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Featherine Augustus Aurora

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Substantive Substantial Stances (opinion thread)

10 February 2018 - 07:50 AM

In face not of the fad, but of my recent, sincere efforts to participate in the community, I gained the right to finally write one of these with intellectual honesty. Aware people are befuddled by me, this should clarify my position with anyone.

Now, the title is not mere wordplay: I am resolute in sharing my most sincere and felicitous thoughts. The posts will be pretty long, basically, so don't mind a wait.

2: Borges; Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (9-2-2018)

09 February 2018 - 09:23 PM

Here is Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius as a file to be downloaded. This is the longest of Borges' stories in this project, and it connects well to The Library of Babel; those who have read the predecessor should find it in their artistic interest to juxtapose the works.


This will be the main literary discussion until February 17, 2018. For those who arrive here in the near or distant future, feel free to prompt a discussion regardless and others will join graciously


Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius discusses worldbuilding, especially outside fiction, as a creature of consensus. This Berkeleyan ideaーsubjective idealismーis the obverse of materialism and goes like this: reality is how the subject's mind perceives and understands it. The table is dependent on the subject seeing it and never fully exists without the mind's approval, as do all its features. This logically continues to information fed by others, which exist in the same mode and plane as truths. A new person exists truly as the rumors and information you hear before you see them; the person's conceptual avatar is made up of a homogeneous thought substance, where mere rumors and direct experiences meld together into for a complete synthesis


The subjective idealist predicate explains Tlön's graduation from rumor to invisible country. As a mere rumor, its existence is chimerical and not necessarily true to anyone but its few demiurges; as more of its mythos is published, curious onlookers accept the more sincere source of information as a matter of fact, and a place named Tlön, with enough of this, will find itself taken for as real as the moon or arctic poles, which are, too, thoroughly documented and undoubtedly considered real but never experienced by the onlookers (us). The keenness of this story's input is in the universality of this human behavior. Most beliefs are chimerical leaps of faith founded on what amount to mere rumors.


Remember that this is only meant to be a prompt to stimulate your mind and prime it to useful traits to acknowledge to enrich your insight on the work.

1: Borges; The Library of Babel (31-1-2018)

31 January 2018 - 01:21 AM

Here lies The Library of Babel's PDF: the first reading of many, and a legendary, seven-page piece. 


This will be the main literary discussion until February 8, 2018. For those who arrive here in the near or distant future, feel free to prompt a discussion regardless and others will join graciously.


I'll typically spur a discussion with a terse interpretation of a piece of the work I find interesting; the new reader can explore the piece without the subconscious pressure of an omniscient authority who induces dogma (pitiful for any artistic venture). 


The very library that encompasses the universe is found in front of a mirror:


"In the vestibule there is a mirror, which faithfully duplicates appearances. Men often infer from this mirror that the Library is not infinite-if it were, what need would there be for that illusory replication?" 


     Borges, a lover of Schopenhauer, was no doubt aware of the 108 Upanishads—holy Vedas of the Vedanta Hinduist school. Eastern religions akin to spiritual philosophies, the Upanishads teach the reader of the illusory dichotomy between the Atman (the self) and the Brahman (the ultimate reality or transcendent self; the universal, Spinozan apeirodimensional fractal). The outward universe is shown to ultimately stem from the self—the trees are a magical illusion, as are the atoms and galaxy clusters, and in symphony, the Atman unites with the Brahman. They are initially a dichotomy as subject to object but are ultimately subservient to the same will (Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation is precisely about this).


     The library is a compendium of all linguistically-encompassed human cognition: an infinitude of tomes consisting of an infinitude of linguistic combinations results in all possible expressions preexisting (this is more so Platonic). The mirror is meant to show that the library (the universe/Brahman) is, in fact, a reflection of the self (Atman) in the way that reality is a reflection of art. These connect because art (effable expression of the soul) is the self's precedent reality manifest while the mundane, scientific "reality" inspires—as a simulacrum—for the artist and is never directly experienced. The mirror is in the vestibule (a chamber beside an opening) like the senses are the window to the mind, and thus the Atman a mere illusion of the Brahman, though this placement seems merely symbolistic to me. 


This was an impromptu example of one of the genres of content expected in these discussions (particularly of the philosophical ilk) and was meant to help prime the reader's mind for one sort of thinking they'd have to do to truly experience the piece in question (don't betray yourself, of course). I'm more interested in what the participants want to bring to the table, though, so I encourage discussion of passages and themes the reader finds interesting be invoked by the reader when he becomes a participant. Don't wait for my permission or agreement—you're free voyagers. Of course, if the sort of thing I wrote is what appeases you, do quote and inquire, but always remember to bring what you find interesting up.


For anyone who wishes to participate, you are free to as of the moment this is posted and you have read the appropriate story.

Literary Survival Strategy Center

30 January 2018 - 12:36 AM




I will only assume the opinions and availability of those who have posted, so please post here to let me know if you are interested. Depending on interest levels, I may start the readings this week or at the end of the week.


Outlined in my moderator election post was a plan to revitalize the aimless, neglected literature section. Every week, a short reading—the length of short story or chapter—will be assigned, first through my dictation and eventually in synergy with suggestions. Upon announcing the weekly reading, a discrete thread of the reading with the appropriate pdf (these will largely be public domain pieces) will be posted on the very or successive day. These threads will host discussions of the piece, where participants will discuss interpreted messages, philosophies, ideas, arguments, symbols and artistry, hopefully in synthesis to an understanding not only of the author but of literature, art and the world with universality. The threads will be numbered and dated for the posterity, participant convenience and continuity, letting actors and bystanders refer to previous arguments and ideas for future discussions to synthesize increasingly ultimate arguments. Previous threads will never be locked, enabling literary discussion the sacred self-sustaining ability of all successful sections, though posts must pertain to the thread's attributed reading. These discussions, the prelude to the successive activity, will inflame participant literary artistry not only in intellectual discourse but in writing, letting me introduce the rondo to this sonata....


Following several weeks of literary discussion, I will present literary writing prompts for the creative writing section. This will be where participants synthesize not only their philosophical and intellectual contributions in previous discussions, but what they've learned through reading/discussing to better channel and express their own ideas as short writing projects. Others will discuss these works in their appropriate creative writing threads, everyone building on each other ad infinitum in the artistic aspect of writing. As an experienced proofreader (both for nearly professional pieces and casual texts) on the verge of a linguistics degree with an affinity for philosophy and literature, I'll create a writing counterpart to this thread; I will use submitted works—perhaps tagged as literary—as paradigms of skilled and unskilled writing with corrections, justifications and inquiry available. This will encompass the technical aspect of writing.


Any member may participate at any time on any whim and participation in the readings does not presuppose participation in the writings. Present felicitously, do the readings and give a true effort at discussions and no other discriminating factors ought to be invoked.


To find the thread for a particular reading, refer to the following spoiler:



The first readings we'll be covering will come, in successive order, from Borges' FiccionesThe Library of Babel; Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius; Funes, the Memorious; The Circular Ruins and Death and the Compass. There may be a sixth Borges short story following good reception. If this is the case, the particular short story will be decided later. I will post the appropriate pdfs when the appropriate thread comes.


Following Borges will be Dante's Divine Comedy, where threads and weekly readings will be divided in groups of four cantos. These, too, will have their pdfs posted when their time comes.


Meta questions, ideas, discussions, et cetera on the very project are to be posted here and only here or with me privately.


Example of thread continuity format


Thank you for your time and don't hesitate to participate or post here.

I will only assume the opinions and availability of those who have posted, so please post here to let me know if you are interested. Depending on interest levels, I may start the readings this week or at the end of the week.


14 August 2017 - 11:55 PM

I will answer any question I know in this red text that denotes undeniable factual truth. No need to doubt what it says, right Mitch?!?!