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What is the most entertaining fiction work you've ever read? I'm struggling to break into fiction. Thanks
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>reading anything that isn't at least 1500 years old shibbidy doodah
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What does /lit/ think about Moral Hypocrisy? Can you rec some texts about it?
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Once you are born you will never leave existence
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auscunts, where can i buy up a solid wood bookshelf for cheap?


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/lit/, I am a neurotic dumbshit who can barely function in society. I've been irritable and regularly have been part of the mental health system of my country. I get up each morning and struggle through a simple, low wage job. And even there I am a burden and only hold my position through nepotism. My problem, as vain as it is. Is dealing with being such a fucking plebian now. My intelligence, my main source of pride and face, is all but diminished now. I forget to do the most basic tasks that every other functioning member of society can sufficiently remember and achieve. Can you recommend a book for me that will allow me to accept being a pleb. Pic unrelated, but if anyone wants to have a discussion of NZ literature on the side you are welcome (my image folder on this computer sux)
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Anyone know of books on intelligence gathering? Specifically HUMINT which is more about the power of conversation, as opposed to the more technical approaches which involve geographic and satellite data.
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What are the chances that some hyper-advanced species of aliens that have essentially transcended the material universe created us out of scientific curiosity - and are studying us in the same way that humans study cultures of bacteria? What if Earth is just a petri dish, an experiment in the evolution and life-cycle of intelligent life?
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>taking intro to philosophy classes >first several weeks are great >study a lot of the eastern classics like siddhartha, lao tzu, rumi and sun tzu >rock up to class today >they announce change of plans >we're doing western philosophy for the next few weeks, starting with nietzsche >walk out and quit the class fucking why. if i wanted this kind of vapid shit i'd buy a box of poptarts
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Hey /lit/ quick question I usually only visit /mu/ (i no, its a shit hole) but I was wondering of /lit/ also looks down upon 'pleb' works. Like on mu there's practically no one that likes the top40 music you hear on the radio or 'classics' like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and absolutely no one will put that in their top lists. Is it the same on lit? I understand if you all hate EL James, but do books like the Hobbit, 1984 and newer books like Stoner and Dan Brown stuff get hate aswell?
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http://www.listchallenges.com/kaunismina-bbc-6-books-challenge Well just make this a "post your score" thread if that works, but that's not really why I'm making this thread (I got 23, but that's only due to a bunch of required reading in HS). I just want to point out that MOTHERFUCKING SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS is on that list. I nostalgia'd in my pants so hard. I thought I was the only person younger than 50 who even knew that series existed. >BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS >IF NOT DUFFERS WON'T DROWN
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https://etd.ohiolink.edu/ap/10?0::NO:10:P10_ETD_SUBID:55274 A professor to a philosophy class I'm taking next semester wrote this. Does he know what he's talking about? One of our texts will be Nietzche's Antichrist.

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What's some good advice for writing short stories? What are some dos and don'ts? Some specific -How should I go about dialogue scenes -How should I go about describing scenery -How should I develop characters properly -How elevated should my vocabulary be without trying to sound pretentious?
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Is Quentin Tarantino the greatest living writer?
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Can we agree that today paganism is just a religious interpretation of modern ecology?
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What are some essential anthologies I should look at getting /lit/?
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just a quick request /lit/, someone posted a few days ago a picture like the one i posted here, but for the /lit/ persona. anyone got that >pic as related as i could find


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what is a thread? what can a thread do for me? is there a thread that can end our misery? or is it the moth to the flame, sticky paper lined with suckers hoping for a wholesome meal? perhaps it's just entertainment like the diary pages thrust upon the virtual ether, like masturbation is to making love with another warm naked body pressed against your skin, wet with steam, heaving and sighing is this just a place to be vulnerable? without consequence you are not really vulnerable. if we shared the things we share here with another person, that moment puts fear in our mouths and falls at a stranger's feet. and it is free. if just for a moment instead we put fear into our mind and throw it into the pretend hole, only echoes amplifying our fears back to us. the tongue we stick out must come back, at best we bite it is this just some poor substitute for a friend? or perhaps a chance to be a friend? this is unnatural. if i saw your faces and heard your voices i'd probably be done with this board. maybe out of rejection, maybe out of realizing you and i aren't really so different from the people i see in the street. maybe then i won't be so afraid of them maybe
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Why is female on male rape an acceptable way to start a romance subplot or a subplot about sexual partners in literature? Can you imagine how fucked up that would be if the genders were reversed?
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Thomas Pynchon’s AGAINST THE DAY is a book that is almost impossible to finish. In many ways, it defeats the point of finishing it. It’s more than a thousand pages long, and each individual scene is pretty much the size of a novella. It’s a novel that you can dip into like an encyclopedia. It’s set between 1893 and World War I, and it came out in 2006. It’s in no way current. But I’m sitting down and writing this because it’s about everything. It might even be the defining novel of the 21st Century. It is, as was much post-modernism, about settling the outstanding sociocultural business of the 20th Century. It was the first century bright and loud enough to make the mimetic novel’s tendency to want to tie up all loose ends into a joke. We live now in a century where the CTO of the CIA can proudly announce at a security conference that we can now know everything that happens everywhere in real time, but, as we have since discovered, being able to record everything is not the same as knowing and understanding everything. Every phone call in America is committed to storage for thirty days, but only the tiniest fraction are ever listened to by the state or anyone else. There are hundreds of characters in motion in AGAINST THE DAY. Even the mighty human swarm action of Wikipedia broke against the task of even tracking their action in chapters. In telling a story about the disconnected 20th Century, Pynchon’s omniscient view conjures the blare of the 21st, a world in which the number of people we can invest in and follow the lives of has been calculated by anthropologists. (It’s called the Dunbar Number. A hundred and fifty people.) AGAINST THE DAY cycles through genres like a long-running television show entering its decadent phase. (And AGAINST THE DAY is certainly a decadent book.) There are sections written in the style of the weird boy’s-own adventures of the period, the “Edisonades” of young scientists romping through fantasy scenarios like demented Scouts. There’s a period detective story, featuring a PI who eats sub-toxic doses of dynamite in order to become immune to explosions. There’s a Western about anarchists, and a subplot about rare crystals that can split a person into two. Doubling is an important theme in the book, and sometimes I think that Pynchon is telling us that there is here: that that time is this time. For all its Zeppelins, Hollow Earth passages and psychics, there’s nothing more strange than the days we live in now.
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