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Looking for title to a short story

/bookfilter Looking to find the name of the author and the story to this contemporary short story written like 10 to 20 years ago. The title was the Girls of Saint Dunstter cant find the exact spelling on the dunstter but it a play on Dumpster. In the short story the teacher is beaten up by these girls who are the terror and as he is recovering his imaginery father ask him why he would want to help out these girls, it really cant be cause he wants a bit of the juicy rough. And the Teacher explains that he wants to learn how these girls live in a world without romance. The author might have been name hawking or something. thank you
posted by Rolandkorn on Apr 12, 2007 - 2 answers

I read it for the articles. No, really. Just help me find them again.

Please help me find a way to electronically organize my magazine article collection. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Apr 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Fairytales for grownups

I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
posted by orange swan on Apr 11, 2007 - 60 answers

What's the story about the state-handicapped dancers?

What is the story I've been trying to remember? It's about a future where everyone who excels is handicapped by the state. [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Modernism vs. Postmodernism

Modernism vs. Post-modernism [more inside]
posted by nameless.k on Apr 6, 2007 - 30 answers

Which books are most representative of each country?

I plan to read a novel from every country. Which books are most worthwhile, both as a means to gain the truest insight into the soul of each land, and also from a literary standpoint? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Apr 4, 2007 - 96 answers

[His] ideas intrigue me, and I'm interested in subscribing to [his] newsletter...

Who said, "Marriage is a constant crisis, and that's precisely why it works," or somesuch? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Apr 4, 2007 - 4 answers

Burn The Canon!

EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 3, 2007 - 35 answers

Beach reads about the Caribbean

Anybody know any good novels either about or a good chunk of which is set in the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Mar 21, 2007 - 40 answers

Is there a "universal" book?

Which book would you consider a "universal" book? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Mar 14, 2007 - 57 answers

What's the appeal of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller?

What's the appeal of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller? [more inside]
posted by jknecht on Mar 3, 2007 - 42 answers

"Mistah Kurtz - he dead."

[Man’s-Journey-to-find-himself-Filter]: I am looking for works of film and fiction that employ the imagery of traversing a difficult path/passageway as a metaphor for man’s inner journey toward connection with his unconscious shadow (in the Jungian sense of the term). [more inside]
posted by numinous on Mar 2, 2007 - 37 answers

Non Fiction Women No Longer

Help me to let go of my bias against women's fiction. What fiction books written by women would a "real" man like? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Feb 13, 2007 - 77 answers

What You Pawn I Will Redeem

Literaturefilter: Help me find poor reviews of Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn I will Redeem". [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on Feb 2, 2007 - 3 answers

Walk away in silence

Vaguely remembered literary (or something else) filter. The only way to get (somewhere? I forget... wherever it is you want to go...) is to walk away from it... What is that from? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jan 29, 2007 - 8 answers

"These far away places with strange sounding names," wrote X...

“These far away places with strange-sounding names…” Where is that phrase from?! I have reason to believe it was first written by a romantic poet (possibly Tennyson, Browning, or Arnold) but I can’t beat the answer out of Google. Thanks to Google, I know that the line is used in a Bing Crosby song. But that’s definitely not the source I’m looking for.
posted by chickletworks on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

My memory ain't speakin'.

I need some help finding a short Nabokov passage. I've exhausted Amazon's Search Inside feature as well as my ability to Google. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Jan 12, 2007 - 5 answers

What is the "withering monosyllable" Maturin alludes to in Melmoth the Wanderer?

In Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer, Isidora asks Melmoth how she should respond if her family ask her about his wealth, and where his riches are held. Melmoth responds with a "withering monosyllable", which makes her shriek with fear or disgust. What monosyllabic word is Maturin implying? [more inside]
posted by fvw on Jan 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

are slow motion dream disasters a new thing?

do dream sequences set in slow motion (as in horrific-but-un-stoppable-accidents) pre-date the use of slow motion photography? specifically, are there pre-film literary references to dream events taking place in slow motion? (yes, a question similar to this one, but i'm interested in slow motion in the dream-scape here).
posted by garfy3 on Jan 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Title for a YAL girl's teen novel?

Everybody hates this, but I need help identifying a book so I can "rebuild" a preteen, YAL library... [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jan 5, 2007 - 11 answers

can you help me find GREAT books?

Looking for more fantastic reads, now for 2007. Please help. [more inside]
posted by karen on Dec 26, 2006 - 43 answers

Books/writing on death, loss and grief.

Books/writing on death, loss and grief. [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Dec 19, 2006 - 41 answers

What's the word for the kind of character Piglet is?

English majors? I'd like to read about how elements of narrative are categorized and labeled [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Dec 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Pre-Beat/Beat Poem hunt

I need the text of a poem I can no longer recall, one dedicated to William Everson (Bro. Antoninus). [more inside]
posted by faineant on Dec 18, 2006 - 3 answers

Wandervogel literature

Nicholas Mosely's Hopeful Monsters has an extensive section dealing with the German Wandervogel movement. Can you suggest any other novels (preferably in English, but auf Deutsch is also acceptable) deal with Wandervogeln or related themes?
posted by Chrischris on Dec 17, 2006 - 2 answers

Stories that involve shadows?

Novels, short stories, movies--all are welcome. I find shadow stories spooky and interesting. My fave was a kid book called "The Shades" which explains how the shadows of people live their own lives. Know of any others?
posted by largecorp on Dec 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Can you help me find free online English Translation of Cortázar's "La Casa Tomada?"

Can somebody please help me find a free, online English version of Julio Cortázar's short story, "La Casa Tomada" (A House Taken Over)? I had found one a couple months back but forgot to bookmark it and now that I badly need it, I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Malachi Constant on Dec 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Name that scary story for young adults

I'm looking for a young adult collection of ghost/scary stories I read in middle school (1980s). It was illustrated by Edward Gorey and contained a story about a young girl who discovers a creature of some sort living in a quarry near her home. She becomes obsessed/infatuated with the thing and frequently visits it. I remember strong sexual undertones in this story. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer (link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan on Nov 28, 2006 - 13 answers

Which works of Peter Handke should I read?

Any fans of Peter Handke here? I tripped over his wikipedia entry, and he seems like someone I would enjoy reading. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu on Nov 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Please help me identify a short story

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Sponsored Art/Sponsored Literature

Artsy fartsy filter: While thinking about the Medici family, the renaissance and the idea of commissioned works of art, I was wondering if there have ever been works of literature that have been sponsored or commissioned purely for the sake of art. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Pick me a Thomas Bernhard book.

I want to read something by Thomas Bernhard. I understand that his works are incredibly bleak, but that they lie on a continuum: ranging from blackly humorous to straight-up splenetic. If I am a fan of Hilary Mantel, which Bernhard book might be good to start with?
posted by everichon on Nov 21, 2006 - 11 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

Any Anglo-Saxon influences in Lord of the Rings?

Help me find a well-written article explaining the Anglo-Saxon roots/influences found in The Lord of the Rings. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Nov 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Where can I find books about historical events?

Where can I find some fairly easy-to-read, factual books about historical events? Amazon is overwhelming and Google is unhelpful [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Nov 16, 2006 - 22 answers

Who wrote the novel, "Lot"?

Has anyone heard of a French novel called "Lot"? The book was mentioned in a John Hughes film (What I have Written) after the novel by John Scott. I've tried Google but no luck. [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 on Nov 10, 2006 - 8 answers

Even Shatner is Canadian!

Is Science Fiction primarily an American genre of literature? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Nov 4, 2006 - 35 answers

Stock my liberry.

I just finished the last book on my Must Read list. Help make me a new one. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 27, 2006 - 57 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Anybody have favorite internet-only author(s)?

Anybody have favorite internet-only author(s)? [more inside]
posted by Football Bat on Oct 25, 2006 - 15 answers

Best book series for children and young adults?

Book series for children and young adults? Recommendations welcome. There is [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 23, 2006 - 49 answers


Has Finnegans Wake ever been translated? How?
posted by dead_ on Oct 20, 2006 - 36 answers

GRE Literature Subject Test

A friend of mine is taking the GRE English Literature Subject test in a couple weeks. She was an English major in undergraduate. Any tips on a quick study plan? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Oct 18, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the name of this short story I read in high school?

The Postal Service song "We Will Become Silhouettes" reminds me of a short story (or maybe poem?) I read in high school, but I can't remember the name or author for the life of me. I believe the action centered around an automated house going through its daily routine after the inhabitants had been vaporized on its side. There was also something about birds singing... I think. Any ideas?
posted by pokermonk on Oct 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me find some good (smart) books about sports and sport fans.

I want to read some good books about sports sociology. [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Oct 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Name of author of "Hubert" kids' stories?

Last night on Boing Boing, I asked readers to help me remember the name of a kids' author. He wrote a series of children's stories from the mid-20th century. They were about a boy with a name that begins with the letter H (I think), and in each story, they boy had some kind of improbable adventure. It's not Harold (Purple Crayon kid) or Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary), or Homer Price (I thought it was, but in the middle of the night I decided it wasn't). Who is it? [more inside]
posted by ottomatik on Sep 27, 2006 - 18 answers

Needed: damn good bar reading

I like to go to dark, smoky, dive bars and sit there with a drink and a book for hours. Unfortunately, I'm running out of good bar reading. Can you help me find more? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Sep 27, 2006 - 48 answers

Excellent disjointed writing

Can you think of any examples of "disjointed" writing -- writing with abrupt transitions -- that works? Faulkners Sound and Fury is a good example but shorter pieces are better for my purposes. Can be fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by Aghast. on Sep 27, 2006 - 17 answers

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