“Close reading expects readers to focus on the information that a text provides”. I learned in school too, back in the 80s. Also hated it. I found studying the cosmos surrounding a work, including the author, the historical period, influence in culture, etc, to be far more engaging than close reading.

“Close reading expects readers to focus on the information that a text provides”. I learned in school too, back in the 80s. Also hated it. I found studying the cosmos surrounding a work, including the author, the historical period, influence in culture, etc, to be far more engaging than close reading.

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Least favorite question from “close reading”:
“What is the author’s intent?”

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“Listening comprehension” is “What is the author’s intent?” type questions. “Close reading” is considered “Listening skills”.

I did very poorly on those in every standardized test.

Perhaps it is ADHD. Perhaps I am a high functioning autistic. Perhaps it is something entirely different. I don’t know the cause.

I just remember thinking that they were asking me to engage in “mind reading” and stereotypical thinking. “What would be the best title for this paragraph?”

Would be. wtf. So maybe its a mental flaw on my part but I have definite bias in this zone.

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I like trailers. I can also read the last page of a book and STILL go back and enjoy it. Finding out the ending or the twist doesn’t spoil a thing for me.

I can “turn it off” while watching the movie or reading a book.

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For me, all of that additional information provides interesting landmarks of familiarity, that’s all.

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Spoilers don’t spoil for me. I don’t know why EVERYBODY can’t turn off their knowledge while watching a movie or reading a book.

Just “turn it off”, sit back, enjoy. Clear your head, go for a ride.

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My mom + grandma watched English mysteries since I was a boy. I would sometimes sit with them, starting at the end, or the middle, and I’d try to catch up.

If I saw it later from the start, I’d delete my mental knowledge of the story and enjoy it.

But I often read books end to start as well, both fiction and non-fiction. Textbooks are especially easier that way: Look at the end of the chapter and read back to the start. [the logic in textbooks makes that easier for me to digest it all]

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I was disappointed about Ender’s Game author too but it was still a significant story of my childhood.Knowing Heidegger’s Nazi thing didn’t spoil his philosophy for me. You can be the world’s biggest jerk and still produce amazing things.What knowing that kind of stuff does for me is provide an *alternative* reading that I could do. Holding multiple interpretations of a text simultaneously isn’t rocket science.

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  I try to break my idols. Hardest to break for me was Carl Sagan, but I did it a couple of years ago.

I don’t like idolatry as it skews clear thinking.

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“Am I a child or an adult?” I see idolatry as childish thinking. An author that can do no wrong. A political figure that is amazing. These are fantasy things.

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Knowing Carl Sagan may have unintentionally (or intentionally – we can never know) been a bit of a fraud in some things — or a bit deluded in a couple of ways – will never take away this from me.

If anything, this enhances it. We are all too human and yet look at what he’s done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiWKq57uAlk

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It’s the same for me either way. I can get the same “wow” moments, feel sad, whatever. Maybe I’ve got something “missing” in me that I don’t hold a distinction between “novel” and “prefigured”.

In every situation, I both bring all knowledge I have to bear upon a thing while also treating it as entirely novel.

You can never step in the same river twice.

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I respect spoilers.. I put spoiler warnings up because it’s the expected thing and people get upset if I don’t.

Why are they upset? I don’t fully know. “That spoiled it for me!” – I never understood what the “it” was that was spoiled.

But I do what I’m supposed to do in that area.

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I reread a summary of Heraclitus’ ideas (its been a long time since I looked through to find “my Greek”), and I’d say I probably have been in alignment with that worldview for a very long time.

It was way back when I was “going for roots” and tried out Orthodox Christianity (late 90s) and I wanted to understand Logos better. Heraclitus provided for me a bridge between my American understanding of “word” (words), the Eastern Orthodox Logos concept, and a long running thread of basic Western import style Buddhism that’s run throughout my life so far. [a story about an ancient gold ring that says “change is coming” comes to mind].

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I don’t think of it as a paradox though but rather simultaneous.

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It’s “Ship of Theseus”. Once you understand that you are the ship, simultaneously the same but always different… the impermanence of identity (knowing that “changing” is a constant while also accepting the regretful necessity of objectifying for the sake of communication), you can see it’s not a mystery. It just is.

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You’re never ‘OUTSIDE’ of the river though.

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“Once you step in” implies a “before”.

 

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Do fish know they’re wet? Do they care? What if they reach the surface?

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Behind the barn here, they’ve been shooting off a 30 odd 6 for the past 3 hrs. Loud af. Glad they’re having fun but I don’t get the thrill.

Thing is, you can’t step in or out of the river. River is spacetime. What’s stagnant in spacetime?

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“”the state or quality of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely””

I’d say it’s more of a constant “is-ing” rather than a crystalized state.

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Notice the metaphors in use: “solid” “permanence” – even “still” is a kind of metaphor (‘continues to’ – think Newton’s inertia). I chose “state” and “crystalized” as synonyms – to which I used as a contrast for “is-ing”.

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spatiotemporal_database – the database as all spacetime and each entry as a “moment”.

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