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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

Movie-like memories

Some of my best memories, when I think back on them, become more cinematic than linear, more musical than factual. They are a flowing montage of events, energy, motion. Often the memory is of an adventure or journey. Why does this happen? Who has written or made art about the capacity for our memories to be transformed in this way? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on May 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Let me count the ways

[Philosophy/Language/HistoryFilter]: What's the name of this rhetorical or logical technique, where you explain a subject by making a lot of lists? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 27, 2011 - 6 answers

voila, la fenêtre

I read a quote once, that is failing to come to mind... something like 'voila, la fenêtre', from a piece of french literature, or perhaps a play. it was meant as a darkly comedic response to a heartfelt expression, kinda like Catherine Keener's character did in Being John Malkovich. Anyone have an inkling?
posted by drgonzo on May 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Are giant steps what you take, walking on The Sun (apologies to The Police)?

Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 16, 2011 - 44 answers

Online courses which walk through works of literature?

Where can you get online -- preferably free -- video lectures of professors/experts explicating, in detail, major literary works? For example, is there an online course where an excellent professor walks through The Divine Comedy or Finnegan's Wake?
posted by shivohum on May 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Sheena Is A Punk Writer

I am looking for literature in which punk rock is part of the backdrop. The Buddha of Suburbia is a good example. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on May 4, 2011 - 36 answers

Good translations of Cervantes and Tolsoy?

I'm up for tackling some big all-time classics, especially Don Quixote and War and Peace, and I'm wondering which translations to get. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Apr 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Literature for the sad

What recommendations do you have for literature with tones and themes of sadness​/loneliness​/inadequacy​/anxiety​/perfectionism​/depression​/alienation​/dissatisfaction? (Not all in a single book, of course). [more inside]
posted by parjanya on Apr 28, 2011 - 50 answers

Not Another Nicholas Nickelby

What are some characters named Nicholas in well known, or hopefully famous, works of literature? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Longer, place-oriented fruitcake books. Panforte?

Looking for fruitcake books strongly rooted in a sense of place. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Apr 25, 2011 - 14 answers

What is the title/author of this essay about caring for an aging dog?

What is the title/author of this essay about caring for an aging dog? More inside. [more inside]
posted by voodoochile on Apr 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Rapscallions wanted

I am looking for new books in the same category as Le Petit Nicolas, Gian Burrasca, and, kind of, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. [more inside]
posted by bq on Apr 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Read 'em and don't weep.

Book recommendations - slay me with modern fictional awesomeness! [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Apr 9, 2011 - 52 answers

He said, I said, she said

Help me prove my friend wrong. What are some works of fiction (novels, short stories, even poetry) written by women, but from the first-person point of view of a male character? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Apr 1, 2011 - 61 answers

What is this German book?

German Book Filter. What book did I read? Involves yellow shoes... [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Apr 1, 2011 - 2 answers

I've got a Nietzsche that needs scratching...

I'm looking for the original German of the famous "idealism is falsehood" quote from Friedrich Nietzsche [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 29, 2011 - 4 answers

kids' book about a devil stealing food while on a man's back

Looking for a children's book about someone who is eating rice with a devil/ghost on his back who keeps stealing the food from him before he can get it into his mouth. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Your favorite alternative Los Angeles novels?

What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Fiction about cities?

Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Tips for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship interview?

Anyone have any experience with the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship? I'm applying (this week!) and it was indicated to me that almost all applicants go through an interview process. Any tips, suggestions, ideas on how to sell myself? (Additional info: I'm a doctoral candidate in English, focusing on contemporary world literature from places of long term conflict. I've heard that literature folks are not as well received because they don't "Focus on humanitarian projects.")
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Spanish/English Book/Audiobook for retured literature-lover

Foreign Literature filter: Non-depressing but non-dumb novel/other literature in written English, written Spanish and Audiobook (either/both languages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

"Angel of Death" does seem a bit too convenient

Is the "angel of death" hallucination a real medical phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Mar 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Talking 'bout their generation

Just finished reading Hemingway's Moveable Feast, and want more. Specifically, more about the time and place - Paris in the 20s, the Lost Generation, novelists, artists, poets, patrons and the hangers-on. Suggestions welcome for the best of anything with that flavour: biographies, novels (from then or now), films.
posted by reynir on Mar 3, 2011 - 23 answers

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