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How many of you actually listen to music while reading or studying?

Is this a good habit?
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I enjoy complete silence. Listening to music diverts some of your mental capacity, unless youre not actually listening, but then whats the point of the music?
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this at low volume keeps me focused
i listen to theta waves when i read infinite jest sometimes
I sometimes listen to music when studying (drony eneventful ambient mostly) and never while reading. It’s a distraction.
never for reading or personal writing
if im writing for uni or doing/studying stem hw it usually helps me focus.

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I am 23. I have never read a book in my life.
Where do I start?
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A Separate Peace
The Master and Margarita. It's pretty comical desu.
youre literally me, im a stemfag and hated all humanities until i had an existential crisis

i did crime & punishment

then infinite jest

now im working through a bunch of short stuff along with the kjv bible, going to work through some pynchon and the lmaogreeks next, then ulysses and philosophers

already ive found it to be very enriching & life enlightening and i havent even read anything significant yet

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Uhh you're obituary

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What's the most underrated form of literature, and why is it Erowid drug trip reports?
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Tell us more about your first experience
a person's interpretation of a brain maintaining homeostasis is not literature
bet nigga?
.>implying bad trip isnt a good trip
You can learn more from the bad trips than the good ones.

As someone who has done lots of things, where naming the drugs I haven't done is easier than listing the ones I have done, I have zero desire to do datura. Almost every trip report is "stay away". I'm sure that a small group can work with it, like salvia can be useful to some but not most, but I'd rather do other plants that are easier to work with.

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What a complete prick.
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Gnome's stuff falls more in the realm of bullshit than lies per se.
Well what is the bullshit then farmer boi
damn you’re bad at your job man
"I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers, or even denial of the Holocaust."
-Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
what an absolute soiboi lmao

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Am I interpreting correctly or did this mofo just suspend the Kantian problem of "thing in itself" vs. pure subject and at the same time transpose Hegels big boi conclusion at the end of phenomenology from a mind-dependent denial into a workable realism with whoever the fuck knows how the greeks came up with the godly word aletheia and why didn't descartes say anything about aletheia? Maybe if certain tribes didn't burn that library analytical philosophy would be more relevant to "Being" (which I can only clumsily guess is the "totality" of that which is uncovered while 'being' is more so of that which names it)
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>Aquinas beat Heidegger to Being by a couple hundred years
It's a quibble, but not really. Heidegger knows well what Aquinas is about, and is after something almost entirely different, as per the two essays in >>11338229.
well he certainly does but it gets tiring hearing about heidegger was the first in the West to think of the distinction between what a thing is vs. that it is. the absolute state of the West, I guess

either way I am just quibbling
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Reminder: Heidegger's explanation on Curiosity and Idle Talk btfo the above pseuditry. Give it up and stop coming to the boards.
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How does what you're saying reflect upon fallenness, existentiality and authenticity?
>certain tribes
you mean the Christian Germanic-Italic-Greek Europeans, North Africans and Muslim Arabs right?

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Once I found a eccentric scottish novella from XVIII-XIX century, which was only a description of landscape with use of curious vocabulary and neologisms, but I do not remember the title and I can't to find it. Anyone knows anything about it?
No está grande para estos juegos, Jorge? Vuelva a su tumba y no rompa los huevos.

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give me a book for despair
>conde de monte cristo
give me another one, the guy at least had a skill a young age.
>crime and punishment
fucking tragedy, taken to another level

something like having a guide in life or someone asking for help and got it
a good story that shows hope on action
bumping for interest

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I want to do something with my life. Probably start a revolution. I want to read up on it, but the thing is, if decent information is out there, then other people would have done it already.

What are some hidden gems that will help you transform society (for the better) within your lifetime?
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>transform society (for the better)
this but fucking serious
Unironically this.
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Can you help me find a methodology to write a novel? I always remain blank thinking how to start my novel. Tell me what you do.
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Repetitive language.
You don't have to start at the beginning, many works are composited from several drafts of various separate parts of the book edited back into a final.
It's actually true, there's a big problem with people trying to make their first draft perfect, you need to just start writing to get the general idea and story down and then you can refine it on second and third pass.
If you're a complete beginner, The Art of Fiction by Gardner is a good start. Stephen King's On Writing is popular too.

For me, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass was very useful. Some ideas I'd come up with on my own turned out to be me reinventing the wheel when I found similar concepts in this book.

There's also tons of podcasts and books about screenwriting which deal with the same basic elements of narrative that novel writing uses.

Learn to dialogue. Reading plays or screenplays will help. You should always be working on shoring up your weaknesses in writing until you've reached a passable level. Like I know that I'm good at dialogue, some kinds of characterization, humor, and have good prose but need to work on plot and narrative.
I'd recommend On Writing just to learn how little critically acclaimed '' how to write '' books are absolutely bullshit. The book can be summed up in King saying '' Great writers are born, good writers can be made from the talented ''. On Writing is about how King became the writer he was today.

does anyone actually read literary magazines?

who isn't a writer or a graduate student
No. The only exception I can think of is stuff like the New Yorker or the Atlantic or First Things, which aren't actually lit mags but which do publish some fiction and poetry. You get people who buy the magazines for other reasons and then they see the fiction and poetry in them. That seems like the best way to get noticed as a writer, which is probably why it's so prohibitively difficult to get published in those sorts of things.
I tried, but was far more interested reading the novels I wanted to read instead of a collection of a buncha randos' writing. I have a bunch of issues of The White Review which is a really good-looking literary review, and I haven't read a whole helluva lot of 'em, just collected em mostly with the intention to read them (one day), but every so often I'll thumb through em and/or look at the contents and, after having done some reading in the meantime, I find that they've included interviews of or fiction from authors I've discovered since I got the issue like Sergio Chejfec, Pierre Guyotat, Ben Marcus, etc.

They have interesting essays, though, and I want to at least go through the issues I have after a few novels and read through them.

TL;DR: Nah, not really.
I have too many real books to read
Also fuck me OP's picture is the dream.
the new yorker and the atlantic do seem to be notable exceptions. but i agree that those who do read them are looking for well-written (and heavily biased) editorials more than fiction.

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wtf is wrong with Harry Potter fans?
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So this is the power of surrogate activities, amazing.
>building an entire library of the same 6 books

He could have read reams of Doc Savage and The Shadow and would be better off for it.
They have been translated into many languages.
They are desperately looking for meaning and satisfaction in online pseud communities and material possesions. The more they buy and the more they participate, the more they realise that the 2nd latin edition of the half blood prince didnt ward off the approaching existential terror. "Just another book" they say. "Just one more collectors edition and i will finally put a dent in my misery and be on the path to fulfilment." It never does though so they keep buying one more copy ad infinitum.

Also they are either to much of a brainlet to try philosophy or too much of a proud cunt to try religion.

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>Well, to say that Tolstoy Gogol and Dostovesky are the great novelists from Russia would be akin to say that William Faulkner, Mark Twain and Harold Robbins are the great American writers. -Norm Macdonald
Damn, is he right?
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i have literally never heard of any lf those people.
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What are you doing here?
Canonical reputations will show that this man's comparison is full of shit.
He saw that Nabokov knew the truth
me, fag

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Has there ever been a 4chan post that had literary or artistic merit? Do you have any favorite 4chan posts?
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This aspiring writer
I was going to post this. I wish we had access to the full text.
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Is there a reading guide for "the Irish" like there is with "the Greeks"?
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What about Brendan Behan
joyce was a crypto-kike
pacifist, atheist, anti-church, sexual deviant. taught by (((jesuits))). all the hallmarks are there. protagonist of ulysses is a jew who is married to another crypto. extremely jewish physiognomy. just more kike subversion. look into his ancestry you might be surprised.
the things they carried is the best irish lit
>Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
based Behan
Yep, de Valera was a conniving little shit.

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I bought house of leaves. Am I a pseud?
Only if you don't read it.
Only if you read it
yes, but you'd be a pseud no matter what book you bought
>buying books
i mean seriously
>Homer Winslow
I already know you're not, anon.

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