Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave
on Oct 14, 2013 -
my friend that she finally got a copy of To Be Or Not To Be the other day -- and her tween who is wicked witty and wants to read more Shakespeare is going to be stuck for a couple of hours for then next few weeks during "homework time" doing nothing and required to remain quiet.
Is this tweenish friendly? [more inside]
posted by tilde
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I've been trying to find a great book I read about ten years ago. It is told (I think) from the POV of a young boy. He travels around from town to town with his mother, who enters a series of bad relationships and then they skip town each time. The kid in the book is very precocious, I think he is supposed to be quite young throughout. Eventually the mother settles down with a boyfriend, they move into his house I think...and at the end the kid murders his mother's boyfriend.
I keep thinking the title has something to do with Light and Motion, and I think it refers to him watching the streetlights pass as they drive from town to town. Any help greatly appreciated.
posted by drunkonthemoon
on Aug 22, 2013 -
This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it.
When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal
on Aug 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are
the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
posted by pmb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
After rereading the Little House on the Prairie series, I want more books of a similar style! Particular specifications and a few more examples within. Note: Anne of Green Gables need not apply. [more inside]
posted by windykites
on Jun 13, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I like reading pen-and-paper RPG rulebooks. Can you recommend some of your favorites? Extra points for: non-Tolkein universes, a cool new spin on classes or magic, and anything that has interesting non-combat systems. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder
on Jun 8, 2013 -
My grandmother is in her 80s, but loves romance books, especially Danielle Steel. She's gotten several of the Harlequin Intrigue, etc series, but says that there's too much sex in them. She prefers the Danielle Steel books because of the plot (I think?). Can you suggest any other authors/books? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl
on Apr 25, 2013 -
Years ago (years!) I recall a TV show with Carl Sagan wherein he was standing in a library and made the point that if he read x
books per week for x
number of years then he would have read a small fraction of the books that have ever been written. His point was that even a well-read person can only ingest a fraction of what is out there.
I've always like that quote and would like to find this scene on YouTube or another site...
posted by gilast
on Apr 7, 2013 -
I run a once-a-week book club for 8 grade 7 girls. We likely have funding and time to read one more book and I'd really like to make it something special. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill
on Feb 26, 2013 -
While reading Infinite Jest, I looked up a word in the dictionary only to discover that the example sentence in the definition on my Kindle was exactly the same sentence I had just read in the book. [more inside]
posted by :-)
on Feb 20, 2013 -
Can you recommend short, easy-to-understand math writing I can read before bed? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Jan 29, 2013 -
I am a reader of fiction. I read a lot, and I read all sorts of fiction genres. I do not, however, read non-fiction because the couple of times I tried to I found them desperately dull. I am sure that can’t be the reality for all non-fiction books… right? Teach me something interesting and make me learn to like non-fiction please. Specific requests inside... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Dec 18, 2012 -
Looking for good, critical books and resources on martial arts and fighting. I prefer them to be academic enough to have survived peer review, but will take what I can get. Anything martial arts related would do, I'm interested in understanding martial arts and fighting in a more general sense. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee
on Dec 8, 2012 -
Going to a retreat in Kerala in Jan 2013. What do i need to take with me so i'm not the ill-equipped and inappropriate lady everyone rolls their eyes at? (Daytime is yoga and ayuverda therapy, weekends off for sightseeing, eating out down the beach or in the local town in the evening)
Also, any recommendations of sightseeing and anything interesting to read beforehand? [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease
on Dec 3, 2012 -
Beach reading. 2012 edition. Difficulty - Must be available for purchase for Kindle in Australia. [more inside]
posted by arha
on Oct 28, 2012 -
Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio
on Jul 25, 2012 -
Can you recommend something to read from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library? I have trawled through there for ages this month and last month and I'm having trouble finding something good that I haven't read before. [more inside]
posted by dragonplayer
on Jul 5, 2012 -
I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka
on Jul 4, 2012 -
A friend of mine is dyslexic and enjoys performing as part of an orchestra, but she finds sheet music very hard to read as it's very high contrast. She would ideally like it to be purple tinted. Any ideas how to practically achieve this? [more inside]
posted by ElliotH
on May 27, 2012 -
Help me optimize my vacation reading! I’m headed out to the Outer Banks next month, and there’s nothing on the agenda but reading and relaxing. I’m having trouble coming up with a week’s worth of new reading material that won’t take up significant space in our truck, though. Can you recommend me lengthy or dense books--in other words, books that will give me maximum entertainment minutes per page--that are still fun vacation reading? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass
on May 4, 2012 -
Does anyone have trouble with/feel intimidated by physical descriptions of unfamiliar landscapes (natural/urban/etc.), settings, costumes, etc. in books? I get bogged down by being unable to get a clear picture of what's going on that it's kept me from reading George R. R. Martin, Tolkien, Dickens (and come to think about it, a lot of books, like the beginning of For Whom The Bell Tolls
most recently). Did you get over it? Any suggestions?
posted by Busoni
on Apr 27, 2012 -
Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?
Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor.
I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc
on Apr 21, 2012 -
I want a cheap e-reader for reading longform articles in bed. It must work with Readability or InstaPaper or the like. It does not need to do anything else like games or surfing the intertubes. I have an iPhone for that. Do I want a Kindle?
posted by desjardins
on Mar 23, 2012 -
How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Feb 14, 2012 -
Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by peagood
on Oct 11, 2011 -
Looking for thoughtful essays and/or screeds on the evils of "crowd-sourced" design contests, or design by committee in general? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve
on Jul 19, 2011 -
What is the best reading order for George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire? (no spoilers, please!) [more inside]
posted by libraryhead
on Jul 15, 2011 -
Seeking an article or blog post I read once about, er, nonlinear reading technique. [more inside]
posted by stebulus
on Jul 10, 2011 -
I am looking for one single book, perhaps a college-level read (not much higher), that explains the case for atheism. I'm not looking for any 'new atheist books', though I have enjoyed them -- especially Harris. I have read Bertrand Russell as well. I have a few atheist friends but do not want to talk to them about this as I am a Christian and don't want to give them the impression that I want to change them or judge them. I just want more exposure to it in a sincere and kind fashion without short bumper sticker like explanations. (BTW, I don't look at my friends as "Hey, here come my 'atheist' friends! But mainly here comes "Bob" and "Joe". I just don't think it is right to bug them about their positions or lack thereof. <--Not sure how to state that.) Thanks in advance for your book recommendation.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jul 3, 2011 -