>What was the last book you read? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for the seventh time. If you mean, new books, either GYO by Junji Ito or the Birth of Tragedy.
>What are you reading? Cinema 1 The Image Movement by Deleuze, Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard, Heretical Empiricism by Pasolini and Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
>What will you read next? Shit I don't know, I know I'll have to get Spinoza's Complete Ouvre for a uni course but I'm thinking about either Salvador by Joan Didion or A Brief History of Seven Killings for fun.
>>7675916 You would probably like Ruggero Deodato's movies, if you haven't seen them yet.
>>7675928 You kind of look like Guattari, smoke unfiltered cigs and are heavily involved in the creative side of your local autonomous lestist movement. I like you.
>What was the last book you read? Civilization and Its Discontents and Ringworld >What are you reading? The Art of Loving, Teaching as a Subversive Activity, and Appointment in Samarra >What will you read next? I usually read one fiction and one non fiction, might read The Importance of Living or Variety of Religious Experience and maybe The Red and the Black or The Monkey Wrench Gang
Really doesn't know if that's the lady who fucked the polar bear.
Also, is "The Image Movement" the one about time-crystals? Or was that another one? If he's not talking about time crystals, you should also check out the one that does. Good luck on the Spinoza seminar; sounds dope//am jealous.
>>7675420 >last The Recognitions >currently The Tunnel >next Milkbottle H
>>7675424 You speak at least one romance language. >>7675684 Your are Hispanic. >>7675805 You struggle to find a meaning to existence. >>7675848 You live an Europe. >>7675866 You didn't start with the Greeks. >>7675928 You are gay. >>7675961 You enjoy philosophy but secretly worry that it's all going over your head.
>>7676018 Apparently it's Cinema 2. I'll admit, I wasn't really expecting that. I'm kind of fearful for the seminar tho, I've read bits of the Ethica and that was fairly hellish - ironically enough. I only hope it'll be a bit easier.
>What was the last book you read? The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by Mark Kermode. It was a christmas present and besides his sometimes jarring personal analogys, he had some interesting ideas. >What are you reading? Confederacy of Dunces. I made a lot of progress with it last month but haven't felt like reading it recently. >What will you read next? Probably The Big Sleep by Chandler or An American Dream by Mailer. Depends on my mood.
>>7676089 OK then >last read The Tin Drum -Gunther Grass >now reading Psychological Operations: Practices and Case Studies. -Frank Goldstein (col. USAF) and Benjamin Findley (col. USAFR) >up next Dialogues of Epictetus or Paradise Lost (I can't decide yet)
>What was the last book you read? Future of the Mind >What are you reading? Genius and Madness I don't think it was translated to any language other than my mother tounge; which is good because the book isn't all that great. Psychologists try to explain if madness and creativity are linked by "diagnosing" great minds (Gogol and Pushkin for example) with the knowledge we have today >What will you read next? Probably Divine Comedy, just starting out
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? The Hobbit >What are you reading? The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Around the World in 80 Days >What will you read next? The Lord of the Rings or maybe Metamorphosis by Kafka.
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? If by read you mean finished, it was Finnegans Wake. >What are you reading? Mason & Dixon and The Broom of The System >What will you read next? Either Against The Day because it's my last pinecone or The Lime Twig.
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? Nine Princes in Amber >What are you reading? Guns of Avalon and Dead Souls >What will you read next? Next Amber novel. Pretty fun thus far. >Guess shit about each other basing on their answers. Op is a fag.
>What was the last book you read? In Praise of Older Women by Stephen Vizinczey >What are you reading? The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman >What will you read next? The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
>>7676378 Read The Lime Twig next: it's infinitely better than Against the Day. And since The Lime Twig is probably one of the most opaque novels in existence, I recommend you get some supplementary reading, which, in addition to clarifying the plot itself, will also help you understand his ideas.
>>7676416 >The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 Nice. Clark was one of my best lecturers at Uni. How are you liking it? I had to read it for essays so I never particularly paid attention to whether or not it was well-written or enlightening.
>What was the last book you read? Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Kant >What are you reading? Later Political Writings by Marx >What will you read next? Postmodernism or, the Cultural Logic of late Capitalism by Freddy Jameson
>>7676551 Don't know if you're interested in pre-WW1 Austria-Hungary and Serbia, but if so I recommend reading some R.W. Seton-Watson. I was reading a lot of his stuff at about the same time as Sleepwalkers and really got into it - contemporary 'history' / politics, beautifully biased and logically inconsistent, wonderful to read with hindsight and the knowledge of what will actually happen.
>>7676511 >>7676551 Sorry, I didn't really say anything about the book. It's definitely well-written, and well organized. It's dynamic and, above all else, enlightening. The focus of Clark's work are the Balkan events, so it's a necessary study to understand the period and causes of WWI.
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance >What are you reading? The Princess Casamassima by Henry James What will you read next? Something by Robert Louis Stevenson, probably. I'm going through Borges' recommendations
>>7676582 I am. Clark talks a lot about Austria-Hungary, Serbia and the Balkan conflicts, but I'd like to go some years before. I read The Proud Tower and it was a nice account of western Europe and the fall of Thomas B. Reed in USA.
>>7676293 I am doing you a favor, don' ask why. Just throw Around the world in 80 days in a fire. I can't believe that someone as generic as Jules Verne with nothing to say got so popular. Everybody I know hates this crap, from Harry Potter fans to literature majors.
>>7676597 >dynamic Yeah, I really admire non-fiction books (especially history, or politics or sociology) that are really "well-written", in a way that almost seems to make them part of the same process as fiction prose-writing. The best book of that style I've ever read was Sebastian de Grazia's "Machiavelli in Hell", although I don't know if it would stand up so well to a re-read.
>>7676613 If you're interested in 19th century Balkan ideologies, Ivo Banac's "The National Question in Yugoslavia" is essential reading. Most general accounts of the world before WW1 tend to be a bit too...well, general, and Balkan politics tends to be obscured by Great Power posturing, which is understandable enough but actually misses a lot of the more interesting stuff going on among the small nations that would actually kick of the general conflagration.
>>7676542 Just started reading, and is actually enjoying the hobby. Doesn't read to appear cool, but falls for trends and lets other people sway his opinions. Not political, and doesn't vote, but cares about his country.
>>7676669 You are one of those kids who would wear a pepe the frog t-shirt in public. Memes are your life. The approval of people on an anonymous site matter a lot to you. You refrain from exposing your true self, and project a you that you believe people want to see. You are depressed and unhappy with your life, but you are not sure why.
>>7676669 Under 25 Videogame fanatic (or former one) New to reading Wants to like complex /lit/ books but always finds them difficult and boring Graduated HS and either didn't go to college or went for comp sci
It was my second novel by Pynchon, the first being Lot 49. It's very impressive, although some passages are pointless (I specially disliked the first part of Fausto's story, although, towards the ending, it became fascinating). The whole of chapter 3, the surgery scene, the South African dream sequence, Veronica's death, and ballet chapter are great works.
At the moment, I am not reading anything. I might start an anthology by Bocage today.
Bocage. After that, Antonio Nobre's Só. After that, I suppose the second part of Don Quijote.
>>7676634 You are working class and do not know whether you are proud or ashamed of this.
>What was the last book you read? John Fowles - The Magus >What are you reading? Jude the Obscure Aristotle's Metaphysics Also studying a collection of Ben Jonson's Verse >What will you read next? Ulysses or Don Quixote (fancy a longer read)
>What was the last book you read? Svartar fjaðrir, by Davíð Stefánsson frá Fagraskógi >What are you reading? Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink >What will you read next? Independent People by Halldór Laxness
>>7676816 Milan Begović's play Pustolov pred vratima, Janko Polić Kamov's Brada, Tragedija mozgova, Antun Branko Šimić's Preobraženja, Tin Ujević's collected works, Miroslav Krleža's Povratak Filipa Latinovicza, Gospoda Glembajevi, U agoniji, Leda.
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? Dead Souls. Really fricking funny, and with epic-like golden thoughts, still pretty relevant >What are you reading? Faust. I am in second part, and its start to be difficult sometimes. Maybe its cause i have internet lastly, but i manage only to get through 1000 verses per day. Monumental work tho, all emotions known to men are here, i especially like grotesque and humour like in Walpurgie, or carnival. I am now at Classical Walpurgie, and it could be scenario to nice escapist anime desu, great adventure feeling >What will you read next? Proust Swanns Way. Huh, i think i will hold on with coming back to library
>What was the last book you read? American Tabloid - James Ellroy >What are you reading? When Gravity Fails - George Alec Effinger >What will you read next? Liberalism: A Counter History - Domenico Losurdo
>>7675420 >Last Read Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes >Currently Reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Satan is Real By Charlie Louvin (Country music biography) >Reading Next House of Incest by Anais Nin
>>7676854 Is Dead Souls really that good? I read that Gogol published it, and it basically sent the intelligentsia into a craze expecting the follow up to be an enlightening piece of work that would reveal the answer to Russia's social problems, which sent him mad under the pressure.
>>7676808 >What was bad about it? It's prose is an abomination to God; it's story is drawn out and stupid; it's ideas and themes are infantile; and, for fuck's sake, the main character's name is Shadow.
Last book: That Night by Alice McDermott Current: been done with Infinite Jest, but can't go on due to required reading for classes Next: either Pale Fire by Nabokov or As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. (Help me decide?)
>>7676847 I got a first, am currently doing an MSc, and could find a PhD pretty easily if I wanted to and wasn't too picky about where I went for it - and I'm still a moron. What's more, the people on my course are also morons. Academic achievement counts for less and less nowadays. I know someone who has two master's degrees (both distinction) in addition to his first at undergraduate, and he's genuinely never read a book that wasn't a sports autobiography.
>What was the last book you read? The Blood Oranges by John Hawkes >What are you reading? Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz >What will you read next? Most likely The Beetle Leg by Hawkes, or The Blind Owl
>>7677180 2666 is dope af. I kind of liked the savage detectives better though - it's a lot more fun and it doesn't really drag in the way parts of 2666 do (albeit it's done intentionally). I guess I kind of feel the same way about V. vs GR tbqh. GR and 2666 are the "better" books, but something about V. and TSD was just really memorable. You should definitely read both tho
>Last read Last Exit to Brooklyn >Reading Ada or Ardor >Finna Probably either Little, Big or Mason and Dixon
>>7677410 The Blood Oranges is great. It was my first Hawkes and after that I couldn't get enough of the guy. The Beetle Leg is a very different kind of book though. It's still great, but there's a good chance it'll leave you scratching your head.
>>7677654 You're going through a period in your life where you consider yourself a fraud, on some level. Don't worry it is a sign of intelligence. Your cynicism is valid. Also, Beckett is really depressing and i think purposely lacks substance. Have "fun" >>7677410 you might just be a creative writing major
>>7677698 >you might just be a creative writing major close, lol was English major before but I switched to Marketing. I still write though.
>>7677693 Yea that's what I hear about Hawkes, that each novel is like a universe of its own. The Blood Oranges was my first by him and I enjoyed it alot. Really looking forward to The Beetle Leg, his whole collection really. A really engaging and unique author.
>>7677781 this is plausibly true. I actually mostly read genre fiction now after exhausting myself on capital-L Literature (graduated uni with an english/secondary education degree in the winter [tfw still searching for a teaching position]). I find there's a lot to be explored in genre fiction academically
>last The Wasp Factory, and The Swarm >Current Volume 2 of The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection, also listening to Dead Beat by Jim Butcher because although it's not great it's something easy to listen to during walks/runs. >Next Either some Vonnegut or more Banks. Haven't decided yet.
>>7676868 Dead Souls is in prose, but Gogol thought about it as national epic, he used this term several times, there is at least two divine conedy references, also some sort of homeric dygresions. While russian scenery is seen as beautifull he was afraid about country, and wrote it to move conscience of richest peoples. So in this book, characters are landlord responsible on lives of hundreths peoples, with all their flaws - niggards, liars, mysanthropics, snobs etc. Everything in absurd, carnival-like humour. Thing is, only first part was published, second was burned by author, 2 and 3 would be like purgatorio and paradiso, and his prose is really sweet so shame >>7676873 I dont know if less exciting, but in 2 its lot more characters, and its easy to loss in various references. There is much more action than in first
>>7675420 >What was the last book you read? Dylan - Chronicles Vol1. >What are you reading? Warren Commission Report + Old Goriot by Balzac + Shameful Flight by Stanley Wolpert. >What will you read next? My Screenplay which i should be writing right now but meh... just jerked off so i'm not in the mood.
>>7681143 Was that hard to guess? lel After reading a criticism of Islam from an Orthodox theological perspective, I've gotten curious as how valid of a spiritual tradition Islam is and how close it is to the Mosaic tradition as opposed to the Christian perception of the transfiguration of the law through the coming of the Christ.
>What was the last book you read? Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie >What are you reading? The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov >What will you read next? In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff
>last book This Side of Paradise by Fitzgerald >current book Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky >next book As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, I imagine. I like to alternate between English-language writers and foreign ones. Something French after that, maybe Camus.
>>7681598 Personally, I really liked Sometimes A Great Notion, but I wasn't reading as voluminously as I do now and didn't mind the slow burn. It's the only Kesey novel I enjoyed outside of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Stomach the ~100 odd pages of character development and exposition and you're in for a real Oregon-ass book.
>>7681627 I had the exact same fucking sentiment. Like motorcycles, like "philosophy", couldn't read more than 30-40 pages. It's written in such a way that conceit and overwhelming self-assurance drip from every trite epigram, and I didn't care to find out if that was a salient character flaw.
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