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Worlds of words to escape to

Yesterday, I read the gorgeous, perfect, sweet all-ages comic "The Tea Dragon Society" and fell in love. And then realized how badly I need to disappear into a really good book or 10. Recommendations? I'm looking for some fantasy, historical fiction, regular fiction, or sci-fi novels to read for the purposes of escapism. I'm open to webcomics, too, and podcasts/audiobooks, and kid's books, and movies. Anything where I can really sink into another world and lose myself. [more inside]
posted by cnidaria to Writing & Language at 6:00 PM on Nov 15, 2017 - 44 answers [75 favorites]

The pie's the limit!

I'm looking for your best pie recipes, both sweet and savory. I'm hosting a pie and book party in mid December, and I want my pies to wow people. Recipe me! [more inside]
posted by firei to Food & Drink at 8:36 AM on Nov 12, 2017 - 21 answers [64 favorites]

Keeping good habits

I'm struggling with keeping a few good habits that are essential for my life. No snowflakes here, just the regular stuff: exercising, eating well, meditating, limiting alcohol and caffeine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 12:53 AM on Nov 15, 2017 - 14 answers [54 favorites]

Can you re-mineralize/grow/repair your tooth enamel?

Googling this seems to provide conflicting answers. Would like fellow mefites' thoughts on my question. If you believe you can grow/repair/remineralize tooth enamel, links or product names would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife to Health at 2:36 PM on Nov 16, 2017 - 16 answers [54 favorites]

Are there British podcasts I'm missing out on?

I love podcasts. But I feel like I'm missing out on a wealth of British ones. Do you have any favorite UK podcasts or radio shows? [more inside]
posted by actionpact to Media & Arts at 11:10 AM on Nov 14, 2017 - 31 answers [50 favorites]

Stuff This: Stocking Stuffer Suggestions

My family and I usually each buy some stocking stuffers for each other. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kat518 to Shopping at 6:26 AM on Nov 17, 2017 - 26 answers [45 favorites]

What is the Snowcrash of today?

What is the Snowcrash of today? In my youth, the novel Snowcrash was quite a phenomenon: it was a fun, exciting read, with crazy ideas, and you didn't have to be into sci fi to enjoy it. People who were into literary fiction, or who didn't even normally read books, had read it. What book holds a similar sort of place nowadays? It doesn't have to be sci fi.
posted by surenoproblem to Media & Arts at 1:34 AM on Nov 7, 2017 - 43 answers [110 favorites (43 in the past 7 days)]

Books about Love

Looking for a fiction book about love. The catch - not a book about new love, puppy love, unrequited love, etc. I'd like a book about people who have been in love for a decade or more and are happy (or end up happy). The love story doesn't have to be a main plot in the story, but it would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by peasandcarrots to Media & Arts at 9:23 AM on Nov 13, 2017 - 27 answers [37 favorites]

Cream cheese mix-ins

Can you suggest savory ingredients that I can mix into cream cheese to spread on toast and slather on potatoes? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak to Food & Drink at 10:35 AM on Nov 14, 2017 - 33 answers [31 favorites]

Yoga streams

An intermediate level yoga practice has been helping my hip recover from an overtraining injury, but I'm not able to get to the studio as much as I'd like. I've got Netflix, Hulu, and Prime-can you recommend intermediate or higher level yoga programs that are really just yoga (no cardio mixed in, etc) to supplement my in-person classes? Also open to something you love that I can get another way. Thx!
posted by PaulaSchultz to Health at 4:39 PM on Nov 12, 2017 - 7 answers [29 favorites]

Writing in Fragments

I read about Nabokov writing Lolita on large index cards while his wife drove him around the United States so he could collect butterflies. I love, love, love the idea of writing an entire book, or at least heavily outlining a book or longer work, one card at a time. I'm looking for anything on writing in small chunks, or fragments, that are eventually combined into something larger. It could be personal experiences, methodologies, workflow examples, links to author interviews, apps, books, or what have you. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 to Media & Arts at 7:24 PM on Nov 13, 2017 - 25 answers [29 favorites]

Mystery TV for my mother?

My mom loves mystery TV. She's seen every season of Midsomer Murders and I can only assume she's seen every mystery TV series on (Canadian) Netflix (Miss Fisher, etc.). She especially loves the Cumberbatch Sherlock, and is periodically obsessed with Jack the Ripper. What hasn't she seen that she might like?
posted by flibbertigibbet to Media & Arts at 4:20 AM on Nov 17, 2017 - 36 answers [28 favorites]

Funny, quirky, earnest movies?

Looking for movie recommendations for a blustery weekend. I loved "We Are The Best!" and "Lars and the Real Girl," because they were sweet and funny and slightly offbeat, but also earnest and thoughtful with endearing but not saccharine plots and characters. What other movies might I like?
posted by stillmoving to Media & Arts at 1:08 PM on Nov 10, 2017 - 66 answers [82 favorites (27 in the past 7 days)]

Literary escapism for those who are Sick of This Shit

I cannot with everything that's going on in the world and I would like to take the weekend to lose myself in fiction. Please recommend novels that will help me briefly forget about how awful the world is right now. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone to Media & Arts at 1:36 PM on Nov 10, 2017 - 39 answers [68 favorites (24 in the past 7 days)]

Joyful, loud gospel songs needed!

I’ve discovered that gospel music is very comforting and energizing to me in these trying times we’re living in. Please recommend your favorite joyful, loud, uplifting, inspiring gospel songs. I’m looking for suggestions for specific versions of gospel songs—classics or modern— that are immediate mood-boosters—sung by individual artists, groups, or even better, full choirs. Thanks!
posted by bookmammal to Media & Arts at 6:08 AM on Nov 12, 2017 - 24 answers [24 favorites]

Freezer burrito fillings!

I'm making these for a friend who just had a baby. Help me think of things to put in them. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine to Food & Drink at 9:18 AM on Nov 13, 2017 - 13 answers [24 favorites]

Objectively crappy/subjectively awesome movies to laugh at while tipsy

Some of my girlfriends and I have set up an “Oh God you have to see this amazing train wreck of a movie and also let’s drink” calendar. Finding just the right movies for this kind of activity is not easy, as the sweet spot is narrow, I looked at this ask, but those are mostly definitely not what I’m looking for (maybe one or two). Criteria inside: [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Media & Arts at 10:54 AM on Nov 15, 2017 - 139 answers [24 favorites]

Repair my fractured attention and concentration!

Over the last several months, I've noticed a drop-off in my ability to focus on large, difficult projects. My attention seems easily fractured (devices + internet = probable cause). I need to repair and grow back my ability to concentrate for long periods of time so I can complete a massive project. Have you re-engineered your focus (using non-pharmacological means)? What were your tactics and strategies? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle to Health at 7:51 PM on Nov 8, 2017 - 24 answers [102 favorites (23 in the past 7 days)]

Cold Weather Jeans for Women

I've always been jealous of the flannel-lined jeans for boys and men that I used to see in the L.L. Bean catalog. Are there any companies that make a similarly soft fleecy/flannel lined denim in a women's skinny jean? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:08 AM on Nov 12, 2017 - 12 answers [23 favorites]

Looking for REALLY GOOD speeches/lectures/talks

I've noticed I enjoy listening to talks online. I want to find more good ones. [more inside]
posted by monologish to Society & Culture at 2:56 PM on Nov 16, 2017 - 11 answers [23 favorites]

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