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Hey /lit/ I need advice. I'm interning at a libertarian organization this summer, and they've charged me with making a reading list. I'll be reading the books and then doing some academia type work over them. The books can be about whatever I'd like, as long as I can somehow relate them back to the concept of liberty/libertarianism with some sort of theme linking them together (economics, human nature, whatever). My mentor suggested that I start with either Wealth of Nations or Theory of Moral Sentiments. Where should I go from there? What libertarian philosophers shouldn't be ignored? Are there any novels that would fit with this project? Pic unrelated
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What does /lit/ think about the so called New World Order?

I wrote a short story, Radioactive Neon Soil for Jacuzzi-Lambourghini Crop Fields

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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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Anyone read this?
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Why do we still care about mythology?
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Is America to Western Europe as Rome was to Greece?
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Are there any sci-fi books that have a really far time horizon? Like 200,000 or 1 million years into the future? Do I have to be the first to write this masterpeace?
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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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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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>people are actually so deluded they think they need to read all this philosophical text you arent a philosopher you arent a unique thinker you have mediocre intelligence and are under the illusion that reading smart people's writing will make you smart let me save you the suspense - it wont >but m-muh Kant! >but m-muh Nietzsche! >but m-muh Schopenhauer! >but m-muh Descartes! >but m-muh Sartre! >but m-muh Camus! >but m-muh Greeks! the only relatable factor you have to them is you are deluded into thinking the world is changeable you words on a piece of paper
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Admit it, /lit/, you don't really understand pic related. You may well think you do, but you most assuredly do not. Only those with the type of rarefied intelligence that would never happen upon a place such as this even begin to have a chance of grasping Waldo. You're just not smart enough. Give up
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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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Something something Communism. Hegel something something Marx something Cocaine. amirite?
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ITT books that we find deeply charming
ITT /lit/ drinking gamesFlip... 20 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
ITT /lit/ drinking games Flip to a random page in Finnegans Wake, and try to read the page aloud. If you mess up, that's a shot, but if you don't, the next guy has to take two shots.
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