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What does /lit/ think of Die Hamletmaschine? http://members.efn.org/~dredmond/Hamletmachine.PDF?
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What does /lit/ think of Barthes?
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If I told you that there was a story about "the dragontails" what do you THINK it would be about. hahah lmao i could watch this a hundred times!!!!You wanted to make everything ok, sweep the streets hide shit under rugs. people are sick mentally. No, it doesnt seem right, I dont want you on medication might as well open up a starbux in your brain dont jump for the quick fix the whole fucking city wants a quick fix dont be like them I dont wanna be like them.
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The faces pass me but they don't fit quite right. Something off something askew something foreign. Like masks plastered on to fit their specific projection. Happy yet professional but I can see it frayed at the edges. Behind it sits the trembling fear that we all forget. The endless questions and answers that we all dodge and cover our ears for. The terrors of mortality and senselessness and reality. The humanity of the person lay beyond the face portrayed in daylight. On most people I can see the stitches.
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I want to know everything about Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and the like. Where do I get started? I have a few thousand bucks to spend, I can buy a lot of books.
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sup /lit/, can you suggest me a book about the basis of marketing? I don't need something specific or particularly practical. pic unrelated
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Am I the only one who feels like my passion for literature to the exclusion of other fields gives me a serious disadvantage in todays job market? Seriously, how much can someone do with an English major versus an engineering major?
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what are the merits of Nazi literature and philosophy?
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He was outside, hailing a cab. He was in a cab, reading out an address. If he really focused, reading was no problem at all. He was standing under a streetlight, listening to an engine roar until it faded away. Now the night was silent, if only for the ringing in his ears. He walked to the middle of the road where the streetlights came together into a spotlight. Usually he wouldn’t have minded standing there, like right there in particular, so long as no one came around. Now he couldn’t care less. He lit a cigarette. He even wished that someone would come out and see him there shining in his prime and join him in the middle of the light. It might even be a beautiful girl; he was an experience not to be missed, oh no, no chance — ‘Paul?’ He spun around. There she was, ready to be taken away. ‘I thought I heard the cab like, ten minutes ago. Why are you just standing here — hey, is that a cigarette?’ The girl, in slippers, PJs and a down jacket, hurried over to Paul and huddled up to him and the burning smoking light between his fingers. He held it to her mouth. She took a quick drag and and shook her head. She had one more, and then she spoke. ‘So tell me. How are you?’ ‘I’m wonderful.’ A dog barked in the distance. It barked again. He offered her another drag. ‘Oh? That’s… that’s great. That’s great that you’re great.’ She waved the dart away and took a step in the direction from where she’d come. ‘Can we go inside? I’m freezing.’ He followed her to a fence and up a path to a door on a house. She opened it and went in. He swayed on the mat. Then she was back, staring at him. ‘Aren’t you gonna come in?’ He tried to take a drag himself, but it had burnt out. ‘You gotta get dressed.’ ‘What? Why?’ He just swayed. ‘Bring your pouch.’ ‘You’re fucked, aren’t you?’ She laughed. ‘Come in, you idiot.’ She took his hand and the filter from it and flicked it into an ashtray and guided him inside. They went up to her room and sat in her bed. She put on a movie on her laptop. Then the lights were off and he was staring into the darkness, listening to her sleep.
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Do you guys also wash your hands before touching books?

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I remember reading this really crappy book I found at one of those book drop offs in coffee shops, it had something to do with a worldwide plague that makes people transparent which they attempt to combat by cloning people from when it was prevalent and it turns out one of them may be jesus and... I don't know I just really wish I remembered the name so i could read it again and laugh at how shit it is, any ideas?
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can anyone here read/write/speak Chinese or is currently learning it? im thinking of going for it at this local Chinese institute but would like to ask some questions if anyone here is in the same situation
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What does /lit/ use to write? Do you find that it has any impact on your writing style?
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I'm pretty new here Parents said they will buy me 10 books for Christmas What should I choose? thanks
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ITT: The worst idea for a book you can come up with >Homoerotic objectivist sci-fi vampire novel
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As the human society keeps developing, the audience nowadays demand much more from a story telling medium which can affect each of their senses effectively in a honest manner. In order to tell a great story, you need to accordingly have attractive images, compelling sounds and music, interesting presentations. Literature has fallen short in this aspect and soon will be regarded as a pretentious medium whose values lie on dreamy, unrealistic words spit out by incompetent people who don't have the means, the talent or the money to tell a story in ways that will reach an audience's perception as a whole. Books in the modern life have also lost their ability to invoke creativity and imagination of the readers due to overused wording and repetitive prose. There could only be so much we could do with language and upon the huge amount of literary works over the course of history and geography, it could be said that the experience brought through literary has become incredibly dull. This explains why there won't be anything considered an all time classic from the 21st century and later. Moreover, literature has become a medium of lowest standards. A writer could come up with a vaguely deluded viewpoints or expressions and takes advantage of readers' imagination to lead them into thinking he was trying to convey something deep and meaningful. In near future, novels will become extinct and books will serve the only purpose of exchanging logical and scientific information.
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how do you guys feel about the idea of Fichte/Schelling's idea of 'universal consciousness', a common sentiment that runs through the people of a society, and Spengler's idea of civilizations sharing similar traits/worldviews (as well as life-cycles). can a man ever be more than just a product of his time? and are we, as western civilization, in our death throes? agree/disagre?
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2 Questions 1. Should I feel guilty for buying cheap books from charity shops and not donating them back? A guy from /lit/ on Omegle once said that I should. I like most book covers and it fulfils my need for having a physical representation of the experiences I had with the books. I like opening my book cupboard and seeing my favourites books and remembering the good times when reading it, and the stage I was at in life. When I go to charity shops that are run by volunteers, I feel like I'm getting such a good deal by getting physical books for less than a pound, I feel like I must be ripping them off somehow. 2. Is picrelated the solution to all of my cliched problems? I've read about a quarter of it and haven't quite gone on to the practical sections. It has so far done the usual self-help thing of making me feel good while reading it. Although when I googled for the picture, the author looked like a normalfaggot or a Chad. Thankfully I illegally downloaded it.
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how to better understand human behaviour? should I just get an intro psych book?
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