When vacationing in a new country for a few weeks, what are the best ways to find interesting, thoughtful people with whom to have conversations (including but not exclusively about that country's culture, politics, etc.)? Would you recommend some kind of volunteer or more organized cultural learning expedition to serve this aim?
The "little gems" of Seattle. [more inside]
I'm looking for good examples of how a newspaper's reader discussion forum should be managed. [more inside]
Does anyone know how to make the smell of kimchi (a Korean dish: fermented, spicy cabbage) less offending for those who are not eating it? [more inside]
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]
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]
Cool NYC libraries, foreign language books in NYC & availability of book borrowing to foreign people in NYC libraries. (mi) [more inside]
In languages which use different pronouns to distinguish 'you' (close, informal, equal) and 'you' (distant, formal, hierarchical), how is a shift between the two handled? [more inside]
Recently I've been fascinated with the way a good actor doing good voice acting can convey a very specific character in movies or video games. (This may seem dumb, but the Demonhunter Illidan in WarCraft III has a particularly memorable voice). What I'm really wondering about, though, is the fact that all the examples of really effective, specific voice acting seem to be English-based. [more inside]
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.)
I've got the opportunity to do an American Exchange next Autumn from my UK University for about 15 weeks. What are the key culture changes that I'll experience? Of course, there's [more inside]
While I was in Stockholm, Sweden this past August, I witnessed an odd youth event at a park. Can someone please help me figure out what event it was? [more inside]
Is there a Flickr for culture and the arts? What about a Wikipedia? [more inside]
Wikipedia posits the mid- to late-1800s as the time when we first started seeing time travel in literature. Are there older examples? Is there an analog from antiquity -- some similar concept articulated in an ancient culture or mythology? A folk tale?
Why the random English words used in asian language programming? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend reputable academic sources on the repression of local national culture in Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova during the era of Communist rule by dominant 'imperial' nations Serbia and Russia respectively, and the resurgence of nationalism in these countries after the fall of Communism and breakup of these empires? Thanks! [more inside]
How to introduce a little kid to grown-up movies? [more inside]
What's a culturally appropriate gift to give my fiancee's Iranian parents? [more inside]
Three weeks on a shoestring flying out of NYC - where should we go? [more inside]
Looking for advice on some good books about Native American Indians. [more inside]
What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively Japanese produce.... What's out there?
Help me find an old insightful email commentary (one that did the rounds on email) on the chauvinism of American network coverage of the Olympics in mid-90s. [more inside]
What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
What percent of US citizens have never heard of the Beatles? [more inside]
I am looking for music or songs associated with tea/ tea ceremonies in various cultures, specifically India, Japan, China, North Africa, the UK & Ireland, but can certainly include any other tea cultures. Anyone know of any informative links or books?
LanguageArts: to the bilingual (or more) people in the hive... [more inside]
Have you read Finnegan's Wake? How did you do it? [more inside]
What were some of the most idyllic communities to have ever existed? I’m not looking for opinions, I’m looking for hard anthropological examples or studies that have been carried out on such cultures. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
An op-ed piece argued that it feels right to avoid blasphemy in general conversation even while agreeing that our old blasphemy laws are a bad idea and unconstitutional. This was several years ago, in a secular publication, not written by clergy, and not specifically sectarian. It definitely did not focus on Islam. Any recollection of this? Thanks.
Oh hivemind, where would you send a group of very traditional, distinguished, discriminating eaters for a classy dinner in Berlin? Bonus points for a highly cultural venue that offers historical atmosphere or sophisticated entertainment while dining. The folks in question will be staying at the Hotel Palace. Thank you!
I have a nephew who will be attending Harvard this fall. Any advice for one who was raised on a farm in a small farm town to ease transition. [more inside]
Dominican Republic travel in early September... [more inside]
Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ?
Are blacks in the southern states of America more self reliant than blacks in the northern states and California ? [more inside]
I need authoritative sources on the history of and traditions involving pizzelle. [more inside]
Torontoites: tell me what it's like to live in your city. What do you love/hate about it? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
How to woo a Scottish/Irish boy.. are there tricks or sexual customs I should know? What is he used to from the local girls? [more inside]
Is it considered a breach of protocol or courtesy to wear a thobe if you're not an Arab?
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?
I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
What are these kinds of "smarts" called, and how can I help my friend get more of it? [more inside]
Albania - where to stay, what to do? [more inside]
What are some songs that were shocking or sensational when they first came out - even got banned from radio play - which are now considered so humdrum that they're played on "easy listening" or "soft rock" or perhaps even "family safe" stations?
The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
How did the ritual of inverting a single cigarette in a fresh pack of cigarettes start? Was there some cultural reason, or a simple good luck charm?
Culture shock, loneliness or a whole new adventure? I am considering a move from Central New Jersey to Thousand Oaks , California for a great job opportunity. I am a divorced 46 year old female. My mother and one brother live within 2 hours of the new location. My boyfriend and I broke up 2 months ago, I have lived in NJ for decades, I have long time friends here, prefer intellectual versus athletic pursuits, like witty sarcasm, and worry that it is difficult to make friends at this age/stage. Wondering if that is a deal breaker (I am quite shy). Any advice, thoughts on the culture out there?
What does "<3" mean? [more inside]
Is there a good online resource for lectures on .mp3? Particularly in fields (soooo mefi) of liberal arts, psychoanalysis, culture, internet and politics. Oh and my girlfriend (yeah right) wonders if theres any fashion/Jane Austen stuff out there? Please help me find something interesting for a long car journey!