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Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free.
Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay <img class="aligncenter" title="bookshelf of vintage books" alt="" src="http://thenonist.com/images/uploads/KUPFERSITCH-KABINETT-DRESD2.jpg" width="343" height="344" /> Photo by the nonist There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love.
Top 10 Existential Novels #10 - FIGHT CLUB  Chuck Palahniuk "It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero." #09 - JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT  Louis-Ferdinand Celine
post written by: Marc Email In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully.
post written by: Marc Email The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online.
Many of us think of university as the great opening-up of our lives – a time to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking. The following books are just a tiny smidge of the countless great works of literature available today. But these seven are required reading for university students because they all have, at their core, a deep discontent for the status quo, which many of us share at this time in our lives. Enjoy.
The Story of O by Pauline Réage When French publisher Jean Paulhan told his lover Anne Desclos that no woman could produce a truly erotic novel, she wrote Histoire d'O , about a Parisian fashion photographer who submits herself to any sexual desire her lover has, including blindfolds and piercings. Paulhan called the book "the most ardent love letter that any man has ever received," and the two agreed to have it published in 1954, using the pseudonym Pauline Réage. (Desclos would later use another pseudonym, Dominique Aury, to mask her identity further.) In 1994, 40 years after the sadomasochistic masterpiece The Story of O was published, Aury, now in her late eighties, finally revealed that she was Réage (and Desclos) in a New Yorker interview .
"Rimbaud" redirects here. For other people named Rimbaud, see Rimbaud (surname) . For the album, see Rimbaud (album) Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud ( / r æ m ˈ b oʊ / or / ˈ r æ m b oʊ / ; French pronunciation: [aʁtyʁ ʁɛ̃bo] ; 20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet. Born in Charleville , Ardennes , he produced his works while still in his late teens— Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare"—and gave up creative writing before the age of 20.
Factotum (1975) is the second novel by American author Charles Bukowski . The plot follows Henry Chinaski , Bukowski's alter ego , who has been rejected from the World War II draft and makes his way from one menial job to the next (hence a factotum ). Factotum was adapted into a film of the same name starring Matt Dillon in 2005. Factotum takes place in 1944 and follows the life of perpetually unemployed alcoholic Henry Chinaski as he drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class Los Angeles in search of a job that will not come between him and his first love: writing.
Naked Lunch (sometimes The Naked Lunch ) is a novel by William S. Burroughs originally published in 1959. The book is structured as a series of loosely-connected vignettes . Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. [ 1 ] The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone .
Mit o Sizifu ( franc. Le Mythe de Sisyphe ) je knjiga filozofskih eseja francuskog egzistencijalističkog filozofa Alberta Camusa . Djelo je prvi put objavljeno 1942 . Apsurdno prosuđivanje [ uredi ] Camus poglavlje počinje objašnjavanjem što on smatra glavnim pitanjem filozofije : zahtijeva li nužno samoubojstvo realizacija besmislenosti i apsurda života. U nastavku objašnjava stanje apsurda – velik dio života gradimo na nadi za sutrašnji dan, a sutrašnji dan nas vodi korak bliže smrti ; ljudi žive nesmetano iako su svjesni neizbježnosti smrti.
“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” These two quotes are two of the central themes in the book, The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago. It was interesting to me that the boy was referred to as Santiago only on the first page, and then for the remainder of the story, he was called simply, the boy. Perhaps the author did that on purpose to make the reader feel like the story could be as much about them as it was about the boy.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Reason for Reading: My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge Rating: 5/5 Summarize the plot: Welcome to the future. People are now created in test-tubes, and trained from birth via sleep-hypnosis to know their place in society.
Fiction - paperback; Faber and Faber; 240 pages; 2006. Four adolescents -- expat Brits who live in France -- run away from their family homes to spend the summer in the forest free from adult control. Here they set up a new society called The Republic of Trees based on the principles in philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract .