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books books let's talk about books Chewy [Element Of Fortitude]!MUSIC.FbVYCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 41918898[View All]

I'm a little over 300 pages into Moby Dick and it's REALLY good.

There are an enormous amount of references to historical figures/events, biblical stories, and other authors/books that are mostly lost on me because I am not very well-read in that regard.

My plan is that when I finish the book I will buy my own copy and at some point go through rereading but with a highlighter to mark all the things I want to look up or read about.

I love the prose but I think it's funny how almost every sentence is what my high school english teacher would have considered a "run-on" sentence.

What be you reading, /oat/?
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>>42080971
the dinosaur did it

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>>42081000
reeeeeeeeeeeeeee
nice trips

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>>42080971
>>42081000

Also, and this might astonish you, but the whole dinosaur park idea? Doesn't quite work out like planned.

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>Pet Sematary

Loving it so far, King can do some good cosmic horror when he sets his mind to it.
Inspired me to go visit the pet cemetery in the woods near my grandma's.

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>>42081134
I read that years ago, was a pretty fun book. Stephen King is one of my mom' favorite authors.

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7/13hrs into the Jurassic Park audiobook now. Finally got to the actual action. Narrator is fantastic. When that one guy got acid spit in his eyes, imagining it actually made my eyes water.
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Finished Jurassic Park and got a book of a thousand Japanese haikus from the library.

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I want to get back to reading.
It will help me improve my language skills.

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>>42082578
UNF
Those brownish pages and old school formatting.

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http://english204-dcc.blogspot.com/2011/04/snake-steinbeck-john.html?m=1
>She turned her misty eyes to him. "Will he eat it now?" she asked.
>"Of course he'll eat it. He didn't kill it for a thrill. He killed it because he was hungry."
>The corners of the woman's mouth turned up a trifle again. She looked back at the snake. "I want to see him eat it."
>Now the snake came out of its corner again. There was no striking curve in its neck, but it approached the rat gingerly, ready to jump back in case it attacked. It nudged the body gently with its blunt nose, and drew away. Satisfied that it was dead, the snake touched the body all over with its chin, from head to tail. It seemed to measure the body and to kiss it. Finally it opened its mouth and unhinged its jaws at the corners.
>Mr. Phillips put his will against his head to keep it from turning toward the woman. He thought, "If she's opening her mouth, I'll be sick. I'll be afraid." He suc­ceeded in keeping his eyes away.
>The snake fitted its jaws over the rat's head and then with a slow peristaltic pulsing, began to engulf the rat. The jaws gripped and the whole throat crawled up, and the jaws gripped again.
OwO

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Finished 'The Penguin Book Of Japanese Haikus', moving onto a book about black holes that I got at the library today called 'Einstein's Monsters'.

I also got a book about auto-driving cars that I'm hoping my brother might read because he loves auto-mechanic stuff, but:
>my brother
>reading
Not holding my breath.
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Started 'The Peabody Sisters'. Pretty fucking massive/dense book, but it seems really interesting and well-researched.

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got sidetracked with a book I love from my childhood Artemis Fowl

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Skipping between comics now. The recent Prez series, The Shadow comics, and Spider-Gwen. Hopefully those count.
Have some art from books I already read.

>>42084785

Oh, recently read the first book for the first time!
Passed over it as a kid because a friend reading it managed to make it sound like it was about a kid that just sits in an office and hacks computers. Didn't even mention fairies, which would've gotten me onboard back then.

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>>42084918
What did you think of it?

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>>42084921

Loved it! Artemis was such a little bastard. I want to be him when I grow up.
Are the sequels any good?

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>>42084922
>Are the sequels any good?
I don't remember honestly. It's been like a decade since I've read them.

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I read the short story Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin.
It's about two brothers. One of them is an algebra teacher with a family, and the other is a musician who gets addicted to heroin.
F E E L S

Sonny's Blues James Baldwin (Full Audiobook)

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>>42085876
Yawn, tbh.

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>>42085971
You 186-year-old waleheaded fag, blow me.

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>>42085876
He raised Phil, and loves the ladies.

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>>42085984
Ummm....sure!

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I'm not reading enough so bump

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I'm 90-odd percent through The Last Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. Not a bad story but too much time is spent on relationship nonsense and there is not nearly enough explosions for my taste.

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It's World Book Day today.

I finished Bushido: Way Of The Warrior, also known as Soul Of Japan today.

In also recently read The Book Of Five Rings.

I went to the library and took out a novelization of Kong: Skull Island, and also a collection of Leonard Cohen's poetry (RIP).

Getting back into the swing of things, audiobooks and short books definitely help.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-48036694

A Clockwork Condition, which runs to 200 pages, is a collection of Burgess' thoughts on the human condition and develops the themes from his 1962 book.

The novel told the story of the state's attempt to cure a teenage delinquent.

The unfinished non-fiction follow-up is described as "part philosophical reflection and part autobiography".

In it, Burgess also addressed the controversy surrounding director Stanley Kubrick's 1971 movie adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.

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I am almost 40% of the way into The Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. Is an entertaining Discordian conspiracy novel which amongst other things created the 23 enigma(fnord). I had tried listening to an audiobook version before but ended missing large swathes of it because I would get distracted and tune it out.

Also continuing my study of the American Civil War with Mosby's Rangers by Jeffry D. Wert and Narrative of Military Operations during the Civil War by General Joseph E. Johnston.

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Finished reading Sharpe's Triumph, about to start up Fortress now.

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>>42087799
Have you seen the Sean Bean miniseries?

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I read this tonight:

[Seminal Japanese Legend Audiobook] The Ghost of Sakura

Very old Japanese folktale.

It has actually inspired me to write my own ghost story. I wrote some notes for it already.

It's kinda fascinating to me that a lot of these stories we now consider supernatural nonsense came from old times/cultures where many people truly believed it.

This particular story had some pretty edgy stuff in it and kinda spooked me, I'm not usually into ghost/supernatural stuff.

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And this tonight:

One Hundred Verses from Old Japan | Teika no Fujiwara | Audiobook

100 old, short Japanese poems, all with the same structure/length/rhyme scheme, by many authors, ranging thematically from the beauty and harshness of nature, to love/longing, and the melancholy of growing old.

Kind of curious about giving poems like these my own attempt.

Taken from the intro:

Japanese poetry differs very largely from anything we are used to; it has no rhyme or alliteration, and little, if any, rhythm, as we understand it. The verses in this Collection are all what are called Tanka, which was for many years the only form of verse known to the Japanese. A tanka verse has five lines
p. viii
and thirty-one syllables, arranged thus: 5-7-5-7-7 as this is an unusual metre in our ears, I have adopted for the translation a five-lined verse of 8-6-8-6-6 metre, with the second, fourth, and fifth lines rhyming, in the hope of retaining at least some resemblance to the original form, while making the sound more familiar to English readers.
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Reading Blood Meridian. I expect ultra violence.

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I read this: Confucian Analects Audiobook by Confucius

I have to say, while Confucius was probably very revolutionary for his time, his philosophies by today's standards are really...not super impressive tbh. it's basically just "be nice to people, pursue learning, be loyal to family" the first two of which are common sense these days and the last one which has debatable value depending on the family. Like this entire 3hr audiobook is basically dozens upon dozens of different ways of him expressing this and a few other things.

>>42088220
You're gonna get ultra-violence. Blood Meridian is one of the best books I've read so far.

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Waiting for summer so I can read fiction again. Been reading nothing but textbooks (but they're good ones!) lately

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>>42088220

Ultra violence AND scenery porn.

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Reading Dune [and a lot of sci-fi classics on the way] while break from reading The Witcher -- I got started on The Time of Contempt and just needed a break.

Dune's gud!
>>42088235
Reading Confucius without annotations and a good grasp of the later commentaries and extensions is unfortunately, pretty stifling. The Four Books kind of have to be studied as a set [especially Mencius because he was so essential to Neo Confucianism]. I got lazy and settled for a good reference for in-practice Confucianism.

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>>42088370

The whole series written by Frank Herbert is fantastic, although it does get a bit weird after God-Emperor, kinda feels like it loses the last connection to the original book by that point (I know, the gholas and that was intentional, but it's still a bit weird to me), but it still remains worth reading.

Anything by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, though, can go right in the trash.

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>>42088370
What would you recommend to read on Confucianism?

Also I just finished this: [Taoism Audiobook] Musings of a Chinese Mystic (Teachings of Zhuangzi) The Way of Dao - 2017 which is basically built off of Confucianism but is critical of it and takes it much further. Some of it kinda resonated with me (particularly the stuff about the problems of finding happiness in external things, I like the idea of finding true happiness purely within yourself and free from dependency on the world outside you) but some of it also spooked me a little (mainly the stuff that implies free will may not exist and we are just puppets of god or whatever, although I don't think this was meant to be scary).

I really like Max Stirner and some of this Taoism stuff almost sounds like a more mystical/spiritual version of what he wrote centuries later.

EDIT:
>email field
wtf lol
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>>42088390
This is what I read for the SHORT version: https://www.amazon.com/Confucianism-Short-Introduction-John-Berthrong/dp/1851682368. It does a good job of convey the three facets of Confucianism: What Master Kong thought, what the later scholars took from it and added, and how laymen performed it.

The book recommends the Leys translation of the Analects, and I'll further say that the Norton Critical Edition as a series is usually good. I haven't read specifically the Norton Critical of it, but it was of *immense* help when I was doing Russian Lit. The traditional Four Books and Five Classics is probably overkill, I'd probably just stick to the Analects and Mencius, but if you plan on looking into more Chinese topics you should just bite the bullet and study the Four Books in depth. You can mooostly ignore the Five Classics and lean on annotations for other Chinese subjects.

Daoist philosophy is definitely one of those things I pick and choose from. A lot of Daoist thought is so aggressively anti-intellectual that I find it gross. I will forever regret swapping my perfectly good Penguin edition of the Daodejing for some stupid westerner's revisionist version; no writing has ever frustrated me as much as Zhuangzi. Lots of the ways of Dao are useful, but as a whole I found the most use out of Buddhist thought personally. The Gospel of the Buddha influenced me than any other text. It encouraged me to dust of a lot of suttas and read them in depth. Chinese Buddhism, as it turns out, is a weird tradeoff between Buddhist self reliance and Chinese supplication and reliance on higher stationed individuals. Also, rainbow mind telepathy. Thanks Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra!

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>>42088394
Thank you so much, I saved this whole post in my "General Literature" document.

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>>42088396
is gud
If I ever win the lotto, I'm going to buy a one of those elusive $1k+ copies of the Pali canon and pay people to scan them. The idea that bhikkhus could translate it in English and then jealously guard them like exclusive property is unthinkable, Gautama Buddha was quite clear that nothing should be held in the closed palm of the teacher, and he taught without charge, asking only for food.

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Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher.

If you like read books about lawless settlers and Indians fighting blood feuds, this is the book for you.

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Read The Book of Tea (Audio Book) by Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913)
This is another book with stuff about daoism in it, but also "teaism" and its influence on aesthetics and art and stuff.

I like the notions about "finding beauty even in the mundane" and the idea that "there is an art to cleaning."

Like, I guess I just really like the idea of being able to appreciate/enjoy or even have deep experiences with things that most people consider boring, basic etc. I feel like it could open the door to just having a general better sense of positiveness about many things in life.

It makes me think of music like harsh noise wall and vaporwave, which takes samples of stuff that most people consider uninteresting (for the former, stuff like static, rain, animal noises etc., and for the latter, stuff like elevator music or supermarket muzak) and recontextualizes/uses them in ways that are actually enjoyable.
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[Mysticism Audiobook] Taoism Based on Naturalism: Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure

This guy was basically the ancient Chinese Max Stirner, and these are his only surviving writings, with the rest being lost in mass book burnings.

Apparently he was heavily critiqued by many, with people calling his early form of egoism complete blasphemy, basically.

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Anybody got any recs for things along the lines of Nick Land’s CCRU era writings?

Reading Fanged Noumena right now and he’s such a good writer. Gonna read the CCRU collection next and then Anti-Oedipus.

Looked into his new stuff and it’s so incredibly disappointing in content and style compared to the stuff in FN. It’s like he’s another person with this Dark Enlightenment stuff that is just at a so much lower level than his older stuff. His blog is even worse.
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Am reading the Overlord light novel.

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