Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper. [more inside]
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]
Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
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]
What is the intersection between the set of books I should read and the set of books I'd reallyenjoy reading? [more inside]
Building on this FPP, I'd like to start writing fiction about multiple internet identities. Is anyone else wrting about this?
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]
Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
Good books about real manhunts/fugitives? [more inside]
Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
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!
I'm looking for a book about depression for a smart fella who has been feeling down. [more inside]
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?)
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]
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]
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]
She's asked for 'The Birth of Love' by Joanna Kavenna. What else can I get her? [more inside]
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?
Do you know some professional writer who is blind from birth?
Help me think of topics for a college literature course! [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
Coming of age novels or memoir about surviving bad parenting that are not too painful to read? [more inside]
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]
What are the finest works, in content and prose, of "postmodern" literature (or at least, how I defined it below)? [more inside]
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]
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]
Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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.
I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
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]
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]
Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
Teaching-worthy literature for the individual against the state? [more inside]
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]
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]