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November 25

Question About William Gibson's The Peripheral

I have some questions about William Gibson's new novel, The Peripheral. Be warned, these questions the answers will involve spoilers. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 7:54 AM - 8 answers

November 24

The Heaviest Heavy Metal?

What are the loudest, shrillest, most brutal metal albums of all time? I want cacophonous, demonic noise. The hardest of the hard stuff. It doesn't have to come from any particular metal subgenre, and it doesn't even have to be stuff you've liked. As long as it is being as extreme as possible.
posted by dgaicun at 3:34 PM - 43 answers

I need help finding an old New Yorker Talk of the Town story

You'd think this would be an easy thing to Google, but it's not. [more inside]
posted by AAAA at 1:58 PM - 4 answers

Is it R&B? Is it Funk? It is certainly some sorta Soul!

I just heard this song for the first time this morning and it is blowing me away. Can you recommend more like it: Curtis Harding - Heaven's on the Other Side [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut at 9:02 AM - 7 answers

Nonfiction Podcast Series for Road Tripping

ISO: Nonfiction podcasts, spread over multiple episodes, not Serial but in that vein of long-form audio storytelling. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 6:41 AM - 12 answers

November 23

What film gear do we need for a short film production?

I just got a call to DP a short film next summer. I've been a videographer for about 18 months, so most of my gear is oriented towards promotional video and documentary work. I use a Canon DSLR. We want the quality of the film to be high enough for festival submissions. What gear do we need to budget for? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 12:23 PM - 7 answers

Books about living in weird places

I'm looking for happy books (fiction or non-) about traveling and living in new or weird places. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 11:14 AM - 25 answers

Best Sci-Fi/Supernatural Shows I've Never Heard Of?

There are a million of these questions, but none with my particular set of preferences, so here goes. I'm looking for great sci-fi/supernatural TV shows (e.g. Star Trek/Buffy), weird comedies, or violent dude soap operas (e.g. Sons of Anarchy). Many more details within! [more inside]
posted by snaw at 9:26 AM - 53 answers

November 22

"Hey, this is terrible... want some?" (Book recommendations wanted.)

My wife and I were talking the other night, and we were wondering about how human beings figured out what food is edible and what isn't - what possessed folks to figure out if they ate this part of the fish, but not that part, then they wouldn't die, or if they could just get past the prickly parts of this plant, the innards were good? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 8:49 PM - 8 answers

Can anyone help me identify this television play from the 70s?

There was a play I saw on TV in the '70s. I don't remember a title, or any character's name, but it was about a faculty at a British school of some sort, and an amiable professor of some unimportant english course, who was always there to help other faculty members with whatever came up. [more inside]
posted by carping demon at 7:43 PM - 4 answers

Where to get a good copy of a famous painting?

There is a 19th century portrait of a somewhat famous distant ancestor that I'd like to get my own version of. The portrait is held by a museum but not at all a famous piece of artwork, it is noteworthy because of its subject. Where (or who) can I pay an appropriate amount of money to get a very good copy of a 19th century oil painting? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 3:20 PM - 2 answers

must-see bands in Austin right now... and great venues

I am interested in going out to see live music in Austin but I'm not plugged into any groups who seem up on the scene right now. Who are the good bands? what is interesting in Austin music right now? what are the best venues and why? I'm open to any kind of good music. This is free-form, go nuts. Thanks.
posted by jayder at 2:28 PM - 12 answers

Need Book Suggestions Please

Our recent cold, drizzly weather has me wanting to to curl up with a good book, but not just ANY good book, really specific specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge at 2:25 PM - 16 answers

November 21

Good book on school segregation and busing debate in Seattle?

Super specific question here: What's the 'definitive' book on school desegregation in Seattle? I'm googling around and finding a bunch of older books, some from university presses, etc, but it's difficult to see which of these are considered credible by people who know this topic. Any help?
posted by Tenzing_Norgay at 10:00 PM - 1 answers

Knitting? I can do that?

Can I learn to knit or crochet with fine motor deficits? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 8:21 PM - 15 answers

For varying definitons of "upset" and "piano"

My favorite musical genre boils down to "upset women with pianos." Where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine at 11:30 AM - 44 answers

November 20

Song ID

ahhh, ooo oo aHH! ahhh, ooo oo aHH! There's a song that starts this way! I thought it was an M83 song but that doesn't seem to be the case. Any ideas?
posted by curious nu at 6:21 PM - 26 answers

Help me discover Brazilian or French station online

My kid has discovered she likes to do homework while listening to Brazilian music on Pandora but she is getting sick of the endless versions of The Girl from Ipanema. Where else can she listen to Brazilian music online? [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 1:36 PM - 9 answers

I love that old-timey contemporary classical prog-choral rock opera

Help me buy music for my extremely eclectic dad! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 5:05 AM - 27 answers

November 19

70s radio mashup question

What were these called (if indeed they were called something), and where can I find out more about them? (Note that the video here has been retrofitted onto a 70s radio single.) I loved them as a 70s kid (they were pretty popular for a couple of years), and now I find them adorably stupid and kind of fascinating for some reason. Certainly not because they are clever.
posted by Camofrog at 8:55 PM - 4 answers

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