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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

riverrun

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

Fiction vs. Copyright

Enrique Vila-Matas is an author known by using other author's quotations into his own fiction books. Bartleby & Co. and El mal de Montano quote dozens of works by other authors. How can he do this, legally? [more inside]
posted by dfreire on Sep 25, 2006 - 2 answers

A Good Gay Science Fiction Website Or BLog Please

I am looking for a good science-fiction website or blog with reliable reviews, preferably covering gay/queer issues.
posted by kolophon on Sep 25, 2006 - 3 answers

the pure, pulsing night / of snouts sticking out of slime

Books about people and animals -- the less cheesy the better -- any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 22, 2006 - 43 answers

A critical quandary in teaching composition

As a tutor, how do I come up with a critical writing essay prompt that is accessible to students from third to eighth grade? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Sep 18, 2006 - 5 answers

The Hunt for a Book My Nephew Will Love

Please help me select a book as a present for my nephew. He's 19, and when I gave him a Chapters gift card for his high school graduation last spring, he used it to buy a complete set of Tom Clancy novels. Political espionage/intrigue/adventure has to be the genre I know the least about. If my nephew likes Tom Clancy's and Frederick Forsythe's works, what other books in the same genre would he enjoy?
posted by orange swan on Sep 17, 2006 - 25 answers

Orange marmalade and an adult who doesn't care.

What is this children's book I read twenty years ago? Basic plot and scant specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Sep 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Literary term...

Is there a literary term for a fictional work in which the author and protagonist/narrator are (fictionally) one and the same? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Aug 30, 2006 - 41 answers

Remixed literature?

Has anyone vastly improved -- or just changed -- someone else's already published writing by editing? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Aug 30, 2006 - 25 answers

neither a borrower nor a lender be.

The neighbor girl borrowed my fairy tale book fifteen years ago. Help me get it back. [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Finding a piece of my childhood

I'm trying to locate a book I loved as a child. Help! There's... [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Aug 28, 2006 - 10 answers

Name popular fiction not focused on love

Popular fiction books NOT focused on romantic love relationships? [more inside]
posted by traderjoefan on Aug 28, 2006 - 27 answers

Does Dealing in Souls Require Exact Change?

Bible Quotation Filter: There's something in the Bible about saving the world not being worth the cost of one soul, isn't there? How's it go? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Does anyone know the name of this poem?

Trying to figure out the name of a poem... it starts something like "no one expects / very much from poets anymore / not flowing prose / or expert sex / or even absentmindedness..." I can't find it anywhere (even the google). Any help?
posted by tngrn on Aug 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me find a play about angels?

I had a discussion a while back where the girl I was talking to mentioned a play she had been in. It's about God going insane which in turn causes the angels to rebel in an attempt to save creation and I know it's not Angels in America. Does someone know the title of the play I'm talking about?
posted by Ndwright on Aug 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Favorite memorized literary quotations?

What are your favorite literary passages that you've memorized? [more inside]
posted by sixacross on Aug 1, 2006 - 113 answers

A short story written in the form of personal checks?

Short story filter--does anyone know the title and author of a short story that's written entirely in the form of personal checks? The idea of the whole thing is to kind of read between the lines and figure out what is going on by who the person is writing checks to, for what amount, what's in the memo line, etc. A teacher friend would like to know. I remember seeing this but have no idea where to look. Thanks!
posted by printchick on Jul 24, 2006 - 15 answers

Ein bisschen Frieden

Looking for examples of German anti-war, anti-nazi poetry. [more inside]
posted by prolific on Jul 19, 2006 - 4 answers

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 17, 2006 - 37 answers

reading in Russian

What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2006 - 11 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

Heroic suicide bombers.

Heroic suicide bombers. I'd like some good examples from western film and literature of suicide bombers being depicted as heroic. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Jul 6, 2006 - 58 answers

Science and literature, post-1945

Next year I'm teaching a course on science and literature after 1945. What should I put on the syllabus? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jul 5, 2006 - 28 answers

Recommend some great books for me, please. (MetaFiction?)

I need some recommendations for great fiction. And yes, I've read all those other threads. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jun 29, 2006 - 38 answers

This story is boring, miss!

High-interest short stories for teens? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jun 24, 2006 - 21 answers

Poetic analysis: different countries, different methods?

I am working on translating some of Paul Celan's poems into English. Are there any major differences between my traditional American understanding of poetic analysis and that of German-speaking countries? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Jun 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Literature-based video games?

I am looking for video games based on literature. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Jun 20, 2006 - 33 answers

Help me identify a book from limited information.

I'm hoping someone can help me remember the title of a book I read a long time ago. When I was in middle school, I picked up a fantasy book at the library that I absolutely loved. This many years later, I can't remember the title or author for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 on Jun 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Looking for more fantastic adventure literature. Any suggestions?

Looking for more fantastic narrative adventure literature. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jun 17, 2006 - 22 answers

Fill my bookshelves.

Given my favorite authors from the modern and pomo canon, please help me find some young, lesser-known contemporary writers. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 16, 2006 - 29 answers

Where should I sell my hundreds of baseball books?

Where can I most effectively sell a huge quantity of baseball books? I'm moving, and I have to get rid of several hundred [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jun 12, 2006 - 13 answers

Editing and feedback communities.

Looking for resources and communities that help edit written work and offer feedback. I am looking for assistance with all forms of writing, such as poetry, essays, and short stories. I would of course be willing to offer my own feedback for other people's work. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by Knigel on Jun 12, 2006 - 6 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

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

Speedy Revision?

Okay, I have realised that for my English Literature exam on Monday I have spent most of my time revising Blake (1/2 of the exam) and next to no time with Hamlet (the other 1/2 of the exam) learning quotes, key themes etc - we have read the play in class twice, the last time being about 4 weeks ago. Any help to make this exam go as painlessly as possible? I realise I may already be a lost cause. [more inside]
posted by philsi on Jun 8, 2006 - 29 answers

Help me judge this book by its cover.

Help me judge this book by its cover. I'm looking for the title and/or author of fairly recently released book that has a man in a suit underwater on the cover. [more inside]
posted by adamdrici on Jun 6, 2006 - 2 answers

Literature analysis websites.

I'm looking for literature analysis websites. Are there any suggestions for worthwhile sources? I've found a bunch of essay websites, but they seem conflicting or written by students. I'm looking for accurate information that will give me some new perspectives in a wide variety of literature. In time I would like to be able to teach more about hidden symbolism to other people including students. Right now I'm looking specifically for interpretations of Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" and George Orwell's "1984". Thanks in advance if anyone has any advice or tips.
posted by Knigel on May 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Clamback! The Worst Elvis Movie Never Made

Dorothy Parker has beguiled and confounded me! And she's dead. What a gal. I'm looking for help figuring out a puzzling casual remark from one of her short stories. [more inside]
posted by Skot on May 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Calling All Lit-Heads

Bookworm MeFites: I'm looking for novels, short stories, and plays by white authors where their non-white characters speak in a dialect. For instance, the slave Jim in Twain's Huckleberry Finn. [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 25, 2006 - 45 answers

Help this lonely bookworm find a virtual community.

Please recommend a good book blog where I can hang out. Because heaven knows I don't fritter away enough time on the Internet. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 19, 2006 - 13 answers

what fiction to buy for an urologist?

what fiction to buy for an urologist? [more inside]
posted by ouke on May 17, 2006 - 25 answers

Does anyone come close to Borges in the field of very short fiction?

Has anyone written and published very brief, dense prose works akin to Borges' ficciones, and are they any good? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on May 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Are snobs the new dinosaurs?

Who is buying music by Shostakovich, watching silent movies, and reading Thackeray? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 10, 2006 - 33 answers

Children's book about family of mice?

What is the title of a children's book about a large family of mice, all of whose names are derived from numbers? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on May 9, 2006 - 5 answers

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