I am a librarian and had a phone call this afternoon which centered around a VHS set of videos a lady had checked out in the early 90s. She wanted to know if I could remember the name of them. [more inside] posted by haikuku at 4:39 AM - 6 answers
When I read the Earth's Children series (Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequels), the aspect I enjoyed the most was the detailed descriptions of how the people did things back then (hunting, foraging, skinning, toolmaking, shelter building, etc.). While how-to books abound, I enjoy the fiction or narrative nonfiction format more. Any recommendations? Thanks! posted by Jacqueline at 11:38 PM - 25 answers
Here's the YouTube version of the video. I tried Google, Shazam, and Audentifi without any results. Does anyone know what the song or artist is? I understand it may be from an audio library or custom made for this video, but I thought I'd see if anyone can identify it. posted by joshrholloway at 12:46 PM - 6 answers
The poem's plot is something like this "I get impatient and want to hurry to where we were on our way to go when you stop to help animals by the side of the road or do other things that are softhearted, but I remember when I was in a similar place to those animals and you helped me so I could be where I am today." Notably, the author references snazzy alligator (or crocodile?) shoes at the end. The poet is male. [more inside] posted by the young rope-rider at 6:03 PM - 3 answers
I'm watching a documentary on Netflix called "New York in the 50's" about poets, journalists, and free thinkers in the Village during the Eisenhower administration. The interviewees keep referencing a self-conscious attempt to emulate life in Paris in the 1920s.
So two questions come to mind: 1) Where is this occurring today? Does it only appear in hindsight? Accordingly, 2) Where else have such flowerings occurred? Paris in 1848? Prague in 1968? Has the internet made this kind of location-based creativity irrelevant? posted by jefficator at 1:35 PM - 20 answers
So I was assigned Amusing Ourselves to Death as a freshman, and strongly disliked it; much of it was over my head, and my takeaway then was that he was merely a reactionary who believed "Print good. Electronic media bad." However, I'm older and hopefully smarter and I'd like to come at it fresh, and see if I can get more out of it. [more inside] posted by emjaybee at 12:19 PM - 6 answers
What is the highest number of songs appearing in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time having butts (or a single butt) as a primary lyrical subject? When was it? posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 10:31 AM - 10 answers
A relatively recent comedy (I believe) had this sub-plot: There was this obese kid that, for some reason, took to eating apples. Consequently he lost a lot of weight. But his parents, both obese, were upset by this. What movie was this? posted by Opengreen at 5:46 AM - 2 answers
I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside] posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson at 4:37 PM - 9 answers
Looking for anything new or newly discovered that should be included in my annual Halloween mix... creepy covers of seasonal favorites welcome. [more inside] posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:01 PM - 19 answers
There's an ad for the Chevy Volt in which a male-female couple is driving. The man connects his iPhone to the car, and asks Siri to read his voicemails. He then listens to one and is embarrassed by it. I've looked around, contacted Chevy and even their ad agency, but can't find video of this ad. The ad aired during The Daily Show online around Spring 2014.
Sources anyone? posted by 4midori at 9:26 AM - 2 answers