Help reinvigorate my idealism with books. I am looking for literary inspiration to rise above my emotional rut. The best way to describe my situation: I am bored with my safe yuppie life. [more inside]
posted by kaizen
on Feb 27, 2007 -
I'm looking for links to anecdotes, discussions, quotes, etc., anything dealing with not reading philosophy texts all the way through or misreading philosophy texts.
This link to Maverick Philosoher's Blog
shows the type of thing I am looking for. It was actually this thread that got me wondering where I could collect more known examples:
posted by Gnostic Novelist
on Feb 19, 2007 -
So I get to go to San Francisco/Berkeley for a week over spring break (rather unexpectedly). If it lives up to even a fraction of the hype (it seems to good to be true!) I hope to move out there after college. I've seen the multitude of threads on what to do there, so I'm here to ask what books relating to San Francisco should I read over the next few months to enhance my enjoyment of the trip? [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Feb 6, 2007 -
Having recently entered graduate school
, I'm reading a ton of dense scientific literature. The problem is, I have no comfortable chair or other nice place to read.
What is the best chair for extended reading sessions? If you dislike chairs, where do you read?
posted by fake
on Jan 24, 2007 -
Gradstudentfilter: What are some strategies for reading 500-900 pages of academic text per week? [more inside]
posted by carmen
on Jan 23, 2007 -
What are some good books for people with mild ADD? By this I do not mean, books about
attention deficit disorder, I mean books that are short, or easy to read. [more inside]
posted by mjao
on Dec 31, 2006 -
when i read one book i usually read it once to enjoy it, read it a second time to pull out the bits i need to remember and then a third time to fully understand those bits. This is ok when i only have one book to read in one month but when i have 3 books per week to get through how do i make retention more effective. I would ideally prefer to just do one read but im sure id forget everything or be confused byt the end of the first read. Ive thought about using stickies to help me highlight the most important of things but not sure what i should be doing with em. has anyone got a good system of annotating or reading quiclky effectively? That may sound like a simple question but i always thought the to do list was simple untill getting things done showed how primitive it was, perhaps theres something for anotating that will speed up finding the juicy bits of info 2nd time roudn. Ive heard of speed reading but know little of the method. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
posted by thegeezer3
on Dec 30, 2006 -
Recommendations for historical fiction about Paris? I'll be there for a couple of weeks, and have found that historical novels can really help me sink my teeth into a place. I have no particular era in mind, so the period is less important than the setting and the writing.
posted by walla
on Dec 15, 2006 -
I find that our kids enjoy Starfall to learn reading. Does anyone know of a similar program for French? (Ages 5 and 6)
posted by bright77blue
on Dec 9, 2006 -
Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
posted by loiseau
on Dec 5, 2006 -
LSAT Filter: I'm taking the test next Sat and I could use any pointers or tips about reading comprehension... [more inside]
posted by stratastar
on Nov 26, 2006 -
How to make the most of a weekly one hour reading tutoring session with a hyper 6 year old boy? [more inside]
posted by footnote
on Nov 24, 2006 -
I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Nov 22, 2006 -
I'm trying to come up with a reading list for a "personal comp. sci. degree" (along the lines of Josh Kaufman's "personal MBA" reading list). What books should be on my list? [more inside]
posted by jacobian
on Nov 6, 2006 -
I've not been able to read books without falling asleep for about the past year, however I can read the same content on my computer just fine. I should note that I normally use my computer at a desk, whereas I don't read books at the desk (because there's not room for the book and the computer on the desk.). I've got to solve this problem, or else I can't study many of the things I'm interested in.
posted by tehgeekmeister
on Oct 24, 2006 -
Author seeks London venue for Neutral Milk Hotel reading in November. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Oct 2, 2006 -
I like to go to dark, smoky, dive bars and sit there with a drink and a book for hours. Unfortunately, I'm running out of good bar reading. Can you help me find more? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins
on Sep 27, 2006 -
When I was a kid, I read a science fiction book. I'd like now to find out what its name was, but, since I didn't read it in English, and it was about 20 years ago, I would have not a clue where to look. [more inside]
posted by bokononito
on Sep 22, 2006 -
Please help me select a book as a present for my nephew. He's 19, and when I gave him a Chapters gift card for his high school graduation last spring, he used it to buy a complete set of Tom Clancy novels. Political espionage/intrigue/adventure has to be the genre I know the least about. If my nephew likes Tom Clancy's and Frederick Forsythe's works, what other books in the same genre would he enjoy?
posted by orange swan
on Sep 17, 2006 -
So I've tried a few apps that allow me to take large chunks of text and import them to my iPod, making an "eBook" of sorts.
The first thing I tested it with was the Mcsweeny's big old page of funny food reviews, and I liked it... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie
on Sep 14, 2006 -
I'm looking for book suggestions for a (Catholic) parish read. Good things would be wide appeal, a fairly short and very readable book, something that lends itself to interdisciplinary programming (slideshows, music, participatory discussions or lectures led by social scientists, doctors, etc., and the like), and ecumenical (appeals not just to Catholics but to others). If it's fiction, then it should have characters that people can really identify with. Anyone?
posted by mmw
on Jul 26, 2006 -
I'm going to be starting a Master's degree in economics in September and I've never taken an economics course in my life. My undergraduate degree was in pure mathematics. I've been given a few economics textbooks to help get me up to speed. I was wondering if anyone could suggest to me any light reading that would help introduce me to economics and more financially based mathematics. Thanks.
posted by jplank
on Jun 18, 2006 -
What educational computer games are best for teaching a 6-year-old to read? [more inside]
posted by LarryC
on Jun 18, 2006 -
Please recommend a good book blog where I can hang out. Because heaven knows I don't fritter away enough time on the Internet. [more inside]
posted by orange swan
on May 19, 2006 -
I want to buy a very comfortable blanket/cover to wraparound when I read. Please recommend some nice samples.
posted by growabrain
on May 14, 2006 -
My mom loved The Secret Life of Bees
and The Year of Magical Thinking
. She couldn't get through much of The Time Traveler's Wife
. What else might she like? [more inside]
posted by barnone
on May 5, 2006 -
I can't figure out a way to browse Amazon via Listmania lists. Is there any way to do this? They show up on nearly every book page I visit, but I'd like to browse through them by user and topic.
posted by wires
on Apr 20, 2006 -
What is a really comfy chair, for like reading and watching movies in? Preferably a big cradling chair where I can tuck my legs to the side. My folks have one but it's tacky and smelly.
posted by parallax7d
on Apr 4, 2006 -