Looking for a quick and simple explanation as to the difference between "La Vita Nuova" (with a u), and "La Vita Nova". [more inside]
Do you recognize this short story, possibly written by David Mamet? A Japanese couple scrimps and saves so they can incrementally improve their lives, and they go to a shopping mall/set of stores for fun, where they purchase candies/cookies that look like 1000 or 10000 or 1000000 yen. (More inside.) [more inside]
MeFi Women: I am working on a book for girls that will feature a chapter on books that every girl should read -- books that changed your life, so to speak, and that you'd want your daughter to read before she's grown up. My list so far is inside. What would you add to it? (or boot from it?) [more inside]
Quotation help! Whose, and what, is the famous quotation that says essentially: "The bitterest feuds are always over the smallest differences" "You fight most viciously with those whose position is closest to yours"? Any ideas?
Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
Help me recommend a historical novel to my mother. [more inside]
ScienceFictionfilter: Suggestions for gift subscriptions of science fiction magazines, journals printed in English and dead tree format [more inside]
What books are similar in attitude and environment to Bonjour Tristesse (Françoise Sagan)? [more inside]
"The master's body!" roared the butler into the mouthpiece. "I'm sorry, madame, but we can't furnish it — it's far too hot to touch this noon!" What he really said was: "Yes… yes… I'll see." I've always wondered what this passage from The Great Gatsby means. [more inside]
What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
QuoteFilter: Who coined the phrase, "death is the great equalizer"?
I'm looking for a journal article or book that addresses the first writers active in Oklahoma territory (before statehood in 1907). I've tried Google Scholar, but perhaps my Google-fu isn't as strong as it could be, because I'm not coming up with very good results. I'm trying to find a source that deals with the first authors (Native American, white, black, whomever) known to have published letters, articles, poems, or fiction in the territory that would come to be known as Oklahoma. Thanks!
[Comic Filter] I was recently offered a job that requires a working knowledge of popular American superheroes from the 1930's onward. I've always been a fan of the darker comics (Hellboy, Sandman); now I need to know the difference between Green Lantern and Green Arrow. What should I be reading? [more inside]
I'm looking for maps "the same scale as the Empire." [more inside]
[LiteratureFilter] Help me make sure my tattoo means what I think it means. Your opinion counts! [more inside]
ShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short story where Americans go on vacation and get killed. [more inside]
Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
What are some good (not science fiction or fantasy) films that started as short stories? [more inside]
What was Anne Elliot's dowry? What if Sir Walter couldn't pay? [more inside]
What is some classic or essential war literature? [more inside]
Book filter: I am looking for recommendations for recent books written about online culture for a Sociology course I am teaching this summer. The book doesn't need to be sociological.
/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
Please help me find a way to electronically organize my magazine article collection. [more inside]
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?
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]
Modernism vs. Post-modernism [more inside]
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]
Who said, "Marriage is a constant crisis, and that's precisely why it works," or somesuch? [more inside]
EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
Anybody know any good novels either about or a good chunk of which is set in the Caribbean? [more inside]
Which book would you consider a "universal" book? [more inside]
What's the appeal of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller? [more inside]
[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]
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]
Literaturefilter: Help me find poor reviews of Sherman Alexie's "What You Pawn I will Redeem". [more inside]
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]
“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.
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]
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]
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]
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).
Everybody hates this, but I need help identifying a book so I can "rebuild" a preteen, YAL library... [more inside]
Looking for more fantastic reads, now for 2007. Please help. [more inside]
Books/writing on death, loss and grief. [more inside]
English majors? I'd like to read about how elements of narrative are categorized and labeled [more inside]
I need the text of a poem I can no longer recall, one dedicated to William Everson (Bro. Antoninus). [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]