Looking for examples and/or literary history of a trope that I'd refer to as the Villains' Satan. [more inside]
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]
Help me find postcolonial literature from the Middle East. [more inside]
Identify triads in writing? [more inside]
Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too?
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.
What famous novels in the past 50 years have the characters speaking in a particular regional (English language) dialect? [more inside]
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]
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]
How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
Who are the current masters of the short story form? [more inside]
Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger. [more inside]
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]
What are the most important pieces of journalism in regards to war coverage? [more inside]
I just finished playing an anime visual novel, and I was not prepared for the circumstances that played out. [more inside]
Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
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]
[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]
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?
Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
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?
I am looking for literature in which punk rock is part of the backdrop. The Buddha of Suburbia
is a good example. [more inside]
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]
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]
What are some characters named Nicholas in well known, or hopefully famous, works of literature? [more inside]
Looking for fruitcake books
strongly rooted in a sense of place. [more inside]
What is the title/author of this essay about caring for an aging dog? More inside. [more inside]
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]
Book recommendations - slay me with modern fictional awesomeness! [more inside]
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]
German Book Filter. What book did I read? Involves yellow shoes... [more inside]
I'm looking for the original German of the famous "idealism is falsehood" quote from Friedrich Nietzsche [more inside]
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]
What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
Can you recommend great fiction about cities and the urban experience? [more inside]
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.")
Foreign Literature filter: Non-depressing but non-dumb novel/other literature in written English, written Spanish and Audiobook (either/both languages). [more inside]
Is the "angel of death" hallucination a real medical phenomenon? [more inside]
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.
Name that Science Fiction book title! [more inside]
What authors write about particular places? [more inside]
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".
Tutoring 101: A Crash Course [more inside]
In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
Which version of Plutarch's Lives should I read? [more inside]
In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
Seeking ideas for getting my Intro to Literature students in a community college involved collaboratively in their class experience. [more inside]
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.