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Around the World in Eighty Pages

I am trying to read my way around the globe. Can you please recommend me international fiction/memoirs that frame the contemporary culture, customs, and values of the country that it is set in? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 30, 2013 - 13 answers

 

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

I've exhausted Iain M. Banks. I want more. What should I read next?

So I'm a dedicated Culture fanatic and have loved almost everything I've read by Iain M. Banks. (His Iain Banks stuff is pretty good too, but his sci-fi is what I really dig.) I particularly love the holistic, humanist morality that pervades his work and the way that he digs right down into the philosophical implications of various ideas and worldviews while simultaneously serving up lots and lots of sex, action, and sensawunda. However, I've read everything he's written several times over. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 9, 2013 - 36 answers

I need a culture fix!

If I were to choose 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books to read within the next year to make me a better, more well-rounded conversationalist (for argument's sake, let's say within a college-educated professional audience), what books would give me the most bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Apr 23, 2013 - 37 answers

Help make me literate like an engineer

So people like to name-drop authors and works that those who went to university and/or have a curiosity about the world should know as part of the basic vocabulary of being an educated Westerner. For example, "Kant" or "Dickensian", or "Gertrude Stein". I would like to learn this stuff, please. [more inside]
posted by grahamsletter on Mar 20, 2013 - 34 answers

Everyday Life Everywhere?

What are some good sources - blogs or books - for learning what everyday life is like in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

History of Sociology of Religion; Why Bellah Doesn't (Much) Cite Eliade

Why does Mircea Eliade get short shrift in Robert N. Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Children's Literature: The Dark Side?

When children's books first became inexpensive enough for average parents to buy, were they looked down upon as a technology which limits a child's imagination? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Apr 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Life imitates pop culture

Looking to compile a list of movies/books/TV that have either the reputation for, or have actually been seen to have a negative influence on people's behavior. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Oct 10, 2010 - 37 answers

Famous books that are easy to get into.

What are some famous and/or culturally influential books that are not hard to dive into? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Sep 24, 2010 - 51 answers

I have to rethink everything, now.

I just read Sex at Dawn. It's a book that, as I understand it, questions an assumption that has held sway for most of recorded history. What other books or ideas question assumptions that span millennia? I'm looking for more well-argued cases that rock my reality and cause me to question and recontextualize, well, everything.
posted by zeek321 on Aug 5, 2010 - 39 answers

How can I get more out of my reading life?

I spend a lot of time reading for both work and pleasure yet I have a hard time translating this to my everyday life, for example being able to remember key quotes or even retaining main points of books I have read. Do people here have any tips for retaining and utilizing content read in books, especially novels? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Books about Maine?

Suggestions for books on Maine history and culture, non fiction preferred but not a necessity. This would be for a person traveling to Maine in the near future, will be spending time on the coast and in the great north woods.
posted by flummox on Aug 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties.

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
posted by klue on Aug 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Websites about South Asian culture

Recommend me some neat blogs, websites or news sources about South Asian culture, please. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me get lost in more books!

What books or series spur their own mythology or philosophy? I love getting lost in the world of a book or movie. Past books and series such as "Harry Potter," "The Da Vinci Code," "Lost," "The Matrix" movies, "Buffy" and "Star Wars" come with their own universe - people analyze them, look for mythological/philosophical undertones, solve puzzles and come up with their own theories. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Apr 24, 2009 - 69 answers

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

introduce me to the dark shadowed underbelly of London

Where are the best cheap used book shops and cheap used clothing shops in London? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles?

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Resources wanted - cultural diversity, youth, arts

Cultural diversity, youth, and the arts/creative industries - where do I start looking for resources? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Good introductory books about Islam and Middle-Eastern geo-politics?

As a student of international relations, I'm trying to acquire a broad understanding of Islam and Middle-Eastern culture. I'm looking for a few books to read in my spare time that touch on these subjects. [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Apr 2, 2008 - 14 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Looking for immersion journalism books

I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 7, 2008 - 54 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

A Freakonomics for urban sprawl: Does such a book exist?

Are there any books that take a Freakonomics like approach to explaining and analyzing urban sprawl? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Feb 6, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I find authors the same age as me?

Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Dec 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Improving basic geography and cultural knowledge

I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Dec 17, 2007 - 5 answers

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis on Nov 25, 2007 - 10 answers

Social Entreprenuership in Print

What are some good books and magazines related to social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and the Fourth Sector? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture?

St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Can you recommend books for getting into the mood and for appreciating Irish heritage and culture? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Feb 21, 2007 - 30 answers

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness?

What works of fiction are most firmly embedded in the American cultural consciousness? That is, what books are most frequently alluded to or drawn from in popular culture and daily life? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Jan 30, 2007 - 74 answers

A Persian in Peru

I just finished an excellent book-- An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie-- which details an Togolese man's interactions with the Inuit. I was wondering if anyone could recommend other books which are one non-Western culture's take on another. (To me, at least, the more apparently unrelated the two cultures the better.)
posted by bethm on Dec 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Here Comes Everybody!

Have you read Finnegan's Wake? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by josh on Aug 31, 2006 - 20 answers

Help me nourish my brain.

Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Aug 23, 2006 - 38 answers

Books about nomads?

I have an idle craving for knowledge. Specifically, I'd like to read some books about nomadic cultures - the Bedouin, Mongolian, Gypsies, Train-riding... any group really. Any suggestions?
posted by deadtrouble on Jul 13, 2006 - 13 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America for a few months? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Nov 11, 2005 - 19 answers

Books to inspire me

I'm looking for books that can give me a new perspective on our modern world and culture. [more inside]
posted by davebush on May 13, 2005 - 28 answers

A first novel.

What was the first book you read and really loved? Do you still think about it? [more inside]
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on May 11, 2005 - 81 answers

Searching for foreign perspectives on US Culture.

Bookfilter: I'm looking for books about the US written by non-USians for a non-USian audience. I'd like to learn how non-USians see the US and how US society is described to non-USians. I'm especially interested in fiction, but travelogues, memoirs, and cultural anthropology would be fine. Even well-written blogs would be ok. [more inside]
posted by luneray on Apr 11, 2005 - 16 answers

Scholarly-but-accessible reference about Chinese history and culture.

SinoFilter: I'm looking for a scholarly-but-accessible book (or books) about Chinese history and culture. (Web site recommendations also welcome.) I have done some Googling and poking around amazon.com, but frankly my ignorance is so deep that I have no good way of evaluating the quality of what I'm finding.
posted by enrevanche on Jan 8, 2005 - 16 answers

Memoir Recommendations

My wife likes reading biographies and memoires, particularly of women in culture and the arts. Think "Reading Lolita in Tehran" rather than, say, "Mornings on Horseback." Any recommendations for a birthday present?
posted by mojohand on Jul 26, 2004 - 17 answers

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