The children's books I've seen prioritizing good diction and vocabulary over 'accessibility' are published in Victorian/Edwardian times - which causes a problem if you want to raise children with those things, but without some of the additional moral "bonuses" that those times produced. Do these exist, published in the last half century? Essentially, I'm looking for the modern equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or A Girl of The Limberlost or E E Nesbit. [more inside]
Since my mum got her Kobo ereader, she's been bingeing on the classics but finding the latest recommendations offered by Kobo and Goodreads don't interest her much. She's 76, hates gratuitous bad language, sex, and overly wordy or convoluted language. I've told her that Metafilter is full of bright and knowledgable people; ready to help. [more inside]
What foreign or classic film would you like to watch at a drive-in? [more inside]
Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment: funny qua comedy (rather than funny-for-their-time), or scary qua horror (rather than scary-to-1950s-audiences). I'm looking for recommendations of old films that you think have aged particularly well. Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences? [more inside]
I'd like to stock up my Kindle relatively inexpensively (and am also a little overwhelmed by the phenomenal quantity of cheap public domain books available). What are the best works of literary fiction under $2 available for the Kindle? Preferences/requirements inside. [more inside]
What are some must-know names and works in current Greco-Roman classical studies scholarship? What are some hot topics, trends, new directions in the field? [more inside]
I just got a copy of the Tom Holland translation of Herodotus out of the library. I am not a student of Classical Lit (before this I've only read Homer and the tragedians), but a creative writer following a hunch that Herodotus might help with the project I'm currently working on. Any ideas where to start in The Histories? What to look for when reading? What you loved about reading it? [more inside]
Are there any good discussion boards or email lists for an amateur ancient history enthusiast? [more inside]
I am looking to send a poem to a woman in her 70s for her birthday who is a big fan of Russian classics (Lermontov, Yesenin, Tsvetaeva etc). Poem needs to be birthday appropriate, written in Russian by one of the Russian classical writers. Suggestions would be most appreciated.
Hi folks -- I'm getting ready to read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Was wondering if there's a site that serves as a guide to classic books -- one that gives the reader some background on the book without giving away the plot. Couldn't find anything on Google although did not do an extensive search.
I'm looking for a textual version of a2 + b2 = c2 that is as old as possible, among all the Greek sources. [more inside]
I've read A Christmas Carol, and I sure love it, more often than not I read it on Christmas Day each year. But that's it for me. Where to start on any of these following titles: A Tale of Two Cities. Bleak House. David Copperfield. Great Expectations. Nicholas Nickelby. [more inside]
Somewhere out there is an ebook that allows a Kindle user to download free classics. When you open the book, it connects to a library with tons of free ebooks, and you can download them, bypassing the Kindle store altogether. I saw this on Metafilter a few months ago (and FPP or comment) but can't remember the name.
My 5-year-old really like cartoon versions of literary classics. Help me find more. [more inside]
What should I do with a large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries? [more inside]
Is there any university (based anywhere in the world, operating in any language) that offers a completely online B.A. program in classics (or specifically in Latin or Greek)?
I'm on a "read all the classics" quest and trying to figure out the best translations into English. Blog recommendations would be awesome! [more inside]
Non-Americans! I'm beefing up my to-read pile (especially on my kindle), and I would like suggests of Great Classics of Your National Literature that would typically be assigned in secondary school. [more inside]
Silver spires threaten the skies.” - I’m looking for a source and some context. I jotted this sentence down years ago on a piece of paper which I subsequently lost. I believe it was a comment by a critic (or observer?) of the building boom begun by the Roman Emperor Augustus. I want to say the comment was made by Livy, but he might be too early for a source. Any classicists out there? Thanks in advance…
Once upon a time, I was a moderately fluent student of classical (Attic) Greek. That was 15+ years ago, and I'd like to get back to that point again. (With some specific goals in mind.) What tools can help me do that? I have been a fan of the awesome Perseus Project almost since they launched, and I've still got my trusty print edition of Liddell and Scott (and two sets of grammar books) but I'm not sure which other books or geeky tools might help me do what I want. (Details within) [more inside]
A relative is graduating from Trinity College, majoring in Classics. Getting her through school was long and difficult. I want to give her something. Her parents could afford any book she wanted, so rare editions are out. Any ideas on a nice gift?
Dear NYC-Hive: Visiting in Feb and would like to find listings of theatres whose offerings are like Lucille Lortel Theater in the Village. Would prefer Manhattan locations (over other boroughs). They just did "Volpone" and are doing "She Stoops to Conquer" soon. But they also do new works as well. What are similar theaters? And bonus points if you can give me a link to calendar/listings.
I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
Does anyone know if there are any Classical nylon-string Guitar pieces (preferably decently easy ones) that were inspired or even partly based on mythology included in Ovid's Metamorphoses? [more inside]
Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time. [more inside]
I've seen very few movies. Educate me about the classics of world cinema. [more inside]
ClassicsFilter: looking for a Greek politician (or philosopher?) who makes an analogy between politics and agriculture. [more inside]
I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
Has anyone come across a 4-cassette series released by McDonalds in 1987? The series was called "Rockin' Gold". Two of the cassettes were called Lovin' Gold and Summer Classics. If you can help me locate a listing of the tracks (oldies like Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow) then I can reconstruct this great playlist. Thanks!
Excluding the Bible (which depending on your point of view is not a fictional tome) what book has (to date) had the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it? [more inside]
What are the best books for young kids? I have two nephews and a niece (two 1 year olds and a 5 1/2 year old), and I've resolved to get them books for their birthdays and other gifting holidays. I realize that makes me the lame aunt, but I think it's important to surround them with as many books as they can get their hands on! [more inside]
What are some beautiful Afrikaans-language music albums? I'm looking for modern popular music that is not too folksy or religious, in addition to more timeless songs. [more inside]
I want to spend next year reading ~the classics~. So, um, what are they? [more inside]
Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
Tell me about high quality publishing! What does it involve, where can I read more about it and who does it? I’m interested in buying old cornerstone types of works like The Federalist Papers, The Origin of the Species bound, made, etc. at the best possible quality. [more inside]
Publishing Industry aficionados: How does a copyrighted classic book become an eBook? [more inside]
Need help thinking of children's books, especially classics, that are about kids who don't grow up or don't want to grow up, *besides* peter pan? Alternately, can you think of books published for adults that contain those themes (even if only slightly or vaguely)?
I really love the Power Moby Dick site, which gives very helpful annotations and puts obscure words and expressions into a modern context. Where can I find more of this for other classics? And most importantly, I want to find formats that can be downloaded and viewed on my Nook e-reader. [more inside]
Please suggest classics publications that might accept an article by a non-scholar. [more inside]
Dad has a bookcase of Harvard Classics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Classics) his dad bought in 1910. Would like to give them to someone or an organization. They're not too rare; plenty on ebay. I'm googled out. Don't want to throw them away. Thanks.
Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Tacitus, and the rest of those familiar names are inextricably tied with the historical canon of classical "western" civilization. But who are the "eastern" equivalents? [more inside]
Close to finishing a BA in Classics, utterly clueless (and feeling hopeless) about career options, and looking for guidance. [more inside]
I am an undergrad double majoring in Ancient History and Classics at a well known Classics department. I am about to start my senior year in the fall and I would like to enter into either an Ancient History or Classical Archaeology program following my senior year, but I believe I may have ruined my chances with some poor marks. [more inside]
How common is it for competitive liberal arts applicants to enter graduate school with outside scholarships? [more inside]
What are the great patterning works of literature? In Book by Book, Michael Dirda presents a list of what he calls “patterning works” which he describes as books that “. . later authors regularly build on, allude to, work against.” and which he says “ . . . ought to lie at the heart of any structured reading program.” [more inside]
Good publisher of Italian classics? I ask only this: the text is as it was first written, the book is free from the pollution of study notes. I suppose I'm looking for the Italian equivalent of England's 'Oxford University Press', or Germany's 'Reclam'.
I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in Classics in the fall. Protips requested---especially as regards the reading list. [more inside]
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