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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

MametFilter: 10000 Yen?

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]
posted by Slap Factory on Jun 20, 2007 - 5 answers

Books that changed your life as a girl

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]
posted by mothershock on Jun 20, 2007 - 140 answers

Feud quotation

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?
posted by gelcap on Jun 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Good nonfiction books about Seattle?

Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Good Historical Fiction For My Mother?

Help me recommend a historical novel to my mother. [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Jun 19, 2007 - 50 answers

quite a tale indeed...

ScienceFictionfilter: Suggestions for gift subscriptions of science fiction magazines, journals printed in English and dead tree format [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Beach romances that are deep. But not too deep. Where are they?

What books are similar in attitude and environment to Bonjour Tristesse (Françoise Sagan)? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jun 8, 2007 - 3 answers

In my younger and more vulnerable years...

"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]
posted by matthewr on May 24, 2007 - 15 answers

What's on the syllabus?

What novels are on the middle school syllabus these days? or What novels should be on the middle school syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Wayman Tisdale on May 23, 2007 - 24 answers

Quick! Who said it?

QuoteFilter: Who coined the phrase, "death is the great equalizer"?
posted by jknecht on May 22, 2007 - 13 answers

What's the best source for info on the first "Oklahoma" authors?

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!
posted by jackypaper on May 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Suggestions for the Super Canon?

[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]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 18, 2007 - 19 answers

"The Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City."

I'm looking for maps "the same scale as the Empire." [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Camus Tattoo

[LiteratureFilter] Help me make sure my tattoo means what I think it means. Your opinion counts! [more inside]
posted by allthingsfixable on May 9, 2007 - 44 answers

ShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short story where Americans go on vacation and get killed

ShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short story where Americans go on vacation and get killed. [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 on May 6, 2007 - 3 answers

The Pistol and The Killer

Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Apr 28, 2007 - 19 answers

A few pages into several scenes.

What are some good (not science fiction or fantasy) films that started as short stories? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! on Apr 27, 2007 - 33 answers

Love, Regency Style

What was Anne Elliot's dowry? What if Sir Walter couldn't pay? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

War, lit, What is it good for?

What is some classic or essential war literature? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 on Apr 23, 2007 - 74 answers

Books About Online Culture?

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.
posted by Quartermass on Apr 20, 2007 - 14 answers

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

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