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How can I improve my writing?

My writing tends to be very brief, and it's difficult for me to write long essays that are good. Also, I would like to start writing literary and cultural critiques and would like MeFites' advice. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 28, 2013 - 11 answers

 

Balzac's Benchwarmers

Recently, I purchased a complete set of Balzac's Human Comedy for my Kindle. At roughly the same price as my morning coffee. Balzac was a infamously productive writer. So I'm asking for some recommendations to help me navigate this hyoooge corpus. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 1, 2013 - 4 answers

I need a culture fix!

If I were to choose 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books to read within the next year to make me a better, more well-rounded conversationalist (for argument's sake, let's say within a college-educated professional audience), what books would give me the most bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Apr 23, 2013 - 37 answers

What's it like to live in Shanghai from a native's perspective?

Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Cultural references to Prozac, etc., in the '90s and '00s

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]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jan 5, 2011 - 32 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

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I get more out of my reading life?

I spend a lot of time reading for both work and pleasure yet I have a hard time translating this to my everyday life, for example being able to remember key quotes or even retaining main points of books I have read. Do people here have any tips for retaining and utilizing content read in books, especially novels? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Books about Peru & Bolivia?

Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on May 18, 2009 - 10 answers

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

How old is the idea of time travel?

Wikipedia posits the mid- to late-1800s as the time when we first started seeing time travel in literature. Are there older examples? Is there an analog from antiquity -- some similar concept articulated in an ancient culture or mythology? A folk tale?
posted by blueshammer on Nov 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

hello hello! twins in art & lit

Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers.]
posted by ibeji on Nov 29, 2005 - 22 answers

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