rebound and sewn if the glue fails.
With other books like architecture books, art books, and certain specialty publications, apparently the niche audience, or authors, are highly picky, and insist on better printing and binding quality.
The same goes for graphic novels.
I’ve had older glued books fall apart and it annoys the fucking hell out of me.
Apparently most “literature” readers, must be the equivalent of fast food eaters at places like McDonalds or Wendys, and quality doesn’t matter, so you wind up with cheap paper and glued bindings.
>food analogy
The book is the packaging, not the food.
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I love the Everyman's... my only gripe is that the covers aren't consistent. I know they're differentiating between the ancient, classics, and contemporary lines, but I prefer the uniformity.
Are there any affordable hardback sewn and acid free Italian, French or German publishers?

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