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How much of this do you agree with, /lit/?
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How much of this do you agree with, /lit/?

>Let's take, for example, an average reader, a cool-headed, mature, educated man leading a more or less healthy life. A man who buys books and literary magazines. So there you have him. This man can read things that are written for when you're calm, but he can also read any other kind of book with a critical eye, dispassionately, without absurd or regrettable complicity. That's how I see it. I hope I'm not offending anyone. Now let's take the desperate reader, who is presumably the audience for the literature of desperation. What do we see? First: the reader is an adolescent or an immature adult, insecure, all nerves. He's the kind of fucking idiot (pardon my language) who committed suicide after reading Werther. Second: he's a limited reader. Why limited? That's easy: because he can only read the literature of desperation, or books for the desperate, which amounts to the same thing, the kind of person or freak who's unable to read all the way through In Search of Lost Time, for example, or The Magic Mountain (a paradigm of calm, serene, complete literature, in my humble opinion), or for that matter, Les Misérables or War and Peace. Am I making myself clear? Good. So I talked to them, told them, warned them, alerted them to the dangers they were facing. It was like talking to a wall. Furthermore: desperate readers are like the California gold mines. Sooner or later they're exhausted! Why? It's obvious! One can't live one's whole life in desperation. In the end the body rebels, the pain becomes unbearable, lucidity gushes out in great cold spurts. The desperate reader (and especially the desperate poetry reader, who is insufferable, believe me) ends up by turning away from books. Inevitably he ends up becoming just plain desperate. Or he's cured!
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The most well read person I've met reads everything from high brow literature, comic books, fantasy, manga, etc. Even watches anime and a shitton of movies. It's absurd.
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>>7556382
You can compartmentalise your desperation with your periods of flourishing outside of books. I'm not sure why people project their love of consistency of mood on others. In my mind the comfort reader is in a trap designed to blunt his discerning abilities.
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I have never met someone who only reads "literature of desperation." In fact, what does that even mean? Literature that is different from Proust or Tolstoy or Hugo? Shorter, more adhd? Apologies, I don't know the source of this quote.
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>>7556864
>watches anime
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>>7556382
/lit/ will be a much slower board now that 73% of its base just killed themselves.
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>>7557344
Same

don't buy into this shitty dichotomy
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>>7556382
>Artists
>Commenting beyond the boundaries of their art

because socities just one big flower
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>>7556382
>people who don't read the books that i like are on the side i don't like of a binary opposition for sorting the reading population which i created arbitrarily based on nothing
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>>7556864
What does that have to do with anything?
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