What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
I'm working with an English teacher that has a speculative fiction class for seniors in high school. He’s looking for a book (possibly something he would use as a supplement in class but also for his own personal reading) on the history of science fiction literature. He’s looking for something that is a retrospective and contains some literary criticism (optional). It can be a textbook but doesn’t necessarily need to be. There seems to be quite a few on Amazon but if I could get it narrowed down that would be great.
I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!), and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?
Midwestern Urban Fiction: What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
What are your favorite epic, challenging, literary novels that weren't written by white males? Particularly interested in long books (400+ pages) or books with multiple voices/protagonists, but I'm open to all suggestions. [more inside]
I have a very narrow taste in fiction, and I'm running out authors. Overall, I like how things are written more than what they say. But even given that, I'm terribly picky. Help me find more authors to love! [more inside]
What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
I'd like to focus my next year or two of reading on award-nominated literary fiction. I'm aware of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards. These two lists together could easily more than fill up that year or two, but what other prestigious national or international literary awards/prizes have a short list of nominated works? [more inside]
Can you recommend a few strong lady stories? [more inside]
Fiction for someone who prefers non-fiction. Suggestions? [more inside]
Summer Reading-Filter, bis: what contemporary fiction or non-fiction can I get for our week in the sun that will be decidedly erotic, pornographic even, but still have some literary merit? My husband thinks Dan Brown is really enjoyable whereas I cringe at that kind of writing - my preferences go towards Booker Prize-type stuff. Separate recs for each of us, I expect.
LiteraratureFilter: this summer, my travels will take me to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Reykjavík. Please recommend fiction (either historical or contemporary) that is set in these cities and conveys the local atmosphere well. [more inside]
Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens? [more inside]
Recommend me some fiction. [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for a "common read" book for a large public university. Any ideas? [more inside]
Origin of the Matrix relating to a Science Fictional setting... [more inside]
Please help me remember the title and author of a short story I read maybe 15 years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and then wonders if it was worth it, after all. I am almost sure the author was Italian. Can anyone help?
When did it become passé to use quotation marks to denote direct speech in contemporary fiction? [more inside]
Suggest absorbing fiction about mysterious England. [more inside]
I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
I crave a great novel that's as addictive as a popcorn movie. Please recommend me some literary page-turners. [more inside]
Books about Peru & Bolivia? [more inside]
Looking for short story collection suggestions. [more inside]
Books that reproduce in English characteristic aspects of a literary style associated with a particular foreign language
Edmund White's Caracole was once called "the finest French novel written in English." What are some other books that reproduce in English characteristic aspects of a literary style associated with a particular foreign language?
Looking for sci-fi/speculative fiction that deals with the issue of colonization, immigration, and refugees. The more details the better! Specifically looking for stories that deal (at least partly) with the stories of the immigrants themselves, and not just the abstract idea. [more inside]
Help with my homework filter!! I want to compile a list of time travelers from literature, television and cinema. I am looking for a couple specific attributes. [more inside]
I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
What are some literary works that begin with an aphorism, then proceed without transition to straightforward narrative?
What are some literary works that begin with an aphorism, then proceed without transition to straightforward narrative? [more inside]
Seeking relatively well-known, canon-caliber fictional accounts of imaginary encounters between actual, historically significant figures -- especially encounters that could well have taken place, but which we know did not or remain undocumented. Philip Levine's poem "On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane" typifies what I'm looking for. Mark Twain's _A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ does not (respectable evidence out there of a historical Arthur notwithstanding). The literary field is rife with examples, I know -- say, some novel casting Charles Lindbergh and Adolf Hitler into a tete-a-tete. But, ack, I'm drawing a blank. [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of a French short story, in which a father kills his son. [more inside]
Please help identify this author/book; Brazilian absurdist/surrealist, stream of consciousness fiction about a part-man/part something else that travels around and continually says a phrase like "holy f-ing s-".
San Francisco filter: Help me find a good book club for 20-30-somethings? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend good novels about gay people? Not just genre fiction but actually literature? It seems to me there must be, but I've never been able to find any.
Suggest some magazines which publish short stories and poetry that are not stuffy and pretentious. Also, any science fiction magazines that are worth reading would be greatly appreciated as well. [more inside]
Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
LiteratureFilter: Yo metafilterland. I'm on a quest for two things: literary representations of the new york city subway, the more personal and sensorial the better, and literary representations of a new york city without subways, circa before 1904. Non-fiction and suggestions are welcome as well, as are examples that use less stringent definitions of "text" (film, song lyrics, dance etc).
What are some good short stories in which time passes extremely quickly? [more inside]
Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]
What is the title of this short story? Author? Any hints? About a boy and his younger brother (more detailed description of the story follows) [more inside]
What are your favorite short stories or short story collections, anthologies etc. [more inside]
Help me remember the name of this short story about a draft dodger in Vietnam. [more inside]
Help me find this quotation. The gist of it is something like this: in current times, fantastical metaphors are the only way of describing the convoluted reality of experience. [more inside]
Trying to make a list of fictional drinks. For instance: Clementine mixxes up a couple of "blue ruins" in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Silver Jews' song Buckingham Rabbit makes reference to "shattered dogs on the rocks." What other fictional drinks can you think of? [more inside]
Short-story filter: contemporary American story with a scene of a baby boy whose father cruelly dangles a pocketwatch just out of reach so as to get the boy used to disappointment. [more inside]
Recommendations/sources for good erotic writing? [more inside]
What are some good books on gangs, gang activities, internal organization and structure? [more inside]
Help me identify this short story! It is a story told from the perspective of an infant as he is free-falling through the garbage chute of a multi-level housing complex after being discarded by his teenage mother. The story is divided into nine parts, with each part signifying the baby's arrival at each floor until he finally reaches the trash compactor at the ground level. [more inside]