What is /lit/ reading these days?
Power to you. I keep trying to read Harry Potter and losing confidence after too many uses of the dictionary per sentence. I am pretty sure I know the first page verbatim by this point.
A Canticle for Leibowtiz
I hated it at first but it's growing on me. The prose in the first chapter or so is ridiculously overdone but it's getting better.
Other than that, I'm trying to get into Romantic poetry, so I'm reading some Byron and Keats.
On a similar note, can anyone recommend/not recommend pic related? Working through wheelocks now and my Grammer is improving but every time I try to read something I crash and burn. Also thinking about lingua latina per se illustrata. Thoughts?
- Goethe - Faust, trans. Walter Arndt
- Goethe - Faust, trans. Stuart Atkins
- Goethe - Faust, trans. Walter Kaufmann
- Goethe - Faust, trans. David Luke
- Goethe - Faust, trans. George Madison Priest
- Goethe - Faust, trans. Martin Greenberg
- Euclid - Elements
- Charles Mackay - Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
- Homer - Iliad
- The Works of Archimedes translated by T.L. Heath
- Thorstein Veblen - The Theory of the Leisure Class
- Homer - Odyssey
- Nicolaus Copernicus - On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres
Glory and loveliness have passed away;
For if we wander out in early morn,
No wreathed incense do we see upborne
Into the east, to meet the smiling day:
No crowd of nymphs soft voic’d and young, and gay,
In woven baskets bringing ears of corn,
Roses, and pinks, and violets, to adorn
The shrine of Flora in her early May.
But there are left delights as high as these,
And I shall ever bless my destiny,
That in a time, when under pleasant trees
Pan is no longer sought, I feel a free
A leafy luxury, seeing I could please
With these poor offerings, a man like thee.
Bloody everything, holding in the vocab, forcing myself to speak to the locals in German when they speak perfect English, bloody cases, who needs that many words for bloody "the"?
Really I need to just read more grammar and get a better schedule going for studying, instead of stare at books for a bit, waste forever on duolingo and then listen to Michel Thomas until his voice makes me crawl up in a ball.
I finished both of these a few weeks ago, great books. If you haven't read On Being Blue by Gass, it's worth reading. It'll only take an hour or so to finish and he talks about The Lime Twig in it.
trying to work my way through Pessoa. Can't say I'm doing well.
I am having a rough time since I skipped learning how to build logical sentences
All A is B etc
I will come back to it, but for the moment I decided to read about Aristotle, the founder of logics.
Its exactly what you would expect from a "travel" biography. The prose isnt life changing but the little insights and jokes he provides into the life of a Provencal village leaves with me with a smile on my face, even if it is a bit romanticized
Just finished Typhoon by Conrad, interesting artistically in that the prose was confused and mashed up like you were in a storm but I didnt like it much.
One Soldier's War In Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño