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31665 No. 31665 [Edit]
What have you read lately TC?
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>> No. 31669 [Edit]
Recently:
No Longer Human
The Doors of Perception
Animal Farm
Propaganda
Society of the Spectacle
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Walden
Beyond Good and Evil
Can Life Prevail?
The Ego and Its Own
Technological Slavery

Planning on reading something by Slavoj Zizek soon. I would've gotten The Sublime Object of Ideology, but they only had paperback versions on Amazon, no e-books. Any other suggestions by him (or other similar writers/thinkers)? I'm a big fan of Pentti Linkola too, and Uncle Ted had some good criticisms about modern life too, but anprim is a load of shit in my opinion. Just some impossibly idealist neoluddite stuff. But Linkola is more pragmatic, despite his edgy worldview. Walden is interesting, but I think Thoreau's attitude of just opting out instead of trying to fix things is kind of a cop-out. But for some people, that's preferable, since many obstacles seem insurmountable. Animal Farm reminds me of a lot of reactionary stuff that's happening now. Propaganda was interesting because I think a lot of Bernays' techniques are still being used to this day, but with added technology (social media instead of radio or newspapers, for example).

I read No Longer Human because someone on /so/ mentioned it. It was a really introspective and self-deprecating read. Very honest and mentions things many people don't like to talk about. It was really sad but also very relatable.

What have you read lately, OP?
>> No. 31675 [Edit]
I've been reading the Raildex series (and a few other LN series) and Lolita. Not entirely related, but I really love the feeling that image gives off.
>> No. 31677 [Edit]
Just read The end of eternity.
Interesting little book, I found the first chapter confusing as hell however and it felt like gibberish until I got a handle on the concepts. The book is about a secret organization called Eternity which uses time travel to change and alter the course of human history along with reality for the overall betterment of mankind across the many millennia.
It's not what I'd call bad book but I'm not too crazy about the ending. Seems just as things start to get really interesting it dumps the message of the book and ends somewhat abruptly.

That message being that safety and comfort will lead humanity to stagnation and eventually a slow death. Where as hardship and struggle are necessary for the true betterment of mankind to drive and motivate humans to reach their potential.

Unfortunately this message isn't something the main character slowly comes to learn but is instead trusted upon him in an exchange that honestly kind of makes the main character feel like a complete tool, which is something he complains about moments before, almost as if to say he hasn't changed at all.
>> No. 31692 [Edit]
I have been reading Gene Wolfe's "Book of The New Sun" series. It's a science fantasy series, and I've been finding it highly enjoyable.

The setting is really interesting - It occurs on an Earth (Urth) that is in regression. The sun is dying and society has gone back to the medieval ages. Despite that there is still advanced technology available - There are laser guns and steel towers and airships. Alien species were scattered all over the planet because most animals went extinct.

The protagonist is a member of the torturer's guild who is exiled because he "showed compassion" to a female prisoner that he fell in love with. It follows his adventures as a "chosen one" type of character. He claims to have hyperthymesia (perfect autobiographical memory). He is also kind of a liar, because he will often backpedal on certain topics. The author described him as a "bad man trying to be good", and he often comes across as a weird asshole.

The author throws in a ton of old Greek and Latin words that are intended to be evocative more than descriptive, it's a really cool way of adding jargon into your book. Rather than make up words he re-appropriates ancient languages.

It's pretty much my favorite novel series. I'm on the last book, about three quarters of the way through.
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Bookchin
>> No. 31909 [Edit]
I read the first Doctor Stone, now I am reading Gurkha, a book written by a Gurkha about an action in Afghanistan. I got given it for free otherwise I would not have read it as I don't have much interest in that war, with good reason, all he is doing is sitting in a compound getting shot at occasionally. English isn't his first language and you can really tell, it comes across as being written by a child.
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Read the Economist & Wall Street Journal.
>> No. 32938 [Edit]
I read the newspaper today. Does that count?
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National Geographic
New Scientist
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I'm reading The Alexiad by Anna Komnene. It's a Biography of her father, the emperor Alexios.
>> No. 33154 [Edit]
>>33114
I read it two years ago. Very interesting
>> No. 33156 [Edit]
industrial society and its future
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Spurred by a quote from Gakkou Gurashi, I read Chomei's short essay "Hojoki" (Ten Foot Square Hut) a few hours ago and was captivated. For some quick context, roughly imagine a version of Walden written by a Japanese monk in 1212. Here's some quick quotes to whet your appetite (and yes it is formatted in verse stanza):

>Sometimes the dew falls away
>while the flowers stay.
>But they will surely
>wilt in the morning sun.

>...

>If you entrust yourself
>to the care of others
>you will be owned by them.

>If you care for others
>you will be enslaved
>by your own solicitude.

>If you conform to the world
>it will bind you hand and foot.

Now given my comparison to Walden, I do have to say that having read a few excerpts from Walden some time back, I think Chomei's writing is a lot more direct and earnest. To me Walden always had a slightly sanctimonious air, less a recluse weary of the world than one rising to meet some sort of spartan challenge. Chomei is the opposite though, and he's less self-certain of himself.

I think everyone here would resonate with the words, and the whole thing is a very short 15-20 minute read so I'd highly recommend giving it a shot. Interestingly for what should be a well out of date book, it's very hard to find any freely translated versions available. While it's probably been translated into English by many people, the two main ones I could find were a version translated by Moriguchi/Jenkins (https://files.catbox.moe/kz6jxw.epub) and another by A.L. Sadler (https://files.catbox.moe/aydvqk.epub). The former retains the series of songlike stanzas while the latter is more traditional prose. The stanza style makes very easy yet vivid reading, but it's worth giving the prose a shot as well since it has some beautiful sentences. Note that I had to create the epub for the latter from a plaintext OCR'd rip I found online, but I think I corrected most of the typos and formatting; do let me know if there's anything still off on that though.
>> No. 33218 [Edit]
Reading the MAHABARATA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42W6axXrIuw
>> No. 34205 [Edit]
Lately I've read Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days, and also The Judgment and In the Penal Colony.
>> No. 34206 [Edit]
I've been reading magic books but haven't found much of note in them. I read The Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh as well. The moralising is quite poorly done with the protagonists killing innocent people quite often and cannibalism is a recurring theme amongst the heroes in this book.

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>> No. 34497 [Edit]
>>31665
Right now I'm reading Building Free Life: Dialogues With Ocalan
>>34205
I've had a weird urge to read the Iliad and Odyssey since yesterday
>> No. 34529 [Edit]
>>34497
>I've had a weird urge to read the Iliad and Odyssey since yesterday
By Zeus! It was exactly on the 2nd that I picked up the Iliad! This is no coincidence, dear anon. It is a prodigy of the Heavens above. So see it, anon, see it that you read the Iliad and learn of the feats of the Achaeans as I am doing now, for so it is the will of Olympus.
>> No. 34541 [Edit]
>>34529
I'm into antiquity stuff but I always found the Iliad style mostly unbearable, it follows this habit of reciting long lists of names Silmarillion-style that always kill my enjoyment. I just read the Robert Graves sumary for children and that was fine for me.
>> No. 34545 [Edit]
>>34529
>>34541
I've read that the particular "repetitive" style is because of how it used to be recited from memory, and having a fixed set of kennings to draw form serve as both a memory aide and also provide a way to complete the meter

https://daily.jstor.org/how-do-we-know-that-epic-poems-were-recited-from-memory/
>> No. 34566 [Edit]
>>34545
This is correct. The Iliad and the Odyssey are older than written language, and originate in Greek oral traditions.
>>34541
I was thinking of picking up Robert Fangle's translation. It focuses on capturing the meaning behind the Greek original and retaining the vivid style of Homeric storytelling, while using more modern language.
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Game of Thrones
>> No. 34868 [Edit]
>>34566
>>34545
Prose or Poetry?
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