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What does /lit/ think about... 2 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
What does /lit/ think about the so called New World Order?
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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.
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ITT: Recommend a books that will make poeple so optimist that they will enjoy life more than they ever did. Reccomend a books that will make people so depressed and doomed that they will be seriously thinking about killing themselves.
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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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Is there anybody who writes book reports on what they read for leisure? I honestly have no related pictures.
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Why is wrong to use women? I'm reading this review and I just don't see how it is wrong. Sometimes you just have to get the poison out. http://www.lithitchhiker.com/2013/06/review-on-road-by-jack-kerouac.html
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So what the fuck happened in the end of this book? Is Milkman kill?
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?
Does Western philosophy end... 128 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
Does Western philosophy end with Nietzsche?
is this the most /lit/ film of... 111 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
is this the most /lit/ film of all time?


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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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Can you think of a sadder writer's life than Wolfgang Borchert's life? 1941: Living a bit of a drifter's life during the WW2, at age 20 Borchert was drafted into the German army. He was sent to the east front, where he was put in military prison by his superiors for cutting off his finger (he claimed it was a Soviet soldier). They sent him to military prison for a different crime, subsequently he contracted severe frostbite and hepatitis. After he was transferred, another soldier denounced him for making jokes about Goebbels and Borchert went back to military prison. On the subsequent release, his company was captured by French soldiers. He jumped off the train to the POW camp and walked home over a week, during which the Germans surrendered. After the war (he was 24) Borchert started to write plays and novels full-time, knowing he won't live long. He died of liver failure from his hepatitis in 1947 aged 26, having produced 4 plays, 51 poems, and about 60 short stories in 2 years. His work is some of the best postwar German literature there is: he is still widely taught in German schools, theaters are named after him. And here I am with you, both in our twenties, both of us lurking on /lit/, having produced absolutely nothing.
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>he's 25 and still hasn't published his first novel
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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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http://www.lulu.com/shop/jesstin-chandler/black-baptism/paperback/product-21610055.html Am I crazy or has someone posted this story on /lit/ before? I swear this has been in a critique thread before but I can't find it archived anywhere.
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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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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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Anyone read this?
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