>>7655457 also why do people make the distinction between "reading for fun" and "reading"? If you find literature like Borges not-fun and Pratchett fun, you're a dilettante. Why would you even bother reading things you find "not fun"?
I guess that's why he likes Pratchett and asks /pol/ for books.
>>7655475 To me reading is fun in the way that going to the gym is fun. Part of the enjoyment is the thought that it's good for me, but it also has an element of exertion that makes it feel good mentally/physically during the process in a more sensuous way.
>>7655522 Only those who don't actually read literature have this opinion. Only those without developed and mature aesthetic and philosophical sensibilities could truly admire such vulgarians as Hitler and Trump.
>>7655522 I'm sorry, but it requires intellect to study literature at length. In a world where modernity serves entertainment up on a silver platter, and shoves it into our eyesockets at every opportunity, sitting down and reading an 800 or so page novel is quite a feat, and one that deserves respect. You cannot, for example, say that the writers of the constitution were not literary scholars, and that without their prodigious understanding of philosophy and literature and culture, that they would still be able to craft such an enduring work of art as the Constitution. It's a plebby argument to bitch about people who look down on those who read simplistic dime store romances, when they are clearly not in the same league. It's comparing a Rembrandt with your 4 year old's drawing of a house. No one is going to claim that the child is more skilled than Rembrandt, and if they did, they would be considered idiotic. The same simple truth can be said of works of literature.
>>7655522 The most clear evidence that it does right here and now is that you're not intelligent enough to put the keywords "reading" and "intelligence" into Google and see the plethora of journalistic and scientific articles that show you to be definitively wrong.
>>7655545 >Analyzing real things that impact your life and the world. Current events, international politics. What makes this more intelligent? They're both analysing, so how does the subject matter change its intelligence? --This is disregarding the fact that this is what the study of literature is.
>Things that are a bit over your head if you're a liberal arts major. International politics is a liberal art.
>Stick with debating why the author made the protagonist's shoes red Anon.
>>7655549 For someone who prides themselves on their reading ability, you clearly didn't comprehend my post well. I didn't say anywhere that reading is somehow bad. I'm just saying that literature is nowhere near as elitist as you guys think it is.
Also, there's a correlation between reading and intelligence because you get intelligence from reading nonfiction. More at 11.
>>7655561 >I'm just saying that literature is nowhere near as elitist as you guys think it is. You have no idea how elitist any of us thinks it is, that is a totally meaningless statement for you to make >there's a correlation between reading and intelligence because you get intelligence from reading nonfiction. I'm sure nonfiction isn't bad for you or even merely neutral, but if you bothered to read the nonfiction studies I alluded to, you'll see they're chiefly about the benefits of fiction.
>>7655571 >You need to get off your high horse. You need to get off yours. >You aren't a special snowflake because you read. You aren't a special snowflake because you think you aren't a special snowflake because you read. >The mere act of reading doesn't raise your IQ, no matter what pseudo scientific "study" you read. You mean it doesn't raise your intelligence. IQ can be raised a number of ways.
>>7655571 Bygmester Finnegan, of the Stuttering Hand, freemen’s maurer, lived in the broadest way immarginable in his rushlit toofarback for messuages before joshuan judges had given us numbers or Helviticus committed deuteronomy (one yeastyday he sternely stuck his tete in a tub for to watsch the futures of his fates but ere he swiftly stook it out again, by the might of Moses, the very water was eviperated and all the guenneses had met their exodus so that ought to show you what a pentschanjeuchy chap he was!) and during mighty odd years this man of hod, cement and edifices in Toper’s Thorp piled buildung supra buildung pon the banks for the livers by the Soangso. He addle liddle phifie Annie ugged the little craythur. Wither hayre in honds tuck up your partinher. Oftwhile balbulous, mithre ahead, with goodly trowel in grasp and ivoroiled overalls which he habitacularly fondseed, like Haroun Childeric Eggeberth, he would caligulate by multiplicables the alltitude and malltitude until he seesaw by neatlight of the liquor wheretwin ’twas born his roundhead staple of other days to rise in undress maisonry upstanded (joygrantit!), a waalworth of a skyerscape of most eyeful hoyth entowerly, erigenating from next to nothing and celescalating the himals and all, hierarchitectitiptitoploftical, with a burning bush abob off its baubletop and with larrons o’toolers clittering up and tombles a’buckets clottering down.
analyze this for me, would you? I imagine a 12 year old girl could do it.
>>7655577 Nice trips and dubs. Tough guy. You think you're so smart now? Guess what? Your trips and/or dont decide if you are smart or not. Maybe you are, maybe not but all Im saying that isnt deciding factor.
>>7655475 Being a dilettante is more about the context of your reading than the content. Even if you only read authors like Joyce, Borges, Tolstoy, etc. you're still a dilettante if you're a NEET doing it out of your mom's basement.
That being said, fuck Pratchett.
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