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/lit/ is for the discussion of literature, specifically books (fiction & non-fiction), short stories, poetry, creative writing, etc. If you want to discuss history, religion, or the humanities, go to /his/. If you want to discuss politics, go to /pol/. Philosophical discussion can go on either /lit/ or /his/, but those discussions of philosophy that take place on /lit/ should be based around specific philosophical works to which posters can refer.

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Recommended Literature
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Post an image, other anons recommend books based on your image
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what category of non fiction is actually worth reading?
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what do you think of these guys as far as literature?
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Hinduism vs Buddhism
Hinduism vs Buddhism

Is Buddhism descended from Hinduism? Can they be considered the same?
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Any recommendations for a good dictionary?
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how to refute the theist argument 'why is there something instead of nothing?'
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Who is your favourite booktuber?
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Salvia and the carnival archetype
Those of you who have done salvia should know what I mean here because it is a pretty common theme that occurs when smoking it.

What is with the carnival themes that you experience on salvia?

What do other cultures experience when they do salvia?

How does an evil carnival or clowns, gears, zippers and fractals evoke such a terrifying primordial fear?

Have other writers or religions or scholars written about the darker side of psychedelic experiences?
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I want to become more literate in U.S. politics and history, what should I read?
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Cucktopia finished.

Pls rate my short story.
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What do you call the direction of discourse?
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just met with my creative writing department head because of an error in my application and she was the sweetest person ever, i am so excited to go to school for creative writing bros.

am i the one who is just generally charming? how come everyone i meet is so kind to me, especially females / older females.
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Rudolf Steiner
Has anyone read his works? Is he legit or merely another charlatan like the rest of the Theosophists?

For those who don't know him, he claims to have applied the scientific method to mysticism to develop a precise system of spirituality, but I see many redflags in him suggesting that he's a hack. Jung said his ideas are baseless speculations, he has a highly devoted cult-like following, and is associated with the Theosophists. But I am interested in mysticism and I would greatly appreciate such a system if it isn't some superstitious drivel. Should I read him or not?

>inb4 Christlarping and Materialism
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kant, hegel, marx...
how bout i'm reading none of them
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Is it fair to say that "metal-heads" have better literary tastes than most? Why do you think that is?
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ITT: American books that're actually average at best but made into the canon because America have very few good literature to be proud of and is too insecure to leave their contribution appearing short-handed
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Anyone got recs for huge books by women? Most really big novels seem to be by men so I wanted to try to get an idea of which female novelists have written phat books.

>inb4 women can't write
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How does /lit/ keep up with the times? Do you subscribe to major publications like the NYT, WSJ and WaPo? Or literary magazines like the New Yorker and Paris Review?
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Lovecraftian/Cosmic horror without monsters
Hey, /lit/. I've always been a fan of horror films and scary stories, not for the jump scares or for ghosts or cool monsters, but for the dread, unease, uncanniness and darkness that are often present. Most of these works are trash though, unfortunately.
Essentially, I'm looking for thought-provoking, trippy and thematically rich books, short stories or plays that work within the genre of Lovecraftian horror and inspire both dread, creepiness and fear of the unknown, but ones which are more focused on the existential elements and lack a typical monster or elder God or anything of that nature. Unknown beings are cool, I just don't want something that is relying on physicality so much. I'm not looking for complete mythos of some being, if they appear I want them to never be resolved or their motives clear. Not sure if y'all know what I mean, but yeah.
Some stuff that I've read that fits into this is a huge portion of Thomas Ligottis work, The Color Out Of Space by HP Lovecraft, House Of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, etc...
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Refute this
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Stack Thread
Post your stacks and book hauls.
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ITT: Goodreads reviews
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What are some books that will improve my life in some aspect? Like, improve my economy/health/social skills and so on.
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What's the saddest piece of literature you've ever read?
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Was David Foster Wallace insane?

>"tried to buy a gun. kicked me. climbed up the side of my house at night. followed my son age 5 home from school. had to change my number twice, and he still got it. months and months it went on."
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Where should I start with short stories and short fiction in general?
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What does this person read?
>Does this thot seriously believe that I, who eats and breaths politics for a living, is uneducated on the matter? What a narcissistic idiot. How dare she, my political philosophy is absolutely airtight on every front, comprehensive and completely coherent. My political leanings are dictated by hard-hitting metapsychical truths, not some pesky emotions that fluctuate throughout the day. The amount of brainpower that goes into my thinking is something that this bitch couldn't possibly fathom without it causing her brain to short circuit.
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Favorite transgressive literature? I'm looking for some good shit.
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Should I spend all of 2020 reading?
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I suspect that at least half of the posters here don't even read much, they pretend to be smart for reading pesudointellectual drivel ridden threads rather than actually reading books
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Colossians 3:22 - Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Ephesians 6:5 - Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,

1 Timothy 6:1 - Those who are under the yoke of slavery must regard their masters as worthy of full respect, so that the name of God and our teaching may not suffer abuse.

Titus 2:9-10 - Slaves are to be under the control of their masters in all respects, giving them satisfaction, not talking back to them or stealing from them, but exhibiting complete good faith, so as to adorn the doctrine of God our savior in every way.

1 Peter 2:18 - Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.

Ignatius to Polycarp 4:3 - Do not be arrogant towards male and female slaves, but neither let them become haughty; rather, let them serve even more as slaves for the glory of God, that they may receive a greater freedom from God. And they should not long to be set free through the common fund, lest they be found slaves of passion.


Damn... what a beautiful religion that respects human dignity
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>how you’re holding up
>current book
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>trying to read book
>book has people interacting
>gets anxiety to the point where my chest hurts and I can't breathe
some people weren't meant for this world
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/sffg/ - Science Fiction and Fantasy General
Monthly Reading, December: Ice - Anna Kavan!srJViCRT!aptHCZOiVEYNPu5cteeLuoaZsvknFKfJrtvy39GPG-o

SFF Charts Gallery!QyJVEQpL!utXEIGMAprWxM9GMGLxxtg

/sffg/ Group (40 members)

Threads, Other Charts, Recs, Release Dates, Downloads, etc

Previous Threads
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Carlo Michelstaedter
Has anyone here read him? The few pages of Persuasion and Rhetoric I've read so far are compelling
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durer melancholia I
How do i get into poetry ? I can't distinguish meters and it just sound like regular prose to me. I also can't get into music because i don't understand rythm.
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>S Tier

>A Tier
Henry James

>B Tier

>C Tier

>D Tier
most Americans

>F Tier
Harry Potter, genre fiction, your diary desu, etc
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Why do you think this is ?
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War and Peace
Halfway through this book. Does the plot with the Rostovs get any better? The scenes with Nikolai hunting and dressing up with Natasha almost fucking killed me.
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fuck man i never realized writing was this hard
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Post your own/ unconventional ideas for an post-apocalyptic story.
I'll start
>just a little bit in the future, due to a sudden and unexplained event all of our atmosphere gets replaced gradually with another gas, it is way denser and heavier, causing a feeling of being underwater/lesser gravity.
>naturally, humans and most animals can't brethe it, and plants can't turn it into oxygen.
>the only way of surviving is air-sealing shelters, and providing plants with the carbon dioxide they need to turn into oxygen. The mass production in recent dacades left not much plants to work with though.
>most of the goverments have shut down, so every shelter has to count on themselves
>the only good way of leaving your shelter for more plants/food are special hazmat suits with minmaxed plants in them (maximum oxygen production, minimum size). One scratch to the suit and you are a goner.
>a lot of animals did adapt in time, making them even more dangerous than before.
>constant "gang wars" for valuable plants, like oak trees and others alike. Bullets fly as fast as fat beetles so you better be ready for some slow melee combat.
>the new atmosphere contains numerous gasses that are highly flamable and explosive. Don't even think about using lighters.
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How was this big ol' fraud able to produce something as genius as American Psycho? Are there any other examples of one hit wonder writers?
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Well, /lit/? Is he happy?
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Are their any poor writers? I can't relate to stories told by rich people.
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Can you guys recommend a novelist who fell in love with someone who didn't love them back? Not necessarily an incel or a virgin, just a writer who was head over heels for a specific individual that never gave them time of day.
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Hebrew scriptures
What order to read them in? My physical copy goes: judges, ruth, sam, kings, chronicles, ezra, Nehemiah...
But I've seen other orderings that go from kings to Isaiah.. what do you recommend lit?
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what are some good critiques of spengler?
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Who are the horniest characters in literature?
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>Yes; if my arm trembles, it is because it has never been held by a pretty little hand like yours. I am a complete stranger to women; that is, I have never been used to them. You see, I alone. . . I don't even know how to talk to them."

Books/stories that hit right in the feels?
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Books about how based it is to be a NEET?
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Well, what did I thibk?
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ITT: comfiest books.

Books for those of us who love good food and drink, a nice shower and a warm bed above all. Stuff for reading peacefully before bed.

Hard mode: nothing published after the 19th century.
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Why is this the best book of the last twenty years?
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How do I fix my book?
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I’ve recently realized that my literary taste tends to run towards what people call modernism. I am now looking to intentionally exhaust the movement and hope you can help me fill in the gaps. So far I’ve read pretty much everything by Joyce, Pound and Eliot as well as some works by Wyndham Lewis and Virginia Woolf. Please list any other writers I need to know and especially any works of criticism or non-fiction that are good or notable on modernism.
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Why are there no good Canadian intellectuals?
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Just start this. What I'm in for?
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Why are best anti bourgeoisie writers right-wing?
Otto Weininger, Evola, Ernst Jünger, Codreanu, Mihail Manoilescu, Edgar Jung, E. Michael Jones, Jan Zahradnícek, Charles Maurras, etc?
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>15 page single spaced paper due in 12 hours
>armed with 60mg of addy
lets do it
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Trying to Get a Break
Dear /lit/,

Last month, I finished the manuscript for my book of poetry. 130 pages, 66 poems, all quality, each between 1/3 a page all the way to 14 pages long for one particular poem, majority falling between 1-3 pages. It's a collection of poems going back to my very first written poem to my most recent poems from a couple months ago, written between ages 8 and my current age of 24. I'd say about half of the poems were written over the past 2 years, when I started making a serious effort of writing more consistently. They range in subject from nature to the city to little vignettes to silly word poems to personal experiences, while avoiding anything political or SJW or trite and cliché, each poem having its own unique character, each being different from each other. I have a great title and a really aesthetically appealing cover. I've been sending single poems to online and physical journals and websites and contests, one even being picked up to be published on a website's homepage at the end of this month. Other than that, I'm not having much luck 'getting discovered'. I've emailed about a dozen literary agents with a compelling query letter and 10-page sample, yet to hear back from any of them. I'm starting to do open-mic nights in my local area, and I get good responses, but it's hard to keep up the buzz. I've always loathed social media with all its egotism, privacy shattering, degeneracy, and time-wasting, but I sucked it up and accepted the necessary evil so long as I use it to solely focus on the poetry or anything that pertains to me in regards to performing the poetry or getting it out there and etc., not as my personal vanity project, but I still refrain from using hashtags...for now. I just have an instagram and facebook page as of right now, planning on soon having my own website, a tumblr, and maybe a snapchat for the poetry.

I've messaged small presses via email and social media, still not hearing back from anyone.

How can I break through? My stuff is good, much better than 95% of the work that is already getting published and selling many copies today. I should know. I've had the displeasure of buying and reading dozens of the contemporary works that have come out over the past 10 years.

I'd appreciate any advice, and would greatly appreciate if I could send a select number of anons an ARC of the manuscript to get feedback from, but I'd probably have to blackbar my name or anything that reveals my personal info for right now, because I'm not a complete moron and don't want to get DOXX'd and linked to 4chan, at least not until I'm already out there and have sold enough copies where it wouldn't matter anymore.



>pic somewhat related, but I think I'm better than him
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How come there's no drawthreads on /lit/? Even if you're not an artist, it'd be fun. Pic unrelated.
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What does this mean
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Hindu literature
Hello, about two months ago I read the Bhagavad-Gita (Edwin Arnold translation) and liked it. Recently I've been picking it up again and memorizing some passages, finding it more insightful each time with regards to intricacies of wording and imagery. I'm thinking about reading some more old Hindu stuff but it's rather overwhelming as there's such a large body of literature. I found a copy of the Rig Veda (Ralph T.H. Griffith translation) for cheap at a used bookstore; haven't bought it yet. The rest of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana also look enticing but they're huge and I don't know which translations are good. I read a couple pages of the Romesh Chunder Dutt translation of the Mahabharata and it was good but it's condensed into a few hundred page so I don't know how accurate it is to the whole thing. I like blank verse translations, they're much more enjoyable than prose and as I understand, preserve accuracy well enough. What works/translations should I read, and in what order?
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>I've lived so little that I tend to imagine I'm not going to die; it seems improbable that human existence can be reduced to so little; one imagines, in spite of oneself, that sooner or later something is bound to happen. A big mistake. A life can just as well be both empty and short. The days slip by indifferently, leaving neither trace nor memory; and then all of a sudden they stop.
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AI bros will dominate classical /lit/
pure class
You are Wizard, a wizard living in the kingdom of Larion. You have a staff and
a spellbook. You finish your long journey and finally arrive at the ruin you've
been looking for. You look around and see that it's a ruined city. The ruins
seem to be made entirely out of stone with no signs of life within them. There
is also a large hole in the ground leading into darkness
> Conjure a sick sound system that constantly recites the Illiad to the peasants

You conjure up a sick sounding music box that plays the ill fated poem to the
people. They all enjoy the song as much as you did when you were little.

"Goodbye my friends! I am leaving this world soon!"

> Interrogate the peasants about the meaning of the Illiad

You walk over to the peasant who has been singing to the tune of the song. He
looks at you and smiles. "I don't know what you're talking about".

"Well then tell me what the poem means".

He doesn't say anything and just walks away
> Smite him with bronze lightning and inspire fear in the other peasants

You swing your staff and strike the peasant with a bolt of lightning. The bolt
of lightning strikes the peasant in his chest causing him to fall backwards.
The other peasants look on in shock and fear. You smile and walk away.
The peasants start running for their homes
> Conjure speakers in everybodies home playing the Illiad

You conjure up speakers in everybodies home that play the ill fated poem to everyone.
Everyone is filled with terror and panic. The peasants run out of their houses
and into the streets. The peasants are terrified and frightened.
> Stop one of the peasants and ask him if Helene of Troy is truely the most beautiful of all women

You stop one of the peasants and ask him if Helene of Troy is truly the most
beautiful of all women. He says yes. You smile and walk away.
> Slaughter all peasants like Ajax slaughtered sheep but save the wise peasant

You slay all the peasants like Ajax slaughtered sheep but save the wise peasant.
He thanks you and runs off.
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Well /lit/?
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Are there any pictures that perfectly catch the downfall of the Western civilization?
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Can anyone recommend a book on small talk? I'm a semi sperg and have a hard time when I try.
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Authors/works on tradition
Please recommend me authors or works that talk about tradition as a concept and its effects on society, thanks in advance bros
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What are the best books on ploting if I want to write a long book with multiple characters and story-lines, like War and Peace?

In short: books that help one structure a multi-plot novel.

I'm not saying I can write something as good, but I like the idea of those long works that deal with the live of several different people.
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what is the ultimate routine to reach your highest potential?
which books should you read and how often?
what should your nutrition consist of and how often should you exercise?
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just bough this what am I in for

which one should I read
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what am I in for
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What are some decent books on life in contemporary Central Europe?
Either in English or my native German.
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I need a favor.
Do any of you lads own a copy of Serotonin by Houellebecq ?
Digital or physical, doesn't matter.
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The Kidney Donation Argument is a variation on Thompson’s Violinist Analogy. According to this formulation, we are supposed to imagine a society consisting of two citizens and a government. One of the citizens is a man who has kidney failure and will die unless he receives a kidney transplant. The other citizen is woman who is a healthy potential organ donor. The question posed by the argument is: would the government be right to force the woman to donate a kidney to the man? Most people’s (correct) reaction is to say no. Even if it would be admirable for the woman to donate her kidney, the man is not entitled to it. Rather, the woman has a right to exercise “ownership” over her kidney by refusing to donate the organ for the sustenance of another even if it means that a person with intrinsic value will die. If so, the argument runs, then it would also be wrong for the government to force a pregnant woman to “donate” her uterus for the sustenance of a fetus even if it means that the fetus will die as a result of that refusal.

Pic related is the text I am referring to. Don't delete my thread, thanks.
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The Bhagavad-Gita
So this is just Krishna and some random prince masturbating in front of each other on a battlefield, occasionally with the prince giving Krisha a hand
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>when you accidentally click the SEP result instead of the Wikipedia one
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How do we solve the question of urbanism? I find American and Canadian cities completely unfit for literature. There is no drama, no stage presence, only a sea of traffic and Prius-owning bugmen. What's going on with our cities and why do they suck so much?
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Vrai héros
>Don't read much , like to watch movies
> Tell myself i have to read because there could be a world of entertaiyment that I'm missing out on
>Read 1984
>Think meh, not a bad experience it's just like reading a movie plot that you don't get to see come to life
> Feel underwhelmed.

Does this reading thing gets better ?

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Recommending my sister a book
My sister is 23 and hasn't been reading a lot (at all) the last few years. Since she moved back she saw me reading and wanted a recommendation. She likes:
>comfort food
>her looks (but she's not that pretty, I don't want a book that her make her realize that, she kinda bases her life on her looks)
She's not dumb but she just isn't book smart. She is very perceptible and talks a lot about what other people do and say, things I don't even know how she knows. She just got her masters degree in architecture so I recommended some theory and discourse but she found it boring and said she didn't get it and that it was more for men. What should I get her that will get her to read more and start liking books?
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>The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence of all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

So if capitalist technology is progressive and Marxist metaphysics endorses this progression, why do we pretend like there is a meaningful debate to be had between them?
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>'What's your name, wench?' Faramir spoke gruffly.
>'Rosie Cotton, but most call me Rose, if it please m'lord' answered the stout hobbit female, if indeed a creature barely three feet tall could be called that. Faramir noticed that her skirt lambasted many crudely drawn floral motifs, such as they were. Still, it was tattered and its hems were dirty.
>'We had a name for those of your kind in Gondor, though I dare say they were not as diminutive, far from it, my dear bulbous rose', mused Faramir while a nasty grin bloomed across his face.
>'We called them slam-sows, and you fit the type. If your cunt is accomodating enough, we can play enter-my-castle ere the day is done'. He started unclasping his sword belt.
>'But...Samwise -'
> only half a man. Time for you to ascertain the full length of your boundaries. Get in that grass hole like a good gopher, I don't have all day. That pointed-hat pederast is bound to come knocking before I finish...' The round door closed with a rusty whine, and soon grunts could be heard, as when a cumbersome lad straddles a pig on a dare.
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"The Church at the time of Galileo kept much more closely to reason than did Galileo himself, and she took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo's teaching too. Her verdict against Galileo was rational and just, and the revision of this verdict can be justified only on the grounds of what is politically opportune" (Paul Feyerabend)

"Most of Galileo's opponents [...] like Bellarmine, [...] agreed that the phenomena were in the sky but denied that they proved Galileo's contentions. In this, of course, they were quite right" (Thomas Kuhn)

"Logic was on the side of Osiander, Bellarmine and Urban VIII, not on the side of Kepler and Galileo. The former had understood the exact scope of the experimental method, and, in this respect, the latter were mistaken" (Pierre Duhem)
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Hey /lit/
Is there a list of Accelerationism around here?
Both l/acc and r/acc, if you might
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Is this book actually any good? I like intellectually wanky books generally, but this seems a bit overboard as far as authorial intellectual autofellatio goes.
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Books on celibacy or non cooming?
I worked a week without masturbating but I just gave in, feel really dissapointed.
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What is the most funniest book you ever read?
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I wrote a book. Give it a read if you enjoy some prose.
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Dear bros, I’m that anon who became a vagabond and went roaming across the world. Life’s been kind of shitty. Anyhow, I’ve just published my first novel in wattpad (it’s also kinda shitty). I’m on public WiFi so won’t be able to answer your always welcome racist rants and destructive criticism. Thank you for all your reccs through the years. Goodnight

Ps. The novel is published as Myanmar by Alejandrogpuente. It’s in spanish.
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Rate my poem, /lit/
Did you ever hear the legend of loli-katyusha the smelly?
Did you ever hear the legend of her precious little feet?
O Lord, the urge to shoot my dirty white secrete
On that Russian minor's commie belly
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How do you respond?
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is any of his poetry or lit worth reading?
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I wrote a story. It's probably terrible and I don't see a critique thread open, so let's start one.

I'll give feedback too.
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I'm looking for good books about Orthodox Christianity. When it comes to Catholicism, it's very easy to know what to read, between the doctors of the Church, the Encyclicals, the lives of the Saints. What are the equivalent for Orthodox Christianity ? Also looking for books explaiining why the filoque is wrong and why there is no pope, only patriarch.
This is not a thread about conversion. And atheists be gone.
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The year is ending.
How many books have you read this year?

Me maybe 6. But I only started recently.
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What Latvian, Romanian and Czech novels are worth reading?
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ITT post your
>Top 3 books
>Favorite author
And anons guess your age and rate.
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Is latinoamerican literature the most emotional literature of all?
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How can a book be so good? I'm currently into my third reading and analyzing its structure, why each type of city appears where it does, what are the main ideas found in the dialogues between the Khan and Polo. Fuck, guys, is this what the anxiety of influence looks like? Why write if I can't achieve this much basedness?
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Post a book you've read
Post a soundtrack that goes well with it

TLOU OST goes really well with Blood Meridian.
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Imagine thinking Euripides isn’t a better tragedian than Sophocles.
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Which personality type makes the best writers?
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What books does your girlfriend read?
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Dune Messiah
Why was it so shit?
The whole book was about Paul being a giant moody faggot after he became emperor
And bringing back Duncan Idaho as Hayt was the most gaytarded thing I have ever read
A fucking FISH gives it to Paul and then you barely hear from him again
Paul somehow believes that he's good for the Universe even though he killed like 60 billion people from his Jihad
And then he gets blinded by an atomic weapon from "imperial forces", WHICH AREN'T MENTIONED AGAIN FOR THE REST OF THE BOOK
It just happens out of the blue
And then he decides to walk into the desert and die
How did this piece of shit book ever become popular?
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The All-Embracing Library
Some kind anon posted his library, but all of the folders were zipped. I unzipped them and created a new torrent.
A few files were too long to seed; I put these in a file called "RIGHT CLICK 7ZIP EXTRACT HERE.7z". Just follow that and they'll be immediately placed into the right folders.
Magnet link:
All credit for the actual books goes to the original anon; I just unzipped them.
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>read for an hour
>forget majority of it next day
What do?
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>telescreens = smart tvs
>2 minute hate = Twitter metoo
>doublethink = feminism and pro-immigration
>thought crime = cancel culture
When did you realize that we literally live in a 1984 dystopia?
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>be me in high school, 2008
>book report coming up
>do it on ulysses
>teacher doesn't even read it and just gives me a 95% because she doesn't want to read it
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>What horrible stridency is this, flung with such force
>Into the silence?
>Is it some ruined god, bellowing his despair?
>Some challenge cast at the good folk
>Who people this select suburb?

>The wrath of countless ages is in it,
>The primal urge that has goaded flesh from the beginning.
>So loud it is, so insistent,
>It dispels the thought we would fain give
>To the petty matters that await our hands.

>All our smug complacency is stunned by it.
>We pursue our affairs as shadows,
>Coerced into an acquiescence that it forces upon us.

>Is it a curse upon rejection of something vital,
>A flinging into our ears of a truth
>That we regulate our existences to forget?

>Hear it!
>Is it the shouting of some tremendous and dark spirit that we thought we had conquered centuries ago?
>Is it some Satanic laughter that would shame
>The enervation that has tamed this blood in us?
>Is it a guffaw conceived in Hell
>To shatter the fundamentals of our petty Heaven?
>What ancient and terrible derision does it hurl at us?
>Is it thunder of this age?

>No; in keeping with a suburb so quiet and select as this is,
>It is a neighbour’s cow,
>Pastured by him in a paddock worth a fortune as building sites,
>And crying for a bull.
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*writes a self-insert story in which his favorite poet teaches him more about poetry*
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redpill me on joyce.

never read him.
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>average antinatalist
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Why anglos don't have a royal academy of english?
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books that deserve an anime adaptation
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Did Aquinas ever speculate as to why God exists? As in, not talking about why it's evident he exists, rather, about His existence. I know that he believes God is pure actuality, but why is he here?
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How do read ancient philosophy after being exposed to modern science , it's like reading a particular set of uninteresting mythologies , i might as well just read the bible.
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Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire
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So this is a banned chapter in all modern editions of Voltaire's famous book (including the French one):

>You order me to draw you a faithful picture of the spirit of the Jews, and of their history, and — without entering into the ineffable ways of Providence, which are not our ways — you seek in the manners of this people the source of the events which that Providence prepared.

>It is certain that the Jewish nation is the most singular that the world has ever seen; and although, in a political view, the most contemptible of all, yet in the eyes of a philosopher, it is, on various accounts, worthy consideration.

>The Guebers, the Banians, and the Jews, are the only nations which exist dispersed, having no alliance with any people, are perpetuated among foreign nations, and continue apart from the rest of the world.

Full read here:
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Is it kino?
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>I am licensed to talk in the name of other Human beings, their culture and religion because muh big brain and self-enlightenment, so I know better
Are all fedoratard writers like this?
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The fear of not understanding
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>You pick up a critically acclaimed Book.
>This particular Book has been studied throughout the history by the smartest people of the planet, who've spent most of their life learning this esoteric subject
>You have no formal education on this particular subject. You choose to read it anyway, you read a few lines, but question yourself as to whether you've truly understood what's being said.
>You read it again and again but aren't sure you've the right interpretation.
>You read it one more time before you finally succumb to your already lowered self-esteem.
>You drop the book.
Has this happened to anyone else, or am I the only idiot? What do I do?
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>speaking in corp-derived syntax (also known as hashtags)
>let's get this bread
>x broke the internet
>(SONG) slaps!

Is the death of modern language (due to social media) a significant contributor to the eventual collapse of Western society?
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>“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

What a fucking cop-out. "Dude he has to push a boulder up a hill for eternity (not like me lol I'm a French celeb/pseud philosopher with a pretty nice life) but we must imagine him happy!!! See? I solved it bro :^) Why should we imagine him happy, you ask? Uhhh.. We just have to, that's it. Just be happy bro. Next question, please!" This stuff is for brainlets and optimist pseuds who need a cope. 0/10 philosopher and a shit tier author too.
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This fakery is fraudulent
This vile book is hateful and mean spirited and has been exposed conclusively as a hoax but yet it continues to be presented as genuine by hateful people to justify their hate filled bigotry

Vile disgusting fake hoax
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What's the difference between threat appraisal and threat perception?
In cognitive-behavioral science threat appraisal is someone's evaluation of the degree of a perceived threat and the possibility of it happening, and how it relates with anxiety, fear, insecurity, etc.

Threat perception is a term in international relations and political psychology that refers to how leaders interpret and perceive threat and make decisions based on those perceptions.

Appraisal does seem like more of an activity than perception but the distinction between these two terms is still vague to me.... Can I use them interchangeably? Like a leader's threat appraisal at a certain time?

I want to use cognitive behavioral findings on threat appraisal in my political psychology essay but I want to make sure I'm not talking out of my ass.

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question but whatever.
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savoir faire
i am joining the diplomatic corp of my country soon. i want a book that will teach me the classical art of conversation—maybe something from the 19th/early 20th century? i want to keep the ball in the air, memorable and enjoyable but not edgy, pointed away from me, etc.
i dont need confidence or to know how to have normal conversations. already read the courtier
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I understand how but why ?
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Books that influenced you
Any books that carry useful philosophy or lessons without being explicitly about said subject? Ideally fiction.

I'd read Lawrence of Arabia long ago & learned a bit about life in the desert. The Foundation series gave a word for the social engineering I was struggling to live with & made it easier for me to deal with internally.
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Frodo rose from its chair. The suckling pig with 'taters and onions dipped in garlic juice laid restless on the silver plate, inlaid with gold. Sam rose with him, a curious look on his face.

'What's the matter lord Frodo? Is something a miss?'

'Where's that elf whore I was promised, Sam? I came here to jest and whore my last days away, and I'm out of jest already.' said Frodo, face red with the dark Rivendell wine he drank, a red stain on his fine satin tunic. 'I want my whore and I WANT HER NOW!'

Sam always hated when he shouted. There were days when Frodo could be as sweet and innocent as a maid on her wedding night, but there were others when he could become aggressive if something was to his dislike. This was one of those days. He always shouted when he was angry. And he always turned violent when he shouted.

Please gods, not on my face. Please, I've been good to lord Frodo, don't let him turn his rage on my face, please!

'Sam? My dear Sam, look at me' a sly smile was on Frodo's face, and with a gentle hand, he brushed Sam's cheek, as a man pets his dog. 'You've always been good to me, haven't you Sam? You've always been there for me... You've always been a good boy, haven't you?'

A hand rested on Sam's shoulder. Pain crept through his body, and with a fast movement, he was forced on his knees, fear struck on his face as he watched his master unbutton his breaches. His erect cock was out before Sam could muster any sound.

'Now Sam, let's see how deep is your Bag's end.'
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Fifteen seconds guidance is internal, twelve, eleven, ten, nine
Ignition sequence start. six, five, four, three, two, one, zero
Because he started with experiments in the backyard, Jack Parsons
As a little boy he already went a bit too far
But the trouble really started when he found another young arsonist
Because together they were ready to reach the stars
(Reach the stars)
So the two began to play around with abscess process
Jack is calling from a a local powder company
Then the day began to really ... Rocket scientist
Thought that both would do what no one else had achieved
How high
(How high)
Does your rocket fly?
(Does your Rocket fly)
Better be careful boys
You just might
(You just might)
Set the world on fire
(On fire)
Better be careful boys set the world on fire
So Jack became a loyal follower of Mr, Aleister Crowley
He took an oath to be a Magister Templi
His pretty house in Pasadena was notorious for the orgies
Every night Abyssinian mysteries
Then his company became the famous JP Laboratories
His reputation made it difficult to proceed
(Difficult to proceed)
And at their home there was a chemical magical ceremony
They found his body in an pile of blood and debris
How high
(How high)
Does your rocket fly?
(Does your Rocket fly)
Better be careful boys
You just might
(You just might)
Set the world on fire
(On fire)
Better be careful boys set the world on fire
How high
(How high)
Does your rocket fly?
(Does your Rocket fly)
Better be careful boys
You just might
(You just might)
Set the world on fire
(On fire)
Better be careful boys set the world on fire
Do what thy will
Do what thy will
Do what thy will
Do what thy will
Love is the law
Love is the law
Love is the law
Love is the law
Fly me to the moon
Fly me to the moon
Fly me to the moon
Fly me to the moon
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just one more line
what kind of nonsense do you write when you're musing? do you save it or get rid of it?

does it even have any value?
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>wanted to learn some useless language for fun
>chose Esperanto, because why not
>realized it was invented by some Jew so it's probably some bizarre dark scheme
Why can't we be free? Also, is Esperanto a /lit/ language?
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Smart Shopper
I consider this my best work.
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>There are anons on this board that have not read a single word of Homer, Pindar, Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Euripedes, Hesiod, Aristophones, Herodotus, Sappho, Plutarch, Ovid, Virgil, Lucretius, Arisoto, Horace, St. Augustine, Marcus Aurelius, Rabelais, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Luther, Cervantes, Chaucer, the Beowulf poet, Chretien de Troyes, Marie de France, Sterne, Burton, Browne, Wyatt, Sidney, Percy Shelley, Tennyson, Donne, Pope, Dryden, Bacon, Novalis, Schelling, Schlegal, Hegel, Pascal, Lichtenberg, Dickinson, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Dickens, Marlowe, Diderot, Jonson, Goethe, Bunyan, Gibbon, Addison, Smollett, Milton, Johnson, Boswell, Emerson, Quincey, Burke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Mary Shelley, Wollstonecraft, Racine, Baudelaire, Valery, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Moliere, Montaigne, Browning, Gray, Holderlin, Schiller, Shaw, Voltaire, Hugo, Balzac, Zola, Colette, Duras, Dumas, Stendhal, Nerval, Flaubert, Mallarme, Malraux, Chateaubriand, Artaud, Poe, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Keats, Arnold, Pater, Walter Scott, Swinburne, Rossetti, Carroll, William James, Henry James, Hawthorne, Twain, Melville, Dewey, Bergson, Whitehead, George Eliot, Williams, Frost, Cummings, Crane, Stevens, Whitman, Plath, Trakl, Rilke, Celan, Montale, Neruda, Lorca, Tagore, Manzoni, Peake, Murdoch, Wharton, Wilde, Leopardi, Faulkner, O'Connor, Passos, Nietzsche, Marx, Adorno, Bloch, Lukacs, Bakhtin, Hamsun, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov, Andreyev, Bely, Bulgakov, Gonchorov, Camoes, Pessoa, Queiroz, Saramago, Paz, Borges, Bloy, Pirandello, Huysmans, Lautreamont, Schwob, Casares, Bolano, Cortazar, Lima, Donoso, de Assis, Carpentjier, Celine, Marquez, Unamuno, Gracq, Gide, Jarry, Camus, Conrad, Wells, Hardy, Salinger, Lawrence, Forster, Hrabal, Swift, Bronte, Woolf, Bachelard, Roussel, Beckett, Proust, Nabokov, Joyce, O'Brien, Yeats, Waugh, Heaney, Auden, Hofmannsthal, Mann, Musil, Broch, Zweig, Bachmann. Jelinek, Lessing, Laxness, Simenon,Svevo, Levi, Buzzati, Quasimodo, Llosa, Walser, Kafka, Babel, Schulz, Transtromer, Kertesz, Pavic, Andric, Grossmann,Sillanpää, Linna, Mahfouz, Boll, Grass, Canetti, Pavese, Robbe-Grillet, Blanchot, Perec, Calvino, Bernhard, Gass, Barth, Gaddis, Vollmann, Vidal, Hawkes, DeLillo, Pynchon, McElroy, Soseki, Murasaki, Shonagon, Kawabata, Mishima, Akutagawa, Tanizaki, Dazai, Oe, Xinjiang, Yan, Kosztolanyi, Gombrowicz, Ishiguro, Eco, Coetzee, Auerbach, Benjamin, Barthes, Pasternak, Derrida, Deleuze, Bateson, Foucault, Lyotard, Mcluhan, Eichenbaum, Steiner, Munro, Carson, Handke, Theroux, Patrick White, Alfau, Marias, Enard, Claude Simon, Elizabeth Bishop, Markson, Lowry, Bellow, Dara

Explain yourselves
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I fell in love with a boy at my college. What are some books that will help me cope with guilt over being a disgusting faggot?
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