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Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee?

What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee? [more inside]
posted by kag on Nov 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Culture online

Are there any good blogs about online culture? [more inside]
posted by litleozy on Nov 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Am I Hispanic or Latino?

I am looking for work and have a question. When it comes to which race box to choose. My father was born and raised in Panama, [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Nov 5, 2010 - 19 answers

How can I find out what's on in Sydney?

What are good (preferably online) sources for finding out what's on in Sydney? From time to time I find myself there for a weekend, but haven't yet discovered the best way of locating events. I'm particularly interested in theatre, arthouse/vintage/unusual cinema, talks and public lectures, and food, arts or literary events. [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Nov 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Japan Immersion

Non-touristy must do's in Japan? Interesting ideas for 'projects'/missions to make this trip fun? Cultural tips/faux-pas to avoid? Quirky facts/tips? [more inside]
posted by MD06 on Nov 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Japanese Birthday

Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

"Yo, just got back from the Coliseum. Someone slayed THREE lions today!"

What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Oct 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Burqas against Beck

Halloween Filter: Can I wear my hijab for a costume? (As a statement that HEY MUSLIMS AREN'T SCARY?) Special politically-correct snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Oct 29, 2010 - 39 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

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Port Arthur culture?

I have a friend who is living and working temporarily in the Port Arthur/ Beaumont area of Texas. He is vegetarian and gets his goodness from nature, museums, etc. Depression is sinking in, any suggestions?
posted by haikuku on Oct 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Cockroaches as wedding gifts?

Are there any cultures that give two live cockroaches as wedding gifts? [more inside]
posted by prairiecatherine on Oct 5, 2010 - 7 answers

A significant question

Lacan writes about a "symbolic order," a realm of signs and culture constituting a separate domain from the "real." What other authors/thinkers (besides Lacanians, like Zizek, and their predicessors like Levy-Strauss) make use of this way of viewing the world?
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 4, 2010 - 15 answers

My Nigerian brother-in-law can't hack it in Germany. How do I help him?

I live in Germany, and my German girlfriend's brother-in-law is originally from Nigeria. He is having trouble integrating. He's lived in the country (on and off) for 10 years, but continues to struggle with the language. To make matters worse, cultural differences are getting in the way of him establishing himself. What can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Sep 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Innovative culture? check... Now what?

Are there documented, effective methods for stimulating and managing an innovation (idea) pipeline? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Sep 28, 2010 - 1 answer

Why do they call you Red?... It must be because I am Irish.

Why do many Americans seem reluctant to define themselves as "American"? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Sep 26, 2010 - 128 answers

Hey guys...um...girls...um...gals...um...humans...

Is it possible to not be a sexist? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Sep 26, 2010 - 29 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

Traditions

What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 24, 2010 - 92 answers

Help me get an Iraqi penpal

How can I find an Iraqi penpal? I'm an American and I only speak English. [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Sep 21, 2010 - 6 answers

John Calvin was a hipster long before it was cool.

A couple years ago, I read a really intriguing essay that compared the American cultural ideal of "effortless cool" to the theological debate over the importance of grace vs. good acts. I believe that the writer identified the Puritans as coming down on the side of grace, and made a connection between their influence on early America and our cultural preference for grace (i.e. "effortless cool") over good acts (i.e. "trying too hard"). I would really love to cite this essay, but unfortunately, my Google-Fu is failing me. I remember that I read it online, and it was probably linked from a comment on The Blue. Any idea what I read or who wrote it?
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 7, 2010 - 11 answers

What are your favorite art magazines?

What are your favorite art magazines, and why do you find them interesting? I have been looking at Artforum and ARTnews, but they are pretty dry ... lots of pictures and some facts, but little gossip or other interesting commentary. I want something with great articles to sit down and read.
posted by mortaddams on Sep 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Dating Saudi-style

Tell me about flirting, dating and relationship customs in Saudi Arabia. I can't tell if I'm in over my head or just having some cultural miscommunication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me stop thinking like an American!

What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Aug 29, 2010 - 19 answers

NYC for me and 50 of my students

Cultural activity in NYC on Oct. 8? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on Aug 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Does the future scale?

Does the future scale? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Aug 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Filter Google culture for me

What are Google's People Programs people like? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

What was this ceremony?

What kind of (possibly religous) celebration did I see today? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Aug 12, 2010 - 9 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

Nobody's business but the Turks.

Suggestions for a young (American) woman going to live in Turkey. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Aug 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Kissing an Idiot

What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Fortunate Sons?

While on vacation in Belize, many of the locals commented that while they liked American adults just fine, their children were the most spoiled among the tourist families. We've heard this elsewhere on our travels to Europe and Southeast Asia. Is this true? If so, is there a unique style of American parenting that other cultures see as problematic or inferior? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Jul 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Know any non-fiction works on the end of American liberalism?

Know any non-fiction works, books preferred but online/journal/paper articles too, on the end of American liberalism? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jul 19, 2010 - 2 answers

International Music Request

This question has certainly been asked before but I am looking for great rock music from different countries, the place matters not (except US and Canada). What I really want though is more musical exposure of bands who I can then listen to and research outward from them. In other words, I am not looking for exhaustive lists of bands, rather, geographic diversity. The more different countries, the better. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Jul 18, 2010 - 29 answers

Move from Upstate NY to Austin, TX?

I have the potential for a job in Austin, TX. I live in upstate NY. I have never been to Texas (other than a layover in Houston) and never lived outside of NY state. How different is the cost of living? Is the culture clash going to be overwhelming? Am I crazy to even consider this?
posted by tommasz on Jun 21, 2010 - 39 answers

What is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything?

What are the greatest 100 questions in English-language pop culture? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 17, 2010 - 167 answers

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there?

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 8, 2010 - 30 answers

Cultural Analysis of Apple Design

For a few years I've been wondering about Apple's design choices and what they reflect back about our culture, and would like pointers to authors or articles that explore that idea. [more inside]
posted by holycola on Jun 7, 2010 - 9 answers

culture and development

What is the role of culture in post-colonial development? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture?

How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture? [more inside]
posted by mchow on May 27, 2010 - 60 answers

Suggestions for things to do to learn about Hawaii's native cultural history while in Maui.

What are some things I can do/see on my upcoming trip to Maui to best learn about the island's native cultural history? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on May 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Culture in Chicago - Show me it

I'm going to be in Chicago in late July, and was hoping some locals could tip me on finding the best Lebanese food, jazz clubs/events that I shouldn't miss, interesting art galleries maybe even local theater if they're doing something fun. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on May 22, 2010 - 8 answers

confused in Montreal

I was startled and amused in Montreal by strangers coming up, saying "Mon chapeau est plus beau que le votre!" Can anyone add some context? [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on May 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to find new media events in NYC?

I’m looking to get hooked into information about any and all electronic or new media arts and cultural events happening in and around New York City. This includes games, video installations, small time hobbyist classes. What mailing lists and blogs should I be subscribed to and/or following? (I'm aaware of True Chip Till Death, Eyebeam, Figment NYC Resistor and 3rd Ward.)
posted by edbles on May 17, 2010 - 2 answers

I think he's upset, but how can you tell?

International tormented musicians wanted: I'm looking for artists who sound like Vladimir Vysotsky but who perform in other languages. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on May 16, 2010 - 6 answers

No skin? No sweat!

How can I keep cool while covering up? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Canadian Culture. In a box.

Suggestions needed for small, inexpensive items that can represent Canada to children ages 3-6 around the world. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on May 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Places to work like academia, but not

Places to work in or around Boston that feel like an academic environment, without actually being in academia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Smoking in the boys (or girls) room?

Back in the days when people commonly smoked inside their offices, and everywhere else, was it common/acceptable/possibly even polite? for people to smoke while sitting on the toilet? If so, was there a gender divide? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on May 9, 2010 - 23 answers

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