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What is the duty of the public intellectual, /lit/?
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>Implying his popularity isn't part of the Zionist plot
philosophy has never been about saying something "new" and repeating the arguments of others and popularizing them, bringing them back into the public discourse is literally the job of a public intellectual so what is your point?
pushing back all forms of theism away from the public discourse and sphere is a valuable and necessary requirement for any civilized secular society. I commend them.
>Equating public intellectualism and discourse in general with philosophy
Opinion disregarded.
>pushing back all forms of theism away from the public discourse and sphere is a valuable and necessary requirement for any civilized secular society
I see you've fallen for their shillery.

To make the basic lessons of the humanities, especially contemporary advances in them, understandable and available to the public.

To synthesize and apply the knowledge developed in the humanities to contemporary life and politics, ideally recommending courses of action. (To engage in the "praxis" of philosophy, anthopology, etc.)

To support the institutions that safeguard the knowledge of the humanities and continue to develop them.
I realize now that the first part of this post is irrelevant, but the second part I maintain. The assumptuon that we live in a secular society rather than a multireligious one is faulty.

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I used to cringe at the thought of the majority of the younger generation today (teenagers) changing the way we communicate by bringing it further away from masterful use of the written word. Now I have a new take on it, emoji's may, in the coming decades, become somewhat like hieroglyphics. They could convey meaning in a way that language pains itself to do, or to even give new forms of meaning. I am not quite converted to this idea yet, though I believe that there may be a kernel of truth in it. Also I don't believe it will be a stark 'either/or' situation.

Will emoji's bring on a new era of hieroglyphics, and will this be a net positive or negative for communication
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your full of crap OP

text messages are short and carry no tone, emojis allow people to communicate tone
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Anyone here read "Book from the Ground" by Xu Bing? Pic related is a story told completely in the hieroglyphics you're talking about. In other words, this possibility has already been realized.

I also imagine the mediaglyphics in "The Diamond Age" being the same sort of thing.
ᚗᏋṪ Ớῃ NY ∠⅀℣∈⅃

>tfw can't read for 5 minutes straight because 80HD
>tfw excited about reading a certain book, finally start reading it and instantly want to read another book
>tfw I refuse to drop anything

When will the suffering end?
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I think my problem is mostly that i enjoy writing more than i do reading. I feel like everything that others write just isn't good enough - i only write down things that i consider perfect.
>there's no books about the subject so I'll write one to fill the void.
But your writing is shit anon
Take meds. Hopefully you can find the good ones for you quickly.
>tfw was on strattera, reading 3-4 books a month
>made me into a raging, depressed asshole so had to stop
>now im back to struggling to read on a daily basis
Trying intuniv now but i doubt this shit will work without help from stims so it seems like it might take a long time before im back on something that works. Hopefully no shitty adverse affects this time.

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Aliens visit the earth. You must give them one book that accurately represents the world and all of its people or else you face slavery for the rest of your life.

Which book would you give them?
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Aliens don't matter until they've been baptized.
ayy lmao
Plato's Republic.

Also ayy lmao
The SPEED novelization
Anything by the Marquis De Sade

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>750 word essay
>have to read primary sources and cite them
>read Wikipedia
>"Claudius had his wife Messalina executed[17]"
>open primary source document
>Ctrl+F "Messalina"
>find relevant passage
>write in my essay that "Claudius had his wife Messalina executed (Tacitus, Histories, 5.5)"

Every time.
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>paper due in nine days, 200 people in class
>same assignment every year
>professor keeps mentioning same book over and over
>in library, getting literature
>library has six copies of the same book
>take them all out
>mfw carrying home thirty-five pound backpack

get burned, normies
Messalina was all kinds of stupid. Having a PUBLIC wedding ceremony with another man while Claudius was out of town, then tried to deny it when accused, despite hundreds of witnesses.

Claudius had a hard life.
>140 character social media input due for tomorrow
>cant for the life of me decide how to start
Prof doesn't want uppity undergrads thinking that if they dump thousands of words onto the pages they'll get an A+ without realizing it's garbage.
start with an emoji. That's get the ball rolling

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Any philosophical books/novels/essays that deal with the question "What is love?" "How is it defined" etc...
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>"What is love?"

baby don't hurt me
don't hurt me no more
Ibn Hazm The Ring of the Dove^^
What do you guys think of the "love is love" motto that people have been using lately?
What's love got to do with it got to do with it got to do with it?

- Plato
Everything is Illuminated by Foer

so I'll just say it crudely. You all are some of the most worthless fucks I ever met. Everything you read is beyond terrible, the only thing you ever succeed in doing is boring people to tears.

Nothing any of your pet authors have to say is in the least bit insightful and everything you believe is 100 percent pure bullshit. I fucking hate you, I hate your kind, and I would like nothing more than to hit your head with the back of a shovel and bury you in a shallow grave.
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I'll have to think about it.
You could try to say it organisedly, rather than spout your anger, anon.
>What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Literature School, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret Literatures on Bad Authors, and I have over 300 confirmed Reads. I am trained in Literary warfare and I’m the top Reader in the entire US armed Literatures. You are nothing to me but just another Book. I will Read you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Page, mark my fucking Words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Library? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret Book of Critics across the USA and your Goodreads is being traced right now so you better prepare for the Low Ratings, maggot. The Low Ratings that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your Literature. You’re fucking Ephemeral, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can Read you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my Eyes. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed Reading, but I have access to the entire Bookshelf of the United States Book Club and I will use it to its full extent to Read your miserable ass off the face of the Page, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy Negative Review your little “clever” Story was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking Submission. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking Panned, kiddo.

bad pasta
top kek

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"Know yourselves – be infertile and let the earth be silent after ye."

- Peter Wessel Zapffe

Was he right /lit/? After all every value or ideal we strive to achieve is just a mirage that gets us up in the morning. Once you actually get their it dissolves and there is another up ahead. Discuss...
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So i guess what I'm saying is that your statement about values or ideals (which amounts to nihilism) and the Zapffe-quote are not of the same ideology.
because seeing people born and suffer is not enjoyable
to you, maybe
not everybody has the same opinion on the suffering of others
actually yeah without suffering life would actually be suffering
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Even if you go full nihilist you are still arguing that you should shun the illusion of pain over the urge of life.

We are still alive precisely because we don't turn down life. The pain is not enough to stop us.

also literally don't breed the philosophy. I wonder . . .

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if joyce isn't the most frustrating author, i don't know who is. the highest order of artsy fartsy literature. i'd rather read dickens/orwell over this guy ANYDAY

>pls say im wrong
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>Just finished Swann's Way in French.

Sure you have kid. I read it yesterday, and I'm reading War and Peace in russian tonight. Probably read Don Quijote in Spanish tommorrow morning.

okay, except I'm fluent with both french and english. But feel free to project
#REKTed >>6232655 SO HARD

> But feel free to project



I believe you. Nobody would lie on a sulawesian shadow puppet chatroom.

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has anyone here published a book on amazon kindle market place?

if so how did it do? Im in the process of finishing up my book about to pay someone to edit it and design a cover for it. Its a non fiction book in a very niche subject with no other titles available so im hoping it does well

heres a few steps im doing to try and market it for those who are thinking about it

1) making a promo video for it on fivver. This site is basically slave labor and you can get a solid amount done with it.

2)hiring someone on fivver to post it on websites, the average is like 40 websites for 5 bucks

3) Im asking a few top bloggers to review my book on their site. To add incentive to this I actually placed the names of their sites in my book, its a win win for both of us. I listed them originally because those are the sites i use in the process im writing about.

4) posting it on reddit, I know you all hate this place but they are a much more accepting community and are bound to get more clicks

if you all have anything to add feel free
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>1) making a promo video for it
mfw my face when I though you were going to make a porno video for it...you should do that instead.
>mfw my face when

Lurk more
>my mfw when can't tell if ironic or just new
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>my mfw when this guy starts telling people to lurk moar
bumping in hope of legit advice. also, OP, what's your book about?

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So I was thinking, can English teachers cite specific bible verses or books and assign them for students to read if it is relevant to the curriculum? Western literature is full of bible references, so it would seem odd if the teacher couldn't teach the students about this, but at the same time, I could see it being problematic with separation of church and state, especially since so many people want to adhere to the letter of the law instead of the spirit.

Does anyone have experience with this?
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The bible is a significant cultural artifact in Western civilization. It is also for many people a holy book.

The answer to your question is that it can be taught as the first, but not as the second.

As you point out, a lot of literature (and philosophy, and history and even science) refers to it, because up to about 100 years ago writers could assume that every literate person had read it - it was Pop Culture.

Since not too many of us are so familiar with it now, it is a legitimate part of teaching to explain what an author's original readers wouldn't have had to have explained to them.
I don't quite get what's so problematic about that word i.e. what would you use instead?
Depends on if it's being assigned as literature or as a religious text. If the former, it probably isn't a problem.
A teacher can say 'Read the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis so we can see and appreciate how Milton changed it in Paradise Lost.' She can't say 'Read the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis because it's true.'
>On /lit/, most of the people using "problematic" have probably read more Marxism

That sounds right, but I' wasn't speaking singularly about /lit/. Outside of /lit/ I'd bet more people get the terms from sociology courses than from reading the works of Marx. Seems more plausible.

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What's your favorite word in any language?
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I seriously hope that rrrrrrrr isn't an alveolar trill

(spoiler)I'm not even joking, it's fucking ageless.(/spoiler)

Ah fuck i used the wrong brackets.

Stupid fuck.

Either that or niggardly. Both make conversations beautifully awkward

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I'm new to this board. What does /lit/ think about Kathy Acker?
We don't know who the fuck she is
Dumb feminist edgelord

Please leave
2/10 would not bang
I was thinking of reading some of her stuff.
Where should I start?

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this isn't literature. it's autism and masturbation. 1984 and the stranger are literature
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>this isn't literature. it's autism and masturbation.

> doesn't get it.
right, because perfect teeth are a fucking prerequisite for being a good writer.

confirmed for britfag. let's see the pitiful shards of blackened coprolite dangling from YOUR gums.

Not bad. Keep trying.
>right, because perfect teeth are a fucking prerequisite for being a good writer.

Actually his shitty teeth were probably the prerequisite for half the plot of V, the whole plastic surgery conflict and technical discussion surely must've come from his urge to have his teeth fixed (which he eventually did at some point)

It's too bad he can't just come out and show us his beautiful face once more : ( unironically I think he's handsome in his own way
underrated post

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What books did you read in 2014, /lit/?
My list:

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
Oresteia by Aeschylus
Fables of Aesop
The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit by Bruce K. Alexander
Modelland by Tyra Banks
Blade Runner: A Movie by William S. Burroughs
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Consumed by David Cronenberg
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Method and Madness by Norman Finkelstein
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

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how was Clariel?

Whatever he probably reads more than you

How'd you like The Sound and the Fury? To the Lighthouse?
I liked it but it felt a bit slow until the end. The story isn't very long but is nicely fleshed out. I prefer the other three though.
both were excellent. I found The Sound and the Fury really though going around chapters 2–3 but so glad I kept going with it.

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