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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 D——'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

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

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