Rubbing your hands together as an indication of anticipation. Is this gesture common to all cultures?
What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
Are there any small or medium sized cites that are producing a disproportionate number of famous, ambitious, or motivated people? [more inside]
Can I train myself to tolerate throat cultures? [more inside]
What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
Our bodies are shameful because the Puritans told us so: Yea or Nay? [more inside]
I'm looking for great websites that focus on the misconceptions that modern cultures have about one another. A (hopefully) better explanation, as well as a super-deluxe bonus question inside. (Including some begging!) [more inside]
Help me find music about music! What are some songs about music, it's culture, etc.? Songs like The VU's Rock & Roll, Joni Mitchell's Woodstock, Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, etc...
Help me identify this Post Modern cultural theory. Prime example: cops on the TV show COPS act differently than they normally would, since they're being filmed for TV. Kids watch COPS thinking that's what cops actually are like. Kids eventually grow up and be cops themselves, emulating cops-on-TV, not "true" cops. [more inside]
Looking for off the beaten path podcasts and ways to find podcasts online. [more inside]
How do you fake American? [more inside]
Is Ooow Universal? If I kick a Masai warrior, Brazillian beach bum, an Eskimo or an Indonesian will the exclamation for pain be similar? What about Mmmmm? [more inside]
Am I reading too much into assumptions made by strangers or are they the ones at fault? [more inside]
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]
Suggest some mood enhancing music. I find music to be therapeutic, especially after a long day, when I need to keep going. An ideal example would be Frank Sinatra's "That's Life". [more inside]
I've decided that I want to research / work in the development of strong, sustainable local communities using social networks, web and mobile technologies and urban design practice (particularly new urbanism). The problem is, I don't know how or where to get started in this field. [more inside]
I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
What is the origin and meaning of "I can has a cheeseburger?"
Asking for a friend: "A few years ago I saw a documentary about an African Muslim tribe. They were notable because the men cover their faces while the women do not. The only other thing I remember is that the men participate in a ceremony where they adorn themselves to the extreme (paint, beads etc) and line up for the women to chose. There is also apparently a custom where men will abduct wives from another tribe. The location might have been Mali but I'm really not sure. Can anyone identify this group?"
There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru. [more inside]
I want to do a performance at my school's Japanese Spring festival, but I have no idea what to do! [more inside]
How skilled are supermarket sushi chefs and are they lonely? [more inside]
I've been considering a position in Jackson, Mississippi. The job would be fantastic and a real step-up. The folks there seem eager to have me. The problem is Mississippi. My parents and sister now live there, but pretty far south (Picayune). I live in PA and before this mostly in the Midwest. Will I fit in? [more inside]
Seeking charming and peculiar diversions in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
Four days in Iceland from Friday: me and my girlfriend are travel writers and will eventually do a write up of the hotel, restaurants and attractions we visit. How can we best stray off the beaten path in only FOUR days? [more inside]
I'm thinking about going on an exchange program, and am not sure how I should rank my choices. Should I spend January to June in Brisbane, Australia or Amsterdam? [more inside]
I'm looking for books where the author immerses himself in an experience and then writes about it [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
Are there any books that take a Freakonomics like approach to explaining and analyzing urban sprawl? [more inside]
Is there a word that means "knowing something solely by references to it?" [more inside]
Help me convince the man I love that he doesn't have to marry someone else. [more inside]
What online reads can you recommend on the subject of circadian rhythms and rituals, preferably from an anthropological and/or historical point of view? [more inside]
Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal? [more inside]
The South: from King of the Hill to Real Life™ and beyond. Help me sort out some questions I have on the nature of the South! [more inside]
Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
Where can I find a mp3 version of Mike Figgis' "Is there too much culture?" [more inside]
Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
What is there to see and do in Comoros? Has anyone been there? What is the social climate like? [more inside]
I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
I'm considering applying for a maths PhD in Singapore. I'm from the UK. I'd like some thoughts on living there for an extended period. As far as I can tell there's been a certain degree of liberalization recently - any opinion on that?
Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
Books about Burma? [more inside]
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread came along? [more inside]
How can I stay up to date on the art/cultural scene in downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
Your ideas for nontraditional, off the beaten path, interesting, insightful things to do or see in or close to Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy?
What are your favorite nontraditional, nontouristy, alternative, culturally-insightful things to do in or near Venice, Florence, and Rome? I mean the deeper anthropological kind of culture, not museums, opera, etc. I'm not looking for the usual must-see tourist destinations or the things that epitomize a city. I want the fascinating little finds you accidentally stumbled on and loved, but which few or no tours would have found because they aren't "sights". If it can give me a glimpse of how contemporary Italians see the world, to appreciate a bit more what it's like to be them, that's a turbo bonus. No points off for plain old fun activities either. [more inside]
What words do you know which have a strong dissonance between their form and meaning? [more inside]
Who has imaginary friends, and why? [more inside]