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What is the most entertaining fiction work you've ever read? I'm struggling to break into fiction. Thanks

modern philosophy is shit. prove me wrong

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I look round in vain for an instance in which a modern "philosopher" has made a name by even one deep or far-seeing pronouncement on an important question of the day. I see nothing but provincial opinions of the same kind as anyone else's. When- ever I take up a work by a modern thinker, I find myself asking: has he any idea whatever of the actualities of world-politics, world-city problems, capi- talism, the future of the state, the relation of technics to the course of civiliza- tion, Russia, Science? Goethe would have understood all this and revelled in it, but there is not one living philosopher capable of taking it in. This sense of actualities is of course not the same thing as the content of a philosophy but, I repeat, it is an infallible symptom of its inward necessity, its fruitfulness and its symbolic importance. We must allow ourselves no illusions as to the gravity of this negative result. It is palpable that we have lost sight of the final significance of effective philos- ophy. We confuse philosophy with preaching, with agitation, with novel- writing, with lecture-room jargon. We have descended from the perspective of the bird to that of the frog. It has come to this, that the very -possibility of a real philosophy of to-day and to-morrow is in question. If not, it were far better to become a colonist or an engineer, to do something, no matter what, that is true and real, than to chew over once more the old dried-up themes under cover of an alleged "new wave of philosophic thought" — far better to con- struct an aero-engine than a new theory of apperception that is not wanted. Truly it is a poor life's work to restate once more, in slightly different terms, views of a hundred predecessors on the Will or on psycho-physical parallelism. This may be a profession, but a philosophy it emphatically is not. A doctrine that does not attack and affect the life of the period in its inmost depths is no doctrine and had better not be taught.
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Besides his amazing writing and cool name Ambrose Bierce had a pretty interesting life as well. What are some other great authors that also had very interesting lives?
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This board means a lot to me. I'm experiencing a little bit of a rough patch and I don't live in an area inhabited by the best of people, so being able to come on here and discuss literature means the world to me. I'm pretty pathetic, I know. That's all I wanted to say. I hope you have a particularly wonderful day.
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Well /lit/?

I'm baked hear me out

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What if the reason particular people get married to other particular people is because they see in each other the most offensive personality characteristics they find in their opposite sex parent and marrying them is symbolically forgiving their parent of that trait via embrace and acceptance? Dah
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What does /lit/ think of Ludovici? Fiction: http://anthonymludovici.com/delilah.htm Poetry: http://anthonymludovici.com/envoi.htm http://anthonymludovici.com/creeping.htm Non-fiction: http://anthonymludovici.com/na_pre.htm http://anthonymludovici.com/wv_pre.htm
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What if Diogenes wasn't actually a legit philosopher but just some random crazy rambling hobo and people thought he was wise because they couldn't understand what he was saying?
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So, /lit/, is there anything like #bookz for audiobooks? Piratebay aint got jack shit.
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What are some patrician fetishes to have?
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"Overlooked by the light of day, weeds and wild flowers of all kinds luxuriated quietly, glad of the interval for dreams beyond the margin of time on the borders of an endless day. What does /lit/ think of time?
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Is this guy the father of American folk tales? No doubt they were jealous of Europe for its rich history full of myths and legends so they had to invent their own.
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What are the ten greatest novels? What are the ten greatest poems? What are the ten greatest plays?
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So, /lit Where do I start with this fucker?
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>the written word is dead How does one respond to this in a way that an idiot can understand?
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So it seems like most people on here implicitly agree that a major in English or Philosophy is largely worthless, because those subjects are more richly discovered on your own rather than a corrupted higher academia discussion based setting and all of that bullshit... right? So my question is, if literature and philosophy are what you are interested in pursuing, what the fuck SHOULD you major in? What are you/have you majored in? How did it help you?

On Politics

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Has anyone read this yet? I'm nearly up to book two and it's absolutely fantastic. As a broad history of political thought and philosophy spanning from Herodotus though to modernity. Are there other books like this one? I bought it because I was looking for a history of political philosophy and I haven't been able to find a good solid compendium until this one.
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>I have the feeling that Henríquez Ureña -clearly it is absurd to say this-, that he had read everything, Everything. And at the same time he did not use that knowledge to overwhelm the conversation. He was a very polite man, and, as the Japanese -He did not like to argue; he preferred it when his interlocutor was right and not he himself, which is a fairly rare virtue, especially in this country [Argentina], right? -Borges Do you know of any books on people or societies like Henriquez Ureña, /lit/?

Slice of life novels

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Hi /lit/ I'm looking for some novels that capture the quiet mundanity of life like the films of Yasujir? Ozu and Eric Rohmer I've tried Henry James, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Jane Austen. Hardy came closest but he Tess and Jude the Obscure were a little too heavy-handed for my tastes,
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Do any of you wake with sentences in your heads? This morning, my first thought was >philosophy is for those that can't write fiction What about you guys? do you write them down?
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