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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.

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What are the best collectible meme books?
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I have both of these and Plotinus' Enneads and love them
I have the Riverside Shakespeare and I could probably bludgeon someone to death with it
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The only collectible book I own is a signed first edition copy of William T. Vollman's The Royal Family
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here's my first edition gravity's rainbow :^)
Hey I have a first edition Gravity's Rainbow with a sun bleached spine too

Write a 10 sentence story which first starts with 10 words, then 9, and so on:


Tonight I lost my heart to the actress playing Opehlia.
I waited to meet her by the stage door.
She was the last one to come out.
I told her I was in love.
It happens every night, she said.
Let me have your playbill.
To Fred, Love, Ophelia.
She walked away.
Toward Broadway.
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That’s good, OP. Submit it somewhere as a poem. “It happens every night, she said,” is such a great line.
How many words are in a story that goes 500, 499, 498,...,2,1?

[You should he able to solve this without a calculator, paper or pencil]
They dragged the bound and bloodied Ayatollah into the square.
The elect of heaven pleading toothlessly with earth men.
Strung up with his clerics, counselors, and concubines.
Ankles roped, though deserving less than Benito.
Tragedy of the vengeful commons occurs.
A brick to his torso.
Baton on the cheek.
Tears in eyes.
A leader?
2000. Why are you forcing me to contemplate how bad I am at math this late on a Russian car repair forum

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whatchu readin?

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>goodwill having a good selection of anything

If its any consolation, that font is incredibly small and the pages are bible tier thin so it very well may be the unabridged version. But idk its one of the books I havent started to read yet.
Two copies of Memoirs of a Geisha?
Heh, wrong again
I just got into Zibral's Lost Minutes of the Pussy Ham and I'm not sure what to think yet. Can already pick up on the retro-Freudian motif he explores through the motel owner's fetish chapter but I don't know if he actually understands sub space. The whole thing reads like an Odinsian malady.
The black one is the first I bought, but it was a misprint so when I read it I hit a point where 10 pages were missing. Not torn out or anything but 10 pages that never got printed. So alter one when I saw the other copy I checked it and bought it. I didnt want to throw the first copy away though. Feels weird to throw away a book though I should that one since its misprinted.

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Overrated books edition
>List all the books that didn't live up to their hype

Monthly Reading for January: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick


Science Fiction:

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Rate this one too.
Why do you guys hang to the YA buzzword? If is good character development then "coming of age" is a better theme, and if is dry it doesn't deserve attention.

I find it good YA at least, subsequent books are more complex.
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>(The Blood Mirror is a huge disappointment)
you don't have to tell me.
Not him but really? I fell in love with those Cabal books instantly (although I was a bit worried by the first one because it seemed that the books didn't convey a good sense of geographic scale and felt very small but later on that improved a lot). And I enjoyed it practically instantly, while stories like The Master and Margarita took a while to get into.

I'm a very fussy reader and to me Enders felt very small in scale, the premise a little unrealistic, the characters a little unrefined and the setting felt undeveloped.
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Wow. I've always seen people say that the captcha ate their image, but this is the first time it happened to me.
Rate pic related.

>btfo platonic forms
whitehead is based
huh so memeing writers on here really does get some people to read them. good on you anon.
>forms can't be real since they must refer to their referents
>why? the alternative is idiotic that's why
I hate Plato's forms as much as the next guy, but this is a total non-argument.

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>he isn't a kabbalist
Kabbalism is basically sorcery, isn't it? How can right-thinking Jews go in for this stuff?
>right thinking jews

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why the hell is this board filled with bootlicking christcucks
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nothing wrong with jesus threads. the bible is /lit/ and jesus lived the ascetic philosopher king lifestyle.
the problem is the christcuck "traditionalists"
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>implying proof of any kind is possible at all
Yeah, this is simply human arrogance; embrace Socratic ignorance as the only position an honest man can take and you're in a position to understand that "the just shall live by faith."
Because, despite the impossibility of proof, God's supernatural self-revelation is able to truly convince the honest man beyond his capacity to doubt: this is the true gnosis. The Gnostics understood Christianity correctly, in that there is such an enlightenment or gnosis to be had, but they misunderstood its content as that garbage about the demiurge and matter and whatnot. The true gnosis is simple certainty of Christ's Godhood bestowed by special revelation, see Matthew 16:15-17.
jesus never wrote anything though. I do agree that the bible is /lit/ and some parts must be read to understand western civilization.

Americans in both fields. Absolute cuckolds to both the establishment (despite muh guns gon shoot gubberment sick[sic] shrimp tyrannosaurus) and shitty Protestants who live in million dollar homes and have private aeroplanes. Americans are cucks to money. Nuke.
The God of the scholastics, with all his metaphysical properties, is not the same god as Zeus. One could argue he is not the same god as YHWH or Jesus, but thats another matter.

The monotheistic god of rabbinic judaism, and classical Islam, and medieval Christian scholastics, has a very distinct and particular form. I think others developed the same/similar idea of God in ancient Greece and India and probably elsewhere.

This is the god who answers the question "why are there things which exist instead of nothing" and who is approached by such descriptions as "the creator, outside and beyond all space and time, the One of whom being is a manifestation, the transcendent" etc.

Is this the most accurate depiction of modern women ever?

I read and I re-read and still, this shit makes no sense at all. Am I a brainlet or this actually the hardest philosophical work to read?
Did you read Leibniz, Locke, Hume and Kant's Prolegomena before it?
just read the prologomena

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you guys listen to music when reading?
If so, what do you frequent?
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I usually put on space ambient or downtempo and tun the volume down. It adds a nice bit of atmosphere without being too overwhelming.
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Whatever /mu/ talks about or whatever I find on rym
>you guys listen to music when reading?
>If so, what do you frequent?
Chopin while studying.
Some sad classical music while reading some deep or sad shit.
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Yes. Always death metal
Got any recommendations?

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What is the most Anglo piece of literature in existence?
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This, Waugh wrote about a small, insular subset of Anglos, while it applies very much to Catholic-urban angloness, it definitely misses out on the pure soul of the anglo.
Anything by Virginia Woolf
Great Expectations
technically the most correct

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>yes, one copy of The God Delusion please.

damn my faith is shook

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Why does the protagonist want to fuck his sister?
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Sorry, wrong cover.
you want to fuck your own sister, so the part of the text concerning an innocent, loving sibling relationship inevitably was colored by your own perversions. It's called the affective fallacy in literary criticism.
What if I don't want to fuck my sister?
He doesn't. Do you even have sisters?
Then what the hell is your problem?

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Weeb edition
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Americans, I swear. Isn't it your bedtime so you can wageslave and use your guns against the gubberment... eventually?
america is the greatest shit this world has seen since peak greece, kys euroturd

I can no longer tell what is and isn't satire.
T. Hasn't suckled on the teat of liberty
I think he just still live with his mom or something.

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