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14312802 No.14312802 [Reply] [Original]

What is the opening line to your novel anon, how do you get your reader invested with that first sentence ?

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14312688 No.14312688 [Reply] [Original]

Nansen saw the monks of the eastern and western halls fighting over a baby cat. He seized the cat and said, "If any of you can say a word of Zen, you can spare the cat. Otherwise I will kill it." No one could answer. So Nansen cut the cat in two .

That evening Joshu returned and Nansen told him what had happened. Joshu thereupon took off his sandals and, placing them on his head, walked away. Nansen said, "If only you had been there, you could have saved the cat."

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>> No.14312774

fuck cats.

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14312681 No.14312681 [Reply] [Original]

describe this image in your best prose? what does it say about our society?

>> No.14312689

The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.

>> No.14312691

>our society
Fucking American retarded cunt

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14312669 No.14312669 [Reply] [Original]

Can one classic be objectively better than another classic?
Numerous books have been written throughout history and most of them were lost. If there weren't some discernible quality to the classics, they wouldn't have survived. Maybe you don't get what a classic is classic for, but someone else does, so you can't objectively claim a classic as bad.
Do you agree?

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14312661 No.14312661 [Reply] [Original]

Why was this year so special?
>Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith killed on this year
>Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels met on this year
>Marx wrote the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts on this year
>Friedrich Nietzsche was born on this year
>William Miller predicted Jesus would come on this year
>Ellen G. White said Jesus began the investigative judgment on this year
>The Bab announced himself on this year
>Abdul Baha, son of Bahaullah, born on this year
>Max Stirner wrote the Ego and Its Own on this year

>> No.14312667

Because dubs

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14312642 No.14312642 [Reply] [Original]

Are we really living in the best of times? I recently read ISAIF and couldn't agree more with Uncle Ted, we got to destroy the System!

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14312606 No.14312606 [Reply] [Original]

What am I in for? Should I read it as part of Mahabharata or reading it byself would be fine?

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14312603 No.14312603 [Reply] [Original]

I would say Cicero, Cato, P. Manlius, you know, the best ones. But I would love it if someone said they like Nero or Brutus or some crazy shit like that.

I once read a quote about the love "winners" claim from the gods, and the love "losers" claim from Cato, which I liked.

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Compact, severe, with as much substance as possible, a cold malice towards ‘fine words’, also towards ‘fine feelings’

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14312578 No.14312578 [Reply] [Original]

What’s your favorite book on chess?

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14312567 No.14312567 [Reply] [Original]

>anti war books

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14312565 No.14312565 [Reply] [Original]


>> No.14312584

Good. Hopefully less retards spend money on shit books this way.

>> No.14312599

Midwit tier

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14312518 No.14312518 [Reply] [Original]

Happy weekend /lit/izens. Suggest some great non-fiction books you've read. Better if they're on a diverse range of subjects.
Here are my recommendations:

-The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson

-Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

-The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer

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pic related
Also, The Power of Myth

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>Art of Manliness (don't @ me)
>Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
by Eric H. Cline

The English and Their History
by Robert Tombs

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
by Nicholas Ostler

By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia
by Barry Cunliffe

The Denial of Death
by Ernest Becker

The Prince of Evolution: Peter Kropotkin's Adventures in Science and Politics
by Lee Alan Dugatkin

The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy
by Carlo Rovelli

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
by Thomas Asbridge

>> No.14312735

Life is but a dream, there is no such thing as non-fiction

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14312485 No.14312485 [DELETED]  [Reply] [Original]

Happy weekend /lit/izens. Suggest some great non-fiction books you've read
Here are my recommendations:

-The Diversity of Life by Edward O. Wilson

-Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

-The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer

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14312473 No.14312473 [Reply] [Original]

I've always been very interested in the way food, and the way we eat together shape our behavior and culture and vice versa.

For instance did you know that in old times children were made to stand at the table and were not allowed to speak? Nowadays we invite children to sit down with us and dine as our equals, this is indicative of a paradigm shift in our culture.

Any recommended reading on food history?
Pic related is, in my opinion, the quintessential researcher on the role coffeehouses played in shaping the way we view gender roles in post-restoration England, Brian Cowan.
Kind of an arcane subject I know but surprisingly interesting, I actually think he posts here but I can't confirm.

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>> No.14312734

Purchased. I'm such a piggy book slut

>> No.14312741

how can one man be this obsessed about food history and coffee houses?

>> No.14312752

Nice dodge, Bri-man

>> No.14312794

I had no idea one of my students posts here! Last months submission, Choco-hell: Family Disintegration for One Low Price was quite a fun read. Congrats again on your well-earned A.

>> No.14312810

I took a history of food course in grad. Surprisingly not terrible.

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14312462 No.14312462 [Reply] [Original]

is there anything it can't do?

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>> No.14312665

Post a good thread on lit.

>> No.14312675

When do you use this fucking thing

>> No.14312704

I use it just because it looks cool; I am not a writer.

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when you have two clauses that need more separation than a comma, but will not flow very well if you separate them with a period.
>pic rel
new hart's rules, 2nd ed

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>I saw this thread on /lit/ the other day, this dude made a shitpost about semicolons; he obviously doesn't know how to use them.
a good example sentence

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14312460 No.14312460 [Reply] [Original]

>> No.14312703

>Susan Hurley
420 blaze it bruh

>> No.14312727

that time i raped my wife

>> No.14312733

When I toke it up breh, whos waiting for 4:20 today wit me niqqas? B)

>> No.14312747

That time I made a concession in my education, career and love life to concede my passions in favor of security

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14312452 No.14312452 [Reply] [Original]

Has 21st century literature produced a writer greater than LD?

>> No.14312465

your mum's moans last night as I was giving you another baby brother

>> No.14312468

what is larryessentialcore?

>> No.14312478

arguably Brian Cowan

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Very true. Criminally underrated.

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14312418 No.14312418 [Reply] [Original]

Would you date an analytic?

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>> No.14312458

I thought that was a 40 year old woman.

>> No.14312483

I would have dated Susan Hurley in her prime.

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if he shaved the hideous beard I would desu

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I've liked Kane B's channel for years even though I hate analytics. Nice to see it on /lit/.

Someone sit on his face. He's made nice videos for years.

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14312397 No.14312397 [Reply] [Original]

>A writer of books for boys. Certainly better than Conrad. Has at least a voice of his own. Nothing I would care to have written myself. In mentality and emotion, hopelessly juvenile. Loathe his works about bells, balls, and bulls.

Was Nabokov right about Hemingway?

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>Finnegans Wake. A formless and dull mass of phony folklore, a cold pudding of a book. Conventional and drab, redeemed from utter insipidity only by infrequent snatches of heavenly intonations. Detest it. A cancerous growth of fancy word-tissue hardly redeems the dreadful joviality of the folklore and the easy, too easy, allegory. Indifferent to it, as to all regional literature written in dialect. A tragic failure and a frightful bore.

>> No.14312547

>Detest it
>Indifferent to it

>> No.14312564

>Finnegans Wake
>easy, too easy
h-ha yeah totally

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>> No.14312649

puffed up muh aesthetics pseud chimping out because he doesn't get braplord Joyce's Chad schizo insight into the true depth of simultaneous sadness and humour in everything

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14312394 No.14312394 [Reply] [Original]

I have ascended.

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>> No.14312636

top row are the true top brass of future civilisation

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>> No.14312699

Schelling and Novalis.

>> No.14312779

No you haven't lol

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I influenced Whitehead and Deleuze anon, why haven't you read me yet?

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