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September 7

Screen vs physical books: parents modeling reading
Looking for writing (books, articles, blog posts, etc) about parents reading on screens instead of in physical books, and how that might impact kids' impressions of reading [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 9:07 AM - 2 answers
Book recommendation filter
I want to read a book about the sociohistory of inflation: something like Graeber's Debt is the closest analog that comes to mind, tho probably a poor one. Does such exist? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon at 8:06 AM - 3 answers

September 5

What engagement gift should I get an LGBT couple?
My longtime friend of more than 20 years is having a formal cocktail party to celebrate his recent engagement to his partner. The invite says no gifts, but I definitely plan to bring a gift. This friend is very special to me. Given this is an LGBT couple (not sure that really matters here, isn't a cocktail party a cocktail party whether it's a gay or straight couple?) I would appreciate your gift ideas. Thank you!
posted by gocubbies at 4:33 AM - 25 answers

September 4

I'm looking for more manly songs to sing to my children
What songs can I sing to my kids as lullabies or traditional songs that are more for a manly voice. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 10:56 PM - 22 answers

How do I score Dylan tickets
The tickets for Dylan's concert in Portland, OR go on sale tomorrow. How can I be sure to get good seats? I have no experience in this sort of thing.
posted by partner at 10:25 PM - 2 answers

Nudge nudge wink wink: Where could someone get gay porn in the 1930s?
For fictional purposes, I need to know where someone could get porn (specifically photos, not necessarily films) for gay men in the 1930s/40s. This has been annoyingly difficult to find on an internet search, and I unfortunately don't have the time to get a lot of library books and sift through them to find this out. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 at 2:43 PM - 14 answers

Name that book: black soldier hosted with British family during WW2
The book is young adult fiction. I vividly remember one scene in which the narrator, a young boy, goes with his mother to the station to meet the soldier they'll be hosting, who then turns out to be black. The boy, without thinking, wipes his hand on his trouser leg after shaking hands. [more inside]
posted by ianso at 1:28 PM - 1 answers

To which secret society does this belong?
I want to buy this weird fire screen because it looks awesome, but I want to make sure it's not for some (unnecessarily) sketchy secret society/order. This is in Sweden.
posted by beerbajay at 11:53 AM - 7 answers

Why is Russia?
I have time to read and I would like to learn about recent and current political and social events in Russia. So where is a good place to start learning about recent Russian history? Books, films, anything. (Influenced by this Meta post).
posted by smallvictories at 5:14 AM - 12 answers

Do Americans leave money on the restaurant table or bar and leave?
In the movies Americans often just leave money on the bar, or on the table at a cafe or a restaurant, and walk out. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece at 2:28 AM - 49 answers

September 3

How do I become more of a minimalist?
After years of maximalism, I want to become more of a minimalist (not extreme living-in-the-woods-money-free, but significantly more minimal than I am now) in the areas of financial spending and personal possessions. I want to declutter my home, pay off my debts as quickly as possible, fatten my savings and be happy living a life with less. What are the best books or blogs on this topic? What are your personal strategies or tips? How do I do this without going crazy?
posted by nightrecordings at 7:52 PM - 28 answers

How to not make my coffee meeting with an important person awkward?
I'm meeting up a manager of a big organization that I want to learn more about tomorrow. I have never met him before and was introduced by a mutual friend. He offered to meet me one-on-one for coffee to chat. I didn't think much of it at first and I agreed to it. A couple of my friends have commented that it seems awkward to meet someone (opposite gender) for the first time at a coffee shop. It's too late to cancel but now I'm feeling awkward about it. Should I offer to pay for his coffee tomorrow since he offered his time? Thanks for the advice!
posted by missybitsy at 4:08 PM - 28 answers

September 2

Looking for the full version of a historical photo
I've been working on a research paper and I've been trying to find the full, high-resolution version of a 1936 photograph (that preferably extends beyond what is shown here). It made the front page news in London and shows the British Mandate riot police quelling Palestinian demonstrations.
posted by omar.a at 5:10 PM - 9 answers

Women – how do you know what you know? And what is that?
I have a daughter entering college, for a while I have been thinking of her leaving and about things that women have to look out for, which in general men don’t. Some examples [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 8:11 AM - 102 answers

September 1

Turning off the outrage
How do I deal with my constant sense of outrage at things happening in the world? It's starting to take a toll on my health and stress levels. [more inside]
posted by naju at 10:12 PM - 35 answers

August 31

So . . . what is a "playdate", anyway?
What is a playdate, anyway? Is it a social occasion where parents hang out together while their kids play together in close proximity? And how did this pattern emerge? do people in other countries do this or is it mainly an American thing? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 3:37 PM - 28 answers

August 30

"You know who talks about race?! RACISTS."
What's it called when someone accuses someone of pointing out an injustice as perpetrating that injustice by describing it? Is there a name for this rhetorical device? An example would be in Jon Stewart's recent segment about Ferguson where a news anchor was quoted as saying "You know who talks about race?! RACISTS." [more inside]
posted by wrabbit at 8:31 PM - 14 answers

August 29

Thinking about others until it's inconvenient
Help me form a strategy for reaching out to people I have met and want to know better. I need a new one to help me search for work, but I have difficulty working with specific sorts of strategies for general sorts of problems, so I'd like to avoid making it about job hunting exactly. More about how to think of people in a way that accounts for my own interests while still thinking of them and not myself. [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash at 6:21 PM - 4 answers

August 27

Chicagofilter: moving quickly for ladies of slender means
So! My best friend and I are moving to Chicago. Our timeline just got moved up a little. How does a sheltered gal navigate this metropolis? [more inside]
posted by dogheart at 4:08 PM - 26 answers

Is this a dorky question I see before me, the handle toward my hand?
Help me think of some short answer but open ended questions that will make people smile and get them to relax in a community-building way. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed at 2:59 PM - 13 answers

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