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.
I need extremely light and easy reading, but I am a snob. [more inside]
Seeking strategies to get all reading done within allotted time without sacrificing close reading on literature. [more inside]
Camping in literature - looking for suggestions of books (fiction) which have camping scenes in them or characters that go camping. [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend free websites for literature analysis/guides? [more inside]
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.
(BookFilter): Sci-fi picaresques. [more inside]
Recommend me a fantasy novel (that matches some particular tastes) [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for software platforms to use to design an interactive online textbook for college literature courses. Thanks! [more inside]
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]
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.
Can anybody direct me to any good resources for purchasing Hindi-language books in the United States? [more inside]
How to Get Straight-A in Literature Classes? [more inside]
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]
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).
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]
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]
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]
Please recommend short books (15-35 min from start to finish) for middle schoolers who read at the 3rd through 5th grade level. [more inside]
Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation. [more inside]
I need a book about Shakta (Indian goddess) mysticism! [more inside]
Midwestern Urban Fiction: Great novels that exemplify the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest?
Midwestern Urban Fiction: What are the great novels that exemplify or characterize (as opposed to "are set in") any of the industrialized cities of the U.S. Midwest (St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, the Twin Cities, etc.)? [more inside]
Fairy tales for girls? [more inside]
I'm looking for any advice that will get me excited about literature. [more inside]
I want to go back to school. Understatement: I'm a non-traditional student. I've been living below poverty levels for most of my life. I need funding - loans, grants, scholarships. How? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend books of essays on poetry that aren't poetry-writing manuals? [more inside]
Book recommendations for a retired anthropologist? [more inside]
Please help me find an article or book I would like to use for my literary theory thesis. This is all I know about it: 1) It was authored by two french males. 2) It is about tragedy in 5th century BC Athens. 3) It introduces the phrase 'tragic moment' 4) It is from the 20th century. [more inside]
My sister is turning 18. Help me build an Adolescent Crisis Prep Kit! [more inside]
What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
What are some literary works that depict or are written in the voice of someone who is paralyzed or who, for medical and/or existential reasons, cannot move his/her body without great effort? [more inside]
Recommend books to broaden the mind of a future dietitian. [more inside]
What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
I miss the Common Reader catalog. Have you missed it too, and do you know where to find a list of what was in the inventory?
I'm looking for good books (or movies, poems, plays, songs, etc.) that have to do with work - any and all kinds of workplaces and kinds of labour. Work doesn't have to be the exclusive concern, but it should be an important part. [more inside]
All-time favorite movie is "Wuthering Heights" with Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. I've red the (long, incredibly boring) book, but I would like to read an adaptation made from the original movie. Amazon search turns up nothing... Can someone help me find this? (Bonus if it's in eBook format... ANY eBook format). Caveat: I DO NOT want to read a script of the movie!
What are your favorite epic, challenging, literary novels that weren't written by white males? Particularly interested in long books (400+ pages) or books with multiple voices/protagonists, but I'm open to all suggestions. [more inside]
I have a very narrow taste in fiction, and I'm running out authors. Overall, I like how things are written more than what they say. But even given that, I'm terribly picky. Help me find more authors to love! [more inside]
What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
Yet another I-can't-recall-what-book-this-is question. Vague details inside. [more inside]
Is there a word similar to anachronism for when a writer uses a dialect or jargon in the wrong person, ethnic group or similar? [more inside]
What can we offer to attract locals, part-time locals and/or tourists to our tiny literary arts space? [more inside]