The Outsider

"How do I stop being the Underground Man?"
>just will yourself into seeing visions and subscribe to indian mystic religions bro
Who the FRICK recommended this book? He was clearly under the influence of early hippie culture.

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Filtered

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Seeing visions is actually a lot older and broader than just indian mysticism. Even if you put the word "just" in front of it, no one implies it's easy like that, just that it's possible.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm not doing it.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Spoken like a champ, nice cat pic too.

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah I agree that part where he was vividly reliving all his memories in his cell and started seeing faces was weird.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's The Stranger by Camus you baka.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Materialist btfo’d

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    That book is a awfully writing bullshit, I thought it would be a genuine look at outsider and outcast man, isn't I got a rambling opinion of old dude with substance, frick that shit.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      ESL please stop.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I shall offer you two solutions. Kys or make the transition to underground woman.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Please don’t actually have a nice day op just become obsessed with something else.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >just become obsessed with something else.
        >something else.
        But not being obsessed with anything in the first place is why I'm in this mess?

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          Are you not at least obsessed with the idea of the underground man or yourself?

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Ok maybe I am.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I suggest you find something or someone else to love and care for. But don’t force it just for now take a break from Dostoevsky. You’ll be ok, I wish the best for you OP.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            I’m sorry about the poor grammar.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Also “something or someone else” is redundant but I felt it was necessary.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            Thanks anon, I appreciate the advice.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I thought it was a good introduction to existentialist writers. I read it before I had read Dostoevsky and Hesse. I think I had read Camus already. I also liked his existentialist readings of Hemingway and TE Lawrence. I hadn’t thought of Hemingway as an existentialist before reading The Outsider but there is some basis for that reading.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >bicycles up to you on hampstead heath
    >introduces english reading public to existentialist philosophy, depth psychology, phenomenology, constructive counterculture, non-english romanticism and the psychological and metaphysicial interests of of the romantics and blake, and several now authors now considered canonical in english countries like hesse, 10 years before the beats and hippie culture caught on
    >becomes darling of literary establishment overnight
    >writes several more books extending earlier themes into obvious esoteric dimensions already implicit in first writings
    >establishment instantly hates him
    >disregards establishment
    >further introduces wider reading public to figures like gurdjieff, ouspensky, steiner
    >writes best general introductions to history of the occult and paranormal phenomena
    >writes 100+ more books on topics that interest him, including one of the best english essays on classical music
    >casually talks shit about lovecraft
    >august derleth dares him to write something better
    >says frick it
    >writes some of the best and weirdest lovecraft mythos novels, which are also incidentally quasi-initiatic experiences for readers interested in occultism and metaphysical self-mastery
    >gets into holocaust revisionism for a moment
    >does a wheelie
    >bicycles away

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don’t always agree with everything he wrote and at times I wish he had a bit more caution and skepticism with some of his more outlandish pronouncements but he was a bit of a hero/role model to me.
      I loved the story about him writing The Outsider in the reading room of The British Museum by day and then sleeping in a sleeping bag on Hampstead Heath at night. And getting an agent and book deal after a couple conversations with Angus Wilson at the reading room.
      He didn’t have a great education but he worked very hard at educating himself. He was widely read and he lacked the snobbishness that somebody like Kingsley Amis could be guilty of.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      some of the best and weirdest lovecraft mythos novels,
      >apeing lovecraft after his death is achievement
      kek as perverse as his optimism

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The truth is you cannot stop being Underground Man. The problem goes too deep and is so layered that by the time you pierce one layer two new layers grow over it.
    Underground Men are failed on fundamental level. They are too aware.
    Maybe copious amounts of psychedelics can help, but at this point you are just frying your brain to become someone else

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Shut the frick up, I'll will myself into transcending and seeing schizo visions that constantly reaffirm my life essence if that's what it takes.

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