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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.

Looking for books online? Check here:
Guide to #bookz
Recommended Literature

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ITT: Post your reading list for 2019, and rate others
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Got any suggestions then? I only recently started browsing /lit/ (pretty comfy here desu) since /pol/ has just been repetitive garbage recently.
My list from feb to may:
Five Modern No Plays, Mishima
A Sentimental Journey, Sterne
Political Theology, Schmitt
Propaganda, Ellul
Runaway Horses, Mishima
Gay Science, Nietzsche
Influence of Sea Power Upon History, Mahan
Grettir's Saga
Man and Technics, Spengler
The Nightwatches of Bonaventura
Ecclesiastical History, Bede
The Temple of Dawn, Mishima
Ensayo sobre el catolicismo, Donoso Cortés
El mágico prodigioso, Calderón

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letters on the spanish inquisition, de maistre
adversus judaeos, st john chrysostom
two hundred years together, solzhneetsyn
any solid history book desu. you can make inferences about the jews from it
Zapata and the Mexican Revolution by John Womack jr.

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (re-read)

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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>reading childrens books
What children's books? Dahl's short stories aren't for kids. Hitchcock and Tarantino adapted some of them, ffs.

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SEAN GOONAN IS THE GREATEST THINKER ALIVE. He explains everything about life and solves all problems.
then why the FUCK isn't he published in hardcover

explain that one
>book is called the foundation for exploration
>book isn't called how to get rich and get laid

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Just asked out a girl I really like and didn't even get a response. Any books for this feel?
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Read the book. You can find it for free online. There's pretty good advice there.
so is it her or is it just finding a girl?
i dont think so. I have no problems befriending people, i just cant stay friends with them.
Well, I have multiple other prospects for girls but I actually felt passion for this one. I have a girl I go to church with who's a virgin and would be a wonderful wife and mother, we even have compatible political views and senses of humor, I just don't feel the same passion towards her.
My Twisted World - Elliot Rodger
hm. well youre in a conundrum then
however Aristotle says you should get married at 35 and I dont think we should be arguing with a man who thought the brain was a cooling system

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look at her bookshelf
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>gross digits
If you found that those were not her books but were only in the photo due to a proxy, would you still want to suck her toes or would you want a proxy to suck them for you?
doesn't seem very well read at all
i see what appears to be marx's capital and infinite jest, however
also, how tf she look so old and busted at 29?
You missed me.
>how tf she look so old and busted at 29?
She interned at Arby's.
>the boomer memes are true

thread reported tho not /lit/

>random factoid you know
>current read
>Opossums have 13 nipples
>Crime and Punishment, and Stoner
this proto-sperm whale had the biggest teeth ever found of any animal. the biggest ones there are 12 inches long
Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
>You brain has the same consistency as frozen yogurt, and you can change it's chemistry through neuroplasticity... take notes, virgins.
>Blood Meridian

Did anybody else struggle with the Parmenides? I've read about a dozen other dialogues and could understand and enjoy them but all this talk about the "one" is breaking my brain. Parmenides' reasoning seems absurd and relies heavily on 'language games'.
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hahaha! Does what I said make sense?
The real argument is a little more complex than a syllogism, but that's the most basic form I could put it in.
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OP is talking about the platonic dialouge: Parmenides. Don't worry OP I read it today and struggled with it even though I understand Parmenides's views very well. Going to try coming back to it again and take notes to see if that helps.
Probably has a lot to do with the translation
Translation quality varies heaps, from my experience reading two versions of The Republic
But I haven't read this one so idk

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1. William Faulkner
2. Franz Kafka
3. Virginia Woolf
4. James Joyce
5. Gertrude Stein
6. Anton Chekhov
7. Samuel Beckett
8. Vladimir Nabokov
9. Marcel Proust
10. Fyodor Dostoevsky
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it’s in Hemingway
he opened a door and saw Stein and Toklas going at it but he wouldn’t or couldn’t describe what he saw
lol Hem saw two old dykes fucking? That's hilarious.
corrected list:
1. franz kakfa
2. james joyce
3. samuel becket
4. marcel proust
5. fyodor dostoevsky
What outhouse scene? I'm half way through BM.
much better

who has the nicest library on /lit? does anyone actually have a serious collection?

also, bookshelf thread. patrician-tier only.
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Not enough Heinlein /10.
read Double Star, and Cat Who Walks Through Walls
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My own small Loeb collection has grown a bit in recent months. In some ways, it is the better part of my home library.
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These bindings upset pseuds not only because they're new and lack any visible signs of wear, but because by virtue of being well-crafted hardcovers they're unlikely to accumulate them anytime soon. These are very disturbing qualities in books to your average il/lit/erati who yearns to demonstrate nicely creased and cracked "definitely perused and totally not pseud" paperback spines more than he wants to actually read the very pages they hold together. In their eyes investing in a sturdy luxurious leather or nicely decorated buckram bindings to please the owner's eye and provide the books with more longevity is antithetical to the one and only reason of owning physical books at all, that is to serve as an achievement display that would quickly and unambiguously communicate to two drunken girls and three college dudebros who visit their studio once a year just how authentically e/lit/e and genuinely well-read the owner is, whilst definitely not trying to pretend to want to hope to look like it. Plus of course the price factor also breaks some typical local self-imposed illusions of being a chosen member of some semi-secret class of penniless bohemian intellectuals engaged in cultural guerilla warfare on the back line of a grand army of philistine en-pee-see bougies, that so many younger members of /pol/ for smart people seem to be under. These are quite hilarious idiosyncrasies and I can wholeheartedly recommend skimming through some older shelf threads to find people both accusing someone of buying particular bindings to show off and chastising the others for not having their spines project the required aura of "well-readness" quite strong enough all in a single post.
DC master race reporting in
This was every single shelf thread, contained neatly in a single post. My hat is off to you, friend.

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What are some novels about finding a cute, pure, shy, submissive gf?

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The Sunni concept of God is flawed.

They claim the 20 attributes of God are neither identical or different from the essence of God. So it follows that God is one yet multiple at the same time.
They accuse Christians of polytheism for this, always asking how can 1+1+1=3, but at the same time their concept of Allah has the same problems. Instead of a 3 but one God you now have a God which is 20 but 1.

Muslims claim Islam came to correct the Christian belief in God. However it is logically incoherent and Islam therefore has no purpose.

Islamic scholars claim this is beyond the minds ability to understand, same as Christians. Hence Islam is pointless.
Did you really think this was some sort of impressive gotcha? It's easier to square that circle than it is to square the trinity. Even Christians admit multiple "attributes" via loving, uncreated, eternal, omnipotent, all-powerful etc.
The point of Islam is absolute Unitarianism. The whole purpose of Islamic theology is rejection of multiplicity in the godhead, when the Allah concept is just as flawed.

If the point of Islam was to correct the concept of God with absolute Unitarianism, it fails and is therefore pointless.

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Post Penguin, Wordsworth or any other publisher's book covers that confuse the mind and titillate the senses
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i've seen some really nice covers for the hobbit, but this has got to be my favorite
These recent Philip Roth editions look fucking atrocious, all this makes me think of is John Green

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Is this book actually worth reading? I'm having a hard time trying to find unbiased reviews.
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Both Goodreads and Amazon have very polarized reviews. It's not like the internet doesn't exist outside of the chans, you fucking brainlet
You shouldn't avoid it if you're a 4-7. If you're a 1-4 I don't believe it has anything of value to you other than the opportunity to act as a chad larp.
Nice try, Rollo. Why not make another post on your blog about the hypergamic imperative.
Evolutionary psychology is young but unavoidable.
>Just trying to get the opinions of anons on this book, but it's like pulling teeth.
learn how to lie faggot

new Space Taoism/Pancreativism/Cosmotech thread. discuss Deleuze, Whitehead, Land, acceleration, schizophrenia, capitalism, Yuk Hui, cosmic horror, cyberpunk, whatever else.

random interesting links:

new Yuk Hui
>One speculates on this unknown end of absolute deterritorialization like gamblers staring at casino tokens. Accelerating disorientation does not create an exit from the global time-axis. On the contrary, it merely disrupts momentarily the established orders and conventional modes of operation. In China, for example, expanding bandwidth and storage capacity for data flow have given rise to social credit systems, which simply stabilize and reterritorialize the flow of capital. A recent survey conducted by the Free University of Berlin showed that 80 percent of Chinese respondents approved or highly approved of these social credit systems, with 19 percent neutral and only 1 percent opposed. The disruptive and apocalyptic qualities intrinsic to acceleration are by no means anti-humanist. In fact, they reveal an extreme humanism fighting to save itself through massive destruction—a twenty-first-century nihilism.

Mark Downham: Cyber-Punk, the final solution
>inspired Fishter, Land, CCRU et al

Uncle Nick

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aw sheeeeeeeeeeeeeit

we're going to need another thread for this.

anyone else want to suggest some ideas for how we get out of this place? i think we should go and have a look at that egg shell, what do you guys say?

also, it looks like there's stairs, and doors, and barrels in this room (>>12458815). we could also open some of those or have a look.


i hope we get extra lives
fuck this is a good post.
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You've lost a reason to live.
Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat
Sapere Aude
but we have gained knowledge

and wisdom

i think we should try again schizbros

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Any books that argue for veganism/vegetarianism?
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I want some books that's more or less enliven me to start a veg diet.
>I want some books that's more or less enliven me to start a veg diet.
Thoreau's Walden.
>the nigga in this cabin eatin' beans!
Eating Animals by Foer got me laid a few times talking with vegans. I lost interest after I found out they all was their hair with vinegar though.

Peanut butter isn't vegan because butter is a dairy product and dairy products aren't vegan.
Does washing your hair with vinegar work?

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