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September 2

Books like Schulz, Babel, Bulgakov?

Please can you recommend books similar to Bruno Schulz's, Isaac Babel's and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia at 3:57 PM - 11 answers

August 30

[NSFW PIC I.D.] Ernest Hemingway and Others (?)

Does anyone know who's in this NSFW picture with Ernest Hemingway (?) and what's the scenario? Thanks in advance!
posted by lrnarabic at 3:18 PM - 4 answers

August 28

Wind Energy / Wind Turbines in movies

I am looking for as many examples of wind energy in movies as possible. No limits in terms of country of origin, language, genre, etc. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 6:48 AM - 21 answers

August 26

Strong Women for a Little Woman

I am looking for images/posters of strong and powerful women to hang in my young daughter's room. So far I have considered "Votes for Women"/Suffragettes and the "We Can Do It" wartime poster. Any more suggestions?
posted by saradarlin at 10:53 PM - 41 answers

Second v Third Party Norms

Does the relative treatment of second and third parties vary by culture? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 7:50 AM - 3 answers

August 25

The dream of the 90's is alive in literature?

I'm looking for books that capture the feel, culturally, politically, and/or otherwise, of the 1990's in America. Can y'all help me out?
posted by holmesian at 2:28 PM - 30 answers

Consumable Commodity Geography Project-- Interesting Global Product?

So, I'm taking a course about the geography of economic activities. For a project, we're tasked with picking a "packaged food, a cleaning product, or a personal care product" (per the instructions). We are then tasked with using the label and the manufacturers' customer's hotlines to determine "where that product is manufactured; second, what inputs/components/ingredients are used to make the product; and then, where do those inputs/components/ingredients come from." Lastly we're supposed to creatively visualize our findings, most probably in map form. [more inside]
posted by Perko at 9:41 AM - 5 answers

white lady at a black hair salon

Is it rude for me to go to a Black hair salon as a white woman to get my hair cut? I have curly hair. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 3:18 AM - 15 answers

August 24

Gun Violence Citation

Help me find a citation for this statistic about gun violence in the United States. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 8:59 AM - 6 answers

August 22

Do you know your Filipino given names? Help!

Quick and simple question: How common is the name Janeskie or Janeski as a given or first name for women in the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 6:48 PM - 1 answers

August 20

Recommended reading on Romania?

I'm going to Romania next summer for a wedding and I want to learn more about the country, it's people and their culture. Since my travel itinerary will be decided for me I'm excluding travel guides (unless one of you insists that they are indispensable). What I'm interested in are good popular histories, novels set there or written by Romanian authors, or any other books you think would help me understand the place better.
posted by drzz at 9:11 PM - 10 answers

Solve this Memoir/History Problem For Me

Was interracial marriage ever illegal in New York State? What was the status of the law in 1961? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 2:39 PM - 10 answers

August 19

What's a "paper brick house"? And what are the "cars" in "The River"?

Two questions about Flannery O'Connor's "The River". 1) What's a "paper brick house"? 2) What kind of public transportation are the "cars"? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 12:41 PM - 4 answers

First World Problems

I'm from the first world. I work for a first world company. I receive a first world wage. Like many people on this site. You would probably find me completely average. But I live in a country that is poor, with a lot of inequality. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 4:48 AM - 50 answers

August 18

Where did I see Julia Child's kitchen?

I seem to remember seeing an exhibit of Julia Child's kitchen sometimes in the last 10 years. But it WASN'T at the National Museum of American History (I hadn't even been to Washington D.C. until this past summer). [more inside]
posted by batonthefueltank at 9:54 AM - 11 answers

August 17

How to get that NYC intellectual feeling

I just read some essays by New York intellectual and feminist writer Katha Politt. Not only is she a fantastic writer, but reading about her NYC literary and intellectual circles gives me a wonderful feeling of being at home. What are some other books that will do this? What are some ways to get more of this experience in my life? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 1:17 AM - 9 answers

August 14

Throwing a Bachelor Party for a guy you don't know very well?

So my sister is getting married next week, and I'm the Maid of Honor and have been planning her bachelorette party for months. However, her groom -- for various reasons I won't bore you with -- has found no one on his side is going to be throwing him a bachelor party. I'm thinking I may have to swiftly organize a bachelor party or some kind of event for the groom as well, to keep my sister happy and of course for his own enjoyment. Are there any ideas for what to do? [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle at 8:19 PM - 27 answers

August 13

how to find or create women-only gatherings, groups, clubs, and meetups?

I just got back from a week in a women-only environment and apparently I had no idea how desperately I've always needed to avail myself of a space like that. How do I find other women-only gatherings? Or how can I start one of my own? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 12:29 PM - 32 answers

August 11

Help me stop dilly dallying in the morning

I waste a lot of time in the morning. Since I work from home, sometimes it turns into an all-day do-nothing-fest. Although at my last job, I still needed 2-3 hours to "get ready" before work. I spent most of that time doing nothing or watching the news. Please help me stop wasting so much time! [more inside]
posted by atinna at 9:49 PM - 17 answers

August 10

Indian names and honorifics

I am interested in the various honorifics that are sometimes incorporated into (or sometimes partially substituted for) Indian names. I run into this from time to time professionally, and I feel terribly ignorant about it. Is there a resource or primer online that could help me get a better understanding of this and related matters of naming? Or can you give me the ten cent tour?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:24 AM - 3 answers

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