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Just wrote a book, it's too short to take to any real publishers. 36000 words. So heres my plan Put an audiobook on podiobooks.com Put the book on amazon/B&N self publishing platfroms Have a bunch of my freinds buy the book (ill reimbursethem of course,) and give it 5 star reviews, use a bunch of dummy accounts to give myself 5 star reviews on free platforms go to various subreddits that have subjects my book covers and use dummy accounts to upvote it to various front pages ??? Profit?

Help me get started

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I'm 18 and haven't read much in my life. I've only read about 2/3 books and the last one was like 4 years ago. Even though I'd like to read I just can't get myself to do it. It just bores me and I feel like nothing appeals to me, Basically what I'm asking for is tips on books that will get me hooked. I'd like to read game of thrones but that's just because I think the TV show is quite good but I don't think that'll get me hooked since I already know everything that's going to happen in the first 4 books or so. Please, don't recommend Harry Potter or The Hunger Games
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What are the best 'choose your own adventure' books?

David Graeber

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Dear /lit/eral fags, i approve of David Graeber. This guy nearly gets it all right somehow. His books are amazing from a political, anthropological and general perspective. His 2013/14 contributions to Strike!, The Baffler and The Guardian blew my mind. Any other fanboy around or anyone who has an opinion on Graeber?

What's the most beautiful avant-guarde piano composition?

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I think that possibilities for this title are Maurice Ravel's Jeux d'eau, Erik Satie's Gymnopedie No.1, or Claude Debussy's Reverie? What do you think?
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Knowledge: understanding, information, experience; all things that are based on our capacity to comprehend. 'The more you know, the more you don't know' is a common phrase brought out and paraded about when knowledge is brought up. The mountains of thought that have since been examined, scaled, sculpted and built upon by generations of great thinkers serve as a fantastic repository of ideas, and yet; is this the right path? Some decry philosophy for not providing 'answers' or 'solutions', but that is not the true item of question. Knowledge is the choice that is questioned, but never discarded. Arguing for an inherent meaning to any choice is relatively pointless, but everything has value to someone. Few people would rebuke the offer of valued knowledge, but is that a certain ignorance in itself? What kind of great thinker, those whose judgement is prized upon high, would turn away from knowledge? The real question is: why is knowledge, above all else, the one thing of value to every person? Nothing is more valuable to a person than their capacity for knowledge, how else could we recognise pleasure? Why are all choices in life questionable except sufficient knowledge? Not merely some kind of anti-intellectualism movement against 'academic knowledge', but the CHOICE of knowing. Is the best choice one that cannot be judged? A life of willful ignorance may not be feasible in a society where knowledge is power, but what about dedication to developed instinct? Could we develop a future where people are able to live completely based off instinct, without knowledge? In short: has enough consideration been given to the choice of instinct over knowledge? A life completely based off never knowing any information or having any understanding.
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hello, i am interested in a book that can teach me how to lie. Also any other book that teaches something easy to learn that doesnt take more than a couple of weeks is welcome
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Do you think translations of texts can "lose it" or are there masterfuly done translations? If you can, do you read books in their original languages? What languages do the users of /lit/ know?
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>even if you live 200 years you will never read all the books that you want
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Where do I start with DFW? I don't think diving into IJ straight away would be the best move.
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>but if I dont use big words the people on the somalian image board won't think I'm smart
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>tfw you already know that the biggest /lit/ meme of 2015 is going to be the David Foster Wallace film adaptation and all we're going to see is endless pictures of Jason Segel's dopey bandana wearing face everywhere
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>I read French and Russian literature in English

The categories of existence

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There must be several categories of existence, for as conjectured objects are in a sense other than those which are physically instantiated, they are surely of different "category". I here propose a rough view of the categories of existence: 1) That which is physically instantiated. Such as a chair or a book. 2) That which is possible to be physically instantiated. Such as a thought-made schematic for a chair or a book. 3) Abstract objects that would exist with or without humans. An example is mathematics. 4) Abstract objects that are only possible for humans to construct. An example is the human soul. 5) Fictous things which could not exist even in principle. Such as contradictory systems of thought. 6) That which we will never know, and which can never be, but nevertheless is in an unknowable way. The lower the number of the category, the more it is justified to exist. The higher the number, the more an unsophisticated individual, so to speak, would say that it "does not exist". I would like to flesh these categories out.
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Is it truth that some people go to cafeterias like Starbucks to read? Why would someone do that?
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>Morality, insofar as it condemns for its own sake, and not out of regard for the concerns, considerations, and contrivances of life, is a specific error with which one ought to have no pity—an idiosyncrasy of degenerates which has caused immeasurable harm. Well, was he right /lit/?
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The subject-object contradiction engendered by Fordism became manifest as an opposition between centeredness and fragmentation. On the one hand, individuals in the throes of rationalized Fordist production experienced their lives as objective fragments of a system organized by the alien logic of capitalist rationality. On the other hand, the system of mass consumption gave people the illusion of a private, centered self, insulated from the outside world by family and possessions. This illusion was possible because of the geographic and temporal separation of the fragmentation of work from the centered wholeness of home. This paradox was expressed in modernist works like Franz Kafka's The Trial and Edvard Munch's The Scream, which presumed a centered, autonomous individual, but one who confronted and only sometimes overcame a strange, senseless, impenetrable world.
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I can't sleep right now. I need to figure out the name of the word I'm thinking about. It's driving me nuts. Google hasn't helped at all and I figured that you guys could help me out. Thank you for giving me a good nights sleep /lit/ What do you call a general consensus/mood/thought of a time period?
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