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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

Science Fiction book title

Name that Science Fiction book title! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Feb 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Which authors are known for their places?

What authors write about particular places? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 22, 2011 - 64 answers

What are some good poems for Young Adults?

I need to find some poems for Young Adults. They have to be by published authors, and they should fit into the theme of "heroes".
posted by LaCapitana on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Tutoring 101: A Crash Course

Tutoring 101: A Crash Course [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Feb 15, 2011 - 6 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Which out of copyright children's books have death scenes?

What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Scenes From a Marriage

What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
posted by Nixy on Feb 5, 2011 - 46 answers

Best Plutarch Translation for the Uninitiated?

Which version of Plutarch's Lives should I read? [more inside]
posted by herrtodd on Feb 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Movies and books to expand vocabulary

In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
posted by keith0718 on Feb 3, 2011 - 34 answers

Engaging students in collaborative learning

Seeking ideas for getting my Intro to Literature students in a community college involved collaboratively in their class experience. [more inside]
posted by oneduck on Jan 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a book on the history of science fiction literature.

I'm working with an English teacher that has a speculative fiction class for seniors in high school. He’s looking for a book (possibly something he would use as a supplement in class but also for his own personal reading) on the history of science fiction literature. He’s looking for something that is a retrospective and contains some literary criticism (optional). It can be a textbook but doesn’t necessarily need to be. There seems to be quite a few on Amazon but if I could get it narrowed down that would be great.
posted by crios on Jan 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Beach reading for snobs

I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jan 25, 2011 - 90 answers

Get More Reading Done!

Seeking strategies to get all reading done within allotted time without sacrificing close reading on literature. [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Suggest books with camping in them?

Camping in literature - looking for suggestions of books (fiction) which have camping scenes in them or characters that go camping. [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on Jan 16, 2011 - 51 answers

Cultural references to Prozac, etc., in the '90s and '00s

A job for the hive mind: I'm looking for cultural references to antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs (Ritalin, Adderall, etc) from the '90s and '00s: stuff along the lines of Tony Soprano using Prozac in The Sopranos. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jan 5, 2011 - 32 answers

Need help learning how to get more out of what I read?

Can anyone recommend free websites for literature analysis/guides? [more inside]
posted by alexgrey on Jan 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a great webpage for literary reviews.

I'm looking for a good website for literary reviews. My dream webpage would be something like an IMDB for books, with ratings, reviews, genre listings, and author information. Does such a thing exist? Are there any really good blogs for literature reviews? Thanks in advance.
posted by Stagger Lee on Jan 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Jednakże oprócz malutkiej karteczki w trocinach ze słowami «To my, trociny», nie znaleziono nic.

(BookFilter): Sci-fi picaresques. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

More systems, please (fantasy novel recommendation request)

Recommend me a fantasy novel (that matches some particular tastes) [more inside]
posted by piato on Dec 23, 2010 - 41 answers

Is the future of textbooks apparently now?

Looking for suggestions for software platforms to use to design an interactive online textbook for college literature courses. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Ozarkian on Dec 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Rock and Roll and the Erotic

Any recommendations for erotic film scenes, songs, literature, etc that incorporate rock and roll - like the kiss in The Runaways? Bonus points if it involves two girls. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Literature's greatest wizard fights?

What are the best magical duels and battles in literature? Sorcerors blasting each other with lightning bolts, the metaphysical shenanigans of Last Call etc, whatever. I haven't actually read the Harry Potter books, so if there are any particularly good wizard battles in that, do say.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Dec 17, 2010 - 38 answers

Looking for Hindi books in the US.

Can anybody direct me to any good resources for purchasing Hindi-language books in the United States? [more inside]
posted by socratic on Dec 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Straight A for the Lit. Majors

How to Get Straight-A in Literature Classes? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Dec 6, 2010 - 28 answers

I want to go to a book to find a library

All great libraries have books in them, but how many great books have libraries in them? I just finished reading "Big Machine" by Victor Lavalle, and am currently reading "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami (yes, finally!), and it's purely coincidental, but they both happen to feature libraries prominently. So now I'd like to know what other really good novels feature libraries in a significant way. [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Novel with shuffleable table of contents?

I remember a college professor telling me about a book, probably Latin American, possibly magical realism, in which the table of contents could be shuffled around according to some provided lists, and the book re-read accordingly, acquiring new meanings and interpretations with each shuffle. What is it called? Also welcome: suggestions for novels with a similar style or feeling, or which play with the medium in a similar way (I've already read House of Leaves).
posted by lhall on Nov 30, 2010 - 16 answers

I Can't Go On. I'll Go On.

A person recently mentioned, as an aside, a Samuel Beckett essay (or play, or story) featuring the "Trade Union", which was described as the thing that conspires against ordinary individuals in the quotidian (i.e. when you forget to take your umbrella and it rains, that's the fault of the "Trade Union"; or when you can't find your car keys, that's down to the "Trade Union".) [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Nov 29, 2010 - 3 answers

A face marked by a lifetime of venal sin?

Trying to identify a line of poetry - possibly written by an Irishman - that goes something like "a face marked by a lifetime of venal sin". [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 23, 2010 - 5 answers

How do you write an argument for AP English Literature?

How do you go about the thought process to make an argument (as opposed to a theme, statement, or observation) about a work of literature for AP English Literature? [more inside]
posted by elaine on Nov 20, 2010 - 3 answers

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