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115 No. 115 [Edit]
So, what books do you currently reading?

I'm reading Murakami Haruki - 1Q84.

I'm halfway through and I think it's okay, but pretty weak for a Murakami. Maybe I was just expecting too much, because I haven't read anything from him in a long time. But hell, it's still enjoyable.
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>> No. 2056 [Edit]
Poetry sucks, but I found this nice piece from a rather unknown Norwegian writer "Sigbjørn Obstfelder":

I look at the whitish sky,
I look at the clouds, blue-grey,
I look at the bloodshot sun.

So this is the world.
So this is the planets' home.

A raindrop!

I look at the lofty houses,
I look at a thousand windows,
I look at the far away spires.

So this is Earth.
So this is the home of mankind.

The clouds, blue-grey, are gathering;
the sun's gone away.

I look at the well-dressed gents,
I look at the smiling ladies,
I look at the tired horses.

Now the clouds, blue-grey, thicken.

I look and I look...
I must have come to the wrong planet.
It's so strange here.

>> No. 2065 [Edit]
Ended up not reading The Gambler after all, I'll do that later. I started reading A Brief History of Chinese Fiction but only made it through some 60 or 70 pages before giving up: it requires a person to know about Chinese history, and the short quotes from random old books were boring me. Too much of the same, the only remotely interesting thing was that it is easy to distinguish patterns in the folk tales, and common characteristics. For example, instead of there being a non-physical heaven, their heaven was simply said to be in a faraway land, and all the major gods lived outside of wherever the storyteller was. Everything sacred or divine came from foreign lands. I really dislike the kind of mentality that cultivates.

I started reading a biography of William Burroughs today and will probably be finished by tomorrow. He was an interesting man. After it I'm going to read Dubliners, then head downtown to get more books.
>> No. 2066 [Edit]
>get more books

Get this:
>> No. 2067 [Edit]
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Philosophical Investigations is interesting, but I think that his Tractatus beats it. Short, simple, precise, elegant. both are great, though!
>> No. 2069 [Edit]
Well, for all I know, epistemologically at least, Wittgenstein himself thought the opposite. The Tractatus was, indeed, much more resounding, parsimonious and elegant; the thing is, the ambitious problems he was trying to solve (the unification of scientific metodologies; the principles of language reduced to logic; setting the limits of philosophy... to destroy it to the core) proved to be irreducible to those rather aesthtical/stylistical expectations...

But, in the end, he himself said as well that the Tractatus was most of all an essay about ethics; a branch whitin, I still think, the work is still damned valid.
>> No. 2070 [Edit]
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.
>> No. 2071 [Edit]
I recently found some German editions of Hegel for real cheap, so I've been slowly peeking into them to help learn German. I've already studied him but I love re-reading stuff in their original languages when I know them or am learning.
>> No. 2079 [Edit]
Book recommended to me by a pal online, really interesting read (but a little dry).

There's a bunch of other good books he's put in that directory too.
>> No. 2080 [Edit]
WARNING: this may cause you to end up like Shii.
>> No. 2081 [Edit]
I respect the guy; he may be a bit of a douche sometimes but he knows a lot about religion and philosophy and Japan and the Internet. (ah, I hope I'm not making this thread too circlejerky, cautious kakusu)
>> No. 2092 [Edit]
I just read this short and virtually forgotten Voltaire story:
>> No. 2107 [Edit]
Bought a bunch of books today

Currently Reading:
Danielewski, Mark - House of Leaves

Aristotle - On Man in the Universe
Borges, Jorge - Labyrinths
Campbell, Joseph - Skeleton's Key to Finnegans Wake
Descartes, Rene - Discourse on the Method and Related Writings
Descartes, Rene - Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings
Pynchon, Thomas - Gravity's Rainbow
Sartre, Jean-Paul - Being and Nothingness
Thompson, Hunter - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
>> No. 2108 [Edit]

Those are all great books. Hope you enjoy them.
>> No. 2109 [Edit]
Been reading Polya's How to Solve It and Broda's biography on Boltzmann.
I should have finished both twice by now

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>> No. 2112 [Edit]
To cheer me up, someone took me out to buy books today. I got a bunch of rare essays/books from Spinoza, Descartes, Locke, Durkheim, Lenin, and Hume along with a few non-fiction titles. I can't wait to start reading them.
>> No. 2116 [Edit]
Uploaded a few books here:

Since getting a tablet, pdfs come in handy. Though I still much prefer a real, physical book.
>> No. 2212 [Edit]
I just finished reading H.G Wells' Outline of History in two volumes. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who knows how to read and has even a passing interest in history.
>> No. 2219 [Edit]
I started 2666 by Roberto Bolano for the first time in 2-3 years or so. I'd say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't really follow it when I first bought it (almost exactly 3 years ago - I also got 1984 on the same day), but now that I'm actually taking in the information and following the story, I see how brilliant it is.

Hamlet and Macbeth, by the good ol' Bard of Avon. They're weird choices for "pleasure reading", but I've been trying to get into the spirit on account of what's been going down in Horizon. I think they're better outside of a school environment. I can put my own spin on things. Plus, not having to do mundane, useless assignments that test my basic reading comprehension is nice, too.

Keeping in mind that I was reading these, until I got my internet back up. And then my attention span whittled down to that of a young child with ADHD.
>> No. 2295 [Edit]
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future

Alright book, but has a slight bias to it.
>> No. 2307 [Edit]
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reading War Z and I stumbled upon a hillarious chapter about an otaku in the zombie world of glorious dieseas infested Kyoto

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>> No. 2328 [Edit]
He's not unknown in Norway!
I can see why Norwegian modernism would appeal to people here though. Have you tried reading anything by Hamsun? He's pretty good, I especially recommend 'Hunger'.
>> No. 2329 [Edit]
I just got a SHITLOAD of books in.

A Foreign Police of Freedom (Paul)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce)
Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)
End the Fed (Paul)
Freedom Under Seige (Paul)
Gold, Peace, and Prosperity (Paul)
Keynes’ General Theory: Reports of Three Decades (Lekachman)
Les Misérables (Hugo)
Liberty Defined (Paul)
Pillars of Prosperity (Paul)
Pursue the Cause of Liberty (Paul)
The Case for Gold (Paul)
The Failure of the “New Economics” (Hazlitt)
The New Freedom (Wilson)
The Revolution: A Manifesto (Paul)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishimia)
What Has Government Done to Our Money? (Rothbard)
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as Governor
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as President

Totals up to 5810 pages. I've my work cut out for me.
>> No. 2332 [Edit]
In Japanese, I'm reading Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. In English, I'm reading the official tutorial at if that counts.

Ron Paul was the one who got me thinking and reading about economics. But while I can sympathize with many of the social aspects of Libertarianism, I quickly turned my back on Austrian economics. Paul correctly recognizes the vast power the bankers have and how they corrupt our government with it, but the policies he puts forth wouldn't really do much to take that excess power away from them, instead he would empower them even more.
My economic views are much closer to distributism now:

And in particular, I think one of the most important changes we have to make is to get rid of usury, i.e. mainly the act of charging interest on loans, and replacing our current banking system with something more along the lines of Social Credit or Islamic Banking. May I suggest reading some of the works of Gottfried Feder, G.K. Chesterton and Ezra Pound on the topic:
>> No. 2333 [Edit]
You should read this too
>> No. 2334 [Edit]
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oh thanks, that comes in really handy. I was actually planning to teach myself some Perl because there's a book on regex I'm planning to read, and it uses Perl for the examples
>> No. 2335 [Edit]
Excuse me, what does "mt" stand for?
>> No. 2336 [Edit]
Mass training and/or mountain. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.
>> No. 2337 [Edit]
Mathematics. This used to be a board for maths.
>> No. 2338 [Edit]
moon type.
>> No. 2339 [Edit]
Mars Terraforming
>> No. 2352 [Edit]
>> No. 2358 [Edit]
No, back then it was called something else (/as/? I don't remember). It was changed to /mt/ when they started to include maths and exact sciences in general. Then it changed the name to Academia to include all scholar stuff, but the shortcut was kept.
>> No. 2373 [Edit]
Currently reading "A Storm of Swords". I really enjoy the book so far, and I have the next two books in the series waiting for me on my bookshelf.
>> No. 2422 [Edit]
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I just finished Julian by Gore Vidal. This guy is a great writer, and Julian is a pretty great novel, an interesting look at one of the most controversial figures in world history.

As the "last pagan emperor" of Rome, Julian was basically an introverted bookish kid who ended up unexpectedly becoming emperor in the 4th century. He's best known for trying to destroy the power of Christianity in the Roman Empire and to restore the old Greco-Roman religion, and all after his grandfather Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion.

The book isn't dry at all - it's really exciting, full of intrigue and all that kind of stuff. If you like historical fiction, get it. The only criticism I can give is that Vidal does seem to have a pro-Julian bent - but only slightly, because he does address some of the more persecutory stuff the emperor did against Christians in his short rule. Julian himself took a serious beating from Roman Christian historians after his death, so maybe a little bent in the other direction isn't a bad thing, anyway.
>> No. 2681 [Edit]
Had to delete this becuase I got some copyright C&D complainant about it.
>> No. 2682 [Edit]

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>> No. 2699 [Edit]
Currently reading "The House on the Borderlands."
I can see why Lovecraft was so inspired by it. The indefinite horror which it instills in the reader really knocks the socks off of the Gothic horrors which preceded it.
>> No. 2734 [Edit]
I just finished The Good Earth. There was some decent payoff at the end but I'm not sure what the book was about, apart from THE LAND. Apparently the series continues but I've had enough.

Started reading Sand by Hugh Howey.
>> No. 2736 [Edit]
my tooth hurts

>> No. 2944 [Edit]
I'm currently reading Mobidic, about 15 chapters in. Might be my dirty imagination but I'm surprised to see there's a hell of a lot of gay undertones. Main characters meet in a bedroom where in the two men sleep together soon after with one waking to find the other holding him like they would their wife. They form a marriage like bond the next day, one gives the other his head, and the word "seamen" gets repeated over and over. These two chaps are having one gay old time together I tell you.
>> No. 2951 [Edit]
I just hit chapter 94 and couldn't stop thinking "what the fuck am I reading?"

" I bathed my hands among those soft, gentle globules of infiltrated tissues, wove almost within the hour; as they richly broke to my fingers, and discharged all their opulence, like fully ripe grapes their wine; as. I snuffed up that uncontaminated aroma,-literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath; in that inexpressible sperm, I washed my hands and my heart of it; I almost began to credit the old Paracelsan superstition that sperm is of rare virtue in allaying the heat of anger; while bathing in that bath, I felt divinely free from all ill-will, or petulance, or malice, of any sort whatsoever.

Squeeze! squeeze! squeeze! all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it; I squeezed that sperm till a strange sort of insanity came over me; and I found myself unwittingly squeezing my co-laborers' hands in it, mistaking their hands for the gentle globules. Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,-Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy! Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness. Would that I could keep squeezing that sperm for ever! For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fire-side; the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally. In thoughts of the visions of the night, I saw long rows of angels in paradise, each with his hands in a jar of spermaceti. " - Moby-Dick Chapter 94; A Squeeze of the Hand.
>> No. 2954 [Edit]
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I'm disappointed someone who would want to dwell in literature would lack enough common sense to look at the book from the perspective of the time it was written in, and can't even bother to search for appropriate terminology, nor apparently get their mind out of the gutter. In this case, sperm is short for spermaceti... and the description you pasted is meant to show Ishmael's realization of how menial, everyday tasks and little moments can grant happiness that clarity, truth and knowledge often can't.
>The head of the whale contains a liquid wax called spermaceti, from which the whale derives its name. Spermaceti was used in lubricants, oil lamps, and candles.
>Raw spermaceti is liquid within the head of the sperm whale, and is said to have a smell similar to raw milk. It is composed mostly of wax esters (chiefly cetyl palmitate) and a smaller proportion of triglycerides. Pic related
>> No. 2955 [Edit]
I was just kidding dude, Relax. I understood full well what they were saying. Just seemed humorous if taken out of context.
>> No. 2956 [Edit]
>In this case, sperm is short for spermaceti
No shit. It uses the long version in the very passage he quoted, in case you missed it.

Why would you even assume someone is unable to decipher such a simple passage? Was there really a reason to be an overt asshole over a very obvious and harmless joke?
>> No. 2957 [Edit]
Indeed, one does not read 94 chapters of a novel without acquiring some general understanding as to what it entails. Especially in material that methodically details and elaborates on much of it's contents layman might struggle to grasp.
In their defense however, it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.
>> No. 2958 [Edit]
>it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.

That's very true. I'd have paid no mind to it if they simply explained the passage, but insults over it? Seems kind of over-the-top.
>> No. 2959 [Edit]
what insults?

since this thread is sorta serious business it stans to reason anon wouldn't realize the original anon was being playful or whatever they claimed... if true then it's a shitpost and the reply is warranted
>> No. 2966 [Edit]
Joseph R. Shoenfield's Mathematical Logic.
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Currently reading the next revolution. It's an interesting book for sure.
>> No. 2980 [Edit]
Confessions of a Mask - Yukio Mishima
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