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/lit/, where do you go for news, culture, etc? There doesn't seem to be any news outlets or magazines that are a good catchall you can go to if you just need something to get into to broaden your mind on the world, and to a lesser extent keep you up to date on current events. Anywhere besides the obvious like the New Yorker, Salon, etc? (I don't like or dislike those examples, just giving some). VICE still has a good game plan, but it too often turns into poorly written or poorly researched bullshit.
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Is anybody else here experiencing a great deal of pressure as a result of being known as a "young genius" among your peers and by figures of academic authority?
It's really starting to get to me. I'm twenty years old and admittedly I have aced almost every test I ever sat (I failed my driving test miserably, but we'll talk about that another time). But I feel that as a consequence of my academic ability I am suffering, intensely I might add, from the burden of having to live up to the "genius" image and to continue outshine my peers at every opportunity. A professor at my college, who I respect a great deal and who has pretty much tutored me on a personal level since I arrived here, is already pushing to get my debut novel finished, and really it doesn't feel right. He says it's hilarious and extremely promising for my age, and when I ask what he means by "my age" he says that not once in his three decades of teaching has he come across a student so able to produce top quality work on so consistent a basis. I even had a girl pack up her things and walk out of a class in the final semester of last year after I was asked to read one of my stories. When I ran out and caught up with her she was in tears and simply explained that I made her "realize how talentless" she was in comparison. I mean, ouch.
But it's killing me, inside, to think that I will forever be unable to enjoy the simple and mundane things in life, and that I will forever be distinguished among my peers and therefore distanced from them in some way. My girlfriend tries to assure me by explaining that I have a gift and that I'd be stupid to waste it. My friends all say that they are happy for my success and excited to see what happens in my future. My parents and my teachers tell me all the time how proud they are to have a genius in their family / class, but I'm left empty, hollow, forever striving to meet some standard I know I never will, and never can.
Anybody else here feel this way?