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Nothing on my bookshelf was written by a woman. Help!

I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Oct 24, 2012 - 52 answers

Hybrid story-essay works?

Kierkegaard's Either/Or, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms, Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse - what other authors or works consist of this kind of smattering collection of short, plotless, hybrid essay-prose poems?
posted by shivohum on Oct 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Celebrating the Death of Arthur

Has anyone ever written an Arthurian novel with the Round Table as the bad guys? I am specifically *not* talking about books from the perspective of Mordred or Morgaine (or any of their cognates.) There are lots and lots of those. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Oct 13, 2012 - 7 answers

I guess some people really do read it for the articles.

Asking for a friend: what is this bawdy folk-ish story involving a criminal, a judge, the judge's wife, and forced sex with a goat? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Oct 11, 2012 - 0 answers

Is it ok if I just eat the blossoms

What are your tricks specific to getting through tough literature? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile on Sep 24, 2012 - 31 answers

Writers of fiction are smart peoples and they knows stuff

How does a writer like Kim Stanley Robinson, or any writer for that matter, obtain and integrate the vast amounts of knowledge necessary to create a fully detailed and realistic world on the page? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for a book to last me a month

I'm going to be spending the next few months backpacking in the wilderness. I'm looking for 1-2 long books that would both be a great read and would last most of the trip if possible. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Sep 16, 2012 - 37 answers

Help me identify this short story

What's the story where the guy talks to a bunch of dead people and then finds out he's dead? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Sep 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for classic children's literature to read to my class of five year olds

Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Sep 15, 2012 - 32 answers

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

I want examples of many different fictional companies and products from literature!

I want examples of many different fictional companies and products from literature! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Sep 6, 2012 - 28 answers

What is this thin, elusive book called?

Need help identifying book. [more inside]
posted by mr.marx on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Fantasy novels with enchanted guns/weapons?

What fantasy/SF/steampunk/cyberpunk novels feature guns or other modern or futuristic weapons with enchantments or magical effects on them?
posted by shivohum on Sep 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Background reading for Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day

Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
posted by Lorin on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Great fight scenes from literature

I'm looking for great fight scenes from literature. I've seen the questions on fight scenes from movies and I'm not looking for those (or TV or comics). Books only, please (I suppose plays count, but you can safely assume I'm familiar with every fight scene from Shakespeare). [more inside]
posted by zanni on Aug 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list.

Paging Dr. Freud--and his 21st century medical school reading list. [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Good books about a bad thing.

Looking for good books on cancer. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee on Aug 20, 2012 - 6 answers

What's it like to live in Shanghai from a native's perspective?

Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

The Best of Contemporary Literary Characters

Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Aug 2, 2012 - 44 answers

Authors like Ian McEwan?

In what literary tradition is the work of Ian McEwan? Which authors, past or present, are stylistically related?
posted by shivohum on Jul 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for South African novel

South African novel? A Boer seduces a black girl, they have sex in his Mercedes Benz. The book deals with the seduction that comes before, and the problems afterwards. The white guy is NOT cast as a villain. My friend read this book in the 70s and is looking for it. Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Jul 17, 2012 - 10 answers

stories about working for yourself; achieving success.

stories about working for yourself; (fearing and achieving) success. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Jul 16, 2012 - 4 answers

What to read after P.G. Wodehouse?

Now that I've worked my way through P.G. Wodehouse (I think, some books have different titles so it is difficult to keep track), what should I read for laughs? I like to read books that are so funny that I laugh out loud. For years, that was P.G. Wodehouse (and Saki). I've now read those novels and stories too many times. I need to leave them for a few years. What should I read now?
posted by Area Man on Jul 15, 2012 - 79 answers

Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?

What are some rhyming kids' books (4-7 yrs) that are actually enjoyable for the poetry, as well as the story and pictures? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2012 - 25 answers

Looking for specific gay erotica that's vanished

Looking for a gay erotic short story that I read a few years ago [more inside]
posted by soulsteelgray on Jul 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live -- And Other Inspirations.

I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives. [more inside]
posted by reren on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Postcards for the Pokey

My little brother is currently in jail, and will likely be staying there or in a similar facility for quite a while. He is only allowed to receive postcards, and softcover books mailed from Amazon or B&N. If either of these items violate the byzantine regulations (details contained within), they will not reach him. What are some creative things that are basically just pieces of paper (no paint, stickers, double layers, etc) I can send as postcards? What are some books that won’t be taken away for sex, drug, gang, etc content you’d recommend for a 23 year old male who never really read for pleasure, recently earned his GED, and likes Hunter S. Thompson? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 28, 2012 - 100 answers

If only literary inference was axiomatic...

How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 25, 2012 - 23 answers

I am a sick man... I am a wicked man.

I'm looking for examples of and quotes about cowards and wretches in film, literature, philosophy, and painting. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jun 12, 2012 - 17 answers

What the hell is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" trying to say?

Alright guys. I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

Books with characters who know they're characters?

What books feature characters who realize that they are characters in a book, or related concepts of that sort?
posted by shivohum on Jun 7, 2012 - 50 answers

What conveys the importance of marriage and/or love in approximately 1-3 minutes?

Wedding readings filter... I realize this has been asked before, but new members are constantly being added and new material is constantly being generated, plus there's always a bit of individual nuance. In short, I'm looking for an entirely non-religious wedding reading for a humanist ceremony. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by slide on May 26, 2012 - 14 answers

help queer my summer reading list please!

What are some great (somewhat) recently released novels/books/memoirs with queer/LGBTQ themes or characters? [more inside]
posted by kylej on May 23, 2012 - 31 answers

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on May 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Should an 11 year old read Kafka?

Is Franz Kafka to intense to give to an 11 year boy? [more inside]
posted by senseofsurreal on May 10, 2012 - 32 answers

It Shall Rise From the Ashes

What are the great novels of Detroit? All genres welcome, but latter half of the 20th century preferred. Thanks!
posted by gerryblog on May 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Is forgiveness only for the unforgivable?

How to forgive yourself and others healthily [more inside]
posted by grokfest on May 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Triangle-shaped literary magazine?

I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Who else writes like Proust and Faulkner?

Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom seem to me to share deep artistic affinities: heavy reliance on often hallucinogenically long sentences, innovative and almost esoteric metaphor, and an almost mythical mode of storytelling. They both violate the show-not-tell rule like crazy as they give off reams of psychological and sociological opinion. What else is in this literary vein?
posted by shivohum on Apr 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Poems/lyrics about sex

What are some good poems/lyrics about ALL aspects of sex? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Literary and cinematic references to sleep?

What are your favorite films, stories, poems, or passages about sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali on Mar 17, 2012 - 32 answers

Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Help me remember this poem.

Trying to find a half-remembered poem. It was something about transitory natural states, and I think it specifically mentioned the moment when rain turns to sleet or sleet turns to snow or some such. I think some kind of precipitation was the subject. And that's all I have. Thanks for anything you can offer!
posted by mattholomew on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

In Search of Lost Time

Looking for a lit/poetry email-newsletter thingy I used to subscribe to. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Literary fiction served with a side of romance, please

I'm looking for (at least borderline) Serious Literature published in the last 20 years with romantic elements. [more inside]
posted by jingle on Mar 11, 2012 - 26 answers

How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature

Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you identify this book?

Help one of my colleagues identify a short story (we think) for a patron! [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 8, 2012 - 1 answer

Women in Islamic Cultures Book Suggestions

Recommendations for nonfiction books on women in Islamic cultures. Bonus points for books that touch on queer, feminist, or disability studies themes. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Feb 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

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