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I'm thinking of a comedic actor who may still be active but came up in his 20s in the 1980s or maybe 1990s and who primarily acted in screwball comedies. But I can't think of the name! [more inside]
What would be a good retirement gift for a work colleague who will soon have significantly more time to compose music and enjoy his acreage in the mountains? [more inside]
I’m in my second year of voice lessons, and I need to find an art song in the mezzo-soprano or alto range for the final exam. Classical singers of MeFi, can you give me some suggestions? [more inside]
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]
I need help deciphering some writing in an old book I bought in Slovenia. [more inside]
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
Discussing silences in text with somebody, I was reminded of a story I read where the (probably Jewish) author sought to write the different kinds of silences that came up when talking to his family by using little symbols - an arrow, a interrobang, a star. [more inside]
Theater folk and Chekhov lovers, what book do you think Masha is reading in Three Sisters? [more inside]
A question has been nagging at me since I saw Rogue One. It’s about how the movie might be similar to other movies or works of literature. If you haven’t seen Rogue One yet, stop here to avoid a massive spoiler. [more inside]
The recent article that ranked all MST3K episodes (posted to MeFi) prompted me to revisit some of my favorite MST3K episodes. As I watched, I realized - I have no idea how a lot of these movies got made. I just don't understand the economics. Can someone explain? [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for a movie I saw (OnDemand on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles) within the past 15 years. [more inside]
My memory is fading but I really want to find it again. It was a horror short story collection probably targeted to 8-12 year olds. I've been trying for a while to figure out the name of this collection that I read as a youngster. I've reviewed some of the Scary Stories series but none of them seem to be the book I recall. The horror in this one was particularly suffocating (literally, at times) and I really would like to find it again and see if it still chills my bones. [more inside]
I'm looking for an old Daily Show segment that included a clip from some movie/TV show. It lampooned the Democrats' appeasement of Republicans. The clip involved mean kids driving a car and pretending to let another kid in the car, only to drive a few feet away whenever the kid would reach for the door handle. [more inside]
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]
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.
I just got accepted to Columbia's Nonfiction MFA program. What now? [more inside]
I'm particularly moved by pieces of music that feel like they're blooming. It's that feeling of exuberance, exhortation, and exhilaration; it's a blossoming, a groundswell, an unpacking of meaning: it's an full-circled evolution on an earnestly beautiful theme. They'll have lots of harmonic interplay, elements of overlap and repetition, and will vamp and grow in layers, typically culminating in a grand fulfillment. Would you happen to know any like these? [more inside]
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]