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Is there anything noteworthy coming out of the german speaking countries nowadays?
Any literature, movies or music or is greater germany officially culturally dead?
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We won't be certain until time has washed away the temporal trash.
Film wise Germany is probably the biggest in Europe.

CRINGE. Gemanny is dead film-wise. And such is since early 70's. Also, even before that, it's totally irrelevant next to French, Italian, UK, and even Spanish contribution to the film.

Nation of fucking tourist, totally Americanized, and deeply in coma.
>Leben der Anderen, Lola, Rennt, Goodbye Lenin, Das Boot, Herzog

>Nation of fucking tourist, totally Americanized, and deeply in coma.
Objectively and easily demonstrably wrong but I know you care as little about facts as others care about your opinion so let's cut it short here.
I was thinking of starting a thread like this. I know of contemporary European novelists from many countries, but not Germany. Who is a good LIVING contemporary German novelist in the year 2018?
>>Leben der Anderen, Lola, Rennt, Goodbye Lenin, Das Boot, Herzog
These same crappy films every time.
>Leben der Anderen, Lola, Rennt, Goodbye Lenin, Das Boot, Herzog
The big problem is largely that our output compared to the size of this country is ridiculous. About two decent, noteworthy movies each year, but very rarely more. The main problem is the quite awful taste of the public film subsidy organizations and public mainstream TV stations which is pretty hostile to everything even somewhat unconventional. Something like Dr. Who would have for example quite a bit of trouble even getting approved here.
The private sector on the other hand is way too small or too broke to experimentate to any meaningful degree.
Nice article to the non german speakers about the issue:
Excellent essay over the issues preventing the german film industry from producing similar great series like the americans do since the late 90's, lots of which plague the movie industry too, by an anonymous german scriptwriter from a few years back:

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You Could Not Have Avoided This Edition
>What drove Chun to strive for unavoidability?
>What was he looking for?
>Would you hang out with him?

Monthly Reading for December: The Dying Earth by Jack Vance



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Looking for some (relatively) short fantasy novels to blitz in my spare time. Any recommendations?
The Squeal of Crime by Paul Teddy
The Innkeeper's Song

Winds of Winter

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Looking for books on Ancient Egypt that are historically accurate and detailed. Doesn't matter whether it's old or modern, I'm particularly interested in Dynasties and Pharohs but not exclusively. As long as the book isn't too textbook-esque then it's cool. Help me out /lit/

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Herodotus, seriously. Book 2 is peak comfiness - you've got a description of their "wonders" - fauna, flora, customs, religious practices, everyday life, etc.
Not to mension the tales about Psammetichus and Amasis, oh and the one about a clever thief.
Give him a try anon! (I've read Oxford's translation by Waterfield)
Dont read any modern books they are full of psuedohistory. Only read translated greeks books and things like that
Don’t go for walford one it’s an abridged version of the Swedish translation (already abridged)
And yeah the stuff about pharohs may not be very accurate, but it's how egyptians saw themselves and their history (H's. informants)
What about The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt? I hear that's pretty creditable

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How do you wrap your head around the fact that you can only read about 400 books in a lifetime? Assuming that you read to draw the substance in and not for the sake of it.
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That sounds fine by me, since me OCD keeps me thinking that I'm gonna run out of material do read.
There is a proven correlation between reading speed and intelligence
You should read a book about addiction not written by someone trying to use the AA definition(all use = addiction, denial of addiction = proof of addiction, etc;) as a weapon to attack things they find immoral
simply epic post bros. you trolled and baited all those (you)s epic style. have an upvote and another (you), fellow based non-redditor.
i doubt there are 400 must read books out there so whatever

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sad as hell

everything about this, the epilogue, everything

help :(
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People say this book provides Dosto's answer to the problem of pain and evil, but I never saw a clear rebuttal to Ivan's complaints against God.
You have to believe in Christianity for it to be solved. Reread the last page, Kolya's naive remark at the very end. This is also why the narrator consdiers Alyosha the book's hero afaict.
the Snegiryov family was just too much.

beyond relentlessly depressing. why did he have to make them so fucked
Which other writings of his best accentuate this idea? The Christian reconciliation to the problem of suffering, I mean.
>tfw dosto wrote BK in about two years

;-; I could write a book a month if I got my hustle on in earnest.

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>What I want to do today is argue that there is at least one a priori truth
>in exactly the sense that Quine and I denied;

>quantum mechanics requires that we give up the distributive laws

>Minimal Principle of Contradiction

>simply the principle that
>not every statement is both true and false

is this the power of post-postmodernism?

New thread cause old one is over 300 replies

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this feels like it needs a lot more development to it. I like the format and pacing but it feels underdeveloped. I'd like to know more about Emma and all that shit.
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I'm terrible at writing but I wanted to try my hand at writing erotica. It's about a succubus corrupting a young boy (18, go away FBI). Just a short snippet because I'm nervous about my writing being too awful to continue. Are there any glaring mistakes in grammar or just the writing itself?
Sounds like a Jewish mom asking her son about someone.

fucking lost my shit

I’m looking for the best TRANSLATIONS and versions of the great books of Buddhism. I have a penguin classics Dhammapada by Valerie J. Roebuck but i’m guessing thats a poorly translated book.

Same thing for Hinduism.

Also what are the great texts of these two religions?
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For Buddhism I would recommended Bhikku Bodhi's translations of various nikayas from the Pali Canon, he has multiple books of them. Aside from the PC you'd have to research the various Buddhist schools and decide whose texts and doctrines you want to study, many are very different and you wouldn't want to randomly read stuff from a school without knowing what that school understands by certain words in that particular text etc. The book 'Buddhism as Philosophy' is a good secondary source to read about the doctrines of various schools and which texts from them and so on.

Hinduism is similar in that there are also core texts that almost all Hindu sects consider holy/central while at the same time alongside them are the innumerable texts and commentaries of the various schools and sub-schools. Start with the Bhagavad-Gita, Radnakrishnan's translation is good for new-comers. After that you have the Upanishads (also Radnakrishnan), the Puranas, and the texts of various sects and schools like Vedanta, Tantra, Yoga, Bhakti etc. Generally on /lit/ people seem to be into the literature of Advaita Vedanta, Tantra and Vaishnavism the most.
kek, based, saged, etc
How about Bikkhu Bodhi?
>but i’m guessing thats a poorly translated book.
No, it's very good actually. Roebuck is well qualified, and has done several well-received translations of Pali and Sanskrit texts.

The Pali Canon is only for Theravada Buddhism. The various Mahayana schools have their own canons. Of the Mahayana Texts, the most famous are probably the Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, and Lotus Sutra.

A selection from the Nikayas is probably better to start with than entire sections of them. Bodhi has one called "In The Buddha's Words", Rupert Gethin has one called "Sayings of the Buddha". Penguin has published an eclectic mix of texts called "Buddhist Scriptures".
The Bhagavad Gita is not universally considered a central text, it's not important for Shaivites or Shaktas. However it's incredibly popular, so is definitely worth reading. The Vedas are the only universally accepted Hindu texts, but most of them aren't read by Hindus. The Upanishads are probably the most relevant part of the Vedas for Hindu philosophy, especially the Vedanta school, so I would recommend those with the caveat that some are very esoteric and obscure, so you should read a translation with a decent introduction and notes.

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When I was a little girl, I remember picking up my father's Harvard Classics edition of the Iliad. I remember never wanting to read after reading what the men did with Briseus. Western (white) canon books make books seem alienating to women and marginialised groups. I want each of you to count how many marginalised identities you have represented on your shelf. I ask my students to do this each time I teach English 105 at my community college. If less than half of your shelf is a white man, do you really stand for diversity and inclusion?
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>What's your point ?
don't into gross generalisations, obviously
Can birds fly ?

bad bait. Also, I have chosen not to believe people with these view actually exist. If they do, they are a minority. But as most minorities with schizoid traits, they are overrepresented on youtube. Much like transgenders, they cover a very little percentage of the population and are over represented because of their narcissistic tendencies and because the media like us to engage with imaginary wars (are you PRO or AGAINST trans? are you PRO or AGAINST political correctness? IRON MAN or CAPTAIN AMERICA?). My position at the moment is I do not care: most people are actually normal. When I see these kind of people I am sad in the same way in which looking at a person with down syndrome makes me sad: I am sorry that they have such an impairing condition, and at the same time glad that most humans are not like them.
The idea that white or Western culture is even a thing is laughable. Either you're a troll or incredibly dumb
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>tfw fell for the meme and bought some gook books

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Is there a piece of lit more disturbing than:
>I have no mouth and I must scream

Everything else that I read just feels like cakewalk after this book.
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>Autistically-obsessively puritane
Not the same guy you replied, but I would rather have a pure waifu than have anal desu
It would be akin to sticking your jimmy into the mouth of a fish. Judging by the Harry Potter posters she has an even lower mental capacity than some long bygone arthropod from the Cambrian.
i want a gf so bad
It's a short story, ya dingus

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Do I have a correct opinion about the Inferno?
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You write like a mouth-breathing acne-ridden fedora-tipping moron. Do you by any chance consider yourself intellectually superior to those around you and justify your mediocre performance by telling yourself it's only because you don't try?
Nothing you have done so far in your short and unremarkable life is unique, original, or even interesting. Nobody cares about your uninformed hot take on the classics.
Lurk moar both online and irl smelly boy
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maybe it was good back in its time but now adays genius writers have invented new adventure books like HUNGER GAMES and they kick ASS
>It is also difficult to analyze without copious footnotes explaining how and why things happen making it difficult for students to connect with the literature

This is what happens when professors give an A to everyone as long as there is a half-hearted dig on western culture in their paper.
This, leave your dusty ass old books behind

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Post your novel ideas. It's not like they're going anywhere.
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To you it's writing, but for the narrator it's speaking. Don't make him sound like an asshole.
This. The narrative is also a character, don't make him suck.
It's a four-parter:

1. A young boy hunt's the coyote that killed his cat
2. The town outcast, an alcoholic nihilist, wanders about town in the wake of a devastating accident, rambling about everything.
3. A sixty-year-old widower witnesses the disaster and after helping the survivors, enters a psychotic daze during which he reminisces about the past
4. The old town priest struggles how to commemorate the disaster and console the townspeople while outcast from part 2 pesters him for an incident from their past.

(based on a true story)
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That's not exactly how it's supposed to go.

It's supposed the Nazis try to carry out the Holocaust as in our timeline except there's ones thing blocking their path.

The Good Men of the Confederacy.
Some dystopian vampire novel where the vampires have blocked up the sun and the humans live as second class citizens and constantly have to do blood donations, it goes into detail that some vampires prefer different kinds of blood.

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Was he on about something or was he just a pseud?
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Theses on the Philosophy of History is woke

>There is no document in civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism . And just as such a document is not free of barbarism, barbarism taints also the manner in which it was transmitted from one owner to another. A historical materialist therefore dissociates himself from it as far as possible. He regards it his task to brush history against the grain.
>What even is Benjamin talking about?
It's hard to know because turbo Marxists like to hijack him
Why do you have Weyes Blood as your poster waifu of aesthetics in politics? Bitch got them hairy pits
Fake news
Because she is A E S T H E T I C. Plus shes a Flannery O'Connor fan :3

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Give a based boy some leftist political books to read before the year ends so he hasn't only read edgy right wing books. Who is this Mark Fisher?
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Knowledge of political history?

Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, the ostracization of Willis Carto by the Jew lackey Buckley, etc.
turn on Fox News or read National Review. Both are zealously pro-Israel. The left postures as anti-Israel but they always fall short. Sure Obama may seem sympathetic to the Palestinians but at the end of the day Israel is still receiving its military stipends from Uncle Sam
Read Benjamin's Illuminations and Adorno's Minima Moralia
Seems to me it's only left that defies Israel for what they do to Palestinians. But try to prove me wrong.

Kibutzes. It's the time when the failed system known as communism allowed a group of people to create a prosperous country in the middle of nowhere while being surounded by enemies.
Richard Spencer is pro Israel, that says little to nothing about your political stance

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I need to read 4 more books by the end of December to reach my 30 book goal but don't know what to read after Lasch. Give me some recommendations.
Diary of a Wimpy kid 1-4
read the bible, perfect for christmas la x
I Am Legend, you'll finish in a couple hours and it's pretty good.

inb4 novellas aren't books. They're sold in bookshops so just shut up
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this is a really good advice

this is good but hard

Also each one on this list could take 1 or 2 long days of slow reading:
> Houllebecq - Whatever
> Camus - The Stranger
> Dostoevsky - Notes from Underground
> Joyce - Dubliners
> Hemingway - Old Man and the Sea
> McCarthy - Child of God
> Banks - Wasp Factory
> Autism - Flatland

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