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Analytical relationship advice books without esotericism?

How to be an adult in relationships, but without fifties gender roles and esotericism? [more inside]
posted by faux fabric entertainment device on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Literature to mediate on the scum of the earth

I have been trying to deal with the shadows, or dark reality, of life: sex-trafficking, war crimes, war rape, rape, hatred, familial abuse, child pornography; even the "lighter" shadows of infidelity, corruption (of the 3rd World and 1st World), hard drug use and dealing of financial elites, etc.; and perhaps maybe even more importantly: the lack of public-moral outrage that would seek to eradicate such an infestation (strong words, sure - I don't mean to imply I want a 21st century witch hunt). [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Feb 24, 2012 - 26 answers

The Shakespeare of Brazil...

Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures?

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures? Also, how far did Greeks travel during that time? Did they make into India? To the British Isles?
posted by jwhite1979 on Feb 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Things learned by reading biographies

How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Feb 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Not A Lot Of Car Chases In Books, Are There?

Excellent Action Scenes In Books? I'm looking for examples of tense, fast paced action sequences in novels and short stories. The written equivalent to the cinematic on-the-edge-of-your-seat-oh-crap-the-person-may-die-how-will-they-escape thing. Bonus if the situation is complex yet reads like a clear, clockwork machine. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 8, 2012 - 42 answers

A victim of circumstance

Asking for a friend: Need a character from mythology, literature, the Bible, etc. who, unbeknownst to him/her, is inflicted with some sort of curse/poison but doesn't find out until much later. For details on why Oedipus doesn't quite work, you should see... [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Feb 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Fiction with food?

I'm looking for more fiction that features detailed or frequent mentions of food. For example Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea with its talk of "fresh hot buttered toast, with or without the addition of bloater paste". Bonus points if they're set in the UK, but I'd love any suggestions!
posted by teststrip on Jan 31, 2012 - 50 answers

Thesis Structuring - Help!

Will I get this done, even if it ends in madness? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Over the dystopia already

Where are all the books about the future that are NOT dystopian? I'm not looking for utopian books, but just something that's not so depressing. [more inside]
posted by Zaire on Jan 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Need Short Story to Write About

Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist on Jan 28, 2012 - 24 answers

"It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream."

Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
posted by scody on Jan 27, 2012 - 37 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

What can I read to improve my knowledge of history and world events so that I can better enjoy the classics of the Western cannon?

I am trying to read more 'classics' this year and find I am continually running to Wikipedia for background on things the authors assume I should know. What books can I read to round out my general education somewhat and fill in some of these gaps? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 24, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me become well read and entertained at the same time

What is the intersection between the set of books I should read and the set of books I'd reallyenjoy reading? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Jan 15, 2012 - 46 answers

The story of me, me, me, you, you, you, he, he, he, she, she, she

Building on this FPP, I'd like to start writing fiction about multiple internet identities. Is anyone else wrting about this?
posted by Xurando on Jan 13, 2012 - 0 answers

The 5,000 Foot Bookshelf - Curated lists and collections of important texts

When I finally take the plunge on an eBook reader I want an epic collection of public domain classic and/or important and/or utilitarian books to live on it. I'm looking for a particular sort of resource for this quest. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Media depictions of empathy?

Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 31, 2011 - 38 answers

Books about manhunts?

Good books about real manhunts/fugitives? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Post-Cold War spy novels?

Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Dec 22, 2011 - 20 answers

Literature similar to IDW's Dungeons and Dragons?

What are some comics, novels or non-fiction with a similar sense of humor and adventure to the new John Rogers-penned Dungeons and Dragons comic being put out by IDW? (Sample inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Armchair Travels

Next year, I'll be travelling to the Netherlands and (briefly) Belgium, then later a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Are there any films or novels I should check out to get a feel for the places before I get there? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Where did I read this short story about an alien abduction?

I am looking for the title and author of a short story about an alien abduction. The abduction itself was a major plot twist-- the story was about a farmer, but very abruptly, the farmer is abducted.
posted by jstef on Dec 15, 2011 - 1 answer

i want to sound my barbaric yawp!

help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Dec 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Restarting? Feels like homework.

Restarting Infinite Jest? I read (and enjoyed) around 400 pages worth of IJ around a year ago, but for whatever reason, I put it down for a break and never picked it up again. With a summer holiday ahead of me, I'm hoping to restart reading it. My question is: where do I start? Is it worth restarting it from scratch, or do I read some online guides to get me up to speed and read it from where my bookmark has been patiently placed? I turn to the hardiest of DFW fans for the answer!
posted by chronic sublime on Dec 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Man's Search for the Right Book About Depression

I'm looking for a book about depression for a smart fella who has been feeling down. [more inside]
posted by reren on Dec 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Show me the light

I've been invited to a Solstice party. The invitation says, "Please come with a symbol of light, wrapped to give away, and something to read about light, original or found." Nothing is popping into my head except a candle... and I already know someone bringing a candle. Ideas? Ideas for readings? I could do a Google search for either thing, but I'd be overwhelmed with results, I think. (And maybe there is a way to wrap the gift that goes along with the theme?)
posted by trillian on Dec 2, 2011 - 53 answers

quirky / specific lit or art history classes in the east bay?

What cool places can I take classes, preferably accessible to public transit in the East Bay? Things like lit classes on specific subjects / authors, art history classes on specific artists / time periods, women's studies. [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Nov 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

I said I'd never and now I have

Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Her incomprehensible reading

She's asked for 'The Birth of Love' by Joanna Kavenna. What else can I get her? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

losterature

I entered graduate school in literature six years ago, and since then I feel like I've lost track what's happening in contemporary literature. Help me catch up: What are the essential works of the last six years?
posted by gerryblog on Nov 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Blind Writers?

Do you know some professional writer who is blind from birth?
posted by - on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Beyond American Lit

Help me think of topics for a college literature course! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Nov 14, 2011 - 26 answers

Books like *Misery* or *Phantom of the Opera*?

I am writing a story about an artist who is held captive on the condition of creating a work for the captor. I want to know what other works in the same sub-genre are like. Can you suggest some books and movies with a similar motif, especially where a captive is expected to do something for the captor as a condition of their release? Thanks!
posted by Atrahasis on Nov 14, 2011 - 21 answers

Canonical works of Spanish-language literature

I'd like to broaden my reading in Spanish, and would like recommendations for books, originally written in Spanish, which are canonical enough to have been on Spanish or Latin American high school reading lists, or canonical enough that someone educated in Spain or Latin America might assume familiarity. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 13, 2011 - 2 answers

What's this story called?

Please help me find a story i read about 10 years ago. In a dystopian world, criminals are not locked up, but instead are marked and ordinary people are not allowed to interact with them. [more inside]
posted by revikim on Nov 10, 2011 - 7 answers

How readable is A Dance with Dragons?

I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 8, 2011 - 35 answers

How to say aloud "Lord Dā€”ā€”'s private chapel"?

How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Bildungsroman, easy on the Roman?

Coming of age novels or memoir about surviving bad parenting that are not too painful to read? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Nov 5, 2011 - 36 answers

Give me your unresolved pasts

Looking for book recommendations. I enjoy novels where characters deal with some type of mystery from the past. Can be historical fiction (like People of the Book or Possession) or entirely fictional. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Nov 2, 2011 - 35 answers

Finest Examples of Postmodern Literature

What are the finest works, in content and prose, of "postmodern" literature (or at least, how I defined it below)? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Oct 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Literaure about censorship?

I'm looking for books, poems, and plays on the topic of censorship -- but all I'm finding online is tons of lists of "banned books." Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by Annabelle74 on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn"

I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Good edition of The Ambassadors

Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Similar Poets to Frederick Seidel?

I'm looking for more poets like Frederick Seidel. I recently read Seidel's Arabia in the previous issue of The Paris Review and was drawn to his, what I would term "Lad Poetry" - with lad being the antonym of chick, as in chick lit. [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Morgan Freeman as the voice of God

Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work

More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 23, 2011 - 36 answers

What if you're not sexually attracted to the people you fall in love with in a way that's fulfilling?

Where can I find out more about people with opposite sexual and romantic orientations? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Sep 22, 2011 - 5 answers

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