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Examples of novels in first-person diary style

Literature filter: Novels in the form of a first-person diary (day-by-day entries, or entries set against calendar dates). Can you name any good examples, particularly contemporary? I'm aware that it was relatively common format in earlier novels (for example, Dracula). [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Dec 12, 2007 - 42 answers

Searching for Story; Need to Get "Unstuck"

Short Story Filter: I'm trying to track down a wonderful short story I read maybe 15 years ago. It focuses on a couple struggling with a dysfunctional marital and/or sexual relationship. The story is set somewhere in a snowy/icy climate, and the central conceit of the story is that the husband needs to free their car which is stuck in the snow. As the story unfolds, the author describes the back-and-forth rocking of the car as he slams it from "drive" into "reverse" and back again, and it becomes clear that the movement of the car is a powerful sexual metaphor. Finally the car rolls free and the dramatic release seems to provide hope for the relationship. Does this sound familiar to anybody? I thought the title of the story was "Unstuck," but Googling has led me nowhere.
posted by AngerBoy on Dec 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Rumfoord One More

Does Vonnegut ever explain the relationship between Bertram Copeland Rumfoord in Slaughterhouse Five and Winston Niles Rumfoord in Sirens of Titan? If not, do you have any plausible theories, or did KV just like the sound of the last name?
posted by ubiquity on Dec 10, 2007 - 2 answers

What's The Word? And it ain't Thunderbird!

Lit-crit/what the hell is the word I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Dec 2, 2007 - 23 answers

Harry Potter is heavy reading!

Should I finish off the Harry Potter series of books even though I get totally depressed after reading them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2007 - 26 answers

Book recomendation

I'm looking for a good reference book on the Phoenix (mythological bird), preferably with plenty of color pictures, as this is for a child. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by scubbadubba on Nov 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Theories of literary terrorism?

Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
posted by limon on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

Book Blogs?

What are some good blogs on literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

To Kill a Mockingbird and what else?

Can anyone recommend ancillary short stories, essays, or poems that I could present together with To Kill a Mockingbird? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Nov 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Literary Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs?

Loved "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" and am currently loving "Marley's Ghost." I think I enjoy the idea of another author picking up a smaller character from a "classic" and running with it. So what other books have a similar set-up?
posted by thomsplace on Nov 20, 2007 - 47 answers

Great adventures? Please guide the way!

I need me some literary adventure stories! Yeehar! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse on Nov 19, 2007 - 27 answers

Books about Burma?

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

Quick and Dirty guide to the Literary Canon

I'm looking for a concise and readable overview/guide of what could be considered "classic literature" for a mature ESL student. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Nov 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Books about loners

I am looking for some fiction where the main character is a loner and seems to be OK with it. (possible spoilers) [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Nov 11, 2007 - 45 answers

Help an atheist make a reading list.

Help me find some good atheist reading materials for my birthday. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Nov 6, 2007 - 31 answers

Monsters with high self-esteem?

"Me not ugly, me is beautiful." Do you know what monster might have said this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 2, 2007 - 24 answers

Know any good poems?

Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Oct 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood?

Can anyone remember the name of a book from my childhood? Kid lit from the late 60’s/early 70’s. Book is about the Holocaust, I think. Bought the book from the Scholastic Book Club (they don’t have lists from back then). The book has a red cover with a picture of a girl with dark brown hair. Part of the story takes place on a train going to Siberia(?). Hope you can help me find this book!
posted by D Dear on Oct 31, 2007 - 12 answers

What Book Is This?

(Asking for a friend) What Book is this? I remember reading a book back in High School..... [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Need a holly, jolly book club read

I'm looking for a book for my book club to read (novel, nonfiction) that takes place during the holidays or has a holiday theme. I've thought of Holidays on Ice, A Christmas Carol (they seem obvious) but am stumped on others. The book doesn't have to totally revolve around the holidays, though. Any suggestions?
posted by printchick on Oct 30, 2007 - 21 answers

Short world-changing documents written in English.

What essays, papers, or declarations were written in English and have changed the world.... and are short enough to memorize? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Oct 29, 2007 - 41 answers

Best Australian writing 2003-2007?

Please recommend your favorite Australian book(s) of the last five years. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Oct 27, 2007 - 13 answers

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending?

What are some famous stories that don't have a proper ending, like the series finale of the Sopranos? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 23, 2007 - 62 answers

Where on the web to talk about books?

What are your favorite online forums in which to talk about books? Say why you like each so I can get a good idea of the different kinds of communities. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on Oct 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Russian Reading Recs?

I want to read Russian literature - what do I read? [more inside]
posted by beezy on Oct 17, 2007 - 41 answers

What skills are involved in English Literature studies?

What is meant by the study of English Literature? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool on Oct 8, 2007 - 35 answers

NameTheseBooksFilter

Please help identify a book I read as a child in the late 80s or early 90s. It was either a series of books on ghosts, vampires, etc., or maybe just one book broken down into sections. Humorous text describing different types of each creature, with black and white line drawings. I remember the tone being funny, not scary. Bonus scifi name-this-book inside if this one isn't ringing a bell. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Oct 5, 2007 - 4 answers

What are tomorrow's avant-garde monuments

What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

DestroyMe.

Looking for books about destruction. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Sep 30, 2007 - 26 answers

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Sep 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough

aaax / bbbx / cccy / dddy: Is there a particular name for the structure of the poem Slough, by John Betjeman?
posted by Aloysius Bear on Sep 27, 2007 - 2 answers

Work Books

Books About Work. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Sep 26, 2007 - 44 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Dissonant Adjectives

Is there a name for a grammatical construction in which two different types of adjectives -- for example, one describing a physical characteristic and one passing a moral judgment -- are used to modify the same noun? [more inside]
posted by Acetylene on Sep 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Recommend some 9/11 literature

Please recommend some 9/11 literature. [more inside]
posted by archimago on Sep 18, 2007 - 17 answers

Book Club Bleg

Help me choose some books to nominate for book club. No, no, no, this one's a tad more complicated. :) [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Sep 17, 2007 - 3 answers

book star

How do you acquire a good literary agent? [more inside]
posted by plexi on Sep 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Reading suggestions

One of my good friends died a few days ago. Can you recommend some suitable works of literature (fiction, essay, poetry, etc.) to help me along? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam on Sep 11, 2007 - 24 answers

Battle of the Books

What were the "Battle of the Books" books in Canada in the early to mid- 90s? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Sep 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Why the Custom-House?

LitFilter: Why did Nathaniel Hawthorne choose to include "The Custom-House" at the beginning of The Scarlet Letter? [more inside]
posted by joshers13 on Sep 4, 2007 - 12 answers

Cold War chills in the warm sun

Give me the Cold War chills, please. I'm going on vacation soon and I would like to settle down on the beach with a really juicy espionage novel, preferably something about the Cold War, something suitably dense, complex, panoramic and violent. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 9, 2007 - 37 answers

Seeking books featuring well-developed people of colour.

Can anyone recommend books with well-developed characters who are people of colour? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Aug 9, 2007 - 69 answers

What is it like to be a fox?

I would like to read some literate, accurate portraits of what it's like to be an attractive person in present U.S. or European society. [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on Aug 7, 2007 - 25 answers

Wie, bitte?

Help me with a German sentence (quote?). German speakers: is the following sentence a quote from German literature? It's in reference to a picture of a Jewish headstone with pebbles on it. "Wieviel Wissen wird unter diesen Steinen liegen" Just wondering if this is a literary quote, or merely the musings of the commentor.
posted by nax on Jul 23, 2007 - 4 answers

I need a patron so I can quit making lattes

PatronFilter: I'm tired of working for Starbucks. I want to write full time. Help me construct a letter to the opulent to remind them of yesteryear when the arts were supported by benefactors. Help me convince the rich that paying for me to live comfortably will serve humanity. [more inside]
posted by Galen on Jul 20, 2007 - 35 answers

A real-life image of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg

Need help finding image of old-school optometry billboards (like that in "The Great Gatsby). [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Jul 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Housecleaner fills a jar with change, employer takes it away. What's the name of this short story?

Help me remember the name of this short story (or novel that includes this story): A housecleaner's employer tells her she can keep all the change she finds when she cleans his office. She ends up with a jar of change containing more than one hundred dollars, and the employer reneges his offer. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jiiota on Jul 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Who writes about Postmodernism, anyway?

What are some good books on Postmodernist literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Bible copycats?

Books that imitate/parody/use-as-inspiration the story of Jesus? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Jun 26, 2007 - 37 answers

Dante/Italian filter: Nuova or Nova?

Looking for a quick and simple explanation as to the difference between "La Vita Nuova" (with a u), and "La Vita Nova". [more inside]
posted by Nugget on Jun 25, 2007 - 8 answers

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