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Dostoyevsky and the Art of Partying

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I started reading "Notes From the Underground" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky last night and have made it through Part One. I'm not sure what to think about all the ideas written in it, but it's still an enjoyable read nevertheless. I found the narrator's attitude interesting, especially at the end of part one when he says something to the effect of "If this doesn't make any sense, I don't care, because I'm just writing it for myself. If you don't like it, I don't care, because I didn't write it for you in the first place."
However, "NFTU" has been moved to the back burner, because I just recieved my copy of "College and the Art of Partying" by Mark R Dye in the mail today. I've read the first chapter and I'm already hooked. One thing interesting is that there are similarities between Mark R Dye's attitude and the narrator of "NFTU". They both unrepentatnly praise man's ability to act against reason as a virue, and claim this virtue is what preserves man's vitalty and keeps life worth living. It's always interseting when you're reading two books from two different eras and genres and the same idea unexpectedly pops up in both.