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Why do people hate on Lovecraft? by The Dude !fGacv5cTa6 - Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:22:44 EST ID:cBGeG7hp No.66945 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I quite enjoy his stuff, but I often see people berating his writing online. What does he do wrong?

Thanks and happy 420
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Faggy Dicklewitch - Fri, 01 May 2015 22:22:09 EST ID:O6UBFFNl No.67003 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I like his stories (some are better than others, some aren't that great) but I can see why he never got major success in his lifetime, despite never really writing full length novels. His writing style just wasn't very good. Some stories have major plot holes and everything is always written from the first-person perspective.
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Nicholas Crabberpodge - Sat, 02 May 2015 07:58:22 EST ID:CeR7s86W No.67005 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66951
This.

Also I like how the people who like him are oftentimes the same people who actually feel guilty over it because he was racist, along with just about everyone else on the planet.
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Hannah Pittway - Sun, 03 May 2015 02:05:56 EST ID:dMBqWYEg No.67008 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I like Lovecraft. However, I don't like his Cthulhu mythos: I much prefer his miscellaneous stories and the Dream Cycle stories. The stories I most like by him are:

>The Music of Erich Zann
>The Doom that Came to Sarnath
>The Quest of Iranon
>Celephais
>Azathoth
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Lydia Sollerlick - Sun, 03 May 2015 20:46:44 EST ID:W3GosXr6 No.67014 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>67008
You came in and told us what you liked that's fine but at least tell us why you give a damn.
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Lillian Sondlebet - Mon, 04 May 2015 23:16:43 EST ID:JHSbXgM+ No.67016 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>67008
celephais is a great one and has actually very seriously influenced my dreams. i see beautiful unreal cities and structures all the time now. and when i go lucid, i think "let's go fly and find some celephais stuff" and then i do


I FOUGHT THE LAW by Sidney Ningerdale - Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:58:43 EST ID:8SMBC5Rg No.66974 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Who are some of the great rebellious motherfuckers of literature? The people whose works challenged the pre-conceived notions of human nature, law, ethics, and in general the world around us? I would assume a lot of these people fall under the philosopher category. I don't know. I'm an idiot.
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Albert Gaddlenitch - Sun, 03 May 2015 03:29:44 EST ID:8SMBC5Rg No.67009 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66996
OP here.
I say it's absolutely beautiful. I think you might like to read it.
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Wesley Cungerdeg - Sun, 03 May 2015 10:34:31 EST ID:A3fjoVPR No.67011 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>67009
I'm thinking about doing that. Not until I finish Death of a Hero though.
I wanted a short summary but it seems there is one on wiki already.
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Nigel Nabbermad - Sun, 03 May 2015 10:53:05 EST ID:yDOBBlzv No.67012 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66991
>baww white people
Yeah your post is reeaaal credible
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Albert Gaddlenitch - Sun, 03 May 2015 16:42:05 EST ID:8SMBC5Rg No.67013 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>67011
just jump into it. Emerson is a master of words. I guess it's a little more personal to me, but what he says and how he said it is exactly what I needed to hear, what I needed to feel. I started tearing up a little, as embarrassing as that is.

Anyway, Self-Reliance is a wonderful piece of literature. I guess Transcendentalists are good at that. Then again, Emerson might be more of an existentialist.
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Archie Bozzlewell - Tue, 12 May 2015 14:25:03 EST ID:inBE2KG4 No.67054 Ignore Report Quick Reply
William Blake


Lord Dunsany by Hannah Pittway - Sun, 03 May 2015 02:02:52 EST ID:dMBqWYEg No.67007 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Thank you, Ireland, for giving us Lord Dunsany. Do you like Dunsany, 420chan? If so, what are your favorite stories by him? Personally, he's one of my favorite writers. I remember fondly back in college where I'd go to the library and sit down to read the old (original) copies of his works.

My favorite stories are:

-The Wonderful Window
-The Unhappy Body
-On the Dry Land
-The Doom of La Traviata
-The Kith of the Elf Folk
-The Dreams of the Prophet
-The entirety of 'The Gods of Pegana'


to love another by Frederick Dillerdale - Sat, 02 May 2015 02:28:22 EST ID:GUDkV8Mv No.67004 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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My eyelids are heavy and cool in the moisture of my tears
My heart, it sinks further into the seemingly endless black hole in my core and everything I ever associate with happiness, like a chemical reaction deep in my soul, seems to fade away and blacken with death and rot
My knees weaken and I fall to them with a thud
I am completely alone in the shell that seems to encase and paralyze me there as my mind struggles to make sense of all the rushing feelings of regret, remorse, doubt
My hands cover my face as if to conceal to the world the twisted and rotten expression that I cannot
My core is convulsing as I weep
the tears I can’’t contain from dripping down my face cool as they flow down my chin like cool rivers
I am mad
I am in my own hell a nightmare I cannot end
and I am aware of every mistake, every shameful embarassing and terrible moment in my life passes in and out of me around me like swirling demons each taking a little something from away from my soul
my weeping wanting soul that has seen glimpses of babylon and the light that exists within yet cannot reach
I close inward
I close off from the world
television static electricity barks at my thirsty brain and renders me more confused than I ever imagined I could feel
everything that I am as an individual peels away and I am no one
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torrent plz? by Edwin Didgepog - Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:43:43 EST ID:ETSsSVOk No.66992 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Im looking for a copy of forrest fenns book
thrill of the chase
for treasure reasons
but i can't find a copy online can anyone with more google fu help me?


How to improve comprehension? by Phoebe Pondlefire - Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:12:17 EST ID:kEy1wn9B No.66971 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So i was a pretty slow learner at school and as such i sometimes find it difficult to read things and understand their meaning.

Can you guys recommend anything that can help improve my reading comprehension? whether its a book or a website or anything?
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Priscilla Bivinglock - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:29:07 EST ID:37q7uJF/ No.66981 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66972

thanks for this, i tried to read aldous huxley's the perennial philosophy and free will by sam harris

but i think i am reading above my comprehension, i know it for sure, is there some way to bridge the gap is there some kind of university level reading comprehension book?
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Priscilla Bivinglock - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:31:54 EST ID:37q7uJF/ No.66982 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66981

but with that being said i have read pretty much all Terence McKenna with no problem along with other books like The Way of Woman: Awakening the Perennial Feminine by Helen Luke (for example)
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Charles Somblepack - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:39:50 EST ID:JDCdJZ6G No.66984 Ignore Report Quick Reply
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler, and How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster helped me a lot.
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Sidney Nocklenere - Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:49:10 EST ID:kIGiOCGp No.66988 Ignore Report Quick Reply
ABC of reading ezra pound
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Sidney Nocklenere - Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:53:07 EST ID:kIGiOCGp No.66990 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66988
And just read. Read whenever you have free time. That's the best thing you can do.

nb


It's take a special kind of man to make a rainbow sword badass. by Augustus Gerringpitch - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:50:04 EST ID:WtXdTKzr No.66983 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Anyone here ever read Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green? I first read it when I was a little kid and it's stuck with me into adulthood as one of my favorite novels.

It's the first in a series of a dozen or so novels all set in the same "world" that mostly follow two characters named Rupert and Julia and their adventures in a fantasy kingdom brimming with magic and demons.

It's fairly formulaic, chock full of deus ex machinas, is pulpy as all hell, and I love every goddamn page of it. Simon R. Green somehow has a knack for taking generic fantasy with a by the numbers heroes journey and giving it just enough of a twist to make it thoroughly enjoyable.

To date it's the only novel I've ever read where the hero rides a unicorn, wields a sword made of rainbows, and rescues a dragon from a princess.


internet era psychedelia by Priscilla Cottingbanks - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:49:31 EST ID:NtVxZANE No.66919 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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so without getting into new age and deepak chopra spiritualist or anything religious really(not sure about chakras)...

is there any contemporary psychedelic literature out there ? hey yeah huxley and ram dass and john c lily were fun reads, but they were all ages ago.

do we have any "new wave [drug] psychedelic" authors other than all of you( trip reporters)?
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Caroline Fodgeworth - Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:21:48 EST ID:cjUpQpDm No.66923 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66919
do you want analytical books, or fiction?

not really sure about the first but bluelight and opiphile have a few wanabe burroughs/huxley writers, some of it was ok. as far as published works im not really sure, it kind of all went new age/wave on us, so if you dont want that maybe try medical journals, there are still test being done.
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Martha Brirringchad - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:21:37 EST ID:vJLOMQKW No.66933 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66919

You want Tao Lin's Taipei. Also Terrence McKenna.
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Whitey Nengerfire - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:26:50 EST ID:x8sO4zKc No.66955 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66919

almost everything has been covered already, ever new psychedelic book i read just has a bunch of references to huxley, mckenna, sheildrake, wasson and leary.
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Lillian Blatherspear - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:35:45 EST ID:5/bMcmF1 No.66961 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Some other oldschoolers you might of missed include Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson.

if you're trying to read about the drugs themselves "Plants of the Gods" by Richard Evans Schultes and Albert Hofmann (yes the Biycle Day accidental innovator of LSD himself) is great. Make sure to get the revised edition

I know some other new-agey type stuff as well but it borders on schizophrenic gibberish and I cannot recommend them
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Hugh Shittingson - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:10:15 EST ID:hlK5gXFh No.66962 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Not literature per se, but psychedlic academia:

http://www.amazon.com/Darwins-Pharmacy-Plants-Evolution-Noosphere/dp/0295990953


Literary terms by Martha Higglefoot - Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:32:03 EST ID:EGzAMx/s No.66952 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Is there a literary term for phrases/sayings/words that are replaced with another word but gives a 'similar' or easy-to-pick-up-on meaning?
I'm thinking along the lines of rickyisms.
Like saying "Draculian laws" or something...
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Emma Goodcocke - Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:48:00 EST ID:RBS4ZiMx No.66953 Ignore Report Quick Reply
malapropisms - the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect

eggcorns - In linguistics, an eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect
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Martha Higglefoot - Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:59:47 EST ID:EGzAMx/s No.66954 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66953
thanks a bunch!
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Hugh Shittingson - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:42:00 EST ID:hlK5gXFh No.66964 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Puns OP.


Books books books I have a few questions by Graham Mabberhood - Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:06:21 EST ID:1Z5wcAgD No.66863 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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>Why is the stan considered kinds best book ?
I got about 80 pages in and was bored to death of it.Its very long so I just decided to put it down.

>Is cat's cradle any good ?

>what about the Divine comedy

>Where should I start with philosophy.Plato ? (I dont want to start with someone depressing out look on life)
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Eliza Grimforth - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:36:34 EST ID:u00LXaGb No.66939 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>What about the Divine Comedy
I've read excerpts of it, it's a tough read--translated poems don't usually work, as others ITT have said. However, there's a fantastic English translation/adaptation of it to a quatrain prose style that rhymes (see Clive James' translation). James makes the Divine Comedy super-readable and even enjoyable, but he doesn't have the authenticity of a straight translation.

>Where do I start with philosophy
Everyone always says Plato, so I'd start there with The Republic and some of his other dialogues. Most Greek and Roman philosophers are pretty accessible, even to the novice, so check out whatever interests you. It's in these Athenian and Roman schools that the bases of philosophy for laid, and many schools of thought regarding the outlook of humanity were formed (e.g., skepticism, hedonism, democracy, etc.).
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Martha Briffingmane - Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:15:37 EST ID:TQr2up81 No.66940 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i read cats cradle and i thought it was really fuckin good
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Cedric Hozzleway - Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:00:44 EST ID:cYDcGwKY No.66942 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66863
Read some basics about Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. No need to read them directly unless you're really into philosophy (of course it's always better to read the source, but it's not always easy or fun). If you want to have some fun with ancient philosophy check out Heraclitus and Parmenides, Protagoras and Gorgias, the stoics and Epicurus and Pyrrho. They were all alternative philosophical schools that for whatever reason didn't prevail agaisnt platonism and aristotelism, but they had really interesting views on the world and they lived on the same time and place (pretty much) as Plato.

Here's a philosophy podcast I usually listen to, it's really good and easy to understand, I've enjoyed it a lot and learned about some of the weirder philosophers I don't feel like reading (like Empedocles or Anaxagoras)
http://www.historyofphilosophy.net/
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Edward Pemmlewill - Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:59:19 EST ID:2ejD5VOS No.66943 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66942
If you're gonna start with the Greeks, be sure to not just read the firsthand stuff and finish at that. You'll inevitably miss some of the points they try to make, and you'll misunderstand a lot of the translated words too because they won't always make sense at first or they'll give you the wrong impression. Idunno what makes The Republic and such such a good start but it just works. Idunno.

Like posted before too, stuff like The Upanishads are great, the Bhagavad Gita is great, the Yoga Sutras is great. None of these should be read without some sort of teacher, though, because they'll remind you where to take things less literally and such. (Not in the Christian "well don't take the old testament so serious" way, like a "well all these gods and such are just literative paths towards the goals of further enlightenment and understanding of the world")
Actually, the yoga sutras can be read with in-book commentary, the gita perhaps, the upanishads you're gonna wanna find someone to help you out on those though.

That's my 2 cents

(Tao Te Ching is a great book to read on your own whilst tripping on psychedelics and just meditating on it though)
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Esther Shakeford - Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:50:43 EST ID:9Rq0raDt No.66944 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I like The Inferno. It is twisted and full of poetic justice. Descriptions of the scenery are nice because each level of hell is unique. Deserts, swamps, rolling green hills.

And that is where I stop liking The Divine Comedy, because after The Inferno, it becomes increasingly metaphorical and hard to follow. Makes sense, because Dante is ascending to a realm where humans have no understanding of.


Bizarro Literature by Martha Clinderwater - Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:09:10 EST ID:8SMBC5Rg No.66915 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Who are the strangest authors? What are the strangest works?
Outsider literature and the general oddballs of the art world interest me, to sound like a complete douche. I guess it's because I always feel weird and I relate to the "weird".
Any recommendations? You can tell me freely to shut the fuck up.
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Caroline Fodgeworth - Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:24:37 EST ID:cjUpQpDm No.66924 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66915

its like beating a dead horse but the strangest book ive read is Naked Lunch, pretty much unlike anything else (besides his other, later, shittier non-linear fiction).
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Betsy Panningdadge - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:43:41 EST ID:m/xRLoWd No.66929 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>66924
I kind of know what you mean with burroughs. The stories right after(the 3 books in the nova trilogy) are kind of shitty. They have good parts but the cut up method ruined them. Later on though, with exterminator and the red night trilogy, burroughs got good again.
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Betsy Panningdadge - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 06:46:13 EST ID:m/xRLoWd No.66930 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66929
I meant to say "the store right after naked lunch"
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Esther Gundlehall - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:30:01 EST ID:8SMBC5Rg No.66931 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66915
Any outsider literature, possibly some libertine stuff like Rimbaud?
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Henry Changerdit - Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:28:05 EST ID:20Ws7j5E No.66932 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thomas Ligotti


THe Dark Tower series by Nathaniel Niggerworth - Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:47:34 EST ID:z0qb+bRW No.66715 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Without giving spoilers, can anyone tell me what the deal is about this series? It seems praised, but then also hated by the fandom in parts, like the ending.

But is it a nice adventure for someone who just wants to kick back and go someplace weird?
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Beatrice Billinglock - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:24 EST ID:z0qb+bRW No.66875 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>66870
That's a cool way to read it, you get to enjoy something and she gets to feel it all over again through your eyes.
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Edwin Drablingwater - Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:14:34 EST ID:Vjl5asmz No.66882 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It's great. The second book is one of my favourite Stephen King books, actually. It's a really neat series and you'll enjoy it if you just want a change of pace.

The point that things get iffy is after book 4, which was when King was nearly killed in real life and decided "oh crap, I need to write the final 3 Dark Tower books right now and start referencing my other stories and I want to write this and that and-" etc. The series is still very enjoyable there, but everyone agrees that King's writing overall in that post-accident era is different than what it was before, and his more recent works are a bit of a return to form for the most part.

And I agree that, while you can certainly start the series from scratch, if you enjoy it, there are some other King books you should probably read around the halfway point because they fill in very important parts of the Dark Tower narrative.
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Anomandaris Purake - Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:20:37 EST ID:M3iV5bS4 No.66902 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Just, stopping by. . . .
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Jenny Bunnerwerk - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:12:34 EST ID:l5cMi5AG No.66917 Ignore Report Quick Reply
yes, as an avid reader, it is the best series i have ever read hands down. it is a fantastic adventure, with incredible character development. it has a great world setting.

its often put in the horror section of book stores but does not belong there, i would describe it as a fantasy dystopian western with a touch of sci fi thrown in.
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Lydia Fobberford - Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:49:32 EST ID:XUeClEPt No.66927 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Just read it, push on and read it. You won't regret it.


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