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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anna Karenina(part 6). Russian high society looks so cool. I want my future partner to be like Kitty, cute and demure.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    de apokatastasis of het apocriefe boek van galax niksen

    found it in my dads library, it's a belgian book, it's very surreal and childlike, every sentence is like a blounderful blunderbuss of blabbering marbles

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Republic because I'm starting with the greeks 🙂

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Way of Zen by Alan Watts. I wanted to learn more about zen after reading a short book called The Wisdom of the Zen Masters by Irmgard Schloegl. The aphoristic stories are alright albeit some confusing but the introduction was great and led me to seek out another book about Zen. Watts is accessible and I like what I’ve read so far. My understanding has improved and it’s also reinforced some of my Buddhism and Taoism knowledge. Although I don’t consider myself to be either, those are the two religions that speak the most to me. Perhaps I’ll read another Watts book after this or some DT Suzuki

    Steppenwolf by Hesse. I’ve reread it a few times so I obviously like it. I’m pretty sure it’s misunderstood and it’s best to view this book, and N&G to a lesser extent, through a Jungian lens. The ending of Siddhartha is key for understanding a lot of Hesse’s beliefs. I picked it up on a whim just to read select parts

    Might start a reread of The Idiot, my favorite Dostoyevsky. For some reason it just speaks to me the most out of all his work. It’s a shame I’ll never get to read on of Dostoyevsky’s big novels for the first time again

    Also read some Whitman, and some essays by Lawrence and Emerson the past few days. All favorites and desert island books for me

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Extinction by Thomas Bernhard. I love it so far but I am worried I fricked myself by reading his best novel first, but I have heard that Concrete and the Loser are pretty good too.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      correction is his best imo. to me it's peak bernhard. hauntingly dark throughout with some utterly crushing monologues that go on and on and on, but at the same time full of absurd and maniacal humour that is as unsettling as it is funny
      and don't worry about "reading his best first" since he is actually very cosistent. even his earlier stuff such as Frost is well worth the read and even holds its own against his later stuff

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tropic of Cancer. Second read. It's really good.
    The first read it didn't really click for me until I tried reading it on mushrooms about halfway through and realized that it's actually hilarious and that I'm a moron for spending as long as I did looking for a plot.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nice. Probably my favorite writer. He was a godsend for me to find in multiple ways, and I’ve gotten a many good recommendations from him, some of which have become favorites.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I just read this, really funny. Henry Miller is such a degenerate.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Freud's The Question of Lay Analysis. I'm really enjoying it: as far as I know, it's the only thing he wrote in the form of a dialogue. I was just reading some Plato before so it's nice to have that format in common. I never hear people talking about this bit of Freud's writing, but if someone wanted an easy introductory text on psychoanalysis that covers both theory and practice which they could blaze through quickly, I don't think I could come up with a better recommendation.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Test

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation
    Just started, but I’m enjoying it so far. Paul, as always, comes out looking like a tool. John was so based it’s unreal.
    >My Struggle book two (Knausgarrd)
    Halfway through it. Not nearly as good as the first one, but I believe it’s due to the subject matter, not the writing.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Focault's Pendulum. It's a treasure trove of renaissance thinking and weird facts about the European past that sheds a lot of light onto how it developed into what it is today. Extremely insightful mixture of truths and spiced-up story.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Faust. I can't quite explain it, but I feel he's really similar to me.

      Read it when I was 14, still one of my favourite books.

  11. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Light in August
    I read a translation into my first language long ago but don't really remember. Faulkner's style has been something difficult but essential for further understanding literature for me and I'm glad that I can read in the original while struggling.
    >Civilization and Its Discontents
    I don't often read philosophical works, but that picked my interests. Have been enjoying it so far. Probably, I should check his other works as well and also get into philosophy properly.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Civilization and Its Discontents
      Anthropology rather than philosophy, but yes it's an excellent book.
      Totem and Taboo is a good collection of his writings on the origin of religion and incest. The final essay is an absolute work of art.

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks. I'll try some anthology like Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud by Modern Library, probably. His thoughts on religion especially sounds interesting.

  12. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    the tartar steppe
    it's good

  13. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Stalin's War by McMeekin, it's good. Been on a history of the USSR kick lately, also read Behind the Urals, Always With Honor, crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution recently

  14. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    rimbaud, complete works and selected letters, bilingual edition. bilingual because i can read french but it is my second language so there are gaps which the english translation is used solely to fill

  15. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Had the urge to read the Iliad again, so that's what I'm doing.

    It's okay I guess.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Which translation? I am partial to William Cowper's

      I'm re-reading Moby Dick. I first read it 6 years ago when I was living in the Netherlands. I was working a quiet E ough job so I just read the PDF during work hours. I bought a nice hardcover this time though, because I wanted to have a physical copy. I'm quite enjoying it the second time round as well

      Great book. If you like Melville and Moby Dick, I would also reccomend White Jacket, Redburn, and Israel Potter: His 50 Years of Exile

      The Republic because I'm starting with the greeks 🙂

      Great choice. From a mythopoetic aspect, it's the height of Philosophy. Which translation are you reading?

  16. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm re-reading Moby Dick. I first read it 6 years ago when I was living in the Netherlands. I was working a quiet E ough job so I just read the PDF during work hours. I bought a nice hardcover this time though, because I wanted to have a physical copy. I'm quite enjoying it the second time round as well

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also, forgot to mention that I've been reading the Arabian Nights as well. I find it quite interesting how concerned the Arabs of old seemed to have been with their wives cucking them with ugly black slaves. It seems to be a motif that features in most of the stories and sub-stories in the collection lol

  17. 4 months ago
    TURI

    Uno, Nessuno e Centomila. It's awesome!
    Although, I feel like I'm slowly descending into "insanity" like the protagonist by continuing to read.

  18. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Libra by Don Dellilo. Enjoyed reading 'White Noise' last year. Nothing serious

  19. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm currently reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens. It's a bit of a slog but it has some interesting chapters in it. My favorite being Jo chapters.

  20. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm reading this little guy so I can understand WTF you guys are saying

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      you’d be better off reading the Bible. The “wisdom” of man is the curriculum of hell

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        i read the NT once a year

  21. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Brutal

    Anyways I’m supposed to start picrel anytime now

  22. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    This gif is why you don’t gun it as soon as the light turns green

  23. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Immigration and border violation statistics for 2023
    Pretty grim tbh

  24. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    about half way through. it was really slow in the beginning but now it's picking up steam. could do without the unneeded and jarring sex scenes tho

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      >could do without the unneeded and jarring sex scenes
      But unneeded and jarring sex scenes are what Murakami does best!

  25. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    E L Doctorow - Homer& Langley
    A semi - historic novel of two brother hoarders in NY.Based on events where reality is stranger than fiction:
    The Collyer brothers.

    The author is never mentioned here.Thus far he is great.Really smooth reading, gives the character thoughts a sense of self and place.

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez- No one writes to the Colonel

    Patricia Highsmith - Little Tales of Misogyny

    Picked it up due to the great title.The stories are short and fun enough for small commutes on the bus,train.

  26. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    About halfway through Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk. It's okay. Never thought I'd be the one to say it but he could have dialled back on the smut and dick puns. I get it's a book about porn, but its like every single sentence is pumped full of semen.

  27. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    a complete introduction to psychology
    im an idiot and started the course not knowing what the frick it was about 🙁

  28. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Counter-Clock World, good

  29. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    'Robbery Under Arms' by Rolf Boldrewood
    It paints a pretty fun picture of 1850s Australia. Surprisingly it's only contained one instance of the word 'Black person' so far.

  30. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically, I'm reading Infinite Jest. I have 50 pages left and tomorrow will be day 14 since I started it so I'm humping it.

    Read Valis before that in 2 days.

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