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]
Help me find books and films with a medieval setting. [more inside]
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?
Please help us find a book my friend saw mention of somewhere. Or recommend other books. [more inside]
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?
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]
Help me write a literary and science-y marriage "sermon" for some colleagues! [more inside]
How are descriptive bibliographies of modern books useful to scholars & researchers? Rephrased: what questions are answered by the information they contain? [more inside]
Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
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]
Help me find orgasms in literature. [more inside]
I'm looking for good intermediate-level German novels. In German, that is. [more inside]
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]
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]