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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eI3S_UoCJE Lel, Athiests
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I've never seen this book on this board and since I just finished I was curious if any of you have read it and what you thought. I've never read anything like it so I have no idea how it ranks amongst other novels like it. I absolutely loved it. When I finished it I read some reviews it said that people found it really slow and boring but picks up slowly. I was hooked from the first page and apart from slowing down every now and again I would never say it was unbearably slow. The characters were all excellent and despite my initial opinion that I didn't care about many of the side characters but eventually they all got their own time in the limelight and ended up liking some of the side characters more than the title characters. I'm curious to see how the TV series turns out now.
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Biographies thread? Anyone have any favorites?
Is Freud a fraud? 63 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Is Freud a fraud?
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Recommend me some good audiobooks.
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Does anyone know of any good literature or poetry about the Pacific Northwest? Or prominent writers/artists from the Pacific Northwest? I'd rather have it be modern (1800s - 1970s) but anything will do. Pic related, it's that giant ass mountain over there.
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>not being a negative hedonist like all the glorious sages It's like you want to feel bad for no reason.
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So I have to write a paper about two statements Steven Pinker made, in terms of how some person that has had a meaningful influence on psychology would react to them. Thought I'd come here for advice. Here are the quotes: 1. The mind is made up of innate structures (not innate thoughts but just the structures to form and acquire them) 2. This mind was acquired through natural selection Who do you think I should do the paper on? I've already got a page down on Sartre but I'm not really feeling what I've got down so far as being particularly interesting.

Yet another Blood Meridian thread

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I just finished reading "Notes on Blood Meridian" by John Sepich. It was a really interesting read, far more interesting than any Blood Meridian thread /lit/ has ever had. It talked about Cormac McCarthy's writing process, his research, his symbolism, translated all the Spanish from the novel, and provided several explanations to what happened to the Kid in the jacals. Here's a few interesting tidbits: >at the time pay in the US Army was about $7 to $15 a month, scalps were worth $200 each. If a band of fifty men brought in four scalps a month they'd exceed the army's pay. >Blood Meridian draws heavily from Samuel Chamberlain's memoir "My Confession." Many of the characters and key scenes were taken directly from that memoir. >the blood stained wedding veil that the Comanche warrior wears during their attack is most likely a reference to the historical John Glanton, whose 17-year-old fiancee was raped and murdered by Indians just before their wedding >why did Holden kill the kid in the jacals? The real life Holden and Chamberlain hated each other at first sight according to the memoir, or it could be Holden's previous accusation that the kid withheld himself from being a true member of the gang: "there's some clemency in your heart for the heathen," or it could just be another one of Holden's irrational judgements. >what happened in the jacals? Sepich believes that McCarthy used a 19th century book on astrology and magic as a source of research (for the tarot scene, symbolism, and info on the meteor shower in which the kid was born) which contained a version of Faust. In it Faust is ripped to pieces in gruesome detail "hall sprinkled with blood... brains cleaving to the wall... in one corner lay his eyes, in another his teeth... they found his body lying on the horse-dung, most monstrously torn... dashed to pieces." And then he goes on about the "covenant" between Holden and the kid, and how it mirrors Faust and Mephistopheles. >he also decodes the tarot reading scene. The Yuma ferry massacre is predicted in perfect detail. The four of cups, which the kid draws, and saw previously in another chapter, symbolizes "a divided heart" and "making a matter settled and fixed" foreshadowing Holden's accusation that the kid didn't devote himself fully to the gang, and that he would die for it.
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getting a new bookshelf today how should i arrange my books?
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Just finished reading this. Afterwards i was trying to think it over a bit, wondering what some of it means, analyzing names and certain events or people or whatever, and then it hit me. I was doing exactly what Oedipa was doing after the play. I was looking for deeper, hidden meaning in art just because i felt like there should be a deeper meaning to it whilst there might not even be any meaning to be found. It really made the theme of finding order in chaos a lot more clear for me, and totally mindfucked me. Anyways, what do you guys think of it? Interpretations? Is it better than Gravity's Rainbow?
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Anyone read this?

Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County

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Hi /lit/. I am running a survey about Faulkner's work and how it relates to the real American South. (optional) 1. Do you live in the American South / Do your parents come from the American South. 2. How well read are you in Faulkner's literature? (Big Questions) 3. Do you think Faulkner uses Yoknapatawpha County as a microcosm for the entire American South? 4. Do you think Faulkner intended to skew Yoknapatawpha County in any direction from truth in order to exaggerate an issue he had with the people and conventions of his home region? 5. What do you think this reveals about his position about issues in the south such as racism and intellectual decay?
> read on lit that it takes... 126 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
> read on lit that it takes most of you about a month to finish a 1000 page novel, while reading nothing else > mfw 30 pages a day, or about half an hour of reading You idiots are seriously content with reading less than five hundred books in your entire lives? Jesus christ that's fucking no reading at all. How many pages do you read per day? 150 minimum daily here, unless I'm taking a lot of notes or reading poetry or something, then it's less; sometimes up to 400 or so.
Does literature provide... 17 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Does literature provide consolation? Can it overcome the fact that life will never conform to your idealistic predilections.
What do you love and what do... 6 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
What do you love and what do you hate about this book? Is it overrated?
Hey /lit/,What's your... 182 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Hey /lit/, What's your favorite quote?
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I'm looking for Mohandas Gandhi - Essential Writings ISBN13: 978-0195632088 I'm writing an essay for my Ethics of Anthropology class and I'm in dire need of this literature. If anyone could provide a link to the free PDF I'd greatly appreciate it!
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Are there are books that discuss what the world would be like if we "restarted"? As in what would happen if every political border and government ceased to exist
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Since /tv/ is complete shit and I have no idea where to ask, what are some good plays, opera's, ballets /lit/?
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