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/lit/erature Anonymous 2020-05-28 (Thu) 10:32:59 No. 922
What books have you been reading lately, /late/?
been reading CS Lewis's Space Trilogy. i'm into That Hideous Strength but it's kind of slow going. i tend to drop it for a week and then read a ton.
it's almost prophetic in terms of how the world is now, and Lewis saw that 80 years ago.
I don't know nothing about anything, but I do think that Dostoevsky is my absolute favorite writer. There is just something so real about his works. They're very melancholy, but substantial. Like someone told you an unpleasant truth, but you're grateful for it. He can also set a scene and create a character just beautifully.
Prachett is pretty fun.
I've had time for nothing but programming books lately, but since y'all are naming Russians I'll throw in Andreyev. I was staggered by his Satan's Diary for its literary merit, though that was around five years ago now and I can't remember the details or surmise what I would think about it now.
Want to get into philosophy and was hoping you guys had some recommendations.
Epictetus' Enchiridion or Aurelius' Meditations are the best places to start.

Beyond that, without knowing what exactly you mean by "get into" it's hard to say. For books by particular philosophers, I'd say Nietzsche and Alan Watts are the most worthwhile and entertaining to read. Otherwise, maybe you want to search Gutenberg for "history of philosophy" to get a picture of what's out there.
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maybe this
I mean I haven’t read anything recently but I’ve reread the Grant Biography and dabbled back into the Art of War
I'm reading the The Library of Apollodorus, it's about the myths in Greece and explained in relatively short format.
After I finish reading the current one, I think that I'll pick that one up.
same anon here, still in That Hideous Strength. it's great, i just dont have much time to read anymore. i've also decided to try out G.K. Chesterton when i'm done.

seconding Meditations. i havent read it cover to cover honestly, i'll usually just come to it to read some passages when i feel like i need some Stoic thought or just want to relax. havent tried Epictetus or Seneca yet but i would like to at some point.
Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife
I might pick up the ones you've reccomended after I finish the volume 2 of Apollodorus's Library.
Reread Skagboys. Reread Trainspotting as well before that. I have yet to find a book that can make me feel that way again, and the rereads don't come close to that first read. >>1077 Phenomenology of the Spirit
Stumbled upon two of L. Ron Hubbard's pulp fiction novels and I bought them for laughs. The first is Dead Men Kill, which I'm reading now. The second is Destiny's Drum.
>>1554 How is it? Do you like it?
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i bought edward snowden's book "permanant record" and it just goes in depth about how scary national surveillance is, it's really neat.
I haven't read a full book in some time, the last thing i started and didn't finnish was No Country For Old Men, I really like the movie so i wanted to check out the original material. It's really good, i really need to go back to reading.
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>>922 >What books have you been reading lately Mythology of Greeks and Romans by Zygmunt Kubiak and The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche
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How to Win Friends and Influence people. Fantastic read.
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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain. It's a young adult book but I don't even care. It's so good. It's outrageously comfy and I've gotten totally pulled into the world.
>>922 I just finished rereading The Hobbit and man is that book comfy. Perfect for reading in bed late at night with a cup of tea next to me.
I started reading Cien Años de Soledad today, jumped in blind. No idea what to expect outside of Márquez's reputation.
I started reading Taleb's Black Swan's today. I'm going to need to read it again to really understand what he's on about, but he presents a lot of interesting ideas about human deception lying in academia and business.
Ellen Wayland-Smith - Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table Uell Stanley Anderson - Three Magic Words Kerry Bolton - Yockey: A Fascist Odyssey I've finished the sections of the first book that interest me and am doing the same for the latter. Not to get too political, but I'd like the Yockey book better if the author would quit adding his political commentary and citing spurious sources regarding his views on WWII. I find the subject an interesting figure, even if I disagree with his views on a ton of things. Lately I've been reading just for the sake of learning things that interest me and not just reading all the way through books just to check them off a mental list of things I've read. >>927 I had no idea that there was a second Yurope book. >>1976 In retrospect, I found it much more enjoyable than The Lord of the Rings. >>5384 I've been meaning to check him out. He seems like a dickhead, albeit an intelligent one with some good ideas.
I've been on a philosophy binge. I just finished Thomas Malthus's "An Essay on the Principle of Population." Right now it's Edward de Bono's "I'm Right - You're Wrong," which is on lateral thinking and hologram theory, and some essay I found in a free bin outside of a bookstore on Humanistic psychology in the mid-20th C. When I'm bored I read a chapter of "A Scanner Darkly" by Phillip K. Dick or some Vonnegut. Everything I open up seems to tie together thematically without me consciously seeking out any of it. I've been taking notes as I go along to compile into an essay at some point. Before that I spent a month after work writing an essay on the effects of mRNA vaccines using research papers from pubmed and medXriv. It's kind of scary how little people really know about this shit. But what do I know? I'm a cyberpseud.
>>5397 That's pretty much as accurate a description of Taleb as any. The book's filled with pretentious writing and the author constantly feels to namedrop famous writers for the sake of appearing well read. But if you can get past that, there's a lot of intelligent concepts put forth that make the book worth reading; I'm particularly fond of his analysis of the "philistine scholar"--he talks about it mostly in the context of statisticians who can't think past the bell curve, but it really seems like an archetype of people who are everywhere.
>>5447 Everything that you learn in school is about a century out of date. What isn't scary? It would be scary for people to know things they can do nothing about and that don't help in their immediate survival. Being a cyberpseud is a terrible thing when you realize that perhaps had you been a little more materially fortunate you'd have a life that makes actual sense. >>5460 What intelligent people aren't pricks though? There are too many people walking around who don't cut the mustard.
>>922 The tigers of Mompracem. I have a fairly old physical copy and yeah the book is good, I have always had a preference for books about the sea, and even more about the age of discovery and this one ticks all the boxes and I really like it anon If you like what I like I recommend you give it a try. The imagery, the surroundings, everything's beautifully described and it leaves just enough for your imagination to fill in the gaps, making it something you can indulge in for hours on end
Why isnt it higher? Im starting Hilaire Du Berrier Background to Betrayal: The Tragedy of Vietnam Swe at google before that
>>1985 On my list. Mishima Yukio currently. Runaway Horses. And Nietzsche. Beyond Good and Evil.
>>1964 Why, hello Fed, I had no idea you guys visited here. That's a darn shame.
>>8681 What.
>>922 The Box Man by Kobo Abe and some novels by Yumeno Kyusaku. Fantastic read.
>>8788 Love Kobo Abe. Finished Ligotti's Conspiracy Against the Human Race the other night, book's been sitting in my stack for 2 years and I put it on my to-read list for when I felt less gripped by ~*Teh Angst*~. Honestly, I should've just read it during my saddest sack of shit moments. Whether or not you agree with Ligotti that things are MALIGNANTLY USELESS, hearing that things you're sad about could be trivial/an illusion/whatever may be what you needed to get over them faster. Moved onto The Rasputin File. 350 pages in as I checked it out from the library some time ago and didn't finish, got my own copy now.
I'm about halfway through a re-read of The Vampire Lestat, which is a curious experience. Lestat is like a shonen protagonist trapped in a yaoi which, moreover, has the 'incest' and 'shota' tags. He never bends to uncertainty, and finds himself towering above those who slavishly follow others. I miss feeling like that. Reveling in a sort of deserved arrogance. Enjoying unlife. Can't say I'd recommend it for all the weird pseudo-poopdickery, but Rice wrote legitimately good prose and its artistic loftiness has a way of making the things I normally consume seem like dross.
I've been working my way through the Bible on and off over the years, and now I've decided to skip the rest of the Old Testament for now and use a more readable translation than the good old King James Version. I'm done with Matthew and am reading Mark right now. Other than that, I've been reading a couple of Robert M. Price's books about the Bible and plan on reading some of Russell Gmirkin's work. His conclusions about the origins of the Old Testament seem pretty earth-shattering if they're true.
>>5492 >It would be scary for people to know things they can do nothing about and that don't help in their immediate survival. There's plenty of stuff I learned which would help everyone a ton. I had a bit of that kind of pessimism too, but the issue is not that you can't do anything about it, because you can. The issue is how much of fight you have to pull yourself through to do it. Because people live in certain kind of culture and it's very hard to change it. Education would be an easy thing to bash. Because we equate it to schools, grades, reports and what not. But if you dig a bit you'll learn that when you introduce grades people don't focus on the subject they should be studying and instead focus on grades. The lack of control people have in schooling and power relations they have discourages people from putting in effort or focus. It even makes people more mean-spirited. It was very funny learning about how a different teaching method was tried with kids who struggled with math and after it they performed above average. I believe the kids went something from being in the bottom 30% to top 40% of performance. So teaching better and having smarter people is certainly possible. But to get there you have to realize that the teaching method that was used had the student self direct their learning and give themselves assignments based on the skill level percieved by themselves. And here I can imagine is where the change ends since a teacher, that is someone who's job consist of essentially managing poeple, would never allow someone to get an inch of control. What i'll write below is slightly unrelated and it's more speculation. But I wonder if people are that conservative by nature or by how we set our world up. Since when you think how people were in ancient times, it's oral culture, with nothing to write down or conserve the past. So anything really goes. People just remember stuff, and they probably had way better memories than we do, but the nature of memories is that they aren't perfectly realiable. They morph here and there every time you recollect them. That doesn't happen on paper. On computer storage it's even worse. Which is not all bad, but when it comes to things like this it kinda is.
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I read Kafkas - The Metamorphosis quite recently and it was a very fun read. A book that thematically really fits to this board is "24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep" by Jonathan Crary. It is not a fictional but rather a political book though as you can probably tell by the title. The cover art is beautiful too!
No Longer Human (~70%), and just started the Turner Diaries. the former is gutting me, while the latter is inspiring. (suck it fedboys) recently finished How To Win Friends and Influence People. excellent read, completely changed my mind on the ignorant idea that it's a book on selfish manipulation. I recommended it to a coworker who frequently invites bullying towards himself, and it nearly brought him to tears. oh well, I tried to help. pretty certain he's doomed. >>8681 just spotted this before posting. what the hell? this looks like a post I might have made in my previous ignorance lol anyway, I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't a natural socialite. (99% of late)
>>8861 >The Turner Diaries The audiobook is comedy gold.
>>8861 Read No Longer Human twice: first time I thought it was interesting, second time I was... well, not terrified but a little concerned about my own life. "How to Win Friends..." is an excellent book. Very helpful and contains simple, close to life advice.
Anthony Burgess Enderby sequence (All 4). The Long Day Wanes (masterpiece) Earthly Powers (astonishing)
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I read certain books because I want to better understand how we arrived at such an awful society. I've been doing this for 15 years now. This one in particular is a good exhibition in how America came to dominate the world.
>>8863 sauce on the audiobook? Is there a particular version?
>>9109 I mean the one narrated by William Luther Pierce, who has kind of a silly Kermit voice. It seems to be available on bitchute, but old videos there tend to be phantoms.
>>9108 Props for Adam Tooze. Really like his writing style and the topic he covers
monster (manga) and psycopath bible