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Need examples of overlapping conversations from fiction

I'm looking for examples from fiction of multiple conversations happening at once, between at least three different people. The more complex the conversation, the better. Better still if it's from a known author.
posted by asher on Jul 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Help me plan for a difficult conversation with my mother

I need to talk to my mother soon about something I did, and I am looking for advice on how to handle the conversation in a way that respects her but is also mindful of my own boundaries. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 10, 2014 - 12 answers

I don't want to talk about that, but I don't want to stonewall, either

My wife will not stop questioning me about a horrible incident from my past. I've answered her questions already, but she doesn't like me asking to not talk about it. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by yasp on Jul 8, 2014 - 110 answers

I would prefer not to spend time with my friend when she is very stoned

Is there any good way to tell a dear friend I don’t really want to chat on the phone or spend long periods of time with her when she’s very, very stoned? [more inside]
posted by JayAlfred on Nov 28, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I talk with my friend about his dating life given our history?

I have a very good friend who I spend time with on a regular basis. In recent history (and maybe probably for the foreseeable future) he has been depressed about his dating life, so naturally, it is a subject that comes up and I discuss it with him. However, given our past history together, it's been a really hard subject for me to discuss with him and I would like some help navigating this from the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2013 - 11 answers

How can we move from awkward phone conversations to real dates?

I met a guy online and I'm interested in him. The feeling seems to be mutual, but I feel like we're stuck in an awkwardly unclear moment that leaves at least one of us (me) in limbo. How can we crawl out of this limbo and progress to something meaningful? [more inside]
posted by lilacp on May 23, 2013 - 30 answers

How to date someone who is new to dating

I'm seeing a guy who hasn't done much dating. I can't tell how much of our dynamic is his lack of familiarity with dating, how much is just differences in our relationship preferences, and how much might be differences in upbringing. So what I need are some tools for figuring that out. Without using the phrase "Love Languages." [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Apr 23, 2013 - 45 answers

How do I remember conversations better?

Help me improve my verbal memory. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How often do you talk about personal things?

How often do you talk about personal topics with friends, co-workers, etc...? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Oct 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Make interesting conversations and making them flow

i need help to make interesting conversations and making them flow [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on May 25, 2012 - 20 answers

what do you talk/move with ur gf's friends?

I am nervous(totally) about meeting bunch of strangers and the thought they are all there to meet me. How do you handle this? what kind of conversations would you have with them? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on May 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Meeting important people. Tips on having a great conversation?

I'm meeting some important people at individual coffee meetings. What can I do to ensure I have a quality meeting/conversation where the person feels like they had a rewarding time as well? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Oct 14, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist.

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me get over my fear of conflict.

Help me become ok with conflict. I avoid conflict. Not just overt, head-butting conflict, but also minor disagreements, disapproving looks, divergent preferences... all the way down to the friction generated by the give and take of an interesting conversation. Anything short of complete harmony, and I'm looking for a way out. Sometimes this means avoiding the person or situation. Sometimes this means just shutting up and smiling. Sometimes it means not developing an opinion of my own until I know what other people think first. My absolute fear of conflict is a drag. It makes me and my life pretty bland and I want to beat it. Tell me how to beat it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Talking with someone other than your SO = problem?

Dick move or overreacting? Guy needs to understand his lady. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jul 3, 2011 - 69 answers

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone?

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Sep 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Getting to no

How do a get an honest rejection at a bar? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jun 18, 2010 - 60 answers

I'm sorry, I can't understand you

You're at a loud party, or you have a bad phone connection, or the other person has a thick accent. Whatever the culprit is, you're having trouble understanding what the other person is saying. You've already asked them to repeat what they were saying, but still, no dice. How do you handle this politely and gracefully?
posted by estlin on May 31, 2010 - 20 answers

Awkward Conversations + Significant Other = ??

Are awkward conversations with a significant other normal? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Apr 12, 2010 - 26 answers

How can I converse in large groups?

Help me carry on conversations in groups with my *special snowflake* situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 21 answers

How to have a coherent group email conversation?

Recomendations needed for a good way to keep group email communications clear and unmuddled, you know emails zooming back and forth, people messing up addresses, cross talking etc. If you were about to embark on a email conversation with five people with much back and forth, one fraught with high emotions and perhaps family type dynamics, how would you make this work? Would you set agreed upon ground rules and/or would you use a tech solution. Is there a excellent ( hopefully free) software solution to this problem?
posted by flummox on Oct 27, 2009 - 15 answers

And... uh... what's your name again?

What kinds of generic questions are good to use in social situations (groups, parties, etc) when there are awkward silences? [more inside]
posted by forza on Oct 22, 2009 - 21 answers

I want to build a web site where gamers can converse via video. Where do I begin?

I want to build a web site where gamers can converse via video. I'm thinking of something a bit like a Seesmic targeted toward gamers. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Sep 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you.

[How] Should I tell my parents, now I'm a healthy adult, about my longstanding depression? [more inside]
posted by the agents of KAOS on Nov 27, 2008 - 31 answers

Landlord recording conversations

I just found out my landlord has been secretly taping our conversations. She uses a tape recorder hidden in her purse. The landlord is in the process of evicting another tenant of the building and has asked the court to bring in tapes of conversations as evidence. The judge gave her forms to fill out so she can get the tape recorder and tapes past security. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Call Me: Anytime Anyplace Anywhere Anyway

Novel Research Filter: Help me describe phone culture/ etiquette in the 70's prior to the advent of answering machines. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Help, I'm trapped in a conversation and I can't get out

How do I end a conversation politely? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Sep 12, 2007 - 37 answers

Individual custom feeds?

I'm starting a new blog on a wide-ranging and ever-shifting set of topics, and I want to let my readers choose which of those topics to follow via RSS. I could offer tons of separate feeds, but many of these would be ephemeral, so I'd want to make it really easy to unsubscribe. Ideally, each user would get a single custom feed, the content of which they could control from my site (see here and here). Is there any way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by jsbww on Dec 17, 2005 - 10 answers

Gmail for my old mail?

Gmail-like interface for my old emails? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi on Nov 28, 2005 - 13 answers

Favorite ways to say "hello" and "bye"

What are some of your favorite ways to say "hello" and "bye"? [more inside]
posted by Sharcho on Nov 9, 2005 - 55 answers

How do I deal with conversations I find boring?

how do i deal with conversation topics i don't care about? [more inside]
posted by spiderwire on Oct 28, 2005 - 33 answers

Avoiding interview-style questions

When meeting new people, how do you avoid the interview-style boring questions? (How old are you? Where did you grow up? Do you work or study? ...) [more inside]
posted by Sharcho on Oct 12, 2005 - 32 answers

TEFL activity ideas

I'm teaching English conversation to my French colleagues, and I'm looking for fun ideas to help us have enjoyable, engaging conversations. These students range from intermediate to advanced. I've looked on some TEFL forums and gotten a few ideas, but I'd like to hear your suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Apr 21, 2005 - 5 answers

Have a Nice Day!

I'd like to be nicer to people. I'm generally anxious, socially awkward, and don't enunciate very well. I have trouble with spontaneous conversation and small talk, and get flustered by clumsy social encounters. As a result I've developed a reputation as aloof and unapproachable. What can I do to be a more pleasant person?
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2004 - 48 answers

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