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Fiction that changes (daily) lives?

What are some fiction books you've read that changed your outlook on daily life after you finished them? I'm thinking of books that have the potential to make daily life seem more interesting and adventurous, or to give a new perspective on the seemingly mundane. Maybe they cause you to adopt a new persona, or envision yourself as a character involved in some sort of intrigue. Non-fiction will be considered, but I'm not looking for self-help books so much as inspiration to see things in a more exciting light.
posted by iamisaid to Media & Arts at 3:54 PM on Mar 16, 2017 - 47 answers [174 favorites]

Best Salted Oatmeal Cookie Recipe?

What is the best salted oatmeal cookie recipe? I love the salted oatmeal cookies from Whisked in DC but they're a bit pricey for me to consume constantly and they haven't published the recipe (I wrote to ask). Please help me make delicious salted oatmeal cookies at home! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Food & Drink at 11:00 AM on Mar 22, 2017 - 11 answers [41 favorites]

How to deal with emotional labor inequity in relationships with males?

I'm a straight middle-aged female who is experiencing a lot of issues with both romantic relationships and platonic male friends who have unvoiced expectations that I should perform nearly all of the emotional labor in our relationships. [more inside]
posted by nirblegee to Human Relations at 6:09 PM on Mar 19, 2017 - 23 answers [37 favorites]

What are your favorite YouTube performances (by the original band)?

It is a unique joy when I encounter a particularly cool live (usually-but-not-necessarily acoustic) performance of a song that I love on YouTube. A bunch of examples are in the "more inside," but I particularly like tight harmonies, and stripped-down, and clean in a way that makes you hear the song in a new way. I want to fill a playlist with these. What are your favorites? All genres are welcome. (Note: I know there are probably a zillion pretty covers, but I am looking for the original artist playing their own song.) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket to Media & Arts at 9:18 AM on Mar 22, 2017 - 35 answers [31 favorites]

Sweden is my drug. Give me Sweden-origin English language artists, bands

I can't quite put my finger on why, but a sizable portion of the artists and groups that make music that I really enjoy have origins in Sweden. Little Dragon, Icona Pop, Jose Gonzalez, Iamamiwhoami, The Knife (& Fever Ray), Robyn, and now I've recently stumbled onto another Swedish artist named Demen who has a song called niorum. What other artists have similarly great music and originate in Sweden to go with these?
posted by cashman to Media & Arts at 10:24 PM on Mar 17, 2017 - 36 answers [28 favorites]

Movie recs with this particular sort of ending:

I'm interested in watching movies, from any era, where the egregiously bad bad guys are hunted down and picked off one by one. Bonus points if the movie is available on Netflix. Thanks all. it will help my mental health right now
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah to Media & Arts at 9:25 AM on Mar 21, 2017 - 51 answers [27 favorites]

Anxiety at work: how to be a better manager to my anxious team members?

This discussion on the blue has got me thinking about how much anxiety seems to be a factor in the behaviour and performance of many of the people I work with these days. [more inside]
posted by rpfields to Work & Money at 5:41 PM on Mar 18, 2017 - 30 answers [24 favorites]

Legit making money from home?

Short version: I can't leave my room, but I can type and mouse. How do I make money under these circumstances? Is Mechanical Turk still a thing? Do things like Hits4Dollars or InboxDollars still work? How else do I do this? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Work & Money at 3:09 PM on Oct 26, 2015 - 28 answers [144 favorites (22 in the past 7 days)]

The night lay coiled in the street, cobra-cold and scaled with stars.

What authors, or specific books, have a particular gift for beautiful metaphor? Give examples if possible. [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin to Writing & Language at 3:46 AM on Mar 17, 2017 - 23 answers [22 favorites]

Refreshing stagnant technical skills

I'm a web developer who's been stagnating in a very low-effort job for several years. As such, my technical skills are way out of date. I'm not happy at this job, but I need to get up to speed again before I can get a new job that will be more satisfying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet at 12:10 PM on Mar 16, 2017 - 17 answers [21 favorites]

Individual task tracking system

I really need some help finding or devising a light-weight, low-friction task tracking system for managing my work tasks. It doesn't need to be used by more than one person at once, but it should be clear enough so it could be handed off to someone else. [more inside]
posted by leticia to Work & Money at 10:22 AM on Mar 17, 2017 - 19 answers [20 favorites]

Bralette for the large of boob

Seeking personal recommendations for bralettes that have worked for people with boobs on the larger side. [more inside]
posted by annie o to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:49 PM on Mar 18, 2017 - 18 answers [19 favorites]

I'm a narcissist. What next?

I just had an insight with my therapist: I am a narcissist, introverted/covert variety. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 5:39 AM on Mar 18, 2017 - 18 answers [18 favorites]

Giving a watercolor "set" (all the things!)

I’d like to give a gift of everything one would need to rekindle a love of watercolor painting. Bonus points for recommendations that will allow the recipient to stop and start painting sessions easily with minimal fuss. Need not be an actual pre-bundled "set." [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Media & Arts at 4:26 AM on Mar 17, 2017 - 17 answers [16 favorites]

How do I make my senior cat comfortable?

My old man cat has been slowing down for a while, and I think we may be moving into a new phase of old-man-cat-ness. I can handle the medical aspects, but what might I not be thinking of to make his life at home as comfortable and easy as I can for whatever time he has left? (Difficulty levels: Deaf, getting very stiff in the back legs, was never a good jumper to begin with, underweight, seems to be getting maybe a little confused). [more inside]
posted by Stacey to Pets & Animals at 5:51 PM on Mar 20, 2017 - 27 answers [15 favorites]

JobFilter: Introvert Edition

I'm a 30-year old socially anxious introvert who lacks a degree and has very little work experience. What work should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 2:38 PM on Mar 17, 2017 - 10 answers [14 favorites]

How do I grow a (weirdly-shaped) family?

I'm reconsidering what relationships I want to be central to my life. Help me figure out how to get where I want to be. [more inside]
posted by Oda_a_los_calcetines to Human Relations at 5:16 PM on Mar 20, 2017 - 5 answers [14 favorites]

enjoyable reads that won't rot my brain

I've been enjoying fun fantasy books but slowly have been feeling my brain become fluff. Anything I've been finding as critically acclaimed/recommended for excellent writing just seem to be full of drama, betrayals, and sadness. Any recommendations for an excellently written and enjoyable book? [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Media & Arts at 9:35 AM on Mar 14, 2017 - 35 answers [75 favorites (13 in the past 7 days)]

Recipes other than icing that use lots of powdered sugar?

Uncovered a bag of powdered sugar that I'd like to quickly use up. Hoping for something more original and/or less tedious than icing a few hundred sugar cookies. I have a candy thermometer but I do not have a marble board. Thanks!
posted by certs to Food & Drink at 11:08 AM on Mar 21, 2017 - 28 answers [13 favorites]

Dress me in your finest, pocketed clothes.

I'm looking for casual dresses, skirts, shorts and capris for the 30-something-woman student who hates shopping. Absolute requirement: POCKETS. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:06 PM on Mar 15, 2017 - 27 answers [43 favorites (12 in the past 7 days)]

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