I'm looking for related resources (online & offline) for improving my writing skills for everyday work. [more inside]
Tryin' to track down a portfolio of English reading/writing laminated bifold four page workbooks. [more inside]
[Book filter] Please recommend stories about people who find out (through trail and error) what they really want, and eventually get there (after a bunch of detours). [more inside]
I like to have a glass of whisky and read and write on weekday evenings. I'm looking for quiet bars (or licensed cafes) where I can hole up with a laptop and/or book. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
Looking for a short story, in which an elevator figured prominently, used to demonstrate literary irony in a gifted-talented/advanced placement middle school class. [more inside]
What are your favourite examples of building tension or suspense in literature? Ideally these are brief moments, single paragraphs or small scenes, compelling the reader to continue on, worried about what will follow. [more inside]
I want to go about finding entertaining, engaging, intelligent things I can read about subjects I know nothing about. Ideally, I want a source of these things which will reliably send me off in directions I'm completely unfamiliar with, rather than just new sources which cover individual specific subjects. But it has to be enjoyable, even somewhat mindless reading – think Cracked or Buzzfeed. Does anything like this exist? Are there good places online for me to stimulate myself when I'm in that mindless time-killing mood?
I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
I want to submit my short story to the kind of literary magazine that I'd actually enjoy reading. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm seeing a trend emerge, but I can't quite put my finger on how to identify it. Does it already have a name? If not, help me come up with one (for an article I'm writing). The article's jumping off point is RapGenius's foray into annotating everything
not just lyrics, the NYTimes' Quips
tool, Medium.com's paragraph-level commenting/annotation system
, and Findings.com. [more inside]
Years ago (years!) I recall a TV show with Carl Sagan wherein he was standing in a library and made the point that if he read x books per week for x number of years then he would have read a small fraction of the books that have ever been written. His point was that even a well-read person can only ingest a fraction of what is out there.
I've always like that quote and would like to find this scene on YouTube or another site...
Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
What are the legal rights and obligations of someone reading aloud in public from a published book? [more inside]
I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook
of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
What are some of the best technical blogs out there in conservation biology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and ecology? [more inside]
What is the most effective way to increase your vocabulary (e.g. book, softare, method)?
When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
Your favourite reading material that's available online (for free)? [more inside]
I have an interesting and challenging topic thought out for an essay, and I'm trying to find sources, but I'm stumped on how to word my search for reading material and sources on the topic. Help me find sources on how the internet changes the way we read! [more inside]
How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
Where can I read excellent sports writing? [more inside]
How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
Help! What's the most convincing non-fiction you've ever read? [more inside]
What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
Do you have any advice for teaching English comprehension, as well as reading and writing, to a fifteen year old Filipino street kid who's never been to school a day in his life? [more inside]
Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction:
"Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
Books that feature great writing AND great storytelling? [more inside]
Is there a web site which recommends the best writing on the net on a periodic basis? [more inside]
What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
I am trying to build a library of inspirational sentences. [more inside]
People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
Help me find a quiet place in Brooklyn/ Manhattan to read and write. [more inside]
Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
I am in a search of a program that will help me memorize words... [more inside]
I have problems reading and writing in a linear fashion. [more inside]
Flat pencil or pen that can be used as a bookmark- does such a thing exist successfully? [more inside]
Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
So I've tried a few apps that allow me to take large chunks of text and import them to my iPod, making an "eBook" of sorts.
The first thing I tested it with was the Mcsweeny's big old page of funny food reviews, and I liked it... [more inside]
I'm interested in learning more about language/literature-based events. Not so much the traditional poetry reading, more like innovative ways people come together in a relaxed environment to do some sort of activity that revolves around reading stuff aloud and telling stories.
If you keep a journal based on what you read, how do you do it, what do you put in it, do you use a standard format, what do your entries consist of, etc? Newly inspired by the cool reading journal in the latest Levenger catalogue, I want to start one of my own, rather than just making and losing random notes as I have always done. I am not particularly interested in **buying** a reading journal, from Levenger or anyone else, but I do want to start keeping one, either in one of my blank Moleskins or in a loose-leaf folder or something. So I'd appreciate hearing about any cool tricks or formats or whatever that you use. If, for example. you were going to make a journal entry based on reading Love's Labors' Lost, what would you put in it?