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Introduction to the Board and Ground Rules

Alright 4chan /lit/erati,

Old /lit/ has died— to those of us who have browsed the board for years, it has become apparent that the quality of the board has decreased. One can blame this on a number of factors— the introduction of /pol/ to halfchan in 2011, an increase in the number of younger and less experienced readers into the folds of /lit/ (and 4chan, generally) over the years, the introduction of general threads, the exodus from /lit/ due to the creation of /his/, the influx of genre-fiction related posts, etc…

Ground rules for /litpat/:

The focus of this board is literary fiction and philosophy; please attempt to focus on these two subjects. Other subjects up for discussion: psychoanalysis, economics, sociology, hypermedia, visual art, architecture.

No political posts unless they involve academic political philosophy; if you post far-right political thinkers out of context, you will be temporarily banned. If you post far-left political thinkers outside of the framework of academic political philosophy or socialist realist fiction, expect similar treatment. This does not mean that fiction writers with fascist or Marxist tendencies are not up for discussion; just do not try to promote political views. Discussion of political philosophy is encouraged; active promotion of such philosophy is not.

Anything that smells of /pol/ shitposting will result in permaban.

Put explicit porn in spoilers or the file will be deleted.

Writing/critique threads are actively encouraged.

Only Gene Wolfe posting is acceptable: all other genre-fiction posting will result in a temporary ban.

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Hey guys. I really like this board. And I realize we're really not the posting kind. How about we post in this thread once everytime we check the board, with whatever comes to mind? That way we can keep the posts-per-minute a little bit up and maybe a nice discussion pops up from time to time

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Ideal /lit/ lifestyle

post your ideal /lit/ lifestyle

-cold and nearly silent marriage, with sex, with pic related

-alcoholism + small manageable heroin addiction

-wear comfy all black all the time

-hyper minimalist house with almost no possessions except some extremely expensive furniture and art

-work is publishing marxist/poststructural articles in known academic journals

-no children

-grey hair by 29

-suicide around 55

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>some men just like to watch the world burn

books for this feel?

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This thread is dedicated to discussing ways in which we can directly recruit from 4chan /lit/.

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Favorite contemporary visual artists?

I like Michael Mitsas

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A couple of years ago I started to play D&D, I was really bad at the narrative aspect, I was terrible at coming up with characters or plots. I managed to overcome that but but I still tried to read common sci fi and fantasy to seek inspiration but I could not get into it.

Anyone else feels this? Having a hard to enjoy or even getting into genre fiction? On the novels I've tried I never read more than one chapter, it always feels so hollow.

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Books to live by and reread often

See pictured. This should be mandatory reading in every public school.

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post literary memes, boyyos

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Range banned from halfchan. And no proxy works anymore. Not willing to buy a pass. You're my only remaining space, lead pad.

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officially ded :(


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Nick Land appreciation thread

Who here cyberpunk? I mean in the philosophical sense rather than simply reading the subsection of the science fiction genre.

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YEP, this is the one.

ITT: God-tier neo-bourgeoisie "theory" nerd cringe.

>anything published by Semiotext(e)

>anything Tiqqun

>anything on Zero Books

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anyone ever read this like 7 years ago?

i remember looking at it cause i was curious what it was like to swim in the periphery of the 'literary world' as someone who will never achieve mainstream success. it was like a redpill type thing, soothing myself by looking at them aspire and 'publish' stuff that no one really cared about

if you dont remember this, anyone have a similar version of this?

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Pit Lit

Huysmans was a genius. Who else has tackled the sublime subject of female armpits in their writings?

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>open book

>skip foreword, introduction, preface and 1st chapter

>start reading

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Definitive Classics/Public domain publishers/distributors ranking, Anglosphere


Everymans's Library

Norton Critical Editions

Gutenberg Project


Oxford World's Classics

(Older) Penguin Classics (paperbacks)

Loeb Classical Library


Library of America

Dover Thrifts



(Newer) Penguin Classics (paperbacks)

Modern Library Classics

Cambridge Library Collection

Wordsworth Editions


Folio Society (hardbacks)

Penguin Classics (hardbacks)

B&N (hardback)

Franklin Library

Easton Press

[and other "leatherbound" collections]


Harper Perennial

B&N (paperback)


NYRB Classics


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Can video games be art?

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Favorite part of Fear and Trembling?

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The Guardian - "Are literary classics behind the misogyny of the incel movement?"

Please don't make books the next "muh violent video games."


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So you're chatting up an 8/10 qt pi and you ask her who her favorite novelist is and she says Ayn Rand.

What do you do?

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based Metzinger

Why is it that when people like Metzinger deconstruct (not in the exact sense of linguistic deconstruction but similiar) the Self, the Kantians, leftoids and other assorted philosophical grannies chimp out, but when they use deconstruction to attack national identities, borders and etc they think it's alright? I hate hypocrites.

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essential incel lit?


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>she cute

she cute

>she cute

she cute

>no xenofeminist mommy gf

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/aaa/ - Alt-right Author Appreciation Thread

"To the gas chambers, and step on it!"

- notorious neo-Nazi and KKK member DFW

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Discuss psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic literature!

Some Introductory Reading ::::)

- A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis

- The Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique

- A Clinical Introduction to Freudian Psychoanalysis

- The Interpretation of Dreams

Remember, you are not obliged to enjoy!

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Coming of Age Lit

>never have read any "coming of age" novel

>not even sure what they are

Are they worth reading now that I'm a 28 year old boomer?

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What are some essential anti-american books?

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>it's another /leftypol/ gets butthurt and starts a new echochamber board


Kill yourselves trannies.

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ITT: Post novels/short stories released in the past 10 years that you've read / want to read

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ITT: Post images and the person below you recommends a book for the feeling the image produces

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Evola thread I guess?

So, in the beginning of the "metaphysics of sex " evola talks about he position of D.H. Lawrence/Campion, being that the bestial behaviour in men is not coming from the desires in them.

He quotes Lawrence after this "God the father, the inscrutable, the unknowable, we bear him in our flesh, we find him in woman. she is the door by which we cone in and go forth. In her we return to the father, just like those who, blind and unconscious were present in the transfiguration" while I very much like this quote I can't make sense of that last sentence, what is he referring to as the transfiguration.

Thanks in advance

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ITT: Post old /lit/ memes

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Any books featuring plump females?

(Other than Anna Karenina)

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What's your favorite poem of all time?

Mine is Wine of Wizardry by George Sterling: will post in full in following post.

Fun fact: Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. When asked about it he said, "A prison becomes a home if you have the key".

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if i write a novel

will anyone care?

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ITT: We discuss socialist realism in literature

Pic related: my favorite work of socialist realism

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can someone translate this please, thanks

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Unique books of our Zeitgeist

What is the strangest, most unique book you have encountered or read? I'm not sure what to make of it on first read.

Pic related


>correspondence form

>unnatural and spiraling narrative

>praised by Nick Land

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/fitlit/ recommends

Best /fitlit/ recommends?

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How's the writing career coming, /litpat/?

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Finding faith

There was a time in my humble yet sheltered life that I thought I am interested in traditionalism and perennial philosophy. In retrospect, flourishing in a community in which religion still rings the heartstrings of people, I never actually felt any faith, and wanted to search for it. As I read some of literature associated with perennial knowledge, realized I am disagreeing with virtually all of it, and they did not generate any emotional response in me. Knocking on the doors of mysticism and Hindu doctrines only had aesthetic value for me. In contrast, I find the time I have spent immersing in philosophy of science, logic and mathematics quite rewarding, and although it may be an unorthodox reaction, feel as if I can connect with those modes of thought spiritually. Is it because I am still young? Is it due to never having done psychedelics? Does the urban enviroment play a siginificant role? One should bear in mind the possibility that he is not ready to receive that type of knowledge yet, or not worthy of it at all. Never was in abyss of atheistic redditor Americana scientism ignorance, never will be, countinuning with a lantern fashioned by skepticism.

Literary fiction for this feel?

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What does /litpat/ think of Leo Malet?

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>that 30 year old boomer who creates a new board because he liked how /lit/ was back in his day

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Best confederate literature?

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What is the most disturbing novel you have ever read?

pic related, I don't think I could erase the images from certain scenes if I tried

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ITT: We post recommended reading charts

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Literature about beauty

What are some books, essays or poems about the inherent beauty of women and the admiration which it demands? I'm not looking for literature on love or desire, just beauty. Like Mishima's writings, but with feminine subjects rather than masculine.

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What/lit/ journals,blogs, generally sites (except Tao Lins twitter) do you watch?

I personally regularly check (with RSS reader):

http://thephilosophicalsalon.com/ (slavoj shitposts there)

https://libcom.org (great source for obscure leftist writings)

https://jacobitemag.com/ (post-politics, accelerationism and other cyberpunk fun shit)

https://monthlyreview.org/ (marx, Marx and MARX)

https://nplusonemag.com/ (pure fucking modern lit and phil)

http://www.mantlethought.org/ (postmodernists made more ==FUN==)

I do not post only political stuff as this is not a political board, and I am open to all the views possible.

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the absolute state of cuckchan /lit/

remember: 4chan /lit/ is a SFW board

I was banned within 5 minutes because I lightly shilled /litpat/

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post anything that isn't complete DFW and I will add it as a banner

same goes for custom flags

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El P is good

Dear /litpat/

Was listening to the Run the Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike) albums, and El-P's lyrics (+ delivery) are pretty /lit/… Some examples (listen to the track though):

From Sea Legs


"See the truth from the womb is a fool-proof plan to be doomed while the damned do they dances

So I move through the room like an animal fooling a master

But I don't got love for the hand with the food, matter fact I am drooling at that shit

I don't only bite, but I'm rabid

Try to pet my fucking head again and I'mma put a tooth through the flesh of the palm that you jack with

This city just screams black magic, and the threat to my heart got traction"

From Hey Kids


"I disrobe like pederast pope on a play-date

Better call mayday, baby I'll spray, I'm an AK

They flayed and plated, I'm serving dead meat fame to table

Cain to Abel, death's apprentice

Run the Jewels'll make last breaths Brexit"

From Thieves


"Late night, same night, "God, let me sleep, please, I'm begging you"

(Said, "Don't be afraid")

Daylight might never break right again once they get at you

(Said, "You'll never be alone again")

This house is haunted by pain transposed into revenue

("The murdered all stay")

That thing when your mind says "run" but your heart isn't letting you

(Said, "We got an army now")

You strike 'em down, still they live inside hearts, hearts carry them

(The weapon is our memory)

Some get to count sheep, some gotta count kids that they burying

(I don't wanna scare nobody)

Fears been law for so long that rage feels like therapy

(But I'm gonna make 'em remember me)

Nobody gets no more sleep till we teach them remembering

Coming live at five, we got new news breaking

You heard it here first if you don't die waiting

Hard to review the scene I just seen

I'ma try to convey, but it defies explaining

Started with folks just crying

Nothing but broken hearts, sobs, and the shriek of the sirens

Right at the spot where the blood's still drying

(My God) I saw it, the dead began rising

I don't know much about science

But I seen an army of armed men stop and get quiet

Mist hung low like a prayer from a tyrant

Sky became black like the stars aren't aligning

So many years of this violence

Now we're surrounded by the souls of the dead and defiant

Saying, "Look what you've done, you designed it"

When the bough breaks, hear the wraith scream Riot"

From Legend Has It:

"I'll pull a sword on you simps

Just with a flick of the wrist

Get your neck giving up mist"

From Drones Over Brooklyn (his solo stuff):

"You can hear calico ultimate point at you

Click clack and back 'em to bunny dust point of view

Hardy har, funny stuff, tough cookie boy

I'll be sure to bring my bitch-bib-sloppy-eat-flop-around-clown-shoe getup

Kids sing along, this is all we have left bitch, sing a song

I was born conjoined to howlers of the siren age

Lion cage meat life sacrifice, nothing left

Tell me if it matters that I sing it wrong

Another DJ yells "Lick the balls"

Another Brooklyn kite delivered in his crooked paws

I'd sooner wash my dick in acid than ask what you think

I'll fuck myself with a stun gun before gassing your team

You patch me in and I'll dumb out with a channeled disease

It sucks to be nothing, nobody struts when they're down on their knees

This whole rackets for the bees, fuck my life already

Fuck the law, fuck the sun, say goodnight already

You fucking spam-bots selling shit, alright already

We get it you getting that fetti, oh Jesus Christ already"

Anyways, wat you guys think? Can you guys think of anyone who compares to him lyrically? Plz give examples ^^^^

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Chad lit for chads

In all seriousness, what are some books to read if you want to be more masculine?

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Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction



What am I to believe? If the angel in his cloud,

Serenely gazing at the violent abyss,

Plucks on his strings to pluck abysmal glory,

Leaps downward through evening’s revelations, and

On his spredden wings, needs nothing but deep space,

Forgets the gold centre, the golden destiny,

Grows warm in the motionless motion of his flight,

Am I that imagine this angel less satisfied?

Are the wings his, the lapis-haunted air?

Is it he or is it I that experience this?

Is it I then that keep saying there is an hour

Filled with expressible bliss, in which I have

No need, am happy, forget need’s golden hand,

Am satisfied without solacing majesty,

And if there is an hour there is a day,

There is a month, a year, there is a time

In which majesty is a mirror of the self:

I have not but I am and as I am, I am.

These external regions, what do we fill them with

Except reflections, the escapades of death,

Cinderella fulfilling herself beneath the roof?

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>post a thread on cuck/lit/

>an hour and 122 replies later

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Is it possible to live the literary life w/o inherited wealth or winning the market jackpot?

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What does /litpat/ think of n+1?

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Phenomenology of Spirit

Which English translation is best?

inb4 >reading translations

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William Gass

He any good? What little I've read I didn't like. Should I read on anyway?

William Gass general.

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ITT: Post images of architecture you like

pic related: The National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, Michigan

the church of the notorious Father Coughlin

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Is anime art?

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ITT: we discuss /litpat/ and everything about it.

Got a complaint? Come here.

Got ideas for the direction of the board? Come here.

Want to help the board in some way? Come here.

Wanna discuss how sexy and cool yeeto is? Come here.

Interested in just talking about random topics that do not have to do with literature? This is probably a good place to do it, just don't /pol/ (is cancer) shitpost.

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Infinitely superior Tolstoy coming through

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post interesting comix, zines, and anything else related that isn't capeshit. [bonus points for physical print]

Dagger is excellent (though slow to release), But I have enjoyed the silliness of The Lighthouse recently.

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Can propaganda be literature?

German Propaganda: Fake US Dollar with Arabic Writing on the back, distributed in North Africa between 1942-1944.

The text reads:

Sons of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia!

Do you know of the struggle of Muslims in Palestine and Syria, who have declared war on the Jews that have lived there like animals for several years? Do you know what Arabs are shouting in their toils and struggles? They want freedom and independence for their country which they inherited, free and independent, from their fathers and ancestors. They do not want the Jews to steal their property, fields and livestock, by surprise or force, and after that steal their freedom and dignity.

Who are the people helping and cooperating with these Jews? Aren’t the American and the British their friends?

Listen, Maghrebis. A speech was delivered by "Wadsworth", American Ambassador to Syria, to the Muslim communities and to the world as a whole. This is what he says: “First of all, muslims of Syria must prove they are worthy, by freedom. Perhaps they do not deserve freedom.”

Dear sons of Maghreb!

Since when has it been the case that an Arab has to prove to a Jew and to a friend of a Jew that he deserves freedom? By God, there is no stronger proof than the edge of a sword, for freedom is born out of blood. And freedom is a dignity we have to sacrifice for in order not to lose it.

(A noble dignity will not be saved unless blood is shed on each side.)

Sons of western Arabic countries! Americans have invaded your countries like hordes of locusts; one day they will tell you that you don’t deserve freedom.

Arabs of Maghreb! I say to you, your resolves are firm and your swords are strong, and God is with the people who struggle.

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Why do Amerilard progressives keep calling philosophy books "theory"? Is "theory" just subversive philosophy?

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ITT: we discuss suggestions for people to bring to /litpat/ for Q&A's

If you know any authors, editors, literary critics, booktubers, booksellers, literary-podcast-people, etc… personally, and could convince them to come give a Q&A (money always talks), please do.

To everyone else, please don't contact potential guests yourselves, spamming someone is only going to make them think we're a bunch of tards. I, your benevolent mod yeeto, will contact them once we've decided who to invite (or someone else can, it don't matter, none of this matters)… but it needs to be done by a single individual and as respectfully as possible.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

essential pre-reading:



it seems that with the widespread dissemination of familiarity with the Gulag Archipelago, (mostly thanks to Dr. Jordan Peterson, I suppose) Solzhenitsyn has taken to reflection once again.

His new memoirs will be published in late October (just in time for the ritual fright of Holloween, no less. If the published excerpt (second link) is passable evidence of his literary quality, then we will all have quite a treat on our hands.

Pre-orders have already begun via Amazon, and can be found here:


One final word of thanks to Don Jolly for the excellent Q&A, and for leading me to this board (and away from '/pit/'), and to all of you who may find the time to bless us with your presence once more.

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Literature set in Southern USA / Southern Gothic

What are some /lit/ novels like pic related(s)? Essentially novels that portray Southern USA, preferably set in early 20th century or 19th century. Should I just continue and be content with McCarthy and Faulkner?

Are A Confederacy of Dunces and Interview with a Vampire any good?

Alternatively, literature with a rural setting, and gothic/bibilical themes.

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How many books do you think you'll be able to read during your lifetime? I'll be more than happy to read about 1500 unique books, and reread some of them.

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This new board looks great, I'm eager to know what it brings

How about a Garcia Marquez thread? Or general latin american literature thread?

What's your favorite short story?

Who's your favorite character from 100 Años de Soledad?

>Blacamán el bueno, vendedor de milagros

>El Coronel Aureliano & Amaranta Úrsula, hottest waifu

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Currently reading this right now and it is surprisingly good, much better than his garbage fiction

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>hurr durr start with the greeks

Why should I? It was enough trouble for me to finish some parts of the compulsory reading in high school.

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Analytic Philosophy

Are there any analytic philosophers worth wasting one's time on?

pic is quine

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Poetry Thread

In theory, I find poetry to be fascinating; artistic use of language to convey the writer's inalienable experiences and possibly life itself in a greater sense. I can't seem to find anything that really resonates with me, just seems to come off as super trite or overly "weak". I understand there's a place for that stuff, but surely there's something out there that is forceful and compelling (something that I personally want/need more of to combat the mediocrity that seems overly prevalent in culture and my life).

Any recommendations?

Also, poetry discussion in general is cool. Doesn't look like there's any other threads present.

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Writing non fiction

So I started a blog where I post reviews of stuff I read/watch etc

My issue is that I feel my texts are insipid, I make interesting points but i present them in a way I feel it's not interesting or that catches the readers attention.

PLs help me.

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>Continental Philosophy > Analytic Philosophy

>Nietzsche & Schopenhauer > Hegel & Marx

>Jung > (((Freud)))

>Post-War French Thought > Frankfurt School

>Post-Structuralism > Post-Modernism

>Whither Existentialism?

>Foucault > Baudrillard > ? > ? > ? > … (((Derrida)))

>Surveiller et punir : Naissance de la prison > L'Histoire de la sexualité

>Lectures at the Collège de France > Surveiller et punir : Naissance de la prison

>Society Must Be Defended > Security, Territory, Population

oh, also, obviously

>power > justice -=- fuck you (((Chomsky)))

ITT: We Talk About Why Foucault is Best

Does anyone know why Surveiller et punir has been translated to Discipline & Punish instead of Surveil & Punish?

Genealogy vs Archeology?

>inb4 (((Judith Butler)))


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So you're chatting up an 8/10 qt pi and you ask her who her favorite novelist is and she says Tao Lin.

What do you do?

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Hey readers!




>current books

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Any STEMlords on this board? How do you find the time to read? I'm studying electrical engineering and honestly the only time I have to read is in the summer. Will things get better when I start working? Or will I be more fucked? I want to get into philosophy and stuff. ;_;

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>muh eros

Extremely pseud concept.

Why do krauts like this gook again.

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>author poses for photos with a cigarette or pipe

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GOAT Authors Thread

Do you have a favorite author? If so, why?

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Official Archive thread

In addition to dumping good /lit/-related memes, I am also going to mine old threads for interesting conversations and memes from pre-2015 4lit

if anyone wants to join me, I am going to be using warosu.org/lit/ along with other resources

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/lit/ nostalgia

Lets talk about the Lost Cause of years gone by

I dumped old meme and screengrabs on >>251

I used to browse Lost Cause from 2009-10 to 2013-14 but I don't have memorable moments to share beside the famous ones we all know about

I can't say if Lost Cause was legitimately fun or if it was the culture of the era but back then I felt so fulfilled being able to talk about belles lettres because even today there was no place like Lost Cause back then.

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Books to radically depoliticize the reader

Hey /litpat/, nice meeting you.

Politics have ruined my life, poisoned my mind and I am looking to salvage what I can by reading a book to radically depoliticize my mind.

I've thought about reading "The Communist" by Guido Morselli which supposedly deals with and embraces, celebrates the nihilism many self-proclaimed communists find themselves trapped within.

Do you have anything to recommend? Have a nice day.

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>go to university for humanities degree

>read no books, maybe one chapter

for fucks sake I expected more, this is not fun at all.

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icycalm showed his thesis to be a triviality in the genealogy of "art" games

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ITT: we post our book hauls

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Something philosophical

I have literally no idea how this website works. :) That being said, I've been invited here. So, uh, anyone wanna talk philosophical idealism?

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>a-anon [dry coughs], we're all very old now, and our time will come to an end soon. It's up to people like you to carry on the continental torch. You've studied at least 150 pages and taken notes today, right?

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Bizarre subculture literature fascinates me

Post what you've got

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What does /litpat/ think about socialist realism?

Usually I'm skeptical of literature that is explicitly but I make an exception for sr.

Kanikosen by Takiji Kobayashi is great. The Urban Jungle by Upton Sinclair is good as well. I hear Jews Without Money is good as well. Any recs?

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Authors you despise

Any authors that you find so terrible that it annoys you?

Bonus points if they're not only popular but also memes within academic literary discourse.

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Book Publishers

Which are your favorite publishers for classic books? My preference is generally Penguin Classics and if not Penguin, then Vintage Classics. I haven't tried many others though.

I read from paper books because my comprehension and focus is better with paper.

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Political legimacy theory in non-popular govermental structures

Is the hypothetical consent social-contractualism à la Hobbes the only form of legitimacy in non-popular governments? Obviously within popular governmental structures such as Democracy there is an active legitimizing force in the form of direct consent via popular participation, however such forces obviously do not exist in governmental structures which do not allow voting/do not claim their legitmacy from the masses. Previously the divine right of kings or the mandate of heaven was viewed as a legitimizing force, however that argument has certainly fallen out of favor, so i'm struggling to think of an argument for legitimacy beyond Hobbes' hypothetical consent. Legitimacy is obviously a popular phenomenon—the state doesn't need to convince itself of its own legitimacy—however i don't think it necessarily implies popular participation in government. The negative argument of Hobbes seems to be contingent on both the persuasiveness of the negative state (how accurate is the 'state of nature') and how much worse it is than the advocated state (is the 'state of nature' so much worse than the existence of the sovereign to justify any actions of the sovereign). Even if both of these predicates are strong, it still seems like quite a weak justification compared to popular participation. Thoughts? is it possible for a non-popular government to have legitimacy in the modern day?

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Collection of Ace Double Novels: Pulp Golden Age Science Fiction

Covers collected by u/wowbobwow from reddit: