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Harm Reduction Notes for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Heroic Poems

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- Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:21:00 EST tw2BMDH/ No.70471
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I recently bought a book of translations of Old English poetry and am enjoying it a lot. I used to read a lot of REH as a kid (Conan, kull, Solomon) and a lot of the poetry in this collection reminds me of the heroic adventure type poetry that REH wrote.

Do you guys know of any recommendations for other poetry along these lines? Narrative poems that deal with battles, traveling, exotic lands, etc. I'm mostly familiar with the epics like Homer, Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Theogony, etc but I'm looking for poems that are more in the shorter formats.
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Lillian Drullerdock - Fri, 05 Apr 2019 02:54:40 EST k9TAbtTt No.70510 Reply
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Here's one OP: Winter Rose

"The rains began.
Hard, constant, they battered the fields, turned the roads to mud, crushed the gold leaves into the ground and turned them black. In the wood, the sodden trees and brambles bowed beneath the torrents. Leaves fell, clung limply to vines and wildflowers, slowly buried them beneath their sodden weight. Work in the fields, on Lynn Hall, stopped, though I heard him hammering inside, the time or two I ventured into the wood. I went to the well once: the rain-kissed water gave me nothing, not even my reflection. Another time, near evening, when the rains had grown gentle, drops flecking the air like tiny fireflies, I went to gather the last of the crab apples for Beda. So i told myself: I had to pass the ruined hall to reach the tree. Smoke came out of a chimney, smelling sweetly of birch and maple. Crispin had brought him a wagonload of seasoned wood. I did not see him.

Most of the time, I stayed in the house, sewing beside Laurel, or watching the rain. I had frightened myself in the wood: I did not know, anymore, what was true. If I had invented a world that none of us lived in, then the true world was Laurel's, predictable, dependable, with no secrets and no stray midnight gold that turned to leaf by morning. Corbet Lynn had not walked out of light, but had ridden a horse into the village;Laurel loved Perrin as always, and I wanted them there. I made myself teas of camomile and vervain to soothe my thoughts, and watched Laurel move calmly through her world. She never paced, or pulled a window open to feel the rain, the wind; she never moved without grace or purpose. She never went barefoot.

So I wore shoes and braided my hair, and made lace for her wedding dress, as if I sewed time and promises into each airy loop and every inch of it bound Laurel more securely..."
George Gomblehall - Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:17:28 EST k9TAbtTt No.70515 Reply
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Noticed the book "The Long Take" by Robert Robertson is a story in a poem format, rather than Winter Rose in prose.
Edward Mecklewater - Fri, 24 May 2019 03:14:42 EST Fi7XA4O6 No.70652 Reply
My cock is shining like an rainbow into your eyes.


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- Sun, 19 May 2019 08:25:18 EST rnkBzW3i No.70637
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The title says it all. Guess who the next author to die will be and win 50 stank tokens or something. My money is on Stephen King and whoever is smart will call dibs on the fat fuck to King's right in the pic. Okay people, go to town.
Reuben Borrybanks - Wed, 22 May 2019 22:24:11 EST 0jgHCyVM No.70648 Reply
John Varley. Ellison and Wolfe have both passed, he's next on the docket.

Star Wars Books

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- Wed, 15 May 2019 13:40:16 EST Bpva3h/8 No.70622
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Anyone got into these? There are tons. I've always been a huge star wars fan big time into KOTOR 1 and 2 (still) and finally am getting into the literature. Started with purchasing this (picture) and A New Dawn (about Caleb and Hera from rebels before the show).

Anyone have any good suggestions for other books/series? Also general star wars literature and legends v. canon discussion.
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Cornelius Choggleworth - Mon, 20 May 2019 01:18:49 EST UQGIBKqS No.70640 Reply
I remember having a blast with Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales of the Bounty Hunters back in the day; they're anthologies so the short stories vary a bit in tone/style but overall I found them fun and a quick read.

Have also heard great things about the Thrawn trilogy--as everyone ITT has already remarked upon--some of the Republic Commando books, and the Corellian Trilogy. Honestly I'd just go to your local bookstore and flip through the various offerings to see what piques your interest, but keep these options in mind.
Phineas Gumblenog - Mon, 20 May 2019 16:57:47 EST rXW/delc No.70641 Reply
Never was a big Star Wars guy but I bought and read all the Republic Commando books by Karen Traviss while on a trip in Canada and I really enjoyed them, would recommend.
Wesley Blavingville - Tue, 21 May 2019 23:49:06 EST 7CZ4zA5h No.70646 Reply
Rogue Squadron was fun as a youngin'.

How to write script

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- Fri, 10 May 2019 17:39:31 EST Zn5AOp3d No.70607
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And I find myself back on 420chan for help. I don't know if I should post this here or on /mtv but you are the well read ballers.
Ok, how do you write a video advertisement script? I know how to write a short film script but I'm not sure about an ad, is it the same? Google results are confusing, I don't know which one to trust.
All I want is a guide in any format, or a link or an actual script of an older existing ad if you have one, please!

(Pic unrelated)

Yachts of Cocaine

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- Sun, 05 May 2019 15:35:55 EST ygphWvhT No.70583
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this book is very something. not sure exactly what. but if you just want to read something that is just very something, then I suggest this.
Lydia Gengerstock - Mon, 06 May 2019 19:15:11 EST YHGK5cUA No.70588 Reply
>>70583 Hmmm, there's something about your suggestion...

Modern religous interpretations

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- Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:17:33 EST 4vZzZP5I No.70132
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I'm looking for stuff on modern interpretations of religions and how they intermingle and carry over into each other. How mythology morphs in such cases as pagan Saturnalia translating over to Christmas. Maybe even breaking stuff like investigative religious journalism. I've always been interested in the subject but have done no reading on it. Specifically interested in Christianity but anything interesting on any religion in any time period is cool.
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Ernest Socklenirk - Sat, 29 Sep 2018 19:32:17 EST pzzBCzyM No.70336 Reply
There's this author called E.R. Dodds. He specialized on greek cultural history. He doesn't talk much about our present time, but he has this amazing book called "Greeks and the irrational" about the pagan, magic, mystic roots of greek culture. It quotes really obscure sources and gives a pretty good explanation of some greek cultural and psychological phenomenon. It's pretty well reviewed in the academic community. He also wrote a book on the socio-psychological consequences of the advent of early christianism in pagan cultures, it's called "Pagan and christian in the age of anxiety". I think it's a pretty good place if you want to go beyond scientific divulgation, but still want something sort of general and literary, and not some uninteligible academic mash up of ancient and modern languages intertwined from a thousand different sources.
Samuel Fushville - Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:49:00 EST TbUII6vM No.70568 Reply
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Karen Armstrong has written several fantastic books that may be of interest. She writes in a fairly concise and engaging manner without being overly academic.
"The Great Transformation" might be what you're looking for as she discusses the development of judasim, Buddhism, Confucianism and the greek philosophers in the axial age. So, for example, she writes about how the aryan religious/cultural practises developed into vedic culture, proto hindu culture and then Buddhism. She discusses the development of judasim and the old testement from the void left by the disintegration of the egyptian empire and the influence of Canaanite/Phoenician cults on the early Israelites and, thus, the abrahamic faiths in general.
Its goodstuff.
In "the history of god" she concentrates on judasim, christianity and islam and is a little less accessible.
Samuel Fushville - Sun, 28 Apr 2019 18:08:39 EST TbUII6vM No.70569 Reply
>E.R. Dodds.

Never heardof him before. His books look really interesting. nice rec

Writing discussion

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- Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:03:36 EST 6MptVB4y No.70455
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Anyone writing? Post what you're writing and get ideas/feedback

I'm working on a uncanny vally book where a guy gets stranded in a weird town. Unsure why, and it's really not progressing trying to tie things together like why the town is coo-coo. NFI what I'm doing at this point.

Trying to develop a narrative on the uncertainty of a lot of our society and how it effects us as spiritual beings. Internet, commodification of culture and existence, the black hole of drugs, crime, ideology. Thinking of tying it into a source portal that is corrupting the townspeople and a man has to struggle to try and survive and flick the switch off on this portal before it and the townspeople get him.
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Nicholas Chappertutch - Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:23:49 EST dofm0qUW No.70553 Reply
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Deftworm @ twitter.

I write bad short poems. I do it because I do, but I do appreciate any input.


Most Engaging History Books

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- Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:06:11 EST RQSkkkju No.70245
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I'd like to learn more about history but my attention span isn't the greatest and I have trouble reading even fantasy novels, so I need something that's not too dry or hard to get through. I want a book that's a real page turner but will also educate me about historical events.

What are some history books you found highly engaging and easy to read? Any period in history is fine.
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Hannah Clellerkeck - Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:20:00 EST JfA8ZcEt No.70394 Reply
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I'm slowly getting through Robert Fisk's "The Great War for Civilization". He's an awesome war correspondent who does his best to remain neutral in his assessment of the middle east, its history of foreign interference and the consequences of such interference. It's not too dry as a lot of it reads more like his own memoirs than a standard history book.
Emma Trotfoot - Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:48:28 EST UHeTaZni No.70539 Reply
I'm reading "The Pillars Of The Earth" it's fiction but historically acurate. It's during the times of king stephen in early 12th century england.
It's a pretty long book but it reads fairly quickly.
Betsy Wennernurk - Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:09:21 EST v8LfIP4J No.70540 Reply
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Master and Commander series. Pretty much every naval battle in the series actually happened, the author just slips his protagonist into it all.

The consolations of philosophy

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- Sun, 17 Mar 2019 08:49:43 EST q7RgTLNM No.70458
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I wonder, what have you learned from a philosopher or piece of philosophy that has had a practical impact on your life?
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Fucking Pittstone - Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:07:13 EST QJgEfxFN No.70470 Reply
That's interesting! Do say more

I'm just starting to get into some Buddhism, the idea of cultivating Bodhicitta appeals to me. It's like that universal love for mankind that Jesus talked about, but without all that higher power taint. There are also practical exercises for how to attain it, where as in Christianity we were just told to love our smelly neighbor, we were never told how on earth to do that.
Lillian Drullerdock - Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:08:51 EST k9TAbtTt No.70511 Reply
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What about The Way?

Also, there's John Cowper Powys mayhaps,
"n. Powys combines twentieth-century introspection and analysis of the relations between men and women with the social panoramas, humour and prolixity of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novelists. The uninitiated might do worse than to attempt to imagine an amalgam of Lawrence and Dickens, Hardy and Dostoievsky, Proust and Scott. To these great names two others need to be added: that of Wordsworth, in order to suggest Powys’s characteristic attention to and communion with the natural world, animate and inanimate; and Blake’s, since Powys shares his reverence for life and belief that ‘everything that lives is holy’, as well as his radical rejection of the established order.2 It is also a commonplace of Powys criticism that he possesses an empathy with women, an entry into the minds and feelings of women, unrivalled by any other male writer.3"

1 See, for example, Boris Ford (ed.), The New Pelican Guide to English Literature (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 8 vols., 1983), VII, pp. 86, 99, 187–90, and VIII, pp. 68, 100; Boris Ford (ed.), The Cambridge Cultural History of Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 9 vols., 1992), VIII, pp. 37–8. The writers are John Holloway, the Leavisite Denys Thompson, and Wilfrid Mellers and Rupert Hildyard.Goodway
2 For Blake, cf. Glen Cavaliero, John Cowper Powys: Novelist (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973), pp. 105–6. The other principal work of literary analysis is G. Wilson Knight, The Saturnian Quest: A Chart of the Prose Works of John Cowper Powys (London: Methuen, 1964). See also the seven items on Powys in G. Wilson Knight, Neglected Powers: Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971); and Jeremy Hooker, John Cowper Powys(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1973).
3 This, admittedly, is something that has usually been said by men – but see Belinda Humfrey (ed.), ‘Introduction’, Essays on John Cowper Powys (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1972), pp. 24–5; and Carole Coates, ‘Gerda and Christie’, in Belinda Humfrey (ed.), John Cowper Powys’s ‘Wolf Solent’: Critical Studies (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1990), esp. p. 159. Alice Wexler has commented to me that, while Powys ‘obviously’ had an empathy with women, ‘it was stronger than that’, ‘more an identification with women’ (letter of 22 July 1992)

Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, pg. 93
Edwin Drangermane - Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:06:38 EST EdSW6qpl No.70549 Reply
Hey guys, figured I'd post in this thread instead of making a new one.

What reading would you recommend for somebody who hasn't ready anything philosophy related? I'm not sure why, but I think it's a thing that's missing in my life.

Thank you.



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- Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:28:27 EST v6VPdgs1 No.70180
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Rate my novel I'm working on lads. Here's the gist of it.

>a soldier called Eddie gets kicked out of the British army for deserting so he returns to his home in Liverpool. He struggles with PTSD, anger issues and alcoholism. Finding it hard to assimilate to civilian life, he gets a job working as a security guard for a shopping mall. He dreams of someone attacking him with a knife so he has an excuse to beat them senseless. Among all of this, he has an unexpected child with a woman he has fallen out of love with but he tries to stick with her for the sake of the child. Eventually the friction becomes overbearing so he moves out of the house and lives in his car. He begins to have delusions that his car is a ship and that he is a pirate sailing the high waves. He eats limes to prevent scurvy and he drinks copious amounts of rum.

This is what I have so far, any ideas where I could take it?
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Graham Hockleforth - Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:03:45 EST rw/KroPP No.70489 Reply
Limes have a longer shelf life... also acids aren't glues. Your teeth are held in place by tendons.
press - Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:07:43 EST mYr32P6o No.70492 Reply
no theyre held by the jaw mussels, and you need lemons as mussel bait.
nb for the truth the corporate media financed by the dentistry millitary complex doesnt want you to know

but ill give you the shelf life, 6/10

book store scores

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- Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:15:30 EST on/4UyoE No.70424
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Post your recent bookstore finds. Here's mine, prob my best haul in a long time featuring my holy trinity of writers: Bukowski, Miller, Burroughs
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Jack Congerford - Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:09:45 EST OUy1nkIz No.70480 Reply
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Excuse the Spanish.
John Honeydale - Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:50:41 EST lOMvqI3T No.70483 Reply
I'll talk the obvious and say Saramago is a Portuguese author -- and writes in Portuguese.
Is the book any good tho? Never read it
Augustus Hovingmotch - Sun, 24 Mar 2019 01:13:49 EST OUy1nkIz No.70484 Reply
I said excuse the Spanish because the Saramago book and the Gaiman book were translated to Spanish.

And yeah, so far I'd say it's the best book I've read from him (although I've only read Blindness and Seeing). It reminds me of The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa in many ways, which is a book I love. Surprisingly enough, the way he presents the events leading up to the crucifiction and Jesus' own life are fairly... Christian, in a way. A surprise considering he was a notorious atheist.

How is this allowed?

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- Sun, 07 Oct 2018 08:51:53 EST 8GEk/Nb2 No.70343
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I nearly fucking bought it
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Doris Cridgekedge - Sun, 02 Dec 2018 21:36:14 EST g6C9SCU5 No.70410 Reply
Amazon is complete shit these days. More than half the time shit shows up late anymore. And 90% of the books I've ordered in the past 4-5 years have showed up damaged because they can't be bothered to package books properly. They used to shrink rap all their books to cardboard which was excellent for shipping. Now it's either a cheap plastic bag or they just throw the book loose into a box that's 5x as big as the fucking book.

And yeah, I've gotten editions of books that are completely different than what was advertised. One time it wasn't even the same fucking publisher. Createspace which is amazons house imprint is a fucking joke too, I got a copy of the gadfly that was literally a copy and paste from Gutenberg.

Fuck Amazon if you weren't sure where I was going with this.
Edwin Crinningfit - Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:12:38 EST iz+IDXSE No.70411 Reply
some people like having nice things for the sake of having nice things. Why is it difficult to understand why this would be upsetting?
Wesley Parringhotch - Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:39:29 EST ylxQEmun No.70412 Reply
What how fucking pretentious. I bet you wouldn't even buy a jar of chocolate spread if the label was covered in pictures of diarrhoea and wouldn't wear pink clothes that are studded with rhinestones in the shape of a limp penis. So fucking superficial.

Words dawg, fuckin words

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- Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19:19:58 EST QfrG9TGw No.68189
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ITT: Things involving language that rustle your jimmies

So really anything from pic related to people who want to axe you a question, and so on
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Albert Blytheridge - Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:38:29 EST O/eWPvU3 No.69922 Reply
Interesting, I never really looked into what that term meant. I'm surprised that people say "painstaking" regularly enough that it's become a source of jimmie-rustling for you.
I get really fatigued by people throwing around words like "spiritual", "blessed", "holistic", and the like, particularly if used to denote one thing or action as "more spiritual" than another. It isn't these words themselves that irritate me but the smug attitude that often seems to surround them.
These conversations also seem to involve a lot of fancy language and references that one doubts the speaker understands to any meaningful degree.
Certainly I'm guilty of this myself, but more often in writing than in daily conversation (as this post is likely evidence of).

Cosmic Horror and the Uncanny

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- Sun, 21 Oct 2018 21:49:58 EST 3Joq45iN No.70361
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Recently I stumbled upon Thomas Ligotti a pessimistic horror writer in the vein of Lovecraft. Was wondering if you guys had any recommendations for bleak cosmic horror, I've read a little bit of the usual suspects associated with Lovecraft- Robert Block, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth etc. and I was hoping for any hidden gems other horror lovers have found.

Pic Related- it's a non-fiction philosophical work by Thomas Ligotti about pessimism in horror. Very good and I highly recommend it.
Barnaby Dullypot - Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:48:54 EST GLWxF519 No.70362 Reply
Great, is it 2012 again already? You've got a lot of catching up to do.
James Cennermedging - Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:33:13 EST FPY25MTc No.70363 Reply
Laird fucking Barron
Oliver Fellershit - Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:31:34 EST dXFNjbwC No.70386 Reply
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And the award for douchiest reply of the year goes to...

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