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>using semicolons in dialogue
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using punctuation
Jude next time y’all are over in Mesopotamia why don’t you pick me up a few
bottles of that wine they make over there
sure thing Jesus I says
well now the boss is talking he is saying I asked y’all up here because frankly
I’ve been feeling a little sick lately and I want to make sure y’all know what
to do in case anything happens I know one of you is going to do me in I know
that but goddamnit y’all know those people in town are after my ass
the other night I walked down the streets in a disguise and I seen a couple
of you messing around and drinking with the soldiers what’s going to happen
if one of you gets drunk and lets it slip where I’m hiding out then I’ll
be in a fix you know if they was to find me they going to cut me y’all ever
think about that and Peter ain’t you ever going to get it straight what you’re
supposed to do give me one of those biscuits Judas and go outside and take a
look-see I got you Jesus Judas says

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Once I learned my entire life I was using commas wrong because I was taught wrong and trying to change but not changing; I use them ALL the time. It’s so nice.
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Did you get banned from /tv/ too based lyrics poster?

What are the best pro-Nihilism books/philosophers?

Is this one of them?
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Zapffe's guide to kys?
Pro nihilism is gay
But you can't do anything without any sort of meaning
On the contrary, I believe it is the most rational and scientifically backed philosophy available. For a long time modern physics has been tacitly admitting more and more Nihilistic truths and this makes sense since almost all modern science inadvertently takes Nihilism as its crux.

Nihilism is also something that was known to the ancients and was a doctrine that was not taught until you were in the higher levels of the Mystery cults (see the myth of Silenus etc).

Nihilism is what you are left with when you strip everything down and I am curious if there is a good modern thinker (~the last 200 years or so) who extrapolated this concept into a rigorous theory. Ultimately, as we continue to make more and more advancements through science, we will be faced more and more with the necessity of Nihilism.
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>He thinks empirical observation is capable of resolving philosophical claims

Is the book better than the movie?
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the book is an adaptation of a movie script he wrote which was then readapted into a movie
They're both nice, but the book has a very significant event that was left out of the movie.
I really enjoyed both
please kill yourself
another anon, I watched the movie, read the book, and watched the movie again. They're both really good, but movie sends a slightly different message by ending where it does.

Unless I am just retarded.

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>sublime, a tour de force, a real page turner
what book comes to mind for you when you hear this?
good post
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
That picture wouldn't be nearly as funny if the books weren't as well-worn
Someone read them all, multiple times
mike hunt heh

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>literature professor gave me a bad grade
>check his portfolio (something I should've done long before taking his class)
>it's filled with Rupi Kaur tier press-enter-to-poem and 'avant-garde' designs with words
post your work that got a bad grade

What’s truly a good book to read when you have genuinely no strong interest in much of anything
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The Holy Bible
just means you are like a tripple brainlet
Just read Lotr. You could be a lobotomized brain in a jar and still enjoy that book
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What was Nietzsche's magnum opus?
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Not that we should take his word for it, but I think Nietzsche said he liked Zarathustra the best. That it had the most ideas/lessons in it people could use.

Of course I agree that the prose is generally not great and the book's structure would benefit from more revision. Sapphires buried in mud.

Becoming a literal incontinent nonverbal bum, to match being a figurative one.
BG&E really resonated with me, can't say i've read enough of him to deign it the best though
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z a r a t h u s t r a

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The House on the Borderland is one of my favourite pieces of writing of all time.
yeah dude same
hell yeah
Pigs from hell, yeah.
Is The Night Land worth reading?
Quick rundown? I'm interested

>thinks things are lost in translation
>reads things written more than 20 years old
It’s literally the same thing as reading a translation. Time is a greater chasm than Language.
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>reads Derrida once
Everyone agrees with this nerd why do you think literary criticism is a thing

quit fucking with yourself
>marcel the shell Duchamp
“Critics are leeches”
I agree with the sentiment but 20 years is way too short. What about 40 years olds, do the misunderstand everything they read when they were teens? It should be things written before your grandparents
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This guy has it right. Yes, knowledge is lost to the past, but not just because time has past between us and them, but because the profligacy of writing has in the last 500 years solidified our ways of thinking and expressing. It's not so hard to speak the language of the 19th century, but to talk English in the 11th century is where translation becomes difficult. But not impossible. You just have to learn the language.

See Benedict Anderson: "Print-capitalism gave a new fixity to language. It was no longer subject to the individualizing and 'unconsciously modernizing' habits of monastic scribes. Thus, while twelfth-century French differed markedly from that written by Villon in the fifteenth, the rate of change slowed decisively in the sixteenth. 'By the 17th century, languages in Europe had generally assumed their modern forms'" (Imagined Communities, 44).

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Hi /lit/

I've taken up making audiobooks as a hobby.

Right now I am recording Welcome to the NHK


Chapter 1:

I'll be making a new thread every couple days with updates.

Any Tips or Reading Recs welcome
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thanks! Will do! I hope to make these threads a /lit/ staple
thanks man! It'll get better when the neighbor otaku and Misaki show up too

I'll be doing the first four Log Horizon Books soon as well
Is Misaki’s depiction in the manga any different from the anime?

I’ve heard that the manga in general gives Sato’s neuroses more “screen time”, and that this makes the dark tone of the work more authentic. Would you agree? I guess the more general question I’m trying to ask is if the manga is worth reading.
this is the Light Novel not the Manga

She is more of a Normie in the Light Novel and Satou is more human too and less cartoonish.

I never read the Manga

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Is it good, or is it just an uninteresting gimmick? It seems interesting, but I'm unsure if it will be in any way worthwhile.
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just read this instead
No read At Swim-Two-Birds instead
It's really worthwhile don't pay attention to these traditionalists, S. is very good and it will make you much better at reading other texts, and you'll enjoy the experience a lot.
It's fun and entertaining in a very "nested" way.
Think of it as a easier House of Leaves - less typography more plot.

Holidays being what they are, try to get it as a gift. Buying brand new (to make sure you get all of the inserts) can cost a bit more than other books.

Obv not going to impress /lit/izens, but it's not trash-tier. If you're like me and read multiple books at the same time, pick up something by unknown anarchist B. Traven (who the book is obviously based on). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Traven
thanks lads
i got it for christmas like a year ago and didnt actually consider ever reading it because it said JJ Abrams on the front

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>Which arrow flies forever? The arrow that has hit its mark.

Based nabby quotes/passages thread
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to wonder at trifles – no matter the imminent peril – these asides of the spirit, these footnotes in the volume of life are the highest form of consciousness, and it is in this childishly speculative state of mind, so different from common sense and its logic, that we know the world to be good
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I like Nabby from an aesthetic point of view, but reading more on his views on other writers has me convinced that he had a massive inferiority complex.
Yeah see thats why people should stop fucking posting that shit because it just gives the brainlets all these ideas about him. Its like when people post joyce's love letters and they take only the snippets about his passion for Nora's farting when they fuck, when if you read the full love letters theyre beautiful declarations of love. Like its fucking done at this point to post his "strong opinions" because pwople get this false idea of his art

Nabokovs critique of other writers is literally all a PR stunt he did
I'm surprised this one hasn't been posted:

>The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour).
Pale Fire

where do i start with whitehead
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you don't
don't read the corrected edition they censored the more occult aspects
not the op, but shit i got the corrected edition

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How do you write good humor?
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But desu, "just be yourself" should be the rule in writing humour for prose. Have the situation dictate the humour. "I'd better stick a joke in here so we know the character doesn't take things seriously" is never going to work. Not to be actually amusing. It's just too contrived an approach to take. Unless your character is one of those assholes who memorizes actual setup-punchline jokes, you just have to find the humour, not manufacture it.
If your character does tell actual jokes - street jokes are fine. Just hunt around for one that matches the situation, that can be kinda cool and ironic. If your character is an actual comedian, find a comedian who is similar to your character and just start doing impressions of him when you aren't writing, get a feel for him.

Honestly you shouldn't be that conscious of techniques and devices when you're writing anyway imo. Understanding literature is cool, but all that shit should be in your subconscious while writing. Professional boxers don't think "better rotate the hips for some extra power in this jab". It's deeply learned, it becomes a reflex.

better nate than lever is an extremely long joke ~ 10,000 words
it's similar to the moth joke, in that the humour comes from the fact that the setup is long and has its own literary merit aside from the joke. "why write all this for a joke" pretty much.
Both jokes still abide by the brevity rule though: the punchline for each is very short. "better nate than lever" is the actual punchline.
like this: humour
Repetitive language and escalation
Anyone who has been raised on memes/predominantly experiences humor via memes cant write good humor
Step 1: be funny
Step 2: be able to write
Step 2: write funny things that appear in your head

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There's no justification for natalism. Prove me wrong.
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Waste your whole life insisting that life is worthless if you want. Just don’t expect to convince anyone else.
compelling arguments
There are clearly no arguments that will convince you so why bother arguing? Please carry on as an enlightened antinatalist, I’m sure life will be as worthless as you think is. Enjoy!

Meaning and purpose are just words to describe things that only make sense in a human context. Looking for a meaning of life is like looking for a meaning for a rock or tree, it doesn't even make sense. How can a rock have meaning? It's just a rock. If you want to find what it's made of that's a type of meaning, if you want to find out how old it is that's a type meaning, but there's no overarching general "meaning" to a rock.

Meaning is not a thing that exists at all expect in the minds of people
Existential angst is the period when someone is upset that life is meaningless because they still think the universe should or even could have a meaning. They still think meaning exists as an objective thing and that our universe just doesn't have it.

The whole problem is just in your head. All you need to do is relax your mind and the universe becomes perfect.

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