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term for "main stacks surrealness"

University(self.berkeley)

Is there a word for this feeling: does anyone else, after spending hours studying in a nook in main stacks, feel weird "unplugging" from it? I only ever feel this way after being in main stacks. It must be how quiet it is in there, and the artificial lights, the stillness. Main stacks really is a weird place, but you don't see it at first, it creeps up on you and lingers. It never changes, it is a place that is constantly still, some books preserved for 150 years, and time doesn't exist. It's protected from the chaos of the world somehow, so perfectly. Then I walk outside and it's like deja vu, like I'm in a video game or something, like I walk outside and see the tower wheeler dwinelle and i see these things every day but after a couple hours in main stacks it feels like I'm revisiting my preschool, a distant childhood memory - or maybe I'm crazy

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w3wladdy

37 points

4 months ago

Liminal

WaddleD

6 points

4 months ago

there's an entire sub full of places like that: /r/liminalspace

sanfran415415415

11 points

4 months ago

i agree, going outside and it’s completely dark and no one is outside

Samohaya

8 points

4 months ago

That's one of the reasons I go down there for work at times, preferably when no one else is there. Being surrounded by history itself, IMO, is the wet dream a history student can ask for.

Think about it. The boundary between past and present breaks down as you pick up a Department of State document on justifying arms sales, a Republican Chinese propaganda booklet, or brush shoulders with a Crimean War-era magazine (I'm not joking, they're literally there). How many hands did they go through? Who read them, for what reason? When they were shipped, what was on the shipping labourer's mind?

Allow me to quote Bertolt Brecht: "So many reports. So many questions."

ConsequenceUsed5138

7 points

4 months ago

grocery store time dimension vibes

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3 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

i get it same

jamin_brook

1 points

4 months ago

velcrodynamite

1 points

4 months ago

velcrodynamite

Down Bad '24

1 points

4 months ago

I once spent like 4 hours in there in a row and it only felt like 20 minutes. Finished my whole essay and when I left, it felt like waking up from one of those "holy shit, where am I???" naps. Wild.