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not gonna lie the part where protagonist describes young soldier's sweaty clothes sound pretty homoerotic
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Well, it's Mishima, what were you expecting?
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>>20382756
I was buddies with a Japanese translator for a few years, and not really familiar with Mishima, but I knew of him.
Every time I tried to recall his name (which was admittedly difficult, I was living over there and surrounded by foreign surnames), I would just say “that Gay Samurai”, and my buddy would lose his composure every time. He was normally so reserved and professional, but it just eked this embarrassing joy out of him that he couldn’t stifle.
I miss him, bros. I think he’s studying in England now. I hope he’s okay.
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>>20382756
Nobody ever told me this book is just about a guy getting constantly cockblocked by the manifestation of a temple he saw with his cucked father.
Well at least the part where women are said to be helplessly attracted to cripples and ugly bastards gave me hope I guess.

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Any books like Silent Hill (cults, paranormal, mental illness, parallel dimensions, etc...) ?
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>>20381261
Sutter Cane.
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>>20381261
Kino soundtracks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsGC2Vtpnr0
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>>20381261
>parallel dimensions
what did he mean by this?
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Pynchie boi
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>>20381261
>parallel dimensions
Ada, or Ardor.

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Which other mainstream esoteric books can i give to family members?
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>>20383599
all Dan Brown's book are esoteric in nature, give all of them to them might shake something up. Give them the secret teachings of all ages (Manly Hall)

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> "I can fix her"
> Sticking one's dick into crazy
and
> Having a yandere gf
???
Seems like such a classic theme and I've been thinking about it a lot lately for some reason.
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>>20383413
Do it if you want to lose braincells reading the shittiest authors ever to grace God's green Earth - the Russians.
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>>20383416
Woah....really? I've never read the Russians but I've heard the stereotypes about their literature. I feel like I have to read at least one of them regardless of what you say. Just to do it. Why do you hate them though?
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>>20383569
While not all of them are bad, I find most boring, dull and just a slug to read. Realism was never a movement I particularly enjoyed, and the Russians took it to a new level of tediousness. I know for a fact that 90% of people would disagree with me, and they are a read that one should definitely experience at least once no matter what, but I just can't stand how incredibly uninteresting their writing is.
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>>20383569
anna karenina was pretty boring overall. ressurection by tolstoy was much more interesting. about a guy raping some broad then trying to redeem himself when he sits on the jury for her trial years later and he sees what became of her life afterward.
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Stoner

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I'm reading A Scanner Darkly, and I want some recs for what to read next after it. I've already read Ubik and The Man In The High Castle, and A Scanner Darkly feels like an in between mixture of those books. I'm also reading Do Androids Dream which is more like Ubik in the best way. I'm also thinking of reading Radio Free Albemuth and then checking out Three Stigmata, before actually go into The Valis Trilogy. Another book I plan on reading is Pale Fire, because I hear it's similar to A Scanner Darkly.
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>>20383337
Does anybody want to give me recs?
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>>20383337
three stigma is great. a maze of death is good too. flow my tears is nice. check out JG ballard - super cannes, high rise, and kingdom come.
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Ursula K Le Guin's "The Lathe of Heaven" is one of my favorite books, because it takes all of Phil's paranoid theosophy and that sort of fever-dream logic and puts it behind more fleshed-out and developing characters.
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A Scanner Darkly is my favorite of his books, although also liked Flow My Tears as well. I actually didn't like The Lathe of Heaven, too much cribbing of PKD's style as well as the things I don't like about him (feel like a lot of his books should be longer), but it was well written.

explain him
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>>20383259
him
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>>20382032
Best introduction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrOVKHg_PJQ
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>>20383214
>i can easily picture human liberation from capital but not the reverse
That's why he crosses over into science fiction for references. Terminator. Neuromancer. Gothic horror in general. It's not something that has happened yet—Neo-China arrives from the future.
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>>20382381
this
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"I wiped the blade against my jeans and walked into the bar. It was mid-afternoon, very hot and still. The bar was deserted. I ordered a whiskey. The barman looked at the blood and asked:

‘God?’

‘Yeah.’

‘S’pose it’s time someone finished that hypocritical little punk, always bragging about his old man’s power…’

He smiled crookedly, insinuatingly, a slight nausea shuddered through me. I replied weakly:

‘It was kind of sick, he didn’t fight back or anything, just kept trying to touch me and shit, like one of those dogs that try to fuck your leg. Something in me snapped, the whingeing had ground me down too low. I really hated that sanctimonious little creep.’

‘So you snuffed him?’

‘Yeah, I’ve killed him, knifed the life out of him, once I started I got frenzied, it was an ecstasy, I never knew I could hate so much.’

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Which author was able to capture women's aesthetics perfectly?
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>>20383206
The Precipice of Loathing (おジャ魔女どれみ)
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>>20382822
Nabokov, makes me wish I had a little sister
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>>20383654
It's best for the world that you don't
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>>20383654
Find Jesus.

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I remember reading it as a kid, it was a horror story like children book ? I think and it was about children and giant butterflies or moths and they were riding on them ? The book consisted of very bizarre short stories.

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I can't really understand why Harold Bloom dislikes David Foster Wallace.

I know Bloom's arguments about what makes a good and a bad book and yet i can't see why he said: “You know, I don’t want to be offensive. But ‘Infinite Jest’ is just awful. It seems ridiculous to have to say it. He can’t think, he can’t write. There’s no discernible talent.” and "Stephen King is Cervantes compared with David Foster Wallace"

Am i missing something? I know there is aesthetic value in Infinite Jest at least, if its part of the canon i won't bet.
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>>20383094
Dementia
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Based Bloom
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>>20383094
Although i still like DFW i think i understand why Bloom said that.
There is a certain sense i get sometimes when reading infinite jest that DFW gets stuck in his own tricks, ironically making fun of his dislike of irony and never reaching this new authenticity hes looking for. There is some worth the hyper self-aware way he explores this deadlock, but it can be unrewarding and drawn out at times.
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It's called hyperbole. He was sick of neckbeqrds asking him if he liked it so he responded by basically calling DFW a vegetable.
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I know a girl who isn't a native English speaker and wants me to give her a book recommendation that'll improve her vocabulary. She hasn't read a book since highschool, but she really liked Grownups featuring Adam Sandler. Any books that will capture her heart?
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>>20383515
why would someone lie on the internet anon?
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but seriously what books explain the infantilzation phenomenon that has taken root since the 90s? 26 WAS the new 21 back 20 years ago, now it feels like 31 is the new 21
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>>20382797
>social media meme
>autistic /pol/-/lit/ics
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>>20382797
"Read Player One", I guess
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>>20383530
i cant show her this, it'll worsen her English language comprehension!

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Let's go through as many important and classic non-English books and discuss which are the best translations for each. Let's start with the Greeks and Dostoevsky.
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>>20376251
Everyone but /lit/ likes P&V, it seems to be a hatred born of contrarianism.
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Best I Ching translation? This is a translation of a translation, but some say it's the best.
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Anyone reading Greek/Roman work needs to be careful with christcucks inserting their cancer, esp bad with things like Marcus Aurelius’ meditations, find a good translation by carter or long
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>>20383510
touch grass
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>>20374243
David Magarshack's Oblomov and Dead Souls were both very, very good. Gogol felt very Gogol, but perhaps too Rabelaisan. Have not read his Dostoyevsky but would imagine it is good

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Do any of you know many European languages? Is it realistic to learn 8-10 languages for reading? I'm interested in Slavic and Romance languages, as well as Greek and German.

I speak Russian, Ukrainian and English. Now I'm learning French and Polish.
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>English is basically retarded German with a French vocabulary, popular because of the utilitarian age we're living in. It's never been the language of culture.
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>>20383181
>nothing worth anyone's time has ever been written in Dutch
That's a shame, it would be good to learn a fellow west-german language
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>>20380971
>I learnt Welsh because I liked how it sounded
Fucking based.
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>>20380725
>serb bosniak whos parents fled to Germany after the war and learned french at the gymnasium
do I need to post your IP as well?
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>>20382222
quads of truth

Post books that are outdated and full of motivated reasoning but continue to be treated as serious scholarship I'm academic circles.
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>>20377700
>The greatest intellectual impact of Orientalism (1978) was upon the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, and human geography, by way of which originated the field of Post-colonial studies. Edward Said's method of post-structuralist analysis derived from the analytic techniques of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault;
You just know it's going to be awful. No need to read any further.
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>>20382339
> modern whitoids
> high culture
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>>20377700
Said also had an infamous meltdown over Jane Austen and Mansfield Park supposedly promoting slavery and white supremacy
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>>20382339
If it was secularised Christianity then why don’t whitoids still feel bad about the countless of other major sins they commit in their daily lives like homosexuality, fornication, births out of wedlock, abortion?

> The Didache, an ancient church order, which most scholars believe was written in the late first century CE, around the same time as the canonical gospels. The Didache, section two, includes a long list of various sins that Christians should not commit, in apparently descending order of severity:

> “You will not murder. You will not commit adultery. You will not sexually exploit adolescent boys. You will not have illicit sex. You will not steal. You will not practice magic. You will not use drugs or poisons for occult purposes. You will not murder a child in an abortion, nor will you kill what is begotten. You will not covet the things of your neighbor. You will not swear falsely. You will not testify falsely in court. You will not speak evilly. You will not bear grudges.”

Why do they just care about racism? It’s not even listed as a major sin in the bible or the early church lol

Whitoids don’t feel guilty and never have. What they feel is pressure from society not to be the typical assholes they are and they have to obey because they’re absolutely scared of nigs and browns. Although once in a while one lashes out and thinks he’s brave for killing a bunch of nig women and children.
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>>20383496
>pressure from society
My nigga, "whites" are society. What do you think you're rebelling against when you slip balloons down your shirt? Whites.

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Favorite book title?
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>>20375938
Zinky Boys
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>>20375938
ihnmaims
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In Defense of Lost Causes
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>>20375938
Chuck Tingle, any of them, all he writes are titles, there cannot be any actual text within
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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Let's discuss how this makes us all better writers
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I just use my notes, the best way of getting suggestions is to recite the work you write aloud, the deficiencies will be easier to spot.
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>>20383341
based imo
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>>20383498
yeah, be interesting to have an inclusiveness filter here in the reply window, maybe as an april 1st gag
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>>20383287
>Using Microsoft Bloat
Opinion safely discarded.




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