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What are you going to read while these restrictions are in place?

I'm reading John Wiliams' Augustus and some Seneca. Can't be fucked committing to a tome right now.

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>> No.14991075

Julius Cesar, Aeneid, Cicero, Augustus

>> No.14991153

I have read the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini. It's great, everyone should read it. It has one of the best prison breaks in literature. He's also so arrogant (I love it) that the translator almost lost his patience with him a couple of times.

I stumbled upon it when I started reading The Autobiography of Alexander Herzen. First I wanted to read Herzen, but after the intro it transformed into Cellini -> War and Peace -> Herzen.

Some Anon recommended Breece Pancake a few days ago, so I'll read that one in between since it's shorter.

>> No.14991436

I finished atomised today i read the english translation which was not elegant as i suppose the french is

>> No.14991440

So far I've read

>The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason
>The Desert of the Real
>Illustrated Guide to the Rules of Football
>Some Plato dialogues
>50+ legal opinions
>5 legal articles
>3 jurisprudence articles

Halfway through Valis right now.

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These are what I read so far. Sad to say, I actually didn't finish Hunter S Thompson Generation of Swine or Zen Journals.

>> No.14991668

no one here reads.

>> No.14991690

Timothy Tox's Pennsylvaniad

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Reading this at the moment.
Kind of puzzled where this is going.

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Theories in Second Language Acquisition, ISBN: 0415824214
Really good so far, highly recommended if you're new to second lanugage learning with structure.

>> No.14992058

>direct democracy
Yawn. Learn to vote with your feet, and you'll never need to vote again.

>> No.14992115

I have that same copy of Le Fanu but have not read it

>> No.14992137

You mean like kickboxing?

>> No.14992157

Trying to read as much Ballard as I can– I've already read Atrocity Exhibition, Concrete Island, Empire of the Sun and a bunch of his short stories (if you haven't read The ICU I would recommend it to all of you, its unnervingly relevant to the current experience of self-isolation).

I'm also making my way through the entirety of Kant's critique of Pure Reason. I've read excerpts from it previously for university, but only as a way of responding to Hume's problem of causality. I want to get a much better grasp of Kant himself this time around

>> No.14992173

Direct action is a sticking plaster solution, revolutions always instil even more rigid governmental structures than those in place beforehand because the leaders of the revolutions become power-hungry, or at least used to a feeling of power, and want to hold on to it as rigidly as possible. It's a natural extension/extrapolation of human nature, it's better to work within the confines of the system we currently find ourselves in if you want lasting change to society as a whole. If society can degenerate fully within the confines of a terribly flawed democracy it can be revitalised within a terribly flawed democracy. Don't loose hope anon.

>> No.14992307

>If society can degenerate fully within the confines of a terribly flawed democracy it can be revitalised within a terribly flawed democracy.
Nothing in your post indicates to me that this is achievable beyond a rudimentary hope against the odds. I do not wish for the degeneration or revitalisation of society within democracy anon, I wish for nothing less than the disintegration of democracy itself. It is a bloated, inefficient and needlessly bureaucratic process that weakens the social ties between us, and inspires only in-group self-interest amongst citizens and a zombified culture of cannibalism among elected representatives (IE, eat as much as you can while you're still in power to ensure that whoever comes after you struggles to overturn any policies that you have implemented). I fail to see how any change can happen under these conditions.

>> No.14992313

The Savage Detectives

>> No.14992339

Based, I'm reading it too. I'm currently 50 pages in.

>> No.14992343

I'm continuing with the greeks, of course (Plato is up next, I hope he won't filter me)
Plus some fiction on the side

>> No.14992347

Perhaps these are symptoms of the sickness that is late-stage democracy as attached to a bloated state. The mere existance of career politicans makes me agree with you, the power incentives as set up currently encourage the "all you can eat" approach to governing as every actor seeks to gain a favorable entry in the history books. But I don't know if this is a natural result of having a democratic system, any suggested reading on the subject? I'm always open to new ideas.

>> No.14992394

The only person who has actually posed a genuine alternative to democracy is Moldbug and his patchwork theory, but even then, the guy is essentially a meme at this point, its hard to take him seriously when he's still using matrix-pill analogies. I have always considered myself a leftist, so the fact that I am actually entertaining the ideas of someone who would be considered far-right by most is genuinely bizarre.

I would honestly not be opposed to democracy if those in power could be trusted to wield power responsibly, but suffice to say I am deeply resigned to fatalism on this subject. I wish I could offer you more.

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I believe in you anon, don't think like that. Books don't "filter" you, they just force you to improve your level of comprehension so that you can understand them. Do you really think authors wrote books with the intention of having people not read them? I'm aware that most of the greeks didn't write the books in the literal sense but the point that they want their ideas spread as far as possible stands.
I'll look into Moldburg, if he has some interesting viewpoints I don't mind if he's a bit of a meme. Political affiliation are all a bit arbitrary anyway, if a good idea comes from any direction politically I'm all ears for it.

>> No.14992453

>I have always considered myself a leftist, so the fact that I am actually entertaining the ideas of someone who would be considered far-right by most is genuinely bizarre.
It's not a left-right polarity but a circle, one point being capitalist liberalism and the point opposite of that being... Something else.

>> No.14992475

Still going through Greeks, halfway through Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and right after I’ll be starting Homer. Before this entire fiasco started I bought Praise of Folly, so if I tire from Greek stories and lore I might open that up. Honestly wish I had more but until bookstores in my area open up I cant do anything, and bookstores near me sell what I want for incredibly cheap so I dont want to buy online either.

>> No.14992478

>Books don't "filter" you, they just force you to improve your level of comprehension so that you can understand them
I don't mind dedicating a lot of time so that I can figure out certain stuff, but I'm afraid that every one of us has limits to his intelligence so I doubt that we all can comprehend literally everything, even if given a lot of time.
Still, I believe in myself. No time to be demotivated, at least not until I come to Hegel or something.
Thanks for the encouragement in any case.

>> No.14992547

interesting, does it present a unified school of thought or just the best of the best?

>> No.14992662


Getting toward the end of Wealth of Nations (an older, incomplete edition), but I've been doing that for months anyway. RN at home it's scholarly articles on a specific subject in the history of math, I'm winding down with these. Realistically I think it's another topic in history of math after this but I might actually do some presocratics/Plato at some point here, been putting that off for a long time.

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