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September 29

What was this movie?

Trying to remember a movie I saw when I was a kid. I think Michael Caine was in it, and he went to a massage parlour. [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 12:41 PM - 5 answers

September 28

Help me remember this weird poem

I'm trying to recall a poem which was a long (book-length!) list of sentences that were exactly the same except each one contained a slightly different list of names. It was something like "in [name] [name] and [name] was [name]". [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 9:01 AM - 4 answers

September 27

What's this font?

The font used in titling for the film Listen Up Philip is rad and I want to know what it is.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:07 PM - 5 answers

I want more music like this. What do you call it?

What search term would I use to get these three songs and others like them? Ballad of a Prodigal Son by Lincoln Durham (esp. that guitar part at 1:50); Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant; Lost in a Crowd by Fantastic Negrito [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 8:09 PM - 12 answers

Zombie Sex? Help me remember this movie

I remember a movie where there was some supernatural, evil being. Maybe a zombie, maybe a demon? He would have sex with women and midway through the women tried to protest, but he continued. Afterward, the women were almost catatonic, very cold and distant. Also maybe under his control? Anyone remember what movie this was?
posted by arniec at 7:09 PM - 9 answers

I'm looking for a song, but I only know two lines. Please help.

"It may seem strange to sleep away the day at the firing range / but times they may change, they'll get you up and make you walk / sitting in my room and the walls are turning into water falls." Song has a bit of a lilting, alt-country feel. Wilco / late Beck.
posted by es_de_bah at 9:16 AM - 1 answers

Fictional Friendships

I would like to read more books either a) focused on one group of friends or b) focused on strong friendships between two characters over time. I really like the friendships in Pamela Dean's Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary. I've been enjoying the friendships in Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle as well. Please recommend more books with strong friendships! Any genre or type of fiction is fine. I'm looking for middle grade, YA, and adult books with this theme, so aimed at any age is fine.
posted by azalea_chant at 12:03 AM - 31 answers

September 26

Fencing short story?

Help me find a short story from days of yore! Once upon a time, back in the 1990s, I read a short story in a high school anthology... [more inside]
posted by slab_lizard at 9:06 PM - 1 answers

Updated version of School Days Record Book

As a kid I was given a copy of the School Days Record Book illustrated by Helen Cann, a type of journal where you can record memories of your schooling years from pre-school to end of high school. This version's out of print/only available used; I'm looking for recommendations for a similar school-oriented journal that's more current. (Bonus points if compatible with the UK education system)
posted by divabat at 7:48 PM - 2 answers

Compulsively readable but ultimately frustrating books

As it says in the title, I'm looking for recommendations for books that you can't put down and read obsessively, but that leave you unsatisfied and frustrated once you finish it. The book that inspired this question was A Little Life, which I devoured in 2 days, but left me feeling manipulated and saying "wtf did I just read??" by the end. Other books that have evoked those feelings are The Bronze Horseman/Tatiana & Alexander trilogy, and basically anything by Jodi Picoult. I am not sure why I want to subject myself to more of these books but hopefully you all can help me frustrate myself even further!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 4:45 PM - 78 answers

Help me remember the name of a sci-fi novel I read about

Years ago, I read about an interesting sci-fi novel about the sudden development of FTL technology that normal civilians could build and use to explore the universe. I can't remember its name. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 2:46 PM - 7 answers

What's a really good Twitter list to follow live during the debate?

I follow very few pundits or specifically political people on Twitter, but just saw Bill Maher on YouTube saying he's going to livetweet the debates. It really made me wish I had stocked a list of the best people to follow for fun, incisive, weird, good live commentary on the debate. But, now I don't have time for that. What public list(s) should I subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by Gotanda at 4:43 AM - 12 answers

September 24

Which newsreels should I watch?

I have begun a project to watch many classic films in chronological order. I have found several lists of movies to include. But there is one genre for which I haven’t been able to determine noteworthy films, and this is newsreels. Can you suggest any newsreels for me?
posted by maurreen at 8:19 PM - 2 answers

What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog at 6:57 PM - 112 answers

Help! Podcast about British guy deceived by "Claire"??

Hi MeFi! I can't remember where I heard a podcast about a British guy who ends up in NYC, meets "Claire" on a dating site (I think?), and then proceeds to have a beautiful intellectual relationship with her only to have her start getting horribly sick. Turns out it's a giant hoax she is playing on him just for fun... any ideas?! Thanks!
posted by LemonGardot at 5:13 PM - 1 answers

Podcast episode about someone taping everything for years

I’m looking for a specific podcast episode featuring a man who started taping everything around him for years in hopes that the found sound would lead to a good radio story but it never did. I think the piece was on Transom, but it could also have been on something similar, such as This American Life or Love and Radio. A number of very specific plot details inside. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 4:14 PM - 4 answers

Carnatic (Karnatic?) music on Spotify

I would like to listen to and discover South Indian Classical music (Carnatic / Karnatic music) [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 2:51 PM - 3 answers

Historical fiction about Jews living in small towns in the US ~1900?

My great-grandfather came to the US around 1900, but rather than settling in New York City with all the other Eastern European Jews, for some reason he lived in a small town in New Hampshire for a few years before moving to a place with more Jews. I'm looking for books (mostly, historical fiction) that might give me an idea of what his life (as, probably, one of only a few Jews) in New Hampshire might have been like. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 11:15 AM - 6 answers

September 23

I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait

I'm looking for songs about being patient and biding your time, waiting for better days/circumstances that will surely come. From the title, I obviously know Hamilton's Wait For It: can you think of any others along the same line?
posted by btfreek at 3:25 PM - 56 answers

Can you identify the subject of this painting?

This painting is by an anonymous master, probably from the 18th century. It hangs in my neighbor's living room, but she does not know what it represents. Can you help identify the subject of the painting? Link here
posted by paulfromgent at 12:28 PM - 8 answers

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