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finished The Implant, 1995 book
basically cat-and-mouse game, revenge, romance, FBI, ethics and med...
 
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I only have some pages left to finish Crime and Punishment. After that I'm going to read Do Androids Dream of Electrig Sheep and No Longer Human.
Also, I'm currently finsihing Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher, probably one of my favourite books right now.
 
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From boredom, about miracles in Dechtice, Slovakia. Basically Lourdes copycat, on net people say lol.
They have problem the Mary the helper who shows there, try to go before God or idk lol.

Also, Tina turner book Power becomes you. It was fine, woman read, but felt better than I would if I read Oprah or other type of those books...
 
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From boredom, about miracles in Dechtice, Slovakia. Basically Lourdes copycat, on net people say lol.
They have problem the Mary the helper who shows there, try to go before God or idk lol.

Also, Tina turner book Power becomes you. It was fine, woman read, but felt better than I would if I read Oprah or other type of those books...
Nice to see you back, Porcupine
 
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Nice to see you back, Porcupine
Hello who is this, is it you Alix?
I got cough, it slowly goes away :>, so I layed in bed and take care for myself, off-line. Felt nice bit I was scared you guys would be scared lol.
But improving, you?
 
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Just finished Milena, a book about a women that dated Kafka for a short time. i started reading because of that but Her being Kafka's former lover wasn't even abig part of he book. She was a amazing women, reading her writings and things she did was a great experience.
 
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Hello who is this, is it you Alix?
I got cough, it slowly goes away :>, so I layed in bed and take care for myself, off-line. Felt nice bit I was scared you guys would be scared lol.
But improving, you?
Yeah, its me, with a new account. These months feel longer than they have actually been. I was getting scared that I couldn't access the forum for some reason even after so many tries, but luckily it's back. This place is just special.
And I hope your cough goes away, coughs are probably the sickness that I hate the most, it wont kill you or cause you a lot of pain but it's absolutely the worst :(
 
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I've read a lot of books in the last month partially because I have shittier internet.

I just finished the quantum thief and the fractal prince, I might read the third book but the second book was worse than the first so no plans. finished reading sekai series yesterday, pretty interesting but nothing special. Started reading neverwhere but gave up halfway through due to some plot hole that I forget now.

finished meditations,
It was clearly made by a man trying to fix what he saw as very important moral issues within himself, not by a perfect sage of wisdom.
he is writing a diary, in which he tries to convince himself of several ideas by putting up a brave face and being purposely biased. It is not a written description of how he lived his life. He may have acted completely different. Is advice from a hypocrite valuable? how could he know what is right If he likely never practiced what he preached? I don't think it is some masterpiece of literature but there were some interesting ideas there .

currently pushing through simulacra and simulation and Xunxi. Very slow going.
 
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Just finished Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Good book but man does that guy love his sex scenes. Still I'd recommend it, pretty short read. Next I think I'm reading Pale Fire with a friend and 1776 by David McCullough on my own.

No Longer Human
I was going to read this with some friends soon, it sounds really interesting. Let me know what you think of it when you finish, I'll report back too.
 
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I only have some pages left to finish Crime and Punishment. After that I'm going to read Do Androids Dream of Electrig Sheep and No Longer Human.
Also, I'm currently finsihing Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher, probably one of my favourite books right now.
Already finished DADoES and Brave New World. The next books that I'm going to read will be The Catcher in the Rye and Anarchy, State and Utopia.
 
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I am currently reading Hegel's Lectures on the Philosophy of History. I have not progressed far but that is a given, since I have to handle university concerns first. Reading Leo Strauss has given me the urge to pursue other things such as historicism, and so I plan on reading Frederick C. Beiser's The German Historicist Tradition after this accessible work of Hegel is complete + fully comprehended.
 

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I'm actually slowly working my way through a self-help / improvement book called Mastery by George Leonard. He was a pilot in WWII, an accomplished martial artist, and a writer focusing on human potential.
 
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General book update. I don't have anything else I feel like posting about, so I'll try and update more often with what I've been reading.

This is from the last month and a half, or so.
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Edith Hamilton - Mythology
I got this because it's the general "beginner's book" for starting with the Greeks, at least according to the /lit/ wiki, that is (which, I am a bit embarrassed to admit, is where I get most of my book recs). It's serviceable, although not as mentally stimulating as I was expecting it to be. It reminded me a lot of those Youtube videos that calls themselves "movie analyses" but are really just retelling the plot.
It has a few chapters recapping the Iliad and the Odyssey, and a general overview of most of the early Greek poems and plays. The commentary along side them, though, was simple-minded. I don't know what else to call it. It's just, for a supposed "classic bestseller" written with "sure taste in scholarship", it was unsatisfying. The book also has a section tacked on at the end about Norse stories too, though by that point the quality has particularly dropped off. There are quite a few formatting errors I noticed as well.

Thomas S. Kane - The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing
This is among a collection of textbookish tomes I have bought, hoping that at some point I'll magically find one that explains a way out of this authorial constipation of mine. It's an obviously hopeless search, I know, but I'm trying, okay? Evidently, it didn't help me, since I am at this very moment overwhelmed with a mass of thoughts, and yet not a single one among the sexier ones are being verbalized. And the ones that do come out? Still as unorganized as ever.
I will at least give it that it is clearer that a lot of the other writing books in my repertoire. The Trivium, for example, is one that comes to mind as being so drunk off its own sobriety that I cannot accept anything it says as helpful; for a book on rhetoric, it came off rhetorically as amateurish, even for me.

Emil M. Cioran - A Short History of Decay // History and Utopia
Now, as a good Christian man, it might seem unusual that I would read someone like Cioran, much less consider him to be among my philosophical maitres.
If you're not familiar, Cioran is the kind of philosopher whom, were I to introduce him in his entirely to the average Agoran, would certainly be called a redditor. I mean, I tried checked out the English translation of Decay, and, while "accurate" in a technical sense, reads like that classic example:
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Now in French he's... well he's the same, but, and maybe it's just a French thing, he's also a master of the language. I've seen him sometimes described as a more misanthropic version of Nietzsche, but man is he effective in his writing. He's both erudite and compact, and so when I think of myself wanting to "write better" I mean I want to express my visions in the same way he does.

Aristotle - Poetics
I have a lot of thoughts on this one, way too many to detail here. Among them, though, is, "damn. does it really not get any better than this?" I mean, on pretty much every other topic that Aristotle wrote about, from metaphysics to logic and all that: it's been picked apart and rebuilt and reanalyzed by a whole number of sides, and philosophy has grown in so many different ways since then. But "literature criticism?" "Aesthetics?" It's nothing. It doesn't seem to me to have grown much since its birth. My references for that, of course, are a couple more academic-oriented books, like this one (and none of them were satisfying) and my exposure to the general way that people talk about the stories they're familiar with. If I collected all my thoughts, then I'd like to maybe compose some sort of radical new approach to literature criticism, but I fear I'll end up looking not to different from the Aalewis above.

And I'm saying this because I care about media analysis. I care about it as much as others do politics or Current Event or whatever. To them, I have my equivalent of movies and books and games and anime: that's what I want to talk about. But I get more and more embarrassed about that as time goes on. I want to know what the proper way to enjoy something is, though the more I think about it, the more it seems to me like there's no point in trying to form an opinion like that in the first place.

Oh and Death of a Salesman rocks btw lmao
 

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Fahrenheit 451 and 1984

Slowly, barely in fact, but thats what im reading currently. Will note reading is way funner when u can just read a book and not have to write a ton of useless bullshit for it at school, you actually want to invest your time in the book instead of do literally anything else with your time (or hell not even just a book, but any writings)
 
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