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Storytellers, thinkers, and musicians who are worth fully engaging with?

I believe I may suffer from a derth of artistic and intellectual heroes. Help me fix that. What artists and thinkers are worth engaging with fully as an adult? By "engaging with fully," I mean making a concerted effort to consume all of their output, several times, as well as seeking out supplementary information about them by way of interviews, criticism, documentaries, collected letters, biographies, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 15, 2013 - 50 answers

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?

Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Daniel Webster Biography

What's the best, most readable biography of Daniel Webster? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law on Jan 24, 2012 - 2 answers

What are the best punk books and documentaries on the history of punk music?

What are some fantastic books and documentaries on the history of punk music? Basically, the type of music in this thread with an emphasis on Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fugazi, and Bad Brains. I already have Rip It Up And Start Again, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Get In The Van, and Instrument.
posted by yaymukund on Jun 20, 2010 - 23 answers

Biography on William Henry Harrison?

Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Other historical works like 1776?

I'd like to buy a book or books for someone who really liked 1776, by David McCullough, but who now wants to know more about the Revolutionary War. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Dec 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Interviews, Research & Archiving, oh my!

I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

What hurdles did you encounter in trying to get a personnel file on someone "famous"?

Have you ordered a US military personnel file (aka "OMPF," or "201 file"), for someone famous that was "released" under the Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) program? How did that go? How long did it take? Did you have to go there in person? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on May 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Biography suggestions?

What are some good biographies of James Madison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 on Mar 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: Where is He Now

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
posted by luriete on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Good Historic books

I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 24, 2008 - 39 answers

Where to find accounts of living underground?

Writing a script about a military coup in the near future. Any suggestions for reading/viewing material? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Feb 27, 2008 - 17 answers

Please suggest a good Lincoln biography

Can you suggest a good biography on Abraham Lincoln and /or a history of the Civil War? [more inside]
posted by BluGnu on Feb 12, 2007 - 17 answers

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 17, 2006 - 37 answers

Writing biography or history

How would I write a biography or history book? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Simainski? Szimanski? Simanski?

Hi, I am looking for the spelling of the surname of my great-grandfather. He lived in Opatija (Croatia) during most of the first forty years of the twentieth century. The town was called Abbazia then, reflecting the Italian influence at the time. Surnames were also Italianised; his became Simainski. I have seen variations such as Szimanski, Simanszki and various "y"s instead of "i"s. Since most archives seem lost in Opatija, I was wondering if somebody can point me to sources where I can find out more. Thanks! Marco
posted by mbotta on Nov 8, 2005 - 10 answers

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