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I am done with Season 2 of The Magicians. I need more fantasy-based television with some caveats. New or old shows are fine. [more inside]
I can’t draw. I don’t really like to hand-address envelopes for fear the mailman won’t be able to read my lousy handwriting. Please help me draw just a little bit -- but not very much -- better. [more inside]
I recently read Jennifer Boylan's She's Not There. I loved the setting in a New England college campus, among artsy, English department types. What are some other recent-ish memoirs (late 1990s - present) set in that environment? [more inside]
I'd like to introduce my kids to Hip Hop (they are tiny, 3 and 1). I play it for them (I have a couple playlists of censored songs), but I'd like to show them some performances. What live performances or music videos or concerts can I play, specifically of rappers rapping but without either curse words or copious beeps? [more inside]
I'm an arty 30-something creative professional who moved to the middle-of-nowhere a few years ago. Between aging out of 'what's cool osmosis' & rural isolation, it's become increasingly difficult to discover new music - what's trending, what's interesting, what's indie. My only local terrestrial radio stations are 50 Shades of Christian Pop. (Many of my neighbors have never heard of Taylor Swift or even AC/DC, folks. That's the level of isolation here.) Where can I go online to quench my thirsty ears? [more inside]
I would like to read some Lewis Mumford. Where do I start? What do you recommend? [more inside]
I am looking for a birthday gift for a friend studying illustration, worth up to about $100. Any ideas outside the ordinary (art supplies, a drawing tablet)? Or any examples of exceptionally good art supplies or digital equipment?
I like novels written in first-person point of view, think Raymond Chandler's Marlowe, but less chauvinist and dated. Good characterization and an eye for detail is paramount - unfortunately, that excludes lots of contemporary thrillers and crime novels. Authors I like: Jonathan Kellerman, Ben Aaronovitch, Jonathan Gash, John Burdett, Tyler Dilts. Please help: What else might I like? [more inside]
I've written before about how I provide some metadata for the Internet Archive's aircheck recordings. I'm hoping someone can either identify the following songs/artists or can suggest how I might research them. [more inside]
I've found my perfect work music: songs that are cheerful, melodic, and upbeat but with aggressive, hostile lyrics. Help me make a playlist so I can crush my job. [more inside]
I've been working on improving my high school Spanish, largely by reading YA Spanish novels (slowly and with my kindle to click on words I don't know, which is a depressing percentage of nouns) and by skimming the local daily news in Spanish online. I previously lived in a market with NO Spanish media, and now I live in a market (Chicago) with Telemundo and Univision and Spanish-language radio and Spanish periodicals, and I intend to take advantage! What ought I watch? [more inside]
A young man I know is adept at quickly memorizing, reading through, music, art literature. But I get the nagging feeling that he is following lists; critics top 100s; etc. for it's own sake, and almost intentionally skipping over the ideas or emotions or messages behind them. [more inside]
It was a short story. The basic plot was: guy who lived a life he really disliked (it was boring, he didn't take risks, denied himself pleasures) because he thought that would earn him brownie points in the afterlife wakes up dead, only to find that the afterlife is not clouds and golden harps, but basically just a re-creation of the earthly life. What was the story title and/or author?
It goes like this: I find a rad artist on bandcamp, I buy their (physical, vinyl) record, and I end up with a pressing that sounds terrible. It's happened three times now. I've compared songs, digital stream vs. physical vinyl, and there is a hugely noticeable difference, with the vinyl sounding muted, dull, lower quality. Almost like a 64k mp3 file, with a bad EQ. [more inside]
I love The Adventure Zone and have spent the last couple weeks devouring Campaign. Please recommend some other podcasts of nerdy people playing role playing games. [more inside]
I like to listen to DJ mixes but am not great and finding new music to listen to. I have been following the Essential Mix each week this year and saving what I like on Soundcloud. Please help me find new things to listen to. [more inside]
Hello! I bought tickets to see Dave Chappelle at Radio City next week and then noticed after the fact that they say OBSTRUCTED VIEWS on them. [more inside]
My partner is out of town for a week and I need some downtime suggestions. Namely, what movies should I watch and can you name the best San Francisco bars/restaurants to read a book alone in? Specifics and preferences inside. [more inside]
The other night, I was scrolling through my Hulu looking for things to watch, and I found The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds from Showtime. Serendipitously, I'd just been talking to my wife about what a genius Brian Wilson is, and you know how, in writing workshops, they say to "show, don't tell"? Well, this one really showed. I'd like to find some others that are similar. [more inside]
Who's the most famous musician or comedian that no one outside of your state has heard of? [more inside]