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Words On Film

I want to read more essays on individual films, along the lines of Tim Kreider's "Introducing Sociology" (on Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 24, 2014 - 9 answers

 

Elevate my whatever.

What blogs are well written and worth following to broaden my mind? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Can art/music/writing/film change us?

I'm looking to freshen up the assigned readings for an undergraduate writing class that I'm about to start teaching. The theme of the class is art (by which I mean not only visual art, but also music, film, and writing) and social change--that is, whether the former can actually help to achieve the latter. I have some readings on the topic but am looking for more. Help me, hive mind!
posted by chicainthecity on Jan 12, 2014 - 18 answers

Grammar Books for a College Student with No College-Level Writing Skills

I am looking for recommendations on two books. I'm looking for a book that will teach me how to write essays and how to essentially write like a college student. I am also looking for a grammar book that will teach me VERY basic and simple grammar rules. For example, the difference between i.e. and e.g., when to use a comma, et cetera. Help is very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by NowYouKnow on Nov 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Left a good job in the city

I am in the middle of a long, demanding professional school admissions process. Essays are required. But I am so demoralized about my life situation that I am finding it very hard to have the proper upbeat tone. Experienced writers and editors--hell, experienced salesmen--what are some exercises I can do to get into the proper headspace? The more concrete, the better, like "start every writing session with ten bullet points about your accomplishments," or similar. [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jul 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Joan Didion's uncollected works

How can I assemble a complete list of Joan Didion's uncollected works? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Apr 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Just because it isnt for English class doesnt meant it has to be vapid

Please direct me to some short to medium-short essays on feminism, specifically in regards to femininity. Bonus points if it makes explicit references to mainstream media. Double bonus points if it's Disney princesses. Double plus bonus point if it's sleeping beauty. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find an old Stephen Jay Gould article.

Help me find a Stephen Jay Gould (I think) essay. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Pareeeeeee

What short things can I watch/read to get in the mood for my upcoming trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Undergraduate essay examples

Looking for examples of basic undergraduate essays [more inside]
posted by inkypinky on Oct 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for a variety of good music criticism

Crowdsource my syllabus: I'm looking for the best relatively short music review essays, in a wide variety of writing styles and formats. [more inside]
posted by bahngerama on Aug 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me defend Dombey & Son against Copperfield.

Looking for a recent article that compared certain books of a few authors with their "more famous siblings"--that is, books by that author that are less well known or less often read. Dickens was one of them; Austen might have been included too. The article might have appeared in Slate, Salon, The Awl or The Hairpin (or somewhere else) but I can't find it!
posted by scratch on Mar 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Some stories just take 10,000 words to tell

Help me find some riveting long-form journalism to read! I love thoughtful, explanatory, intelligent, slightly investigative single-topic pieces of writing. Can you help me find more? What are your all-time favorite pieces of long-form journalism? [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Feb 14, 2012 - 37 answers

Where can I find long essays?

I'm looking for substantive essays focused on US politics and society, preferably published in periodical form. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Quality essays or investigative pieces about pyramid schemes?

Quality essays or investigative pieces about pyramid schemes? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Where-y Potter?

A couple of years ago I found a website that had a bunch of essays about popular culture. There was a group of them by one author that were quite (sarcastically?) critical of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. I'd like to find and read them again, but I remember so little about where I found them. [more inside]
posted by themanwho on Jan 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems - Got any good ones, Metafilter?

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems/pictures - Got any good ones? [more inside]
posted by pseudonymph on Dec 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Stylistic successor to William James

William James was an astounding prose stylist, but seems to have come from a school of rhetoric long since lost. Does anyone today write in an analogously formally beautiful, dense yet lucid, naturally learned, opinionated, and wry style anymore? (see for just one entrancing example his essay on PhDs in academia)
posted by shivohum on Nov 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Maybe I just have a weak stomach.

Why can't I read comments on my essays, even in private? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 4, 2011 - 28 answers

What if you're not sexually attracted to the people you fall in love with in a way that's fulfilling?

Where can I find out more about people with opposite sexual and romantic orientations? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Sep 22, 2011 - 5 answers

A thoughtful critique of crowd-sourced design contests?

Looking for thoughtful essays and/or screeds on the evils of "crowd-sourced" design contests, or design by committee in general? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve on Jul 19, 2011 - 8 answers

What's my soapbox?

Where would be the best place to submit non-fiction essays? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Jun 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Resursive five-paragraph essay

A friend is looking for a five-paragraph essay that instructs the reader on how to write a five-paragraph essay. My Google-fu has failed me in this self-referential task. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by perrce on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me find books of pop culture criticism

Help me find cool books of criticism/essays/interviews/etc. [more inside]
posted by Clustercuss on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Kind of like if you went on vacation in Abbottabad last summer...

[Freelance Writing Filter.] Where to submit this long and suddenly very timely travel essay? [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I better articulate myself in sustained writings ?

I have difficulty articulating my thoughts coherently, when I write on a topic for more than 700-800 words. When I write less than that, I find writing difficult, but not as difficult. While in school, all of my papers were returned with remarks that my paper contained sentence fragments, sentences that didn't fit in with the rest of the paragraph, sentences that were their own paragraphs, and sentence fragments. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Mar 3, 2011 - 27 answers

Essay writing for dummies

How did you write your university essays? Real life blow-by-blow accounts please. [more inside]
posted by fix on Jan 25, 2011 - 57 answers

Christian readings for discussion

I'm looking for short Christian/theological readings for a weekly group I'm facilitating this semester. [more inside]
posted by pecknpah on Jan 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help me adjust to leaving the wilderness!

What are some readings/stories/essays/poetry that might ease the shock of returning to "civilization" after 3 months in the wilderness? [more inside]
posted by daelin on Dec 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you help point me to some interesting Harry Potter related reading?

Can you help point me to some of the best and most interesting Harry Potter related reading? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Nov 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Where can I find some colorful vocabulary?

Where can I find some colorful vocabulary words/phrases for my college essays? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Nov 2, 2010 - 29 answers

Looking for books on poetry

Can anyone recommend books of essays on poetry that aren't poetry-writing manuals? [more inside]
posted by luke1249 on Oct 20, 2010 - 23 answers

computer aided essay grading

Have you used software to help you grade student essays? Tell me about your experience. [more inside]
posted by landlubber on Oct 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Favorite passages to read aloud?

What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Sep 3, 2010 - 65 answers

Is Great Journalism Every Day Possible?

Blogs or sites devoted to great reporting/essays/journalism? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Aug 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Recommend me some old classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that is still relevant and readable now.

Recommend me some classic "New Yorker style" nonfiction that's aged well and stayed readable. Special snowbookflakeworm within. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Aug 16, 2010 - 38 answers

essaying to persuade

What are the best and most interesting persuasive essays of 2009-2010? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jul 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Parentheses are not the answer

Help! What's the most convincing non-fiction you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

Suggested Psych essays for College Freshmen

Thought-provoking essay or study suggestions for Freshmen/Sophomores to read, debate, and write on in a "Writing Topics in Psychology" class. [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Apr 12, 2010 - 7 answers

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Jan 29, 2010 - 46 answers

What are the world's best essays?

Inspired by Ask MeFi's most popular thread ever, what are the best essays you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Dec 17, 2009 - 39 answers

What are the great foundational essays about the web?

What are the great foundational essays about the web? Big picture essays that can help Normal Humans understand the profound impact that the web is having on community, commerce, communications and so many other parts of our lives. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot on Nov 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Can you help me find this essay?

I'm looking for a World War 2 essay that may be titled "Missing the War", which is about the difference in perception between how the Second World War was portrayed in the media and how it was for the soldiers involved. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for book

I am looking for a book that was used as a textbook for an english composition course at Northeastern University in 1999. The book was a compilation of nature essays including Kerouac. I believe the professor was an adjunct at the time who used the book.
posted by kemah201 on Nov 8, 2009 - 4 answers

NSF GRFP Proposal

Where can I find examples of science/engineering research proposals for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Oct 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Good travel or expat writing

What are your favorite essays about traveling or living abroad? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 13, 2009 - 21 answers

Give me something new in the middle of the road.

I need new Web sites to replace my old ones. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Here is New York. Where is Everywhere Else?

I've been reading a collection of E.B. White's essays lately and stumbled across the wonderful "Here Is New York," wherein he tries to capture his city in print. I'm looking for similar odes to / summations of other places (preferably of essay-ish length.) [more inside]
posted by theoddball on May 1, 2009 - 11 answers

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