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Which way /lit/ man?

>Books with X theme?
>What am I in for?
>What was his/her problem?
>Books like X?
>Do I need to read X to understand Y?
>other questions I can't think of right now

This is an experiment, /lit/ is complaining lately.
I think this could help the board quality overall.
Direct all questions that in your opinion don't deserve their own thread to here.
Keep this thread open if you like to help fellow anons out with their questions.
Turning this in a general avoids newfags asking those same questions over and over again.
Also, other repetitive posts that don't really need their own thread can be directed here.

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How do I get over my crippling fear of "damaging" books? I want to be able to read a book and carry it around and shit, but I always get anxious and don't want to harm them, especially since many of my books were gifts and/or have sentimental value
Please help anons, it's so fucking bad I hate it
Take care of well made books that you value.
Treat paperback shit badly.
Get the cheapest POD shit you can find, don't pay more than five bucks and treat it carelessly.
I'm pretty sure there's English language courses in German universities. Plus it is a pretty comfy country so I'd go for it
Buy books for decoration, and grab a kindle for reading.

>“The end of history will be a very sad time,” he wrote, “I have the most ambivalent feelings about it.” He lamented the passing of the heroic age of mankind: “The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by. . . the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands.”
>History had ended in the prefabricated, conformist lanes of suburbia. “In the post-historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual caretaking of the museum of human history.”
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>africa ever having clean drinking water and decent standard of living is impossible

nobody said they needed to be able to afford 5 bing bing yahoos and zelda tee shirts
Brainlet detected.
It is the height of western arrogance to think their systems will last forever or that they've already won the world over. They haven't, and they won't. America is quite literally in its death throes, but said death is so cleverly obfuscated and sustained by ingenius past systems decaying to their cores that the collapse will not be noticeable until is is all but directly upon us. The end will come faster than you could ever believe. The ship of state is full of rotten timbers but not even the rats will know to escape before the entire thing becomes our mutual grave. And then new things can begin again.
>most young people are absolutely intent on moving progressive
Until they grow up and realize they've been betrayed and have worse lives than their parent or their grandparents. There's a reason fascism is returning in vogue, progressive is the kind of disease that has to get worse before it gets better. When it's finally time for the next generation to inherit the reins things are going to be drastically different as they've been totally disassociated from reality.
I would agree with this if not for the fact that millennials are the living refutation of the idea that people would abandon progressivism as they get older. You would think that as they age they’d realize progressivism is just a manufactured chauvinistic attempt by America to refine its consumer demographics and protect its hegemony, but millennials are all adults and are deeply steeped into progressive politics regardless. It’s not going away. Every kid in the world raised on social media, American or not, is raised on the same mass culture. They’re bombarded with LGBT flags and racial cultism every day, it’s not just gonna go away, social media gives liberalism an outlet to spread almost anywhere in the world and the indoctrination is much steeper than just being a minor phase.
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I hear this a lot and I think it's important to think about the logistics of what you describe. Realize that most social media constitutes a very small part of the population despite being disproportionately vocal or conspicuous. Almost 90% of twitter posts are from 10% of the userbase for example. And how much of the population are users at all do you think? The more prominent the propaganda, the harsher the reaction to it IF it doesn't actually come from or represent normal people. And this propaganda you describe is fundamentally against normal people.

Unironically I believe the west would be more tolerant place if tolerance wasn't thrown in everyone's face at every moment. It's lost all seriousness and is just a cheap but compulsory punchline everyone is tired of hearing, and almost no-one is stupid enough to publicly go against. But that doesn't mean there is no reaction. I distinctly remember the brief outrage around the 2016 election at the fact people 'voted secretly' and that the reason Trump won is evil people not outing themselves publicly to be lynched by the mob, that this is why the polls were wrong and the left couldn't react properly in time. This was an actual thing, it was all over the news for what little that's worth. Should one laugh or cry in response? I don't know. But what I do know is this, yes, there's indoctrination, but that is something much easier to quantify and qualify compared to the negative reactions to it. As someone from a former Soviet satellite I'll say this, people do not like being told to repeat lies as the truth, and will even welcome new lies against the old.

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How come /lit/ never talks about this guy?
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Who is he?
chuck palahniuk
his books are fun
Poor man's bukowski
Rant reads like a poorly made 90s mockumentary.

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I did what I did ,what I wanted until I was done. Through sun and snow and moments and time. Peered into the pool and saw my past and my future but still it came to be. All the changes I made put me on that same path. But some say it doesn't matter in the end. But they've been culled of their love and their fight. Broken down machines punished by might is right. Bound by sorrow found friends to link with.

By god that aint right. The map must be wrong. That's not where we are on this path to nowhere. But it might not be so bad for I did what I did, what I wanted until I was done.

My chest feels funny. My eyes are tired and those times we used to talk about aren't there in my head anymore. It ain't right. I did my best. It was hard to be true. I'm sorry for those things that I promised I wouldn't do.

Please forgive me I did what I did, what I wanted until I was done. But I was wrong. By god I was wrong.

Thoughts of living forever and every opportunity an adventure. Friends like leaves turned easy before each storm. And did it rage from year to year. New faces new souls. Embraced and then spurned. Allies at the face an enemy at the back.

Please god above forgive me. I did what I did, what I wanted until I was done. For fuck's sake was I wrong. Make it all stop I was wrong. Let me go back please. Please let me go back and cling to that salvation and never let go. I was wrong I know it. Let me change what I did so it isn't done. Please. Please god please. I feel it closing in. Like a little vice upon my mind. Squeezing out memories that I might have wanted. I am too aware of it. This isn't what it was meant to be. I am sorry. Please let me go back. Please. Please, let me change it all.

I did what I did, what I wanted until I was done. By god I am done.
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I'll show you mine if you show me yours
That’s really bad op. You’re in your forties and write like an angsty teenager.
please 'by god, be done' with this board
Because you thought this image was worth saving, go fuck yourself
did you kill someone?

What are some good books on the decline and collapse of the Soviet Union?
Just listen to the Eastern Border podcast
Main Currents of Marxism

For the Classics students, how do you reconcile your classes being filled with people treating the Greek canon like Harry Potter characters, Is it Rick Riordan's fault?
I just stab them with my steak knife outside of class when I have the chance
I'm taking a classics course any everyone treats it super seriously.
Feels kinda good.
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Pretentious or truly woke?
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>acc. to g.h.

Stop posting any time
le nigga
I tried a book by her a few year back. It went on at inordinate length about a cockroach that she finds in a cupboard.

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Anyone read Abdullah Azzam's books? Thoughts? He was a combination of warrior and scholar and preached war as the truest realization of spirituality.

From "Join the Caravan" (not to be confused with the biography about him by the same name), basically the Manifesto of Wahhabi jihadism

>We have already seen lofty examples of new blossoms, which Allah has steered until they ripened in the kiln of the battlefield, and became matured by its heat. We found most of these people to be from among those of modest upbringing, good-heart, and healthy character. We have seen that much education, with the accompanying suppression of deeds brings about a cold heart, slackened determination and a greed for life, which argues, unfeelingly and feebly against evidence by way of barren disputation.

>The popular Jihad movement with its long path of effort, great sacrifice and serious losses, purifies souls so that they tower above the lower material world. Important matters rise above petty disputes about money, short-term desires and inferior provisions. Malice disappears and souls are sharpened; and the caravan moves on up from the foot of the mountain to the lofty summit, far away from the stench of clay and the struggles of the low ground. Along the path of Jihad, the leadership is categorized. Abilities become manifest from the offerings and sacrifices, and men come forth with bravery and service.

>Do not think glory to be a wine-skin and songstress, for glory can come only through war and severe fighting. When important matters are the only concern, souls are uplifted above minor issues, and important things occupy people’s hearts and hopes. When you embark on an honorable venture, be not content with aiming below the stars. For the taste of death in a paltry matter is like the taste of death in a significant matter. The cowards will see cowardice as reason, and that is the treachery of the depraved disposition.

>The nature of societies is precisely that of water. In stagnant water, water moss and decayed matter float on the surface, whereas flowing water will not carry scum on its surface. Similarly, the leadership of a stagnant society cannot fulfil its responsibility because leadership emerges only through movement, sacrifice, service and offering.

>The Ummah, which performs Jihad, pays a high price, and so it harvests ripe fruits. It is not easy to lose something that was won through sweat and blood. Those who sit at the helm of leadership of people by the power of the first announcement of a military revolution accomplished behind the scenes in one of the offices of mediation can easily lose everything. Whoever seized a land without fighting, it is easy for him to give it up.
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These chains are not independent from each other, and anyway it doesn't prove anything. I could gather countless schizos who can swear they've seen reptilians eat babies while abducted in flying saucers and that's still more credible than speaking cows.
Face it, you believe in all earnest late antiquity fairy tales and fables.
>You think Bukhari made them up? And every other person who reported them did?

Sheeet, you really don't know how "tradition" works, right?
You can make up an inmemorial tradition in only 3 generations.
Ask any historian or anthropologist
Is it the extreme desert climate that makes people like this?
you present no counterargument and no counterproof we therefore declare victory.
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>but I hate kikes like you even more
Patrician choice.

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Essential reads/authors to better understand literature?
I often get this feeling that I'm missing so much of what I'm reading because I'm so uneducated on, well, literature.
I don't know where to begin with this, I don't even know what I'm really looking for, so I'm asking you guys for help.

Thanks in advance,
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OP here, so I found this chart on the wiki and I think this is the kind of stuff that I'm looking for.
Which of these would you anons recommend?
>I often get this feeling that I'm missing so much of what I'm reading
i get this too, and i wish i knew how to improve it. i don't know what the trick is, but i do know that multiple readings and taking notes will help. another thing i've noticed is that when i'm listening to lectures on books i've read, the professors who discuss literature don't draw as much inspiration from the reading material as i'd have thought they might (however, jordan peterson does actually do this well). so, maybe you aren't missing as much as you think you are, but you may do well to analyze your thoughts better
perhaps you should study literary hermeneutics. i found a couple webpages that may be helpful:

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CCRU confirmed anti-semites?
It's a womb symbol. The penis retracting with each dose.

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How can one country produce so little literature?
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>It's comprised of
I thought "comprised of" was wrong, but apparently not:
>He hasn't read Tourmaline
lmao. What a shit English teacher you must've been
Fuck literature.
We have the best employment programs in the world:
We're too busy fishing m8
yuppies to the left of me bogans to the right

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Does this shit get good soon? Got done with book 2 and very little of value has been said so far. Does the buildup pay off?

English majors please gtfo of Philosophy classes. Your contributions to class discussions are hot faggy garbage.
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Yeah, to history/polsci. Tbh I feel the opposite. I'm learning way more just reading and discussing with myself or my internet frens than in class. Feels like a joke but atleast i'm getting good grades with very little effort. Engineering wasn't for me but I sorta wish I studied maths or languages or something. Would've atleast been challenging.
Most profs will gladly take someone who always participates. Even low iq brainlets generate discussion of they participate a lot.
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>tfw doing an English Lit course at a 500 rank University
What am I fucking doing? I need life advice
You guys are lucky. If I wanted to switch to neuroscience or something I can't because all my A-Levels are in humanity courses like history. You need at least a science to do any STEM.
can't you just take a new A-level or do a prep course or something? UK seems super flexible to me in general with conversion courses and postgrad entry degrees

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I was only 18 when I borrowed both Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse from my local public library and they were the best two novels ever that I'd read at that time.

The purpose of this thread is Virginia Woolf awareness.


Did you read any Woolf, do you want to?
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And then fucking political posts that don't even pretend to be about political/philosophical literature
I think Mrs Dalloway suffers from the whole school curriculum business, because it's the easiest modernist text to give people. Result: Woolf's name gets heavily tied to it, even though it's pretty minor work, really laying the ground for the transition she made from pure impressionism (Jacob's Room) to inter-character work (the Waves)
Her 'dairy'?
>Did you read any Woolf, do you want to?
I want to do both her and Joyce, but I'm currently more interested in pursuing Thomas Mann.
You should read the works of Alan Moore, besides his rich and brilliant comic-book career (out of which From Hell and his Swamp Thing run are by far the best), you should definitely give a shot to his novels, Voice of the Fire and Jerusalem.

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