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A long time ago, Time Magazine used to provide moderately thoughtful, longer form articles about current events and culture. For the past few decades, that niche has been filled for me by a mix of Harper's, The Atlantic, and The Economist. None of these are perfect, but they provide a nice mix of interesting content on a monthly basis. What else is out there that you'd recommend? It doesn't need to be print, online would work as well.
posted by leotrotsky to Writing & Language at 9:17 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 29 answers [78 favorites]

At the grand old age of 26, I am moving into my first place, away from home (living by myself). I need tips for keeping my place clean. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Home & Garden at 4:41 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 22 answers [38 favorites]

After getting really into Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, I'm looking for similar reading material. Can y'all recommend other sci-fi novels featuring a predominantly female cast?
posted by schooley to Media & Arts at 1:50 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers [36 favorites]

Who is writing hard/mundane SF these days? I'm talking no FTL, basically. Please recommend books from the last decade or so. Not Accelerando, though. No offense to Mr. Stross, but it really was not my bag. Thank you in advance.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man to Media & Arts at 5:03 PM on Jul 9, 2014 - 19 answers [41 favorites (29 in the past 24 hours)]

We're planning on trying for a baby in a year or two. I want a comprehensive list of goals for the time leading up to getting pregnant so that we're ready- psychologically, physically, and in every other way. I think my planned preparations fall under three categories- 1) getting our lives in order 2) enjoying the last of our unchained youth, and 3) practical stuff directly related to the baby. Please help me populate these lists. [more inside]
posted by cacao to Society & Culture at 12:28 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 29 answers [27 favorites]

I'm an isolated mess of a person and not sure how I will get out of it at this age. If you've ever been this isolated or hit rock bottom and made it out, how did you do it, particularly if it happened to you after 35? [more inside]
posted by katherant to Human Relations at 2:03 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 33 answers [27 favorites]

I’m looking for a game, playable on my iPhone, with probably crazy specific requirements. I fell in love with and completed (twice, once with huts and once without) A Dark Room. If I could erase my memory of playing that game and do it again, that’s basically what I’m after. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX to Technology at 5:54 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 10 answers [23 favorites]

Trying to come up with inspirational sayings for boundary enforcement, something that can be embroidered or engraved. Some sort of physical embodiment of this saying will be created. The idea should be you can't save everyone, you need to not take on the pain of the world, everything is not on your shoulders, you can say no, et cetera. [more inside]
posted by RainyJay to Writing & Language at 6:49 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 26 answers [19 favorites]

My favourite song about depression is Dog by Andy Bull. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult is another one that captures the kind of feeling I'm after. [more inside]
posted by h00py to Media & Arts at 5:11 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 62 answers [16 favorites]

About 12 months ago I started work at a new workplace. The office fit-out is ordinary; beige cubicles for the workers, (mostly) windowless little offices for the big-salary earners. We all work in a low-rise building a few ks out of the CBD. A few nice things about the environment struck me when I was new: the lovely Indo-pacific artefacts decorating the place and the abundance of lovely tropical plants everywhere. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto to Home & Garden at 4:42 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 14 answers [14 favorites]

In a new friendship/relationship. Help us explore our sensual sides without sex! Possibly mild NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by Beaker's stripey socks to Human Relations at 2:30 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 18 answers [14 favorites]

I like reading blogs about being doing up their houses but I really like doing this when people are funny and write well. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo to Computers & Internet at 2:38 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 2 answers [12 favorites]

Hoping to get some suggestions for really great memoirs. Bonus points if after you've read them you can't stop thinking about them! [more inside]
posted by kmr to Writing & Language at 2:35 PM on Jul 8, 2014 - 75 answers [119 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]

What are some ways to navigate the menu when eating vegan in a mainstream restaurant? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Food & Drink at 9:14 AM on Jul 10, 2014 - 9 answers [8 favorites]

So, I've been looking for a couple of years for a decent bathing suit, and I have a few requirements. Longish bike-y shorts and a tankini top that is sporty and feminine without being plain, supportive for a 38D bustline, and ideally with some kind of tummy panel for shaping. The tankini top part is not that hard to find, but the big deal has been the shorts. I don't want a swim skirt and I don't want "boy shorts". [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 to Shopping at 9:16 PM on Jun 28, 2014 - 18 answers [26 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

We just moved to Providence. Help us get involved in it! [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:38 PM on Jul 9, 2014 - 8 answers [7 favorites]

I realize I am not taking care of myself properly and I think I may be getting fatter and slacker to spite my partner. What is this type of behavior called and what specific techniques can I use to overcome and thwart it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:14 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 13 answers [7 favorites]

What do you or did you enjoy about being single? What do partnered mefites miss? [more inside]
posted by morganw to Human Relations at 7:01 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 22 answers [7 favorites]

My sister has not spoken to me since mid-March, presumably over a hormonally-fueled (I think) pregnancy ragefest that she had. I don't think I did anything wrong, but should I contact her? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus to Human Relations at 12:35 PM on Jul 10, 2014 - 64 answers [6 favorites]

"You're not in traffic, you are traffic" and "Prohibition isn't regulation. It's the absence of regulation" are two phrases I've come across that pithily, quickly and directly sum up some situation. They help flip the usual terms of the discussion around, and provide insight. Do you know more?
posted by the man of twists and turns to Writing & Language at 10:50 AM on Jul 8, 2014 - 50 answers [50 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

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