Rate my bookshelf

Genuinely curious about you guy’s opinion.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    10/10

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      Thank you citizen

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What’s that under Nanachi?

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    8/10
    -8 for anime
    -1 for Faust
    -0,5 for Aurelius
    -0,5 for St. Augustine

    +2 for Shakespeare
    +1,5 Homer
    + 0,5 Jung
    +4 for Viking

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      What’s wrong with Faust, mein liebe Freund?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        -langweilig
        -prätentiös

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    7/10 it's nice, but not enough books

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    6/10
    Rate mine

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      0/10

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't like Kimg very much

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Disgusting slop

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      0/10
      Missing The Stand

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Beat this one.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      you should pickup Deep Sniff by Adam Zmith. all about poppers

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Homer
    >Carl Jung
    >Bunny Girl Senpai
    >Rent a girlfriend
    >Tanya the Evil
    >Evangelion
    >Faust
    >Tokyo Ghoul
    >The Secret History of the World
    >Aurelius
    >Saint Augustine
    >Card Captor Sakura
    >Choujin X
    >Re: Zero
    >KJV Bible

    Literally me.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    3/10
    1 point for having books
    1 point for having a few good books
    1 point for them looking like they’ve actually been read

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    0/10.
    I also hate your taste in anime and manga.
    Hope you get into a terrible accident and experience a slow painful death

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      I most likely will, I kinda would prefer it happened fast though. Without me realizing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        10/10 for being able telling someone who needs to suck a dick, to suck a dick in a way full of love

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I understand trannies like OP and you have an obsession with sucking dicks. It shows in your vile taste.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Why are you acting feminine? I'm assuming your a man.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >didn’t see the tranime figurines
      OP wnbaw

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      I’m genuinely curious, what did you find feminine in my speech?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The growling onomatopoeia is something I see young girls typing and not adult men.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          NTA, but it's a gen z thing. Some zoomer men like doing the "grrr uwu *nuzzles you*" thing ironically to be funny, like how millennials and gen x thought being gay was funny

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >if you make a joke I will try to "check" you for being "feminine"
          Why are boomers like this holy shit, it's gotta be like less than five people too because the IQfy userbase is small in the first place but god their posts just radiate this foul stench that kills any vestige of joy on this already joyless board. No one wants your "tough wisdom", this place is not for you, please go back to Facebook.

          • 2 months ago
            Dwight D Eisenhower

            Unironically loved your prose, read just like a page of The Old Man & The Sea.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Hatred is a deep well of inspiration.

            Your “jokes” are moronic and cringey. That’s why. You’re not funny. You’re a gay.

            Damn you know what you're right. You should go to a website that's actually funny like... uh... gab? truth social? thedonald? Idk what's hot these days for your demographic but I guarantee both of us will be happier with you there instead of here. I don't think people here have quite enough worldly wisdom to appreciate your classic zingers about ex-wife #2.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            NTA and I hate boomers, too, but you should be taken out and shot into the same pit.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >should
            Oh ok anon well surely those who have actual power will comply with your utterly impotent declarations of what "should" happen. Nevermind that I haven't the slightest clue what your problem with me could be given I've said nothing whatsoever about myself.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >haven't the slightest clue
            Not even a little? Odd. The one kindness I afforded you turned out to not even be the case. Dire!
            >vapid spergout about word choice
            >still can't discern what I'm talking about nor what I'm saying
            I'm not too interested in continuing, but god damn, you're moronic. Good luck!

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Your “jokes” are moronic and cringey. That’s why. You’re not funny. You’re a gay.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >"men are not allowed to..."
          ok, cuck

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            NTA, but you seemed to have conflated two separate ideas here. That anon appears to be talking about statistics and you seem to be talking about some judgement/ruling on what is and is not allowed.
            To be honest with you, the only men I see who use these specific onomatopoeias are extremely effeminate. It was different back in the early to mid 2000's, but things have changed dramatically.
            Here's a little introspection I'll start up for you and your "friends" -
            It's really hard to have any genuine discussions about almost anything that you either haven't considered or don't agree with, because you tend to be overly defensive or outright dismissive, instead of trying to understand what is being discussed and why. It may be a biproduct of your learned helplessness or maybe you're just an idealogue that refuses to toe outside the party line. Maybe you don't know because you haven't thought about it, so you assume it's general apathy. But your supposed apathy always turns out to be something entirely different as you give it more thought. Don't worry, this isn't projection. I talk to people like you all the time about this kind of thing, you're not even that hard to fix, at least in the anti-social behavior. But you have to want to be better.
            You may be wonder: Why all these words? Well, the guy explained why he thought the OP was acting "feminine" and once it was explained, the minority that think they are a majority started acting up. This behavior ruins a community. Sure, the community isn't great to begin with, but this is the best place to discuss books and ideas, because you don't have to deal with being silenced by powertrippers (most of the time.) Sure, you might think you're some kind of modern drifter so "it doesn't matter", or maybe you're not thinking at all, but we don't have a lot of nice places to discuss ideas anymore. One day, you might find that you regret that you helped ruin things, but maybe you won't, many people don't think they're part of the problem. Of course, this assumes you aren't just a common idealogue, but once again, I'm giving a lot of wiggle room here for you and your friends. I'm giving a lot of information here, too, so the people who know they're not being talked about here won't sperg out about what I've said. Well, good luck.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yes, yes, I get it, "irony poisoning" is bad and corrosive, I don't disagree with you there, we need to be able to feel some level of trust in an interlocutor's sincerity. But mortal seriousness all the time is also extremely bad. It's a balance like anything else, and interlopers who have no internal sense of what and where that balance should be *for this particular space* cannot be the enforcers of it here, especially when they are trying to push it further to the side to which it is already manifestly tilted.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >mortal seriousness all the time is also extremely bad
            I don't disagree. I do enjoy some shitposting, but my commentary is mostly on my noticing we have more bullshit than we have genuine conversation and it seems to just be overgrowing. Almost all the "serious" talk happens between 3 or 4 specific threads, on a good week.
            Frankly, I don't care about these "sides." I'd rather it not come up except in the context where it must. I'm just here to get book recommendations and discuss certain ideas that I don't have a space to talk to anyone else about.
            It's probably important for me to note that I used to be very interested in such things, but I've long accepted that I can't steer society, not even a little, so I stick to myself, my family, and my local community... and I highly recommend most people do this as well.

            what the frick are you autistic?

            Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not autistic. I'm just thoughtful and I care about what few online communities I still have left.

            radiology nurse student, who just got a care package from home / 10
            [...]
            King / 10
            [...]
            ...at least it's not a stack / 10
            [...]
            Staged to make the picture taker seem more intresting than he is / 10
            [...]
            Needs more fantasy / 10, +1 if porn is left uncensored.
            [...]
            No, you are owned by your church.

            >Needs more fantasy / 10, +1 if porn is left uncensored.
            You're not wrong about needing more fantasy, but it's actually just video games.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >more bullshit than we have genuine conversation
            Yeah but being goofy and playful, while perhaps not "masculine" enough for some, is not what pushes out genuine conversation. The vast majority of the posting that goes on here (IQfy quite a bit more so than other boards, because it's aspirational) is sublimated rage and frustration. That's what's actually responsible for suffocating anything good. It's entirely possible to be at odds with the world without being consumed by the sort of totalizing revanchist impulse that manifests in neurotic policing of mannerisms. I do understand that a certain amount of anger is a necessary part of the IQfy ethos but that's a subset of its function as a general release valve. On IQfy people are trying to maintain their intellectual "frame" so they can't let loose and have fun, with the result that all that energy in need of release gets realized as anger, at the cost of the more lighthearted, natural exchanges you get on other boards that are ultimately more conducive to productive discussion as opposed to just self-rationalization.

            I just got to actually reading most comments, but yeah, I really enjoy how I can see Ishida's past designs being used in stuff he now enjoys to do (considering the drama around TG:RE's original ending)

            [...]
            I am one of the last batch who got accepted as "GenZ", and being honest with you, I feel like our generation is leading the charge towards better appreciation for culture in a general sense (taking film, music, and literature as a main focus).

            The market is overloaded with generic people discussing generic pieces. Therefore, Gen Z brings, in my opinion, such a breath of fresh air to the internet that was lacking in my early years. Most of my peers bring different classics to the table and are very well prepared to have serious research and discussion without locking the revolution behind long words and fancy clothing.

            I have discussed the Epic of Gilgamesh with some of the most jacked dudes out there and I am particularly muscular, the lowering of entrance barriers towards more "cultural" hobbies has provided such a good sense of "esencia" to the medium.

            [...]
            I am curious, do you believe you taste in videogames has influenced your taste in books? I am particularly asking about Blood Meridian and Tolstoy.

            [...]
            That's pretty much the way I live my life lol. I've given some thought to organizing more, I may die a slow death from missing the mark and not focusing on something to be honest with you. Nonetheless, I'm working as an Account Manager right now and maybe a focus into a more specific role may bring that joy that I've been seeking to replenish.

            [...]
            I just put anime girls at the top of books I've already read so I don't have to rearrange them that much.

            >Gilgamesh
            What do you think of it? I haven't actually read Gilgamesh itself but I've read a bunch of Sumerian(-language, not actually Sumerian) poems/mythology.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Aww, you get the +1 anyway.
            ...so, Ezra Pound. Any recommendations on where to start on his work?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            what the frick are you autistic?

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Stacking books on their edges
    Disgusting

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Peak annoying midwit with Dunning-Kruger core.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      chudslop

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It got worse and worse the closer I looked.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Abysmal organization. You've got scifi, literature, nonfiction, and weebtrash haphazardly mixed. It's a good thing you only own 30 books because otherwise you'd never find a thing

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    > Any recommendations?
    Read fewer anime books and more classic novels.

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      Care to recommend one? I mean it in an earnest sense.

      Your “jokes” are moronic and cringey. That’s why. You’re not funny. You’re a gay.

      What’s so bad about being a gay?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >the effective executive
    fricking gross, no wonder I don't want to work for you

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was gonna bash on you for the trannime but Faust is my all time favorite book so I'll abstain and instead say: great shelf anon
    Definitely get Rousseau's Confessions to set next to Augustine's

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      You know what, I actually haven’t gotten around to it (it was a gift by a coworker who knows me well), but I really should, shouldn’t I?

      Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus

      Another Faust-esque recommendation, huh? Thanks man, I’ve just looked it up online.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's very much a love it or hate it story, and part 2 being radically different means there's also a camp that likes part 1 but loathes part 2. If you're intelligent and based you'll love both and be blown away by part 2. It's something incredibly special

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    what's with the random volume 7 of vinland saga?

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Based if it's a women's shelf. Gross if you're a dude.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          is that the guy from ice age?
          kek I saw them live once

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah.

            They're strong live.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        why

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      cringe

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Please tie me up and then read aloud from some of that

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >hangman's rope
      10/10

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Is that Midori (shojo tsubaki)

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    A fellow Batista enjoyer?

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      I just got to actually reading most comments, but yeah, I really enjoy how I can see Ishida's past designs being used in stuff he now enjoys to do (considering the drama around TG:RE's original ending)

      NTA, but you seemed to have conflated two separate ideas here. That anon appears to be talking about statistics and you seem to be talking about some judgement/ruling on what is and is not allowed.
      To be honest with you, the only men I see who use these specific onomatopoeias are extremely effeminate. It was different back in the early to mid 2000's, but things have changed dramatically.
      Here's a little introspection I'll start up for you and your "friends" -
      It's really hard to have any genuine discussions about almost anything that you either haven't considered or don't agree with, because you tend to be overly defensive or outright dismissive, instead of trying to understand what is being discussed and why. It may be a biproduct of your learned helplessness or maybe you're just an idealogue that refuses to toe outside the party line. Maybe you don't know because you haven't thought about it, so you assume it's general apathy. But your supposed apathy always turns out to be something entirely different as you give it more thought. Don't worry, this isn't projection. I talk to people like you all the time about this kind of thing, you're not even that hard to fix, at least in the anti-social behavior. But you have to want to be better.
      You may be wonder: Why all these words? Well, the guy explained why he thought the OP was acting "feminine" and once it was explained, the minority that think they are a majority started acting up. This behavior ruins a community. Sure, the community isn't great to begin with, but this is the best place to discuss books and ideas, because you don't have to deal with being silenced by powertrippers (most of the time.) Sure, you might think you're some kind of modern drifter so "it doesn't matter", or maybe you're not thinking at all, but we don't have a lot of nice places to discuss ideas anymore. One day, you might find that you regret that you helped ruin things, but maybe you won't, many people don't think they're part of the problem. Of course, this assumes you aren't just a common idealogue, but once again, I'm giving a lot of wiggle room here for you and your friends. I'm giving a lot of information here, too, so the people who know they're not being talked about here won't sperg out about what I've said. Well, good luck.

      I am one of the last batch who got accepted as "GenZ", and being honest with you, I feel like our generation is leading the charge towards better appreciation for culture in a general sense (taking film, music, and literature as a main focus).

      The market is overloaded with generic people discussing generic pieces. Therefore, Gen Z brings, in my opinion, such a breath of fresh air to the internet that was lacking in my early years. Most of my peers bring different classics to the table and are very well prepared to have serious research and discussion without locking the revolution behind long words and fancy clothing.

      I have discussed the Epic of Gilgamesh with some of the most jacked dudes out there and I am particularly muscular, the lowering of entrance barriers towards more "cultural" hobbies has provided such a good sense of "esencia" to the medium.

      https://i.imgur.com/HcxsLcT.jpeg

      >mortal seriousness all the time is also extremely bad
      I don't disagree. I do enjoy some shitposting, but my commentary is mostly on my noticing we have more bullshit than we have genuine conversation and it seems to just be overgrowing. Almost all the "serious" talk happens between 3 or 4 specific threads, on a good week.
      Frankly, I don't care about these "sides." I'd rather it not come up except in the context where it must. I'm just here to get book recommendations and discuss certain ideas that I don't have a space to talk to anyone else about.
      It's probably important for me to note that I used to be very interested in such things, but I've long accepted that I can't steer society, not even a little, so I stick to myself, my family, and my local community... and I highly recommend most people do this as well.
      [...]
      Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not autistic. I'm just thoughtful and I care about what few online communities I still have left.
      [...]
      >Needs more fantasy / 10, +1 if porn is left uncensored.
      You're not wrong about needing more fantasy, but it's actually just video games.

      I am curious, do you believe you taste in videogames has influenced your taste in books? I am particularly asking about Blood Meridian and Tolstoy.

      Your choice of books makes you seem like a well rounded and happy person, but they are not organised in any logical way.

      That's pretty much the way I live my life lol. I've given some thought to organizing more, I may die a slow death from missing the mark and not focusing on something to be honest with you. Nonetheless, I'm working as an Account Manager right now and maybe a focus into a more specific role may bring that joy that I've been seeking to replenish.

      the del rey books are usually 10-20 a piece. I got lucky and scored me almost all of them+the centenary collection of conan book that's like a thousand pages.

      Lovecraft. I have like 2 collections by B & N that are decently fun and just picked up the dream cycle. I'm looking at eventually picking up the penguin editions of Blackwood/Machen stuff eventually so I can read them comfortably. I'm working on rebuilding my library, so I'm also winding up picking up a variety of good sci-fi/fantasy as budget allows.

      Notice you also have Asimov/Card/Tolkein. I'm assumming you're eventually gonna round out the classics with Clarke/Heinlein/Bradbury/Lewis? It's a good set. Or maybe with your fondness for the weird fiction greats, maybe Philip K. Dick/Ursula le Guin/Roger Zelazny/Samuel Delany?

      /lit/, how do you all arrange your bookshelves? By genre? Or by paperback/hardback?

      I just put anime girls at the top of books I've already read so I don't have to rearrange them that much.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Your choice of books makes you seem like a well rounded and happy person, but they are not organised in any logical way.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      t.autist

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You've got a bookshelf after my own heart. Is there a Robert E. Howard book somewhere so the big three Weird Tales magazine guys are all together?

      lmao captcha was SODOM.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not yet, but it is part of the plan to have everything by the great Robert E. Howard! If we hadn't ran into some financial difficulties, I'd probably have a complete set by now.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          the del rey books are usually 10-20 a piece. I got lucky and scored me almost all of them+the centenary collection of conan book that's like a thousand pages.

          Lovecraft. I have like 2 collections by B & N that are decently fun and just picked up the dream cycle. I'm looking at eventually picking up the penguin editions of Blackwood/Machen stuff eventually so I can read them comfortably. I'm working on rebuilding my library, so I'm also winding up picking up a variety of good sci-fi/fantasy as budget allows.

          Notice you also have Asimov/Card/Tolkein. I'm assumming you're eventually gonna round out the classics with Clarke/Heinlein/Bradbury/Lewis? It's a good set. Or maybe with your fondness for the weird fiction greats, maybe Philip K. Dick/Ursula le Guin/Roger Zelazny/Samuel Delany?

          /lit/, how do you all arrange your bookshelves? By genre? Or by paperback/hardback?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I appreciate some of these recommendations. I'll look into Roger and Samuel, I've never heard of them before.
            >Bradbury
            My wife has nearly everything by him.
            I've been trying to work out a collection for THE MAN, THE LEGEND: Dunsany. It's just really unfortunate that no one has just made an entire "what we currently know of" set yet.

            I just got to actually reading most comments, but yeah, I really enjoy how I can see Ishida's past designs being used in stuff he now enjoys to do (considering the drama around TG:RE's original ending)

            [...]
            I am one of the last batch who got accepted as "GenZ", and being honest with you, I feel like our generation is leading the charge towards better appreciation for culture in a general sense (taking film, music, and literature as a main focus).

            The market is overloaded with generic people discussing generic pieces. Therefore, Gen Z brings, in my opinion, such a breath of fresh air to the internet that was lacking in my early years. Most of my peers bring different classics to the table and are very well prepared to have serious research and discussion without locking the revolution behind long words and fancy clothing.

            I have discussed the Epic of Gilgamesh with some of the most jacked dudes out there and I am particularly muscular, the lowering of entrance barriers towards more "cultural" hobbies has provided such a good sense of "esencia" to the medium.

            [...]
            I am curious, do you believe you taste in videogames has influenced your taste in books? I am particularly asking about Blood Meridian and Tolstoy.

            [...]
            That's pretty much the way I live my life lol. I've given some thought to organizing more, I may die a slow death from missing the mark and not focusing on something to be honest with you. Nonetheless, I'm working as an Account Manager right now and maybe a focus into a more specific role may bring that joy that I've been seeking to replenish.

            [...]
            I just put anime girls at the top of books I've already read so I don't have to rearrange them that much.

            >generic people discussing generic pieces
            Something to note is that generic didn't start off as "generic". Don't forget that. The biggest threat to intellectual discussion about anything, lately, has been presentism.
            >my early years
            You need to look at the world as a broader point. You're currently just noticing your own growth and thinking it has to do with the entire world. I'm not going to say Gen Z can't possibly bring anything to the table, but it's a bit early to make these claims.
            >serious research and discussion without locking the revolution behind long words
            Just to be clear: the use of the "long words" wasn't to gatekeep or be pretentious. Each word was considered and built specifically to properly convey. A synonym doesn't *just* mean a word is "the same" as another word. That was just something people would repeat, until it eventually became "true" with the average person, unfortunately. I don't want to go on a whole rant about post-chomsky linguistics, but I will say that the metaphysics of words were lost as we drifted into the 1960's.
            Now, I can say, both in the positive and negative, that gen Z spends more time on the abstraction than on the concrete. This is often not great without foundations, but we'll see how it turns out. I could see it beneficial for new types of thought, but you will, eventually, have to define terms and such. Otherwise, whatever gains obtained will be lost in a rather short amount of time.
            I'm honestly excited to see what Gen Z has to offer the world in terms of the various mediums, namely literature and art.
            >do you believe you taste in videogames has influenced your taste in books?
            I actually think it's the other way around. I read a lot when I was a kid and I was limited in my access to technology to around an hour or two per day. It completely changed my world when I read Around The World In 80 Days. Jules Verne just has that kind of effect on people, I guess.

            >more bullshit than we have genuine conversation
            Yeah but being goofy and playful, while perhaps not "masculine" enough for some, is not what pushes out genuine conversation. The vast majority of the posting that goes on here (IQfy quite a bit more so than other boards, because it's aspirational) is sublimated rage and frustration. That's what's actually responsible for suffocating anything good. It's entirely possible to be at odds with the world without being consumed by the sort of totalizing revanchist impulse that manifests in neurotic policing of mannerisms. I do understand that a certain amount of anger is a necessary part of the IQfy ethos but that's a subset of its function as a general release valve. On IQfy people are trying to maintain their intellectual "frame" so they can't let loose and have fun, with the result that all that energy in need of release gets realized as anger, at the cost of the more lighthearted, natural exchanges you get on other boards that are ultimately more conducive to productive discussion as opposed to just self-rationalization.

            [...]
            >Gilgamesh
            What do you think of it? I haven't actually read Gilgamesh itself but I've read a bunch of Sumerian(-language, not actually Sumerian) poems/mythology.

            You're not wrong. I have found some of my better ideas while goofing off or just going off the cuff. But I've also found some in the restriction. As you mentioned earlier, it's about a proper balance. I enjoyed this back and forth we've had so far. I just get worried about the lack of said balance.
            >while perhaps not "masculine" enough for some
            What's funny is that 70+ years ago, goofing off was part of being masculine. It was more effeminate to fall in line and play a character of absolute self-control. The ebb and flow continues!

          • 2 months ago
            snub-nosed monkey

            yeah I suggested Zelazny because his Lord of Light (I'm going through it right now) reads like a trip and it feels like it's closer to the "weird fiction" side than it does an actual sci-fi tale.

            Delany apparently gets weird on another level. Babel-17 and Nova are the books that new wave sci-fi fans talk about. IDK if he's really up your alley, but a lot of the '60s New Wave Sci-Fi writers feel like there's some influence from the Weird Tales trio in them. Might be worth checking out. Philip K. Dick's probably the most accessible of these writers because his work's been adapted.

            Dunsaney's good. I wish that British Publishing House that did the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Masterworks series would also do them in America. I do believe they'd sell decently here.

            one thing that does frustrate me is seeing some acquaintances and friends that would probably have done really well in english lit humanities academia but decided against it due to the current environment being very toxic and stifling. Most of them just decided to get 9-5s working white collar jobs and snatch time to read whenever they can. One of them suggested I try grabbing some Science Fiction Anthologies with a frickton of short stories by respected writers. Which I've done. Picked up Ellison's Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions. I've got another one on the way that covers all the big ones up to the mid '60s to give me a taste.

            I've been seeing the Library of America Science Fiction collections secondhand for good prices and it's a lot more satisfying to read something that isn't a crumbling shitty paperback from the '50s-80s (I still have quite a few because they're the only way to reasonably read some works physically).

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >restriction
            Yeah I'm not saying it shouldn't exist, just that the restriction we tend to see here is usually of the paranoid, destructive kind. It's also just a product of the lack of even a basic foundation. Along with the aspirational nature of IQfy, and to some extent of much democratic-age intellectualism even in more professional contexts, comes a stilted and, as silly as it sounds if you don't have the right reference points, profoundly un-gentlemanly social mode. Every viable quasi-aristocratic paradigm for male camaraderie and/or intellectual exchange has prized the quality of "natural ease" very highly, and it was one of the first things to go when we entered the techno-dark ages.

            https://i.imgur.com/QAUNZPe.jpeg

            I do agree that manga/light novels have a tendency to drag by the paper and it makes some bookshelfs look ugly. As a fun fact, I am actually living abroad right now because of my job, but back home, I have about 40-50 books of pure jap rubbish. I deeply cherish the memories that they have brought me. But it is just dampens the view when displayed alongside more dense works.

            [...]
            I've read most Sumerian mythology (that I am aware of, curse the passage of time for making these works hard to find) and I can fully say that Gilgamesh is a decent 9.5 for me. The deeply rooted metaphors hidden inside Enkidu's upbringing in the forest and his socialization, Gilgamesh's grief at the middle, and the sudden joke/gutpunch at the end are too marvelous to be compared to most works considering how short of a book it is. It really gives you a glimpse into the kind of thought that inspired the Old Testament.

            If you are interested, or have time lol, the Enuma Elish is by far my favorite book. It's Genesis with a great amount of esence, Now Freudian concepts being born as the chisel touched the stone, the motherly figure having such a focus in a story of old makes you tear up when understanding how a civilization so far from ours has tendencies that perhaps only a child's innocence would be able to muster.

            [...]
            Curiously, I am a Catholic by birth. However, after some thought, maybe a Protestant would align much more with my values than a Catholic. Also, I haven't read much Catholic literature. Nonetheless, I've never given tags much value yet, as I feel that I am still but a child in any theologic discussion.

            [...]
            >generic didn't start off as "generic". Don't forget that.
            Such a great piece of advice, thank you.
            >gen Z spends more time on the abstraction than on the concrete
            I will agree with you on this one, as the recent reimagination of olden classics seems to imply a desire for revamping the view of the world to accomodate more modern points of view (alongside a fervor for accelerating the process of achieveing a cultural "checkpoint" where they believe their points of view to be well informed).

            Perhaps the value that our society has placed in communication and networking (considering the latent loneliness crisis we are facing) is in turn forcing young folk to crave the need to have an opinion validated, even if they do not seek to actually communicate an idea at all (or they do not have one to begin with). I know that has been me in some cases.

            Yeah I should try more of the Babylonian texts, I had sort of a Quixotic obsession with "authenticity" and antiquity of texts when I was reading that stuff, only to realize after the fact that almost all of them were post-Sargonic and most were written by native Akkadian speakers.

          • 2 months ago
            Dwight D Eisenhower

            >post-Sargonic
            I am quite ignorant of what you meant there, can you explain a bit more? Since I also emphatize with you obsession for authenticity, I read most Sumerian texts over the lockdowns as I was getting into Sophiology lol.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I mean written after Sargon of Akkad had conquered Sumer, i.e. at a time when Sumer was no longer the “pure” chthonic birthplace of literature untouched by any outside cultural influence. I just wanted to see what a literature that is entirely of one culture looked like, as opposed to one constructed via conscious processes of syncretism, imitation and repurposing, and the answer seems to be “not much”, although the seeds of sublimity are certainly present.

          • 2 months ago
            Dwight D Eisenhower

            Hmm that's interesting...
            > and the answer seems to be “not much”, although the seeds of sublimity are certainly present.

            Did you find any interesting reads?

            I think it's also just every big hobby gets co-opted by morons that turn it into slop. I had to go and wait forever to find people that weren't leftist idiots that were fine with all the politically incorrect shit I find amusing.

            I kinda wish the big hobbies got gatekept more. It's really how people find friends outside of work/school and work/school have a lot of facades put on to avoid sounding too politically incorrect.

            Hell, I got told off by some white dangerhair in my time in american higher ed for being "racist" as I explained something that my cultural background did as I lived and grew up in that specific non-first world locale.

            Definitely true, also, I don't enjoy the fact that hobbies are either densely time consuming (kinda like tcg), or just have a horrendous entry base (just like music).

            I found MMO's to be good for a bit, but literature also gets really good as a community since you have to actually read for a bit in order to discuss. That will filter out most undecent folk.

          • 2 months ago
            snub-nosed monkey

            it filters out the screeching harpies or morons who want to find a new soapbox. what are they gonna do, tell me lovecraft was racist?

            there's also just too much of a "we welcome everyone" vibe in a lot of major hobbies that's led to them getting co-opted by all sorts of weirdos, extremists (usually leftist, sometimes right-winged), and annoying midwits.

            I just wanna sperg about good lit as I write out a ttrpg module or play something, but I haven't been fortunate enough to find people who just enjoy reading a wide variety. I'm loosely familiar with some of the basics of classical philosophy, old catholic philosophy, and the dawn of modern philosophy due to a large portion of my education being in a non-first world place that still ran off a curriculum from the '70s.

            But, what I find both interesting and sad is the constant attempt of NPC-esque Americans trying to tie their mass/social media-based understanding of the world in comparison with concepts, but all the concepts they seem to know are all very much just things like capeshit, or star wars, or harry potter, or "oppression bad".

            I've seen basic literary references go over the heads of peers in conversation, like calling something a white whale, or calling someone a Don Juan. I just do it without thinking and older folks get the reference. Hell, referential humor or pointing towards them isn't really all that indicative of intelligence, but I kinda find myself puzzled with the idea that people have become increasingly less familiar with all of this stuff.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Did you find any interesting reads?
            Pre-Sargon I would recommend the Kesh Temple Hymn and the Hymn to Enlil. Both profound and beautiful. Enlil and Ninlil is afaik the first fully extant true narrative, but it's pretty abstruse as to the specific meanings of some of the events, which may be due to the fact that their significance was merely local. Still interesting for the seduction and banishment elements though, and for the sexual encounters mediated by human participation, which is certainly open to all sorts of interpretation.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      NF/NP detected. Nearly every single author on your shelf is either INFP, ENFP, or ENFJ. One thing's for certain, no NT can stomach that much feels on one shelf. They'd need to have their stomach pumped.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Incorrect. INTJ / INTP. I share a shelf with my wife though, to be fair.

        Aww, you get the +1 anyway.
        ...so, Ezra Pound. Any recommendations on where to start on his work?

        Honestly, it depends on what you're after. If you're after an education, ABCs and Guide to Kulchur. If you're interested in the WW2 thing, his radio broadcasts are a trip. (NOTE: The broadcasts are online, both the recordings and the transcripts. You can find the recordings here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBUXxEZCpfiPU9pbJ-lwVLm5siwUFHc79 and the transcripts are on https://archive.org/details/ezrapoundspeakin0000poun )
        If you're after his poetry, the LOA Poems and Translations has everything he's made, except Cantos, and asking them to provide The Cantos would be a little absurd.)
        If you're wanting specific recommendations for his poetry, check out The Seafarer, Canto XLV (AKA Usura), The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter, and just jump around to whatever seems interesting to you from there. These 3 will give you a good idea of his stuff. There's also the whole Imagist stuff: Check out "In a Station of the Metro" - It's a 2-line poem. It's a pretty famous one and there's a lot written about it to explain what he's talking about, if you don't immediately get the invocation in your mind's eye that he was after.
        I'm a fan of Pound, but my collection here is more for the family library than it is for myself, so just to be clear, I'm not some Pound expert or anything like that. So, all you'll be able to get is my humble opinions lol

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for recommendations, checked out the "In a Station of the Metro". Nice, got it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      How's the quality on that Cantos? Looking to get a copy and most look really bad.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    best one I've ever seen, not joking, you combine a lot of things I like the basic atmosphere of

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    >seems like the bookshelf of a person with a happy life
    if you knew anyone like that irl you would know that they are not happy with their lives

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I own a bible like that. Same edition, I'm pretty sure

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      Yeah, KJV is the most aesthetic choice by far. It actually reads like literature.

  25. 2 months ago
    Dwight D Eisenhower

    Also thank you all for discussing so earnestly with me, I deeply appreciate it.

  26. 2 months ago
    snub-nosed monkey

    on one hand, cool. on the other hand, your unarranged books are tweaking my autism lmfao.

    I don't blame anyone for liking manga/comics, but I find it to be a chore to buy physically unless it's a stand-alone volume/graphic novel like V for Vendetta. It's just a pain to get an entire collection of a billion manga volumes.

    On the other hand, you're covering a good variety. If you like dense works, I'd definitely recommend you either check out more russians or Charles Dickens. LoTR's a rec if you enjoy that kinda thing.

    As for the other stuff, I'd say maybe give Paradise Lost a shot?

    • 2 months ago
      Dwight D Eisenhower

      I do agree that manga/light novels have a tendency to drag by the paper and it makes some bookshelfs look ugly. As a fun fact, I am actually living abroad right now because of my job, but back home, I have about 40-50 books of pure jap rubbish. I deeply cherish the memories that they have brought me. But it is just dampens the view when displayed alongside more dense works.

      >more bullshit than we have genuine conversation
      Yeah but being goofy and playful, while perhaps not "masculine" enough for some, is not what pushes out genuine conversation. The vast majority of the posting that goes on here (IQfy quite a bit more so than other boards, because it's aspirational) is sublimated rage and frustration. That's what's actually responsible for suffocating anything good. It's entirely possible to be at odds with the world without being consumed by the sort of totalizing revanchist impulse that manifests in neurotic policing of mannerisms. I do understand that a certain amount of anger is a necessary part of the IQfy ethos but that's a subset of its function as a general release valve. On IQfy people are trying to maintain their intellectual "frame" so they can't let loose and have fun, with the result that all that energy in need of release gets realized as anger, at the cost of the more lighthearted, natural exchanges you get on other boards that are ultimately more conducive to productive discussion as opposed to just self-rationalization.

      [...]
      >Gilgamesh
      What do you think of it? I haven't actually read Gilgamesh itself but I've read a bunch of Sumerian(-language, not actually Sumerian) poems/mythology.

      I've read most Sumerian mythology (that I am aware of, curse the passage of time for making these works hard to find) and I can fully say that Gilgamesh is a decent 9.5 for me. The deeply rooted metaphors hidden inside Enkidu's upbringing in the forest and his socialization, Gilgamesh's grief at the middle, and the sudden joke/gutpunch at the end are too marvelous to be compared to most works considering how short of a book it is. It really gives you a glimpse into the kind of thought that inspired the Old Testament.

      If you are interested, or have time lol, the Enuma Elish is by far my favorite book. It's Genesis with a great amount of esence, Now Freudian concepts being born as the chisel touched the stone, the motherly figure having such a focus in a story of old makes you tear up when understanding how a civilization so far from ours has tendencies that perhaps only a child's innocence would be able to muster.

      ++
      Meditations

      +
      Nice Iliad/Odyssey, never seen a dual volume like that
      Swedish Win plushie

      -
      Memer Memerson's 12 Memes of Life
      A few too many pseud pop science books (Quantum Mechanics lol)

      --
      Too many weeb figurines, but the vtumors are what really harm it

      So I'll give you a score of exactly zero.

      You have Confessions but also a KJV, are you a mainline Protestant?

      Curiously, I am a Catholic by birth. However, after some thought, maybe a Protestant would align much more with my values than a Catholic. Also, I haven't read much Catholic literature. Nonetheless, I've never given tags much value yet, as I feel that I am still but a child in any theologic discussion.

      I appreciate some of these recommendations. I'll look into Roger and Samuel, I've never heard of them before.
      >Bradbury
      My wife has nearly everything by him.
      I've been trying to work out a collection for THE MAN, THE LEGEND: Dunsany. It's just really unfortunate that no one has just made an entire "what we currently know of" set yet.
      [...]
      >generic people discussing generic pieces
      Something to note is that generic didn't start off as "generic". Don't forget that. The biggest threat to intellectual discussion about anything, lately, has been presentism.
      >my early years
      You need to look at the world as a broader point. You're currently just noticing your own growth and thinking it has to do with the entire world. I'm not going to say Gen Z can't possibly bring anything to the table, but it's a bit early to make these claims.
      >serious research and discussion without locking the revolution behind long words
      Just to be clear: the use of the "long words" wasn't to gatekeep or be pretentious. Each word was considered and built specifically to properly convey. A synonym doesn't *just* mean a word is "the same" as another word. That was just something people would repeat, until it eventually became "true" with the average person, unfortunately. I don't want to go on a whole rant about post-chomsky linguistics, but I will say that the metaphysics of words were lost as we drifted into the 1960's.
      Now, I can say, both in the positive and negative, that gen Z spends more time on the abstraction than on the concrete. This is often not great without foundations, but we'll see how it turns out. I could see it beneficial for new types of thought, but you will, eventually, have to define terms and such. Otherwise, whatever gains obtained will be lost in a rather short amount of time.
      I'm honestly excited to see what Gen Z has to offer the world in terms of the various mediums, namely literature and art.
      >do you believe you taste in videogames has influenced your taste in books?
      I actually think it's the other way around. I read a lot when I was a kid and I was limited in my access to technology to around an hour or two per day. It completely changed my world when I read Around The World In 80 Days. Jules Verne just has that kind of effect on people, I guess.
      [...]
      You're not wrong. I have found some of my better ideas while goofing off or just going off the cuff. But I've also found some in the restriction. As you mentioned earlier, it's about a proper balance. I enjoyed this back and forth we've had so far. I just get worried about the lack of said balance.
      >while perhaps not "masculine" enough for some
      What's funny is that 70+ years ago, goofing off was part of being masculine. It was more effeminate to fall in line and play a character of absolute self-control. The ebb and flow continues!

      >generic didn't start off as "generic". Don't forget that.
      Such a great piece of advice, thank you.
      >gen Z spends more time on the abstraction than on the concrete
      I will agree with you on this one, as the recent reimagination of olden classics seems to imply a desire for revamping the view of the world to accomodate more modern points of view (alongside a fervor for accelerating the process of achieveing a cultural "checkpoint" where they believe their points of view to be well informed).

      Perhaps the value that our society has placed in communication and networking (considering the latent loneliness crisis we are facing) is in turn forcing young folk to crave the need to have an opinion validated, even if they do not seek to actually communicate an idea at all (or they do not have one to begin with). I know that has been me in some cases.

      • 2 months ago
        snub-nosed monkey

        don't forget that depending on where you are, some books may be easier to find than others. when i lived in parts of asia, i found it strangely easy to acquire old paperbacks of older mid-20th century british/american writers that aren't as relevant anymore.

        the millennials/gen z generations are massively affected by social media. social validation is a craving for them and it fricks with the psyche. i've seen people throw hissyfits when someone they claim is a respected friend doesn't show the same congruent political opinion. it usually happens with a more liberal persuasion, but i've seen it happen with the more "right" winged ones as well. it's made me appreciate older people that know when to stop being performatively focused on form of social status.

        • 2 months ago
          Dwight D Eisenhower

          > i've seen people throw hissyfits when someone they claim is a respected friend doesn't show the same congruent political opinion

          I believe this is the case mostly because classic community is pretty much dead. Friendship levels are at an all time low and most folk don't want to make their job their identity. Add the lack of disposable income and the nonstop rising of prices regarding any social outing (I was just asked for a 20% tip while on a vacation trip to New York, wtf). Most people only develop a decent friend circle while they are in either high school or college, after that, (mainly in the Americas as far as I am aware) they start to become scared of anyone getting to know them past their name and hobbies. This idea that any private information about them can be used against them is the tip of a very long spear that has pierced the heart of young and old men and woman in my opinion. Also even going for a coffee or dinner with a friend can set you back economically if you don't have a decent job or means of taking care of yourself.

          Captcha: RAWR2

          • 2 months ago
            snub-nosed monkey

            I think it's also just every big hobby gets co-opted by morons that turn it into slop. I had to go and wait forever to find people that weren't leftist idiots that were fine with all the politically incorrect shit I find amusing.

            I kinda wish the big hobbies got gatekept more. It's really how people find friends outside of work/school and work/school have a lot of facades put on to avoid sounding too politically incorrect.

            Hell, I got told off by some white dangerhair in my time in american higher ed for being "racist" as I explained something that my cultural background did as I lived and grew up in that specific non-first world locale.

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    ++
    Meditations

    +
    Nice Iliad/Odyssey, never seen a dual volume like that
    Swedish Win plushie

    -
    Memer Memerson's 12 Memes of Life
    A few too many pseud pop science books (Quantum Mechanics lol)

    --
    Too many weeb figurines, but the vtumors are what really harm it

    So I'll give you a score of exactly zero.

    You have Confessions but also a KJV, are you a mainline Protestant?

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    "Whew! What a long day watching Vtubers! Time to re-read volume seven of Vinland Saga again! The most random number possible!"

    It looks like a wide variety of a collection though I really don;t share your tastes and I can't talk too much of manga outside of IQfy, unless you want my recommendations. I think you need some kind of actual shelf to organize it (Manga, Fiction, Nonfiction, and going further from there). It'll be a nice display. What out when displaying figures on top of book pages like that, it can damage the tops of the books sometimes while also risking your figures if they fall off or your books shift around.

    If you like Dune you should read check out book of the New Sun.

    Vinland Saga I'm familiar with and while it's good, it's far from my favorite seinen. Again, not IQfy so I won't say too much.

    My book collection is like on several shelves and half of it is in the basement, I still gotta figure out how to display a lot of it and how what to get rid of.

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Pretty decent. 7/10 based off of quality of content and diversity of content, granted, I don't read manga much, so I can't rate what manga you have there on quality.

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Marry me

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Think you would enjoy the Kalevala

  32. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nice fire hazard/emergency kindling, 10/10

  33. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My rating depends on whether or not you can actually read 日本語

  34. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >owns dolls
    refuse to rate

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