"You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?" I'm looking for a modern equivalent to this phrase, meant to express the youthful ignorance of history, even very significant history. Especially when such ignorance surfaces in a way that's jarring to folks who were there. [more inside]
So what does "train-the-trainer" really mean anyway? [more inside]
A job for the hive mind: I'm looking for cultural references to antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs (Ritalin, Adderall, etc) from the '90s and '00s: stuff along the lines of Tony Soprano using Prozac in The Sopranos. [more inside]
I’m looking for holiday and cultural traditions from any and all cultures that an agnostic American can easily and festively incorporate into the year. [more inside]
A question about feet! Are they considered lowly by any cultures or religions? [more inside]
Where should we go on our honeymoon? [more inside]
I'm looking for some research (e.g. papers, books, documentaries, websites, etc.) on why it appears that most men attracted to (lipstick) lesbians?
One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
What cultural differences can I expect from a Vietnamese new employee? [more inside]
Are there any good blogs about online culture? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
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?
Are there any cultures that give two live cockroaches as wedding gifts? [more inside]
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?
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]
Are there documented, effective methods for stimulating and managing an innovation (idea) pipeline? [more inside]
Why do many Americans seem reluctant to define themselves as "American"? [more inside]
Is it possible to not be a sexist? [more inside]
What are some famous and/or culturally influential books that are not hard to dive into? [more inside]
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?
How can I find an Iraqi penpal? I'm an American and I only speak English. [more inside]
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?
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.
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]
What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
Cultural activity in NYC on Oct. 8? [more inside]
Does the future scale? [more inside]
What are Google's People Programs people like? [more inside]
What kind of (possibly religous) celebration did I see today? [more inside]
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.
Suggestions for a young (American) woman going to live in Turkey. [more inside]
What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
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]
Know any non-fiction works, books preferred but online/journal/paper articles too, on the end of American liberalism? [more inside]
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]
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?
What are the greatest 100 questions in English-language pop culture? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the role of culture in post-colonial development? [more inside]
How do you address your mother-in-law in your own culture? [more inside]
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]