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is horatio hornblower worth... 4 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
is horatio hornblower worth reading?
Hey /lit/, Long time lurker,... 0 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey /lit/, Long time lurker, first time poster, and I was wondering if anyone could help me locate this book in PDF: Campbell, D., 1998. Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity, University of Minnesota Press. I purchased the book already; but the delivery is late, and I am studying overseas without access to a library. I have attempted searching but, alas, I have nothing to show for my troubles. Thanks,

The Lost Worlds of 2001

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hey /lit/ it's there any possibility to get this book for a decent price? In Amazon there are only used editions for over £20
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She is cold, barren and dry. Looks me over like some sort of beast. Like I'm cynical. I'm not cynical. Fucking optimist. At least I try to be, most of the time. Regardless I thought I gave of the feel of an optimist. "What's your fucking problem?" I ask. "Get out of here." "You're nuts. You're crazy. I should have never read your journals." "Yeah," she says. "Now you know." and she looks at her feet. She looks loooongly, cold, barren and dry. Like bread. Or Rye. "I thought you were a sweet boy." "I am." "ok." She leans forwards and looks up at me. She looks me real good. Looks into me. Let's me see the glossy gleam surrounding her pupils. Real stern. Right through me now. I see you, I think to myself. I lean back and she moves with me. She moves with me and I'm feeling uncomfortably warm and she's a ghost crawling through space dangerous like. You slut, I think, how can you be this way all the time. "You want to fuck me?" "Yeah." "You know what Henry Miller said about boys chasing pussy?" "What?" "They're always trying to get back into the womb." She says. "You wanna go home?" "Yes." "Come home daddy." "Ok." "Come home daddy." "Ok." "Come home daddy." Yeah and we twisted around for a while and she was real sweet and smooth like and her legs were soft and cold and I had forgotten the touch of a girl as I had last slept with a man in his fifties so it's nice to feel young skin I think to myself. Really nice and I feel the slow return of my libido I'd lost with opiates, etc and I'm really glad I thought i had lost it forever and i would have to retire to a mountain or something and just give it all up I also thought almost before thinking and remembering about the other nice sweet young girl of 19 I had tussled around with tho she was a homeless youth and real dreddy with a crazy hat she had also the most smooth legs and young skin and that's what reminded me that I shouldn't be sleeping with these old people anyways no matter how much they know about Dostoevsky.
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Write a suicide note, /lit/.
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I feel like I'm being turned autistic one page at a time, but simultaneously, I am unable to stop. I just ordered The Last Novel from the library system. This is what Charlie must have felt like after Algernon died.
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Ive recently stumbled on the claim that freudian psychoanalysis was deeply influenced by jewish mystycism. I find this notion quite interesting, do you know any books that explore it in depth? pic unrelated
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Could you summarize Spinoza's ethical stance in a few sentences, please?
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“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” ? William Faulkner Faulkner never fails to put into words that which I try so desperately to convey to my peers on the subject of writing. I've tried so often and so desperately to tell people that I see potential in that all it takes to ignite the creative process is the simple observation of literature. Thoughts? Arguments?
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"The whole foundation on which our existence rests is the present—the ever-fleeting present. It lies, then, in the very nature of our existence to take the form of constant motion, and to offer no possibility of our ever attaining the rest for which we are always striving. We are like a man running downhill, who cannot keep on his legs unless he runs on, and will inevitably fall if he stops; or, again, like a pole balanced on the tip of one's finger; or like a planet, which would fall into its sun the moment it ceased to hurry forward on its way. Unrest is the mark of existence. In a world where all is unstable, and nought can endure, but is swept onwards at once in the hurrying whirlpool of change; where a man, if he is to keep erect at all, must always be advancing and moving, like an acrobat on a rope—in such a world, happiness in inconceivable. How can it dwell where, as Plato says, continual Becoming and never Being is the sole form of existence? In the first place, a man never is happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so; he seldom attains his goal, and when he does, it is only to be disappointed; he is mostly shipwrecked in the end, and comes into harbour with masts and rigging gone. And then, it is all one whether he has been happy or miserable; for his life was never anything more than a present moment always vanishing; and now it is over."

Queer Fantasy shit

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My GF just broke up with me and I want to drown my sorrows with a book. I'm looking for any sort of fantasy/fairy tale type book with a lesbian romance in it. Pref. with one being a main character. Recommendations?
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Any recommendations for books like Adorno's Minima Moralia, Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet, or the work of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, or Cioran? Basically just want more aphoristic lit/phil. You can see the general mood/style I'm going for, but books outside of that realm are fine too. Thanks.
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So, I have this book and I have just read the first part of it - the part about what justice is. My questions/requests are 1. Where do I go on from here? What do I read next after finishing this book? 2. Say I want to read, Descartes. or say I want to read, Schopenhauer - or any author between the Greeks and author x. Is there an image/text/site that explains how to get from Plato to Schopenhauer/particular writer OR school of thought that highlights the most important books to read between Plato/greeks and author X/school of thought? ie. plato > author y's book 1 > author a's book 2 > Schopenhauer.

Was going to post this on r9k but decided to post it here

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Do you get the below feels? The internet is such a shallow medium and I feel like it's something much worse than mainstream media lets on. I don't want to get in to "duh jooz", but I seriously think there's something messed up, about the fact that we had terms like "couch potato" to criticise tv watchers, yet we accept the changes the internet brings to our minds. When I say changes, I mean the ADD it brings out in me. >tyrone and rog videos a few weeks back >literally the funniest thing ever for about 4 days, omg my sides got injured every time >right now >give no shits at all, don't find it funny, don't look back with any fond memories >think the same thing for 4chan as a whole, and all other online communities I was part of, before I found 4chan >all novels and vidya don't give me this feel at all, I look back at the times I experienced them and remember my emotions and life at the time >it's not even just the sense of accomplishment from completing something, it's the way you experience something else and then have your current state of mind imprinted on to the book/game >internet is a black hole that takes my time
Does the edition of Moby Dick... 5 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Does the edition of Moby Dick matter so much? Pic related it's the one I own. Is there one I should avoid? Gotta read this masterpiece. >muh valentine
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>tl;dr: read the last paragraph. I'm new to /lit/, but I do appreciate literature--your Nabokov, Pynchon and what not. All I know is /lit/ is one of the least productive boards out there. /a/utists are out there trying to create a waifu out of Raspberry Pi, /g/ is creating a game, /frz/ has the most thoroughly archived compilation of shipping fanfic I've seen to date. /lit/ hasn't contributed much to 4chan, and is one of the most neglected boards out there. I'm here to suggest an idea. It came to me when I was reading Philmarilion (if you don't know what it is, go here: http://www.docdroid.net/4wdl/everything.pdf.html) and mfw it read almost like an autistic Pale Fire. 4chan is the originator of the meme culture, a nameless collective of creative, obssessed autists. We are our own culture, therefore it makes sense that we have our own literature. I propose one of the following: i) that /lit/ compile 4chan posts/docs that are of literary merit (or for the lulz), and make a textbook of 4chan literature. ii) that /lit/ should actually endeavor to create a brand of 4chan literature, like Philmarilion, to share with the boards, be it for the lulz, or actual literary merit.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Cat's Cradle

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So I just got finished with this. Where should I go from here with Vonnegut? This is my first novel of his, and I had a great time with it. Anyone have any other reccommendations for books that deal with the end of the world, death, etc?
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Oh what's your favorite book? >the bible
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So I'm writing a story about a factory worker who, through the knowledge of an ancient tome that he cannot read, but later gains a guide to reading it by one of his future foes, and starts a Leninist revolution with a mix of guerrilla warfare, street rioting, organized crime, and Vlad the Impaler levels of cruelty (in fact, impaling will be his favored method of execution once he gets a vanguard party with an armed wing). Needless to say, he's a villain protagonist. I plan on the end result being that he becomes a Stalin figure in his world, with 1/2-3/4 of the population of the country he "liberates" being impaled around the ruins of the capital city. Obviously, he's going to have to be very competent to be able to do this, especially from the station he was born into, so having him become a Gary Stu is a legitimate threat. So, /lit/ I will let you ask any question about my villain protagonist and the universe he's written into. This will help us determine whether or not I need to re-think this character, and will also help me brainstorm for development.
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Trying to get into writing because so far I've spent most of my time reading. I looked around for some creative writing prompt ideas and came about this one, which is, "What is the best thing in life?" I want to work my way up to starting an actual novel or novella, but for now I see that as too big of a leap. So, any critique to help further my writing? Also I'd appreciate if one person could call me a faggot. That way I feel like I fit in.
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