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Is this worth a reading ?
Yes. Her prose is hypnotic.
It's Ready Player One but for modernists. That being said, I highly recommend it as well as Stein's Three Lives.

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>He's more relevant than ever.
How so?
I can't decide whether critical opinion and general interest in dead artists is simply a function of the Internet's commodification and reach, or the fact that dead artists can't fight back.
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so you want to be a writer?

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,

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If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
yeah I'm not going to take writing advice from bukowski. He's got some good poems but that's about it

New Murakami out April, what you hoping for /lit/?
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besides that
I hope it's good. His last short story collection and his book about T-shirts make me a bit doubtful, but we'll see.
>Japanese manuscript is around 1,200 pages.
Hopefully something worth reading then.
And spaghetti and jazz
MAGNUM opus, or at least a return to form. The last few books have not been great.

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Are there any real world philosophers who endorse the Sith craving for power?
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Shiva Sutras
Shiva Samhita
(Optional=abhinavagupta commentary of the gita)
Bhairava tantra (112 meditations )
The secret supreme:Kashmir shivaism (very simplified but still good.)
Kali Kaula(skip if you don’t want Neo-tantra+ historical analysis of tantra and its relations to stuff like Taoism and the general arising of Vedanta and Buddhism from the Upanishads and other such )
Tantra Illuminated (Skip if you don’t want modern lit)
Kularnava Tantra
Matrikabheda Tantra
Tantraloka (You can also read when you feel up to it the Tantrasara which is a condensed normie friendly version of the tantraloka written by abhinavagupta to give people a tldr)

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Something I would also ask you look into OP is the mysterious now dead cult “Tachikawa ryu” which arose as a synthesis of Tibetan Buddhist tantrik material with Hindu tantrik material fusing with local Japanese material and then fusing taoist magic into that, their primary ritual element was the ritual worship of a skull located upon creating a mountain of skills and locating the proper one and then performing various rites upon this skull, carrying it with them and speaking to it, and performing ritual sacrifice of humans specifically taking human heads and creating the substance “human yellow” and using it in offering and various sorts of anointing rituals.

While the cult is dead there’s enough material from them and polemics against them and academic work upon them that when added to normative shingon and Taoism study allows for a pretty decent reconstruction.
What can I expect to gain from reading these?
At minimum a knowledge of different religions and philosophies and if practiced, methodologies which can be used to induce phenomenological change of which there is empirical data proving a variety of results ranging from controlled hallucination, to radical ways of processing data/information, to the more mundane benefits of greater calm, greater discipline and so forth, all of this is in the assumption you do not actually believe the claims of these religions, if you do have faith concerning these various texts then they promise various ritual/sorcerous results of both a material and mystical nature, but even ignoring these there is still a wealth of knowledge accessible via contemplating such models and world views and practicing such. If you’re interested in the sober examination of world religions from the phenomenological perspective, William James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience” is a good book. The various empirical results I speak of you can simply go to google scholar and look up the many studies on meditation and magical ritual.

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Is Simenon worth reading? He sounds like pulp trash and I hate prolific authors cause they always never have anything to say and spread themselves too thin.

>The modern day Chesterton, Wilde and Samuel Johnson all rolled into one man
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He should be drawn and quartered
This. Literally every ancient Greek chad would drop kick Fry to get a shot at Alcibiades.
There's tons of aphoric tales about people being awe struck by his naked form like how he met his wife when he stripped naked for her father after verbally berating the guy or something to that effect. Peak Fry could not even compete with that.

>Fat like Chesterton
>Pedo like Wilde
>Wino like Johnson

Spot on.
Those stories are all turbo bs, though. I like the one where he ran away to spend the night with a lover and everyone panicked because if they caught him they'd have to banish him for undermining paternal authority. Cute!

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How does /lit/ feel about book bans?

My problem is that it's not a black-and-white issue and there's no way to spell out what the real issue is without getting the ACLU and the gay pride organizations up your ass.

When I see parents challenging shit like Brave New World, Atwood, and Murakami for high schoolers, I feel like the zoomers are fucked. The "objectionable" content in those books isn't gratuitous, it has a fuckton more literary value than the majority of YA. It's interesting books with heavy shit that get these kids OUT of YA.

But there simply isn't a legitimate educational purpose for something like "Gender Queer" or "This Book Is Gay" to be available in a school library, especially when they go over how to perform specific sex acts and give porn URLs.

Pic related, they found Haunted by Palahniuk in some high school libraries and flipped a tit. I do legitimately think kids should read Guts when they're about 16 or so.
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How to Win Friends is great! Good advice for how to conduct meetings with new people and make them like you. Filled with real anecdotes that I have applied to my own life and has actually helped me tremendously not be an autistic bitter little special atheist self absorbed sperg.

The Glowies, Kikes and their psy-ops on 4chan want you to be anti-social. That is their goal for you. So they will discourage "How to Win Friends" and encourage loser propaganda like Camu, Bladerunner, Taxi Driver, 1984. doomer shit that makes everything feel hopeless and gives you license to shut yourself in your room, not talk to people, not actually make a stand against the evil faggot satanic culture that is ruining the world as we speak
How to win friends and influence people is just basic stuff they teach you to do if you have parents. Remember names, listen, don't complain, give credit, do what you say you are going to do. I don't get why people need a book for this.
unironically check your privilege
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I needed it and I'm sure a hell of a lot of people on this site need it.

If you didn't need it. Good for you. Pic related
Saying that something is unnecessary for you personally isn’t a criticism. Also, you are equating information with experience, which is stupid.

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I'm an actual homosexual and Greek homoseuxality is mysognist. Men dated men just to spite and torture women since they were inferior; Ganymede received deer whereas women received money for sex. It has nothing to do with actual homosexuality especially when biologically I don't feel this way, at least towards straight women.
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Sounds pretty based.
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>The male figure here, as all the world over, is notably superior amongst the lower mammals, to that of the female. The latter is a system of soft, curved, and rounded lines, graceful, but meaningless and monotonous. The former far excels it in variety of form and in nobility of make, in strength of bone and in suppleness of muscle and sinew. In these lands, where all figures are semi-nude, the exeeding difference between the sexes strikes the eye at once. There will be a score of fine male figures to one female, and there she is, as everywhere else, as inferior as is the Venus de’ Medici to the Apollo Belvedere.
>Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains - Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
It should come naturally Anon. You should just instinctively understand that men are superior to women. If you're doing it out of spite against women then you are still doing it for women, which is fake and gay.
That's exactly what OP meant though, dumbass.
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>Literally you are vile
I already knew, but thanks for the confirmation
>what is sacred band of thebes

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It's officially Spring, /lit/. What are some books, stories, and poems that really make you think of springtime?
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship would be one, Goethe’s work as a whole often reminds me of spring.

There’s also Ernst Schulze‘s Im Frühling (in spring) which Schubert composed a piece to, this is my favorite rendition of it.


I sit silently on the hillside.
The sky is so clear,
the breezes play in the green valley
where once, in the first rays of spring,
I was, oh, so happy.
Where I walked by her side,
so tender, so close,
and saw deep in the dark rocky stream

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Itsy Bitsy Spider as rendered by a boomer family member of mine
>the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
>out came the rain and drank up all the rain
>out came the Sun and dried up all the rain
>and the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout

recommend me a book to read during my next week vacation on the west coast of italy
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Unironically study NDEs and realize that there actually is an afterlife and that we are eternal and will go to heaven unconditionally when we die. And one NDE researcher said that he does not know anyone who has read the literature on NDEs who has not been convinced by it. So if you want to change your worldview during your journey, read pic related.

Here is a very persuasive argument for why NDEs are real:


It emphasizes that NDErs are representative of the population as a whole, and when people go deep into the NDE, they all become convinced. As this article points out:


>"Among those with the deepest experiences 100 percent came away agreeing with the statement, "An afterlife definitely exists"."

Since NDErs are representative of the population as a whole, and they are all convinced, then 100% of the population become convinced that there is an afterlife when they have a sufficiently deep NDE themselves. When you dream and wake up, you instantly realize that life is more real than your dreams. When you have an NDE, the same thing is happening, but on a higher level, as you immediately realize that life is the deep dream and the NDE world is the undeniably real world by comparison.

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Alcyone, plus lisen to Bar Mediterraneo by Nu Genea
*Halcyon in english
That existence doesn't even sound corporeal...that's not a comfort. So I end up as a part of "the Force" indistinguishable from the rest of it. How charming.
Halcyon from whom?

Any good books on this whole situation?
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What picture are you talking about? Would love to delve more into this. I'm aware that the titanic had a sister ship that was almost identical and people believe it was all some massive insurance scam.
Just gonna drop this as the most interesting nonfiction book I read last year
i loved A Night To Remember. it's like the movie but with more facts and details and technicalities
The company that built the titanic denied that the ship split in two untill the wreckage was discovered years later. That is why despite survivors accounts of the titanic splitting in half, old paintings show it full intact while sinking. Fun fucking fact for all you virgins
wealthy & influential opponents of the Federal Reserve were on board

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Do you take notes on the books you read? Are you aiming towards a certain number of books read in a given timeframe? What do you do to keep stock of your progress?

>Pic related is my spreadsheet of the books I've finished so far this year
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I'm sorry bro, but your "thoughts" are some of the gayest shit i've ever read
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Indeed. After reading that I feel like I need to attend a conversion therapy session at my local church.
>using postgres for a single user usecase
ngmi sqlite is all you need.
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Goodreads. The ridiculous bodice-ripper's recommended by Amazon based on my 2023 reading list is worth the occasional laugh.
>he doesn't use numbers

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Were there any novels published in 1933-1945 Germany which survived the allied book burnings after ww2? I'd be interested to see what kind of perspectives they had. When I try to google this, all I get is anti-German propaganda books in the result list.
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The Allies committed their own massacres as well, I will add, but because they not only failed to denounce the communist's genocides, but also helped them to cover them up, it can only be inferred that the Allies understood and supported these actions, thus the Allies can be considered accomplices and equally guilty.
>destroys your statues of civil war figures
Nothing personal kid
Democracies are so good at promoting culture eh?

What is with the west's obsession with destruction of history and beauty?
Why are you asking me? I lament the loss of cultural and artistic works no matter who or where they came from
Shitty bait, there's no way someone posts on this site while being this bluepilled unless they're a redditcuck.

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books that help with existential dread stemming from belief in terror management theory and the fact that this mediocre existence is all there is before the spotlights turn off and the show inevitably ends forever? reading the ending of stoner a few weeks ago was the moment i realised the magnitude of death for the first time, this realisation had been building up for a while and i used to think im a "positive nihilist" for quite a while but i never took in the full seriousness of the fact that i will be dying whether i like it or not, that experience will end whether i like it or not, that not only i will cease, but with me everything as ive known it as well.. whether i like it or not, whether ive come to terms with it or not. i love life and love looking for what this world has to offer ti me a lot.. but i never saw the upcoming void so clearly as i do now and im terrified of it, nothing i do to continue functioning in this society feels real anymore, my mentally ill mom screeching at me, my previously abusive dad trying to calm the situation while continuously (understandably) pulling me back into family matters all the time, me being pretty close to obtaining my degree, parents telling me tonhave a word with my little brother about taking school seriously, it all feels so unreal, i know the cards ive been dealt couldve been so much worse, i have a solid social circle, a family im in touch with, im young and born in a 1st world nation but i never really realised that this is really it and it drains me, my hobbies feel pointless, my previously burning interest in the humanities feels pointless, going out feels pointless
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Read Feeling Great, by David Burns
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>fear of death
how? have you never suffered?

if death were certain, eternal oblivion 100% guaranteed, I would live every day with joy

I fear two things: hell and eternal recurrence
Cope. You’ll die, I’ll die, everyone either of us has ever or will ever known will die. What happens next? Ask your ancestors. I’ll wait for your response from them
id rather suffer with the knowledge that in every state of living i will experience highs and lows instead of not experience at all
This might seem incredibly random, but how do you feel about farming?

I'm not saying give up your life and become a farmer, but considering taking a year or two and working some sort of outdoors job. It doesn't even have to be big capital F farming, you could work at an independent plant nursery or doing something in environmental works, something like that.

There is an unspeakable connection that you form with the world around you when your life is dictated by the natural forces of it. Everything revolves around the sun, the rain, the heat, the cold, all the things that exist as backdrops to our modern boxed in artificial lives become the center of it.

I also have a deep fear of non-existence and my inevitable inescapable doom, but when I talk to the birds and stand in a field of flowers humming with life as it's pollinated by thousands of wild honeybees - it helps. It reminds me of my part in this and stops me from seeing myself as outside of it. The crops, the birds, the bees, the sun - we're all intimately connected in deep and almost imperceptible ways.

To even glimpse at the level of this connectedness is a level of beauty I find difficult to describe.

I don't know if anyone here can help you but maybe nature can.

Good luck.

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I got no idea where to start with his books any recommendations?
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afaik Schoppy wrote Parerga as an intro to his oeuvre covering his main topics
This is good. I'd add this: If you're coming in from already good familiarity with Kant and German idealism, then do as Schopenhauer says and read the Appendix to WaW (on the critical philosophy) first. If not, ignore what he says.

Also, if you find Fourfold incomprehensible, you can skip it until later. However it is really good and you should keep it in mind as a goal to fully understand it at some point.

If you are a complete philosophical layman and just want to get the most out of Schopenhauer, either read the essays/Parerga at your own leisure, OR, dive into WaW, but read it unsystematically. There are two ways to do this: (1) read it cover to cover (both volumes) but shamelessly skim parts you don't understand or care about to get to the "good bits"; (2) be even more shameless and read the major sectional divisions of WaW vol1+vol2 in any order you like, as they appeal to you (read the ethical/aesthetics sections first for example, and skip all the cosmology and the Appendix). Then, either read more of the stuff you skipped, or just go straight to the essays/Parerga (or vice versa, if you started with those).

There is no shaming in doing this. Not everybody can read and enjoy Schopenhauer's technical side, and the key thing is: not many people did, historically. The parts of Schopenhauer that really affected everybody and made him this legendary figure are the EASY, fun, interesting parts - not the specialized stuff. Do what you like. A lot of it is modular and you can get the gist reasonably easily, if you are not looking to do systematic metaphysics yourself.
thanks for the info bros, will probably start reading him next week
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Honestly the Penguin Essays & Aphorisms is a great place to start.
Based. I don't even his pessimist stuff. The metaphysics is where it's at.

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