Monday, September 30, 2013

THE BEST OF SEPTEMBER

ARISTOTLE - METAPHYSICS

"If I'd lived with Plato for a solid 20 years, would (even) I have written something better than the Metaphysics? I believe so, yes."


SHELLEY - FRANKENSTEIN

"If 'Frankenstein' was a fanfic, it would be flamed into oblivion."

"It gets too melodramatic, like worse than the lives of the populars at my school"

"We're 21st century teens. 19th century is a bit old and boring for us."


GRETTIR'S SAGA

"it's history and it's before there were descriptions"


PLATO - MENO

"In the course of fulfilling my duties as a teaching assistant, I’ve had the mixed blessing of reading and reflecting on Plato for two consecutive quarters these past few months. I say mixed because while this has afforded me an opportunity to understand Plato’s thought in more richly textured detail, it has served mostly to reinforce the position I already held on that most beloved of philosophers – which is, simply, that Plato blows ... Plato was not merely a douchebag, but a douchebag who gave us a really shitty philosophical tradition that contributed to an ongoing 2,000 year plus tradition of stupidity. Why he is routinely credited even within atheist circles as being some kind of super awesome rationalist thinker is beyond me; this guy helped cement many of the assumptions and traditions we are most opposed to."


NABOKOV - LOLITA

"There is mention of doodles in it. Be warned."


TOLSTOY - WAR AND PEACE

"One of the previous reviews comments on Tolstoy's philosophical and sociological views, none of which seem to be conveyed to any extent in this longwinded attempt at storytelling. Periods of poorly described bouts of war and meaningless efforts to describe and accurately portray the interactions within the unrealistic social circles make this so-called 'classic' more like a soap opera than a work of literary genius. The inadequate manner in which the occurances in the book are described are discouraging to educated intellectuals like myself."

"To Tolstoy, the future is predestined by the present and past. He lived in the era before the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, wherein we only proclaim one set of events to have a higher probability than another, rather than a certainty. This uncertainty concept is foreign to the philosophy Tolstoy proclaimed here, and certainly limits the value of the book to current day thinking."


JOYCE - ULYSSES

"This is utter crap, but then Joyce intended his work to be unreadable. People whom like Ulysses probably pride themselves on reading things that they've never actually opened - that said, I found myself foundering in Ulysses, Joyce's insane farce of literature, because it's garbage."



P.S. BAD REVIEWS OF GOOD BOOKS IS COMING TO AN END IN A FEW WEEKS, BUT YOU CAN STILL CATCH ME WHINING ABOUT STUFF AT THIS NEW THING I'M DOING.

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