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 -
Any suggestions for classic literature that offers the hope of belly laughs? I'm looking for laugh-out-loud funny classic fiction, preferably pre-1900. Kind of like this question
, but with books instead of movies. [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on May 8, 2006 -
Are there any extant recordings of Samuel Beckett's voice?
posted by holgate
on Apr 13, 2006 -
Can you name short stories, preferably from the classics, about a birthday? [more inside]
posted by dov
on Apr 13, 2006 -
DreamWithMe filter: What if everyone read science fiction? How would the world be different? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Apr 7, 2006 -
What literary critic is said to have used the only couple of his great work as rolling paper for his cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by munyeca
on Apr 3, 2006 -
Long shot: can someone help me understand the ending to David Foster Wallace's short story "Oblivion" from his book of the same name? [more inside]
posted by juniper
on Mar 26, 2006 -
I've recently been studying how humans interact with their environments by studying ice cores, sediments, and other such things. I'm interested in supplementing this research by looking at how literature from the same time and place represents humans interaction with the environment. Anybody know any journals, books, etc. that deal with this sort of work? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt
on Mar 23, 2006 -
I am trying to find an old book from my childhood (the 1960s): it involved a (possibly magical) bedspread and Sirius (the Dog Star). I remember lots of blues and greens in the illustrations, but not much else. Does this ring a bell? Can you help me find the title?
posted by Carsey
on Mar 19, 2006 -
Looking for books, essays, articles, any resources at all about film's relationship to literature. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Mar 13, 2006 -
a short story by a continental european writer that directly addresses or suggests conflicts within human nature-- the desire to perform "good" acts vs. our tendency (the temptation) to commit "evil" ones? [more inside]
posted by ronv
on Mar 8, 2006 -
I'm interested in learning more about language/literature-based events. Not so much the traditional poetry reading, more like innovative ways people come together in a relaxed environment to do some sort of activity that revolves around reading stuff aloud and telling stories.
posted by lalalana
on Mar 4, 2006 -
OnlineLitFilter: I'm after recommendations for good, current, original fiction available online. [more inside]
posted by hifimofo
on Mar 2, 2006 -
In the Kite Runner, the character Saurabh was named after the hero of an ancient Afghan (or Persian?) story mentioned a few times in the book. What was that story and can I buy an English translation? Or did the author just make that up?
posted by exhilaration
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Which recent book by Slavoj Zizek should I read? I've read "Welcome to the Desert of the Real" and "Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?" and, although I don't agree with his politics, I really like his facetted style and sparkling wit. So what should be next on my reading list?
posted by Hjorth
on Feb 1, 2006 -
Does anybody know of, or how to get hold of a work by: Arbuthnot, John: Proposals for printing a very curious discourse, in two volumes in quarto, intitled, Pseudologia politike; or, A treatise of the art of political lying?
posted by acrobat
on Jan 31, 2006 -
Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
posted by josh
on Jan 19, 2006 -
Fiction usually comes in two flavours: 1st person narrative or 3rd person description.
What short stories or novels have been written in 2nd person perspective
(i.e. from the reader's viewpoint)? Also, are there any movies shot entirely from this angle?
posted by 0bvious
on Jan 17, 2006 -
I've started In Search of Lost Time
and found I like it. Should I keep going? At page 80 I'm barely 2 percent of the way through the whole work; it would likely take me 2-3 years to get through all seven volumes.
Has anyone finished the whole thing? Was it worth it? I don't want to read a couple thousand pages only to lose interest ...
posted by futility closet
on Dec 29, 2005 -
I'm looking for three or four real-life adventure stories that would entertain and enthrall a twelve year-old boy. [more inside]
posted by Dasein
on Dec 15, 2005 -
I'm looking for SF books that may not be classified as sci-fi, but instead as standard adult fiction "literature" at my local library. Examples would be Mary Doria Russell's "The Sparrow" or David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot
on Dec 12, 2005 -
Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers
posted by ibeji
on Nov 29, 2005 -
There is so much literature out there. What are some of the highlights from the past 3000 years? My only requirements are that it's in English/English translation, and is generally though of as not depressingly boring. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d
on Nov 21, 2005 -
LitFilter: Please help me find books, preferably novels, in which the narrator has some sort of mental disability. [more inside]
posted by nobody
on Nov 20, 2005 -
Where on the internet are the best places to get information about new web exhibitions from the repositories of the world?
posted by peacay
on Nov 16, 2005 -
Someone, a long time ago, came up with a list of every possible plot / storyline - the idea being that every work of fiction basically follows one of a limited number of basic formulae (ie. Man gets girl. Man loses girl. Man goes on quest. Man gets girl back) Who wrote this list, and where can I find it? Google fails me.
posted by Jimbob
on Nov 7, 2005 -
In Weldon Kees' "The Speakers
" there are a few references which feel like they should be fairly straightforward, but that I don't understand at all. [more inside]
posted by cmyr
on Nov 4, 2005 -
Anyone have info on Ramouz? Ramuz?
W. G. Sebald writes of someone studying "Ramuz" in Rings of Saturn. I've found books by every other writer mentioned in R.O.S. but this one.
Then today, I'm reading Raymond Carver, and he has a poem about a Hamid Ramouz, "soldier, scholar, desert explorer". . .
I'm wondering if this is the same guy, and does anyone have info on him, as i can find none in my initial research.
posted by scottr
on Oct 31, 2005 -
What has California's Great Central Valley done to deserve that moniker? Why is it so great? I know agricultural central of the world, yada, yada, whatever. but I need convincing of it being a defined place rather than a loose set of ideas. [more inside]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ
on Oct 17, 2005 -
I'm looking to start a collection of classic literature... Machiavelli's The Prince, Sun Tzu's The Art of War... I need recommendations on books, and specific translations of those books. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba
on Oct 12, 2005 -
I'm looking for book or movie characters and/or plots that follow this particular scenario: A prisoner or potential rescue victim are told that salvation (being broken out, being rescued) can come only if the person agrees to have all prior memories and events that make up their personalities wiped out, leaving only a blank, but functioning, 'consciousness.' Any ideas? Specific quotes?
posted by slow, man
on Oct 4, 2005 -
Sometime 5-9 years ago, The New Criterion
published a poem divided into parts, one of which ended "bones. bones. bones. bones." (each instance of "bones." being on a separate line). I think that section was headed "things that are white" and it included "your smile". Now I can't remember anything else about it. Any leads as to author, text, etc?
posted by kenko
on Sep 24, 2005 -
TeacherFilter: I'm looking for a NON-fiction text for my tenth-grade students. [more inside]
posted by etc.
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I'm looking for high quality erotic fantasy/sci-fi novels. Any recommendations?
posted by alms
on Sep 14, 2005 -
I need help tracking down an idea put forth by Naguib Mahfouz about the relative unsophistication of his work and that of his contemporaries... [more inside]
posted by hototogisu
on Aug 31, 2005 -