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New Critique Thread.

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You know the drill.
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Writing my own book on the topic of positive nihilism. What should I keep in mind while writing a philosophical meditation in the style of Blanchot and Abbagnano? Also, existential philosophical literature thread
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ITT: Practical books
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What are the best publications of classics? Anyone like Treasury of World Masterpieces 1983 Octopus Books Hardcovers? Any better? Leather bound and hard covers are always good. Pic related

Favourite scriptures/passages/snippets

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>90. Rahula was trained in the Ten Precepts and monastic discipline and when he was eighteen, the Buddha decided that he was ready for meditation and then gave him advice on how to practise. >"Rahula, develop a mind that is like the four great elements (earth, water, fire and air) because if you do this, pleasant or unpleasant sensory impressions that have arisen and taken hold of the mind will not persist. Just as when people throw faeces, urine, spittle, pus or blood on the earth or in the water, in a fire or the air, the earth, the water, the fire or the air is not troubled, worried or disturbed. So too, develop a mind that is like the four great elements. Develop love, Rahula, for by doing so ill-will will be got rid of. Develop compassion, for by doing so the desire to harm will be got rid of. Develop sympathetic joy, for by doing so, dislike will be got rid of. Develop equanimity, for by doing so sensory reaction will be got rid of. Develop the perception of the foul for by doing so, attachment will be got rid of. Develop the perception of impermanence for by doing so, the conceit, 'I am', will be got rid of. Develop mindfulness of breathing for it is of great benefit and advantage."[ N4 ]

Lolita:A Screenplay

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So has anybody ever read this? I just started. As someone who's written some short-film screenplays and learned the ropes of proper script formatting, it's cringe-worthy reading (constantly giving camera direction, etc.) and Nabakov's introduction is funny to read from the perspective of someone who works with filmmakers and knows all the pitfalls of the collaborative process (which Nabakov states he abhors). It's also very clever and playful. He breaks the fourth wall constantly in the prologue, and so far it's a fast and chipper read (I'm at the part where Humbert and Lo meet for the first time). Thoughts? Also Nabakov general.
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Hey /lit/, pls r8 this text I wrote last week. Don’t mind any syntax errors, it wasn't written in English at first (not mother language). Hope anyone enjoy. “ ‘Cow dung is sold in cans’ I heard this shit and I decided to go home, quickly. Put the peas in olive oil for frying, a hamburger for grill, light up a cigarette and start writing about my time. Writing about the post-post-post-modernity, up because we were so drained of our creative force by the huge mosquito of work that we couldn’t establish new denominations. Nothing is distinct now. Everything is relative, is its precept as well as that of the slap is the Christian’s. Not sure if you can recall, but there’s that horde of idiots in the Catholic Church who hide themselves behind biblical arguments and lighted quotes when in fact they have hidden sexual desire with blond transvestites called Margareth. You, artists of now days (since even this is an inaccurate terminology and may complicate the understanding, though I don’t have great appreciation for the terminologies) are just like them, or even worst. Well, the time has come to write about the second decade of the XXI century. Then I realized that the peas were burnt. The damn burnt smell. It’s such a good smell, if not for the food wasted. Living of art, just of art, albeit receiving a lifetime monthly stipend from the government, even today, is madness. As the mother cited by Baudelaire, that would rather have given birth to snakes than to a poet, well, good poets meet a lot of people like these mothers. But what can I say about the contemporary itself? First, starting with the most important, I see the absolute decadence of the bars. I mean the GOOD ones. Bars in which there’s a snooker table, good beer, snacks bums, plastic tables, good music, attractive and crazy women willing to forget life for just one night, once in a while, why not? Also fights, plus reasonable prices and peace to someone who wants to stay in a selfish and internal laughter. And a hearty laugh too, when the time asks for it. But above all, so that there is a bar there is something essential, something that cannot miss in any way: people. Real people. I'm tired of seeing bags of meat with deep dark circles so dependent on phones and electronic gadgets that would give his asshole for their iPhones if there was an app for that. It's terrible to have to share your time, your precious life, with people who are living just to kill time, have a snack here and there, adopting a pet and pampering him, hating street pets; using animals obtain sex, fuck a woman like who staples a page in a law office on a Wednesday morning. They are there, everywhere, and came not to bring anything. Cybernetic parasites of Earth, a monstrous fern covered with trinkets, a universal majesty with mantle silicon: the pure and dumb information crawling brains and covering them with mud.” [Probably continues]
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How can I become more intelligent, /lit/?
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/lit/ starter here, i.e pleb the general consensus i gather from lurking here is that this bitch is full of shit and a general hack, reasons seem to be "Objectivism" and that her fiction is a fedora magnet, please explain....
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As there is no board in 4chan about politics, I'm posting here. I'm a newbie-politics reader that is really interested in learnig more about politics. Especially about those who made a before and after, like capitalism, comunism and socialism. But I'm not really sure about what should I read. Some tell me Marx to understand job, but as I said, I'm unsure. So, lovely 4chan reader, what authors should I start to read to understand politics and economy? some of capitalism to understand the beggining of everything? Also, politics general thread.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIyW_t1u5Z4 >yfw the best female novelist since Woolf
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>War is bad There, I just saved you ~760 pages
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Why are the lyrics of this rock record so acclaimed? I've heard that it's one of the first rock albums to actually feature some decent poetry, but it seems pretty mediocre to me
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I was on the wiki and I noticed that there is no section for pic related. What do you think, /lit/, does Canada have literary canon?

Chinese learning

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Hey /lit/ Any Mandarin students around? I studied for half a year at my local University until the class closed. Now I don't know what to do. Can someone recommend any good online courses or book material alternatives ? Also, general Hanyu thread

Uni classes

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Does /lit/ wanna talk about some of the most dull and painful classes they took in University? I'm currently procrastinating on some reading I need to do for the worst anthropology class on the face of the Earth. gotta write a short essay on a book I skipped out on. trying to consider the absolute minimum needed in order to write the essay.
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>These wings are V.-licious! What the fuck
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Reminder that today is the 92nd anniversary of this man's death. Proust worship thread.
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does anyone know where i can find the book written by /x/ ? i wanna be spooked or any good terrifying book in general. i need something thatll really change me
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