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  1. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    I read the full-length novel, and I can imagine that you're right about the novella hitting harder. I'll have to read it when I've forgotten a bit about the novel. Many people have said it's one...

    I read the full-length novel, and I can imagine that you're right about the novella hitting harder. I'll have to read it when I've forgotten a bit about the novel.

    What underwhelmed you about it? Why didn't it come up to expectations?

    Many people have said it's one of the saddest (and best) stories ever, and I didn't think it was. I can see why people think that, but I couldn't feel it.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is so famous and oftread that I won't bother to tell you what it's about. It was good and thought-provoking, but I was dissapointed. It's praised as one of the...

    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is so famous and oftread that I won't bother to tell you what it's about. It was good and thought-provoking, but I was dissapointed. It's praised as one of the best books ever written on Reddit, and it definitely isn't that. I think it might be the first "real" book many people read, which is why it's so popular. It was touching, but in reviews people write they bawled their eyes out. I was nowhere close to crying, and trust me, I've cried to books.

    So in short: It was good but underwhelming.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Why Tildes is the only place I can actually enjoy discussing politics and other controversial topics now in ~tildes

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    If you count Republicans as extremists, sure. They do exist (like for example the Trump thread), but they are severely underrepresented and has no chance to reply to everyone against them.

    The only "side" that isn't politically represented on this forum are the extremists

    If you count Republicans as extremists, sure. They do exist (like for example the Trump thread), but they are severely underrepresented and has no chance to reply to everyone against them.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? #19 in ~books

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    I've been reading a lot this week. I finished Wuthering Heights, which was great. People's main criticism seems to be that it's either a) boring (which I don't agree with, it was both funny and...

    I've been reading a lot this week.

    1. I finished Wuthering Heights, which was great. People's main criticism seems to be that it's either a) boring (which I don't agree with, it was both funny and captivating), b) the characters were unlikable or c) the language is old-fashioned and hard to read, which I suppose is all about practise. Regarding the unlikable characters, I don't see the problem. Even in positive reviews I've seen people saying that it's redeemed by Heathcliffe's and Catherine's love for each other. Either I am misinterpreting the book entirely, or their love is not the point. I never thought of the story as a romance. It was written in the Romance era, it had a love story, but it was not a romance (in my view).

    2. I'm on a classic-spree. I started and finished The Great Gatsby, also a book with unlikable characters. I love how Fitzgerald manages to tie everything together. It's a bunch of story-lines that all fit together perfectly, and the finale is incredible. Also, I had to take a pause because of the cringe in the "confrontation" scene. I love that kind of stuff.

    3. I read Camera Lucida by Barthes, which is an essay/book about Photography (with a big P). I highly recommend it, he has some really interesting thoughts, and his love for his mother serves as a perfect illustration of the difference between "studium" and "punctum". His thoughts on history are also interesting.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What are some of the best free ebooks available online? in ~books

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    Standard Ebooks is a fantastic resource with curated content from Gutenberg. They fix spelling errors and format the book into a modern ebook. I highly recommend them.

    Standard Ebooks is a fantastic resource with curated content from Gutenberg. They fix spelling errors and format the book into a modern ebook. I highly recommend them.

    12 votes
  6. Comment on What makes a video essay good? in ~misc

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    Very good point. Regarding 3Blue1Brown not being a video essay, I'm inclined to agree, but I suppose I'd like to watch video essays with a similar level of detail and explanation.

    Very good point. Regarding 3Blue1Brown not being a video essay, I'm inclined to agree, but I suppose I'd like to watch video essays with a similar level of detail and explanation.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What makes a video essay good? in ~misc

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    I agree. I read a lot of regular essays and books as well as watching videos. I just wish I could somehow combine the best of both worlds. That's the problem. It'd be great to have "real"...

    In a lot of ways I think video is a poor way to share knowledge

    I agree. I read a lot of regular essays and books as well as watching videos. I just wish I could somehow combine the best of both worlds.

    They are intentionally shooting for the intellectual community of YouTube which still wants to sit down and basically turn their brain off

    That's the problem. It'd be great to have "real" intellectual content, but as you said, they might as well make regular essay in that case. I don't know what the solution is.

    2 votes
  8. Youtube channels like CGP Grey, Kurzgesagt, Vsauce and Nerdwriter are all incredibly popular. They bring up interesting topics, explain them fairly well, and have high production quality. But to...

    Youtube channels like CGP Grey, Kurzgesagt, Vsauce and Nerdwriter are all incredibly popular. They bring up interesting topics, explain them fairly well, and have high production quality. But to me, something is missing. I'm not sure how to formulate my criticism, since it has nothing to do with the quality of their videos.

    It feels like the mentioned channels lack depth. They give off an uncomfortable "pop-science" vibe. Pop-science isn't wrong, I have nothing against it. But they feel too "poppy". They provide sources, but the commentary is directed to people who don't read. They don't dare to use precise words, in case the audience won't understand them. I get the feeling that they make their videos for the lowest common denominator: persons who doesn't read, persons who can't google and persons who want to make no effort to actually learn.

    I'd feel bad to only mention bad examples, so here is a list of high-effort video-creators with (in my eyes) good content:

    Lindsay Ellis: Long-form film reviews that actually go into the details.

    Every Frame a Painting: Very high-quality analyses of film directors and their styles.

    3Blue1Brown: Beautifully animated math visualizations explaining multiple areas of mathematics.

    Captain Disillusion: Critically debunking and deconstructing fake videos.

    Historia Civilis: In-depth historical videos about Rome.

    Bliss Foster: A hidden gem, with only 1000 subscribers, analysing runway shows.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on what makes a good video essay. I'd also really like some suggestions for more creators to follow.

    28 votes
  9. Comment on Movie Monday Free Talk in ~movies

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    I just watched Klūzāp, nemā-ye nazdīk (Close-up) by Abbas Kiarostami. It is an incredible film, set in Iran 1990, that tells the story of a man who impersonated a famous director. The cool thing,...

    I just watched Klūzāp, nemā-ye nazdīk (Close-up) by Abbas Kiarostami. It is an incredible film, set in Iran 1990, that tells the story of a man who impersonated a famous director. The cool thing, though, is that it consists of his real trial.

    During the trial he explains his motive for impersonating the director, and we get flashbacks to the scenes he is talking about. The scenes are recreated by himself, and the people he tricked. The actors are the people that are were involved in his fraud.

    I think it's an incredible idea, and very well executed.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________. in ~books

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    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    The album was released just yesterday, but I've listened to Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend. My favourite songs in it are probably Sympathy and Jerusalem, New York, Berlin.

    The album was released just yesterday, but I've listened to Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend. My favourite songs in it are probably Sympathy and Jerusalem, New York, Berlin.

  12. Comment on Wikipedia’s Refusal to Profile a Black Female Scientist Shows Its Diversity Problem in ~tech

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    I disagree that the rules are what they are because of the userbase. It is good that subjects need to be notable and that good sources are needed. On the other hand, it is a shame that people like...

    I disagree that the rules are what they are because of the userbase. It is good that subjects need to be notable and that good sources are needed. On the other hand, it is a shame that people like Clarice Phelps aren't considered notable and that no good sources about her are available. But I don't know what to do about it: I don't think it'd be right to lower Wikipedia's standards.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? #18 in ~books

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    Indeed, I am Swedish. Glad to see another one on here!

    Indeed, I am Swedish. Glad to see another one on here!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? #18 in ~books

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    After listening to Kate Bush's mindblowing song "Wuthering Heights" too many times I just had to read the book it was inspired by. So these days I'm reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I've...

    After listening to Kate Bush's mindblowing song "Wuthering Heights" too many times I just had to read the book it was inspired by. So these days I'm reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I've heard from other people (it is a famous book after all) that it's the most boring book they've ever read, but I've read maybe a sixth so far, and it's actually funny. I've been laughing out loud in several scenes, and while I haven't come that far into the story, it seems promising. I look forward to finishing it, and relisten Bush's homage.

    Other than that I've been reading a lot of essays in a Swedish magazine published by Lund University. Oh, and just for fun, I've started (slowly) reading through the Svenska Akademiens grammatik, an in depth-view of Swedish grammar.

    6 votes
  15. Poland has a long history, and is an interesting blend between Eastern and Western Europe, which has probably affected its literary tradition. The country has also been divided and united in many...

    Poland has a long history, and is an interesting blend between Eastern and Western Europe, which has probably affected its literary tradition. The country has also been divided and united in many different forms: Commonwealth, Holy Roman Empire, Prussia, Russia, German Empire, Soviet Union, and now in it's current form. Poland has produced many famous figures, such as Chopin and Marie Skłodowska Curie, and now it's time to share Poland's best authors.

    So, without further ado:
    What are your favourite texts originally written in Polish?

    6 votes
  16. Comment on On Having No Head (D. E. Harding) - Help me understand in ~humanities

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    I am sceptical of that book. I haven't read it, but an excerp didn't convince me that it's worth reading. Harding writes and I am inclined to believe him. But I have a head, and so do most people....

    I am sceptical of that book. I haven't read it, but an excerp didn't convince me that it's worth reading. Harding writes

    This is not a literary gambit, a witticism designed to arouse interest at any cost. I mean it in all seriousness: I have no head.

    and I am inclined to believe him. But I have a head, and so do most people. He alsos states that "walking in the Himalayas at the time probably had little to do with it", which I doubt. My gloomy view isn't a factory of fantastical visions and revelations, but the Himalayas are.

    Harding's Wikipedia page claims that he "was emphatic that people tested out his claims for themselves". If it doesn't work for you, that's just how it is.

  17. This time I'm looking forward to some recommendations of books written in Arabic. It's a huge language, so I'm expecting some great suggestions! Sidenote: I can highly recommend checking out #3...

    This time I'm looking forward to some recommendations of books written in Arabic. It's a huge language, so I'm expecting some great suggestions!

    Sidenote: I can highly recommend checking out #3 Portuguese. It wasn't the most commented post, but it had some good recommendations.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on My country decided that animal sacrifice in the name of religion is constitutional. in ~talk

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    Would you struggle to choose whether to kill a human or an animal?

    Would you struggle to choose whether to kill a human or an animal?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on AP Stylebook update: It’s OK to call something racist when it’s racist in ~misc

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    From a European (more specifically Swedish) perspective calling people "African American" or "Asian American" has always struck me as weird. "Barack Obama was the first black U.S. president" makes...

    From a European (more specifically Swedish) perspective calling people "African American" or "Asian American" has always struck me as weird. "Barack Obama was the first black U.S. president" makes perfect sense, is inoffensive, and is more correct, since he's American, not African. So I like this change, it's a logical progression.

    15 votes