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/lit/erature Anonymous 05/28/2020 (Thu) 10:32:59 No. 922
What books have you been reading lately, /late/?
Ana Karenina
but i've slowed way down, only read like 30 pages a day
Just some shitty LNs, Roadside Picnic, and Yurope 2 Barack's Apocalypse.
>>922
I want to read some Russian literature but I doubt I'll be able to get my hands on any.
Just listening to music for now.
dostoevsky's the idiot
hemingway's the sun also rises
i've been slacking off on reading, so i haven't been able to make much progress as i had expected.
i finished the brothers karamazov on december of last year and tried reading more russian literature like chekov and turgenev, but have not been able to sit down and finish anything other than fathers and sons.
went through a sort of a mental fatigue where even reading a single page was a chore.
just finished re-reading The Alchemist

currently in the process of reading The animal's companion: people & their pets, a 26,000-year love story
>>929
>dostoevsky's the idiot
I've seen that book around a few times but never got it, is it any good?
>went through a sort of a mental fatigue where even reading a single page was a chore.
I've been there, back in 2018 I read 6 books in the year which is more than I ever read in a year before, and when i tried to move on to War of the Worlds and Dantes Inferno I just couldn't get past the first chapter and what chapters I did get through I couldnt recall what had happened.
>>932
not that anon, but i've been making my way through the idiot (on about page 240) and its been pretty good. Interesting characters and dostoevsky sure knows how to describe a scene.
>>922
Nothing at the moment
but I would suggest
"John Dies at The End"
I am re-reading the Art of War. It is my bible.
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.
>>936
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.
>>1077
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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>>1077

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
>>922
I'm reading the The Library of Apollodorus, it's about the myths in Greece and explained in relatively short format.
>>1083
After I finish reading the current one, I think that I'll pick that one up.
>>1026
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.

>>1077
>>1078
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
>>1220
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?
Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?
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

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