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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.

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Give me more RomanIan books with good prose haha sorry for this many threads in this subject haha
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Otilia's Enigma
Last Night of Love, First Night of War
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Yes. We do have some things going for us these days (good Internet, EU regulations), but for the most part the age old saying "Romania is a beautiful country, too bad it's inhabited" still stands.
You are coolio anon and Cuz ur in Romania it's cool as well

No worry

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Are any of you journalists? Does it help your writing? Would you consider it a patrician career?
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>Hunter Thompson is a hack because he took drugs
Ok nice argument, kid. Really convincing.
See you tomorrow
It's self evident faggot
It's should come naturally like breathing or blinking
This guy couldn't write if his life depended o-- oh wait.
>It's self-evident!
It's going to take more than that to bring down the reputation of Hunter Thompson as a prominent journalist. Try again, arse-sniffer.
Shut up you fucking flower

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>mfw I'm twelve years old and already addicted to 4chan

Books for this feel?
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I'm doing this in order to get permabanned and free my soul from this hell btw

Bye, /lit/
you get 30 day banned not perma’d
You could've did something a lot cooler. This thread is gay as fuck.
Just get Block Site on Chrome.
Cringy as hell. Never come back.

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Why does this guy criticize conceptual art for being ugly so much, when he himself is ugly as sin?

how ironic
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Imagine being this many posts deep and not having an argument
legitimate question OP.

ugly people wants beautiful art. they want to live in a delusion, i guess.
>tfw you're such an ugly pig that you think beauty itself is oppressive
Is that what he thinks? But ugliness IS antithetical to art, it just so happens that we don't all find the same things ugly. When art represents something "ugly" it is being elevated outside of the realm of the ugly and into the realm of the beautiful, by the artist at the very least, and for anyone who enjoys the work.

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What does /lit/ think about this PC philosopher edition?
Complete yours.
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>stirner and nietzsche on a political grid
fucking retarded
lmfao bro Marx wasn't authoritarian, he argued for a stateless society where everyone respects eachother - the exact opposite of authoritarianism. It's only later commies like Stalin that were authoritarian.
It's wrong, but I laughed nonetheless.
You mean real life Schmitt or shitpost Schmitt?
Where would you even place 'restrain democracy so it can't shoot itself' and 'pretend to support nazis'?

Weekend Edition
>what new sff are you reading for the weekend?
>what sff are you finishing?
>what you want to recommend?



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>Anything is better than more litRPG IMO.
You're wrong.
Is this the thread to chat about the fantasy stuff we're writing? I don't spend much time on /lit/ but I've been working on some stuff.
we get people daily pitching their thing.
it gets rather old.
start a general for aspiring writers or something.
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No. There is usually a critique thread somewhere. If there isn't one make it.
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Can any anons recommend some good reality based Fiction about the exigencies of living in and exploring space in the long or short term?

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Is this worth reading?
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Yes, its not very long and is an interesting enough book. Deals with some basic ideas of life such as responsibility, family, careers, and the character follows an academic path that speaks to /lit/ readers pretty well.
I almost cried at it.
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>open thread
>sperg after eight (8) minutes on a slow board
>wtf why you guys so hostile
book's real good tho
No payoff for me, pretty overrated. I got to the point where he starts dying and was like that's it? And stopped reading with a few pages to go
It's always been well liked by /lit/ but it was never the favorite or even top 3 for that matter.

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Been studying the philosophy of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche for the past five years and am about to publish substantial work on him. AMA.
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Can you give me the particular section title? I'll have to get back to you because I do not have my copy on me.
No such thing as a clean break. Nietzsche disputed Schopenhauer from day one, so the interaction remains essential throughout the oeuvre
Yes, I believe I've heard that before in regards to the "inconsistencies." I've assumed—in good nature— as you have, that he matured in thought. We would be fools to assume a man was stagnant in thought. So my next question would be: Given we know Nietzsche more than likely matured in his thinking, what would you consider damning flaws in the work that he finished with before his death? Disregard what he previously thought. What are damning flaws in his "matured views"? I wonder if it would be just rejecting Aristotelian ethics in the first place. Nietzsche saw the Enlightenment as a failure—rightfully so— and came up with his own philosophy. But what if Aristotle was right all along? Your thoughts on that? btw, I saw that a different anon asked a similar question—referring to my latter set of Q's, regarding Aristotle—, but I guess my wonders are a little nuanced.
That's a good point, I can think of BT where he borrows Schopenhauer's image of the man on the rowboat, but then deviates, etc. I plan on fleshing out specifically how Schopenhauer's conception of the will influences Nietzsche's early work in my future research (which I read as directly influencing a robust interpretation of ER), then I'll be able to discuss this point more fluently.
Sure, it's from On the Blessed Isles.
That sounds somewhat simplicistic and doesn't really reflect the tone that he uses in the passage.

Another question, did you read Colli's work on Nietzsche? I'm reading the Birth of philosophy right now and how he describes the apollonian in contrast to N's idea of the apollonian is very interesting.

What does /lit/ think of Roger's Cruton?
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obvious ideologue (or maybe just a hired meat puppet) for people who like that sort of thing
He's not very good at speaking, and he kind of stutters and mumbles a little. I assume this is a part of what makes people so uninterested, because others who express similar ideas are more popular.
I like him and think he has a couple of interesting points. I'm not sure I can see why he got knighted, though.
I tried watching his Why Beauty Matters documentary. In the very first minutes it bombarded me with so much bullshit I had to turn it off.

>I'm not sure I can see why he got knighted, though.
He seems to be a pretty respectable music theorist.
If god were speaking from the mouth of an anglo-conservative, I wouldn't listen.
It's amazing how pissed off left-wing intellectuals were after he criticized them back in the late 80s. I read his commentary and thought it was ok. Not really destructive or anything, but apparently it hit too close to home for quite many opponents because they became fucking rabid.

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>all books were burned except those useful for the empire
>chuang tzu wasnt burned
>people think it is relevant outside an imperial mindset, or even against it

yeah, butterflies my ass.
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>implying Chuang Tzu isn't like the tree which is useless and harmless and thus doesn't get cut down
Get on my level of wuwei, plebeian
auspicious numbers

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I started reading this before I ever read anything on /lit/ about Evola. It's the first thing I have ever read of his and I think it's extremely insightful, why does Evola get a bad rep on here?
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Can you give me a review of Hermetic Tradition? What exactly is the Hermetic Tradition?
>What exactly is the Hermetic Tradition?
You have so much to learn - start with reading Hermes Trismegistus
I'll take that as your admittance that you, in fact, know nothing about what you purport to
I only know that's the start and i know about children traditions and want personally to dig more into it
but i don't know much
so yes
I got a funny combination of speaking in way that sometimes sounds quite arrogant and at the same time not clinging very much to my ego hmm.. but i'm sorry if it sounds like i purport to know more than i do - i'm just trying to share the little knowledge i have.

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i want to learn maths from scratch. from where do i start?
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I will never understand why Khan Academy is so highly praised.
There's hardly anything interactive. Just watch the videos, answer the questions. Whoop de doo.
It also is way too time consuming and repetitive. If you understand a concept, you shouldn't need to do prove it by doing 5 extremely long word problems in a row, or you can't progress to the next lesson.
Also it focuses a lot on repetition to get you to learn something, when they should instead be giving you exercises that make sure you grasp the concept itself, and not just learn to plug stuff in without understanding how or why you are doing it. This method may work for math in the short term, but in the long term this will not help you at all.
It's basically all of the wrong ways of how to learn rolled into one basket.

Go to this site instead:

This site is superior in every way. It's interactive, actually walks you through formulas and tells you why they are the way are, walks you through famous theorems, etc.
The only downside is that it's still a work in progress. But you can still get up through pre-calculus.
Can you truly start with all the logic books before reading Basic Mathematics? Something tells me this chart is grade A bullshit.
I have no allegiance to Khan Academy, it's just the most well-known and was pretty groundbreaking when it came out. It sounds like you're taking what it did for granted. I've never had the issues you're claiming like "extremely long word problems" you "have to do." Maybe that's a part of the site I haven't run into or a recent change (I haven't spent much time with its K-12 math sections). The repetitive nature over conceptual focus reflects a problem in overall educational approaches in mathematics. Repetition is the norm for burger students, and is KA's biggest source of users.

Thanks for sharing the other site, it looks interesting and has the potential to be better. But right now, Khan Academy offers broader range of math courses and many other subjects, and I haven't found anything problematic so far that gives me a reason to suggest anything else.
how has no one mentioned this i thought this was a books board
this book will teach you math absolutely from scratch
here's a numberphile interview with the author from
oops, here

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>What do you think about Hemingway?
>He's worth almost nothing, he's totally overrated. They told me something the other day, I don't know if it's true but it goes with his character. In his macho-bullring days, someone entered in his hotel room and he was gluing hairs on his chest.
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He's right though. Even if you don't like the truth.
Yeah, plebs sure love their Dickens. What are you gonna do. Plebs will be plebs.
It's not true at all though. Most of my friends are readers, and read more widely than YA or /lit/ memes.

Get out of your house and meet people. Unlike most bourgeois hobbies you don't even have to be rich to be a reader. There are free and near-free books available everywhere online and off.
>Most of my friends are readers, and read more widely than YA or /lit/ memes.

Chimbongo Uywongos latest Post-Colonial diatribe isn't reading well
Now you're just attacking a strawman which is entirely irrelevant. I mean widely read when I say it, but even if we are just looking at trendy progressive pop-lit that's still not YA or genre fiction.

You're backpeddling and justifying it with a boogeyman. Have some self respect man. Your rash judgements of the world will get you nowhere.

Do not let the internet nihilism machine prevent you from living your life. Unless you are living in the arctic circle you can probably find some literary types to discuss Joyce or Blake or Bolano or Nietzsche or whatever strikes your fancy with.

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Have you read this masterpiece?

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