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How can I learn to read technical documents?

When I read technical documents or books, my mind fuzzes over and I get easily distracted. It's hard for me to get a deep understanding of technical subjects. This is starting to become an issue professionally. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Is she being honest/Should I give up?

Is she being honest/should I give up (online dating related)? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke on Oct 20, 2009 - 31 answers

Books please!

Recommend some great literature in the Steinbeck tradition. [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Oct 14, 2009 - 18 answers

Book Recommendation for fans of "Life of Pi"

I need a book recommendation for my girlfriend; her favourite book is Yann Martel's "Life of Pi". Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mizike on Oct 7, 2009 - 28 answers

Give me your comic book tips, tricks, and resources

Please help me fuel my new-found obsession with comic books! What are some of your favorite recommended reads, as well as comic book resources, tips, and tricks? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Sep 28, 2009 - 31 answers

How to Prepare for Infinite Jest

How should I prepare to read Infinite Jest? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Sep 25, 2009 - 49 answers

Time won't fill itself...

Fantasy recommendations based on previously enjoyed books. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou on Sep 24, 2009 - 39 answers

Your favorite interesting, specific question in philosophy

Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 6, 2009 - 21 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Books that feature great writing AND great storytelling?

Books that feature great writing AND great storytelling? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 2, 2009 - 50 answers

Learn to speak and read, but not write, Japanese?

What's the best way to learn Japanese, if you don't care about being able to write it? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Aug 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Where can I find the best writing on the internet?

Is there a web site which recommends the best writing on the net on a periodic basis? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 on Aug 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Fill my brain with mindless stories!

7 days poolside... I need books! Tell me what to buy! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Aug 21, 2009 - 37 answers

What's in your reading nook?

What chair, side-table, lamp, and ottoman combo would you have to create the best reading nook? I have about $1,000 to spend on the best reading lamp, side-table, and chair/couch for my house. I'm a law school student (rising 3L) and I need some to setup a comfortable space to read at night. I can't seem to find a good combination that will make reading at night easy without making me too sleepy.
posted by roundrock on Aug 20, 2009 - 7 answers

I'd like to cause newspapers to lose revenuve faster...

Which quality newspapers and other news services provide full-text RSS feeds? I'm looking for a world, national, and also sources specific to California news and politics. Alternatively, what are some MacGyver-style ways to make a full-text RSS feed for my current favorites? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Aug 18, 2009 - 2 answers

I liked the Historian and Club Dumas...now what?

Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 15, 2009 - 35 answers

Poems of direct address?

What are some good poems to read aloud, that take the form of direct address? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 12, 2009 - 37 answers

Can a head injury make you smarter?

Can a head injury possibly make you more intelligent? [more inside]
posted by Askiba on Aug 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Has anyone taken a psychic reading here?

Has anyone taking a psychic reading? I am thinking of taking a reading from Char Margolis? I do know of James Randi foundation, and I am aware that there are lots of scams. I am skeptical, but I'd like to check for myself before deciding one way or the other. It would be great to hear from someone who has actually taken the reading (either with Char or someone else). How was the experience like? Is it worth spending the time and money (Char charges 600$).
posted by raghuram on Aug 4, 2009 - 99 answers

Looking for light sociological holiday reading material

Looking for light, sociological holiday reading material... [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jul 31, 2009 - 13 answers

nomming with my eyes

For such a picky eater, I sure like to read a lot about food. What good food books can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jul 28, 2009 - 42 answers

Reader's Advisory Resources

[LibraryFilter] What are your best resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Jul 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Loved it! Hated it!

What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
posted by carmen on Jul 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Suggestions needed for great narrative nonfiction reading!

Please recommend your favorite "behind the scenes" nonfiction books! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jul 18, 2009 - 48 answers

Inspirational Sentences

I am trying to build a library of inspirational sentences. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

How do you read a newspaper?

How do you read a newspaper? [more inside]
posted by andythebean on Jul 11, 2009 - 23 answers

Why do I read right to left?

Why Do I Read Right to Left? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson on Jul 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Give me something new in the middle of the road.

I need new Web sites to replace my old ones. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

I'd like to bury my nose with a beer

What are the best bars in San Francisco for reading? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?

I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Jun 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Why can't I teach myself?

Why do I suck at teaching myself, reading, and studying? Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 29, 2009 - 15 answers

Oh ye Gods, tell me your stories.

What are the best books on mythology (all kinds)? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Jun 27, 2009 - 28 answers

Short stories like this are the only stories here.

I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jun 23, 2009 - 30 answers

Great American Novels

People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni on Jun 20, 2009 - 70 answers

Beyond 2666

Recently finished 2666. It is on a pedestal by itself, with my award for "Best Novel Ever." Now, everything I try to read seems jaded, inferior, or doesn't measure up. Help me get beyond this and find something interesting to read
posted by Xurando on Jun 2, 2009 - 37 answers

Cone of Silence, please...

KidsReadingCocoonFilter: looking to create an awesome reading space for voraciously reading first-grader. Ideally something better than a box... What did you have? What does your kid have? [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on May 19, 2009 - 34 answers

What are some great books not originally in English?

Summer Reading Filter: looking for great books NOT originally in English [more inside]
posted by maca on May 17, 2009 - 36 answers

Help me read.

On the cusp of every summer for the past couple of years, I made a list of books to read over the summer. But I have spectacularly failed to actually read, every single time. What do you, fellow-mefites, do to keep your noses buried in books and not be tempted by the beach, the bar or the intertubes? [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator on May 16, 2009 - 19 answers

What do gang member hopefuls read in prison?

Prison gang reading lists and what's on them. Does anyone out there know a concise answer? [more inside]
posted by monkishies on May 14, 2009 - 17 answers

I Need a New Big Think Book!

I need a new "big think" book! I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and I loved his other books as well. I've read everything Jared Diamond has published (Collapse, Guns, Germs & Steel, The Third Chimpanzee etc.) I like books that stretch your brain and reveal the hidden factors in life, the world and society. [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 10, 2009 - 65 answers

Can you identify this old children's book?

Can you identify this old children's book? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on May 8, 2009 - 3 answers

The anti-On Chesil Beach, please

What should I (a late-marrying, book-crazy, somewhat institution-of-marriage-wary bride) read on my honeymoon? Inspired (in a way) by this question, I'm looking for novels to help me reflect on, process, and understand marriage. [more inside]
posted by minervous on Apr 30, 2009 - 24 answers

Reading onscreen material as efficently as offscreen

How do I read online material more efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Apr 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Enlightening and lovely literature on libraries.

Books about libraries, and books/essays about the future of them? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Apr 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories?

Readers, Psychologist, Philosophers or Writers Please, How not to get confused and feel unsetteled after reading different books and Theories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Inspiring short readings (poems?) about freedom and hope

I'm looking for inspiring short readings (poems? selections from essays?) loosely organized around the themes of freedom from oppression. Bonus points if they're fun to read and hear, building to a nice crescendo. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What should my 6 year old read?

What should I read to my 6 year old? What should she read to herself? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 7, 2009 - 51 answers

How do I start to enjoy reading again?

How do I start to enjoy reading again? Books and news just aren't fun anymore... [more inside]
posted by torietorie on Mar 26, 2009 - 27 answers

Please help me improve my reading comprehension on the GRE

I need some advice on how to do better on reading comprehension questions in the verbal section of the GRE. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Like Twilight, But Without All The Vampires

Help me keep her reading filter: My wife is tearing through the Twilight series right now, and I'd love to keep her swamped in books once she finishes. But the vampire-ness of the series is the least interesting part to her. [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23 on Mar 24, 2009 - 47 answers

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