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"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

Help me find a prose reading for my best friend's wedding!

My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 22, 2011 - 20 answers

Trying to remember where I read this...

I'm trying to remember where I would have read this. I remember a discussion of the omnipotence/omniscience of a writer in relation to his story world and its characters -- I think the book must have been about writing fiction. There was a particular example having to do with Time, and how a writer who is interrupted by a knock at the door leaves his character, who was about to sit down (or set the table or something), mid-sentence and in a state of limbo. Come to think of it, maybe this was about philosophy or theology... I may have gotten some/all of the details wrong. Any of that sound familiar?
posted by Cortes on Sep 20, 2011 - 10 answers

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

What should we name our blog devoted to publishing great college writing and literature class assignments or exercises?

Naming filter: Help me name a blog devoted to publishing great exercises, activities, and assignments by and for instructors of college composition and literature classes. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 19 answers

Suggest me a novel please?

Teaching-worthy literature for the individual against the state? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Aug 30, 2011 - 34 answers

If it doesn't tell a story, my mind won't remember it. Help?

My Master's exam is coming up in two weeks, and I can't concentrate enough on the poetry to read it, let alone remember it... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Aug 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommend books and films with a medieval setting.

Help me find books and films with a medieval setting. [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Aug 24, 2011 - 44 answers

kids' book in which princess and family move out of castle and have to rent all houses on a street to hold their stuff

I am looking for a chapter book I read as a kid in the 1970s/1980s in which a princess and her family have to move out of their ancestral home and instead rent all the houses on a street to hold all their things that used to be in the castle. It was kind of an adventure/mystery story after that, I think involving something with the family possessions. Anyone know the title of this book please?
posted by cmp4Meta on Aug 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Please help us find a book. Or maybe don't.

Please help us find a book my friend saw mention of somewhere. Or recommend other books. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Aug 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Its sad I dont remember authors/titles from stories read in college :(

ShortStoryFilter: In one of my undergrad Spanish Lit. classes, I remember reading a short story about a man who had supported the feminist struggle with his wife and had greatly benefited from women's 'liberation'. His wife gets a high paying job and he eventually either loses or quits his job and (happily) never works again. After he loses his job his life becomes carefree, he has time for friends again now that their wives are 'liberated,' while his wife comes home from work exhausted everyday. Does this ring a bell to anyone?
posted by ReWayne on Aug 5, 2011 - 0 answers

"Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken"

I'd like to foray into the world of erotic literature. I'm looking for classic, "quintessential" books with which to start. Where should I begin? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Aug 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Let me not to marriage of true minds admit impediments . . .

Help me write a literary and science-y marriage "sermon" for some colleagues! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Jul 31, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me understand why desciptive bibliography is useful.

How are descriptive bibliographies of modern books useful to scholars & researchers? Rephrased: what questions are answered by the information they contain? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jul 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Books with characters who you feel like you get to know as real people

Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 25, 2011 - 43 answers

Specific Gifts for Groomsmen

As part of a gift to the groomsmen for my upcoming wedding, I am getting each of them a book that is relevant to their lives or interests. I need some help picking out a book for two of the groomsmen, based on some specific criteria: [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Jul 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Literary depictions of that special moment.

Help me find orgasms in literature. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger on Jul 23, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is.

I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Poem about life as a tree?

What is the poem about branches of a tree, i.e. choices in life, withering when the narrator can't bring herself to pick one? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jul 18, 2011 - 4 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

People Who Enjoyed Reading The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh to their Toddlers Also Enjoyed...

Finished The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh for the third time. Help us pick something new to read before bed to our two-year-old twin boys... [more inside]
posted by togdon on Jul 11, 2011 - 25 answers

19th century book identification

Book identification: 19th century (?) American (??) novel with a scene that compares telepathy to rape [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 8, 2011 - 8 answers

sick & lovable

In literature there is a character type: a sickly protagonist, with their habits detailed. Examples include Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, Leo Gursky in The History of Love, and Aunt Leonia in Proust. Can you help me fill out this list? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jul 4, 2011 - 29 answers

M'aidez, m'aidez!

Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jul 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for the Usurper We Like.

Looking for examples and/or literary history of a trope that I'd refer to as the Villains' Satan. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 1, 2011 - 17 answers

What to read after Ulysses?

Ulysses. Lolita. Proust. Books where the quality of the prose is the best part, more so than the plot. Help me find more? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Jun 28, 2011 - 60 answers

Recommendations for Middle Eastern Postcolonial Literature

Help me find postcolonial literature from the Middle East. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 answers

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Identify triads in writing? [more inside]
posted by past on Jun 25, 2011 - 21 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Baller Quote

There is a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of, "The man who loses one dollar at a time goes home hungry. The man who blows it all in a big way eats for free." Any idea where that's from? Driving me nuts. It might be Heinlein. It feels a little like Bueller.
posted by ictow on Jun 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Regional dialects in English literature

What famous novels in the past 50 years have the characters speaking in a particular regional (English language) dialect? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Jun 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Giving Milton's Lucifer a run for his money

What are some literary and critical sources-- traditional canon and alternative/media-- for anti-heroes in literature? Special emphasis on characters that seem relevant to the figures of Lucifer and Dionysus, as well as the opposites in philosophy of Heaven and Hell. Special love for the Romantics and the Byronic hero. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jun 20, 2011 - 31 answers

Victor Serge quiz

Who is Victor Serge quoting here? "A French essayist has said:'What is terrible when you seek the truth is that you find it.' You find it, and then you are no longer free to follow the biases of your personal circle, or to accept fashionable clichés." [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

How did poetry die out as a popular art form?

How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jun 17, 2011 - 40 answers

short story masters

Who are the current masters of the short story form? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 17, 2011 - 37 answers

Writers similar to Salinger?

Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger. [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jun 14, 2011 - 23 answers

I need audiobook recommendations!

I need some new audiobooks! I'm a screen printer and find that listening to an audiobook helps me to focus and get more done during the day and consequently, I get through 3-4 books a week. I'll listen to just about anything (science fiction, biographies, western, you name it), as long as it's engaging but doesn't require too much concentration. I've listed my favorites below. Tell me what you've enjoyed listening to and what I've been missing! [more inside]
posted by emilygraves05 on Jun 11, 2011 - 39 answers

What are the most important pieces of journalism in regards to war coverage?

What are the most important pieces of journalism in regards to war coverage? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

Coming to understand malice found in the world

I just finished playing an anime visual novel, and I was not prepared for the circumstances that played out. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jun 1, 2011 - 8 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

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