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    Is it Weird to read Artist books in metro??

    To be more specific books like "bridgman's guide to drawing from life"
    is it weird to read them in metro [Subway trains some might call them]
    i travel in metro every day 45 min - 1 hour one way
    that makes 90min - 2 hrs in a day wasted by going back and forth to work
    although i do read novels in that time but i was just wondering
    would it be weird to read artist's books in metro??


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    Does it matter? Read whatever you like. If people think it's weird that's their problem.

    Eating pomegranates with a towel while wearing a dust mask on the subway, now that's weird... (Yeah, I've seen this.)

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    I read a bridgeman book, I forgot the title, something about mechanical anatomy or something similar, primarily on buses. I actually made a few friends by doing so. people were genuinely interested in what I was reading and why. Only issue may be, people to love to distract you from reading. I've found this with all art books on public transit. people want to ask you what you are reading, what it's about; they want you to give them a synopsis on the book, they ask if you're an artist, what kind; they tell you how they like art, if they consider themselves an artist, about their uncle who did art once, and was really good.... and it just goes on and on.
    Same thing happens if I'm sketching on the bus.
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    Seeking approval to read a book? Seriously?

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    Hey, I flip my laptop open in a busy bus on my 15 ride if I need to. Now riding in a stuffed bus with a semi wet acrylic painting, now that's awkward.

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    I felt weird reading this thread.

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    Just wrap the cover from "How to stop masturbating in public" around it.

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    I suggest getting an e-reader. Then everybody will just assume you're reading mommy porn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    I felt weird reading this thread.
    Were you reading this while sitting in the subway?

    Anyway, if a priest reads his bible in the bus (and also mark the everliving crap out of it, it was full of pink and yellow passage markings and writing), why would it be weird for an artist to read drawing books while sitting in the subway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcarbon View Post
    would it be weird to read artist's books in metro??
    Only if it's "Furry porn art for Dummies." :-)
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    I remember this crazy time when I read a book.

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    It would be weird if you:

    - licked the front cover of the book all the way to work
    - used the book to kill the invisible fly
    - kept the open book on your head and walk that way
    - talked with the book as if it was mobile phone
    - ripped the pages from the book and ate them

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    Dude, WHAT. I used to walk down the street with my nose buried in a book.

    I've got this weird urge to complain about young people these days, then I remember I'm only 21. Oh hell.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjesta View Post
    Dude, WHAT. I used to walk down the street with my nose buried in a book.

    I've got this weird urge to complain about young people these days, then I remember I'm only 21. Oh hell.
    me too. me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiera View Post
    Just wrap the cover from "How to stop masturbating in public" around it.
    Doing this with all my books from now on.

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    Read a comic book instead!

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    Ah hell man, you didn't hear? Back in '09 they made reading art books on the metro illegal. Better be more subtle about it, would suck to get a ticket.

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    lol what sort of question is that? A drawing book, a novel book, a comic book, I dont think people care about what you read unless your trying to please someone. People in my country sometimes use those reading tablets and watching movies on a laptop, and just play loud music the young people do. Just read it!

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    I think it's weird to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcarbon View Post
    i was just wondering
    would it be weird to read artist's books in metro??
    Man I hope so. I would really hate to spend 2 hours being boring and ordinary on the metro. That would be 2 hours wasted.
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    I don't see a problem at all.
    I read many art books on the train, some even containing sketches of nude people! Heaven forbid!

    Why waste time where it could be spent reading or doing something practical?
    You sir, I think need to start learning not to give a damn what others think...
    Ever just woken up and gone "shit, does the world around me exist"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    I think it's weird to ask.
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    Here in Japan people read porn on the trains. I really think art books should be the least of anyone's worries.

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    I think this was a troll. only way it makes sense as a question imo.

    Edit: Star Eater has edumacated me on Xcarbon's real status, and I take back What I said about their being a troll. But then I ask is this a serious question?

    Why would it ever be wrong to read a book in any situation?
    Are you sure he's not trolling? you don't have to be a troll to troll. it's just i never even thought of this as a question.

    but I digress. Perhaps it's wrong of me to judge a question. there is no such thing as a dumb question. only ignorant answers.
    Again, I will state my answer too this question;

    It is never wrong to read an art book; well maybe occasionally- but that tends to happen behind closed doors, not while on a bus... unless you are on a kinky Japanese train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themegagod View Post
    I think this was a troll. only way it makes sense as a question imo.
    No, not a troll. Xcarbon has been a member here since 2011.

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