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Why does having a non-editable preview make writing on a computer so awesome?

When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jun 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Midlander-born and raised, former resident of Greater Appalachia and New Amsterdam, current resident of the Left Coast, seeks definitive historical theory to explain his life experiences

What are the major criticisms of Colin Woodard's book American Nations? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jun 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Of course, sir. I'll take care of it.

Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Making sheet music 'lower contrast', ideally purple tinted?

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 - 16 answers

Should an 11 year old read Kafka?

Is Franz Kafka to intense to give to an 11 year boy? [more inside]
posted by senseofsurreal on May 10, 2012 - 32 answers

Short story for dictation

Looking for a short story to read to my school class for them to practice dictation. [more inside]
posted by Morsey on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

A week's worth of reading in one suitcase

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 - 34 answers

Looking for sites that post daily lists of curated links

What are some sites/blogs that post a daily or weekly list of interesting links? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me get over anxiety about reading descriptive writing

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 - 30 answers

well you can't and you won't and you don't stop

Name That Poem: It's about reading all night. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

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 - 3 answers

"Beset by an aching but chaotic love that refused to focus in the conventional way."

Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Apr 17, 2012 - 38 answers

Books on history that are a delight to read.

Please recommend your favorite books on history that are a delight to read. [more inside]
posted by grayber on Apr 14, 2012 - 44 answers

How can I get a hold of a brand new Lead21 Phonics Companion or Practice Companion?

Hello, How do I get a hold of a Lead21 Practice Companion or Phonics Companion for my 3rd grader? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

A Book To Remember

So if you were going to read one book on the Titanic, which one would it be? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Where is the nearest florist to Reading train station?

Are there any good florists in Reading (near the railway station)? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

How to read and talk about a book?

How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Apr 1, 2012 - 14 answers

A book to help us read the Book of Books

Could anyone suggest a book or other resources with a Bible study plan for a mostly secular Bible study group? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Mar 27, 2012 - 14 answers

What kind of e-reader do I want?

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 - 17 answers

A five-minute long wedding reading?

Some of my best friends are getting married, and they have asked my husband and I to give a reading during the ceremony. Help us find the perfect reading. Difficulty level: Must be around 5 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by erst on Mar 22, 2012 - 24 answers

Suggestions for young adult novels?

Any suggestions for young adult novels in English for a reading class of high-level Japanese university students (18-19 years old)? [more inside]
posted by ameca on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Online literature.

Your favourite reading material that's available online (for free)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Book on Time

I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 answers

I've read a lot of books. Now I want to do something productive.

Is there a way to download a list, en masse, of ALL the digital books I've bought via Amazon.com? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Historians must count

I have a research project in mind. It involves the use of statistics. I am a typical humanities grad with no real background in the quantitative social sciences, and need some guidance. What I'm interested in is: tracking, tallying, and correlating some of the everyday events recorded in personal diaries from a particular historical period. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How to read "Infinite Jest" on a Nook Color?

I just bought a B&N Nook Color, on which I'll read the NY Times and some Dickens and Trollope. I'd like to download and read "Infinite Jest" on it too, as I've not been motivated to read my five-pound paperback copy. But what's the simplest, cleanest way to flip back and forth between the IJ narrative and the notes on the Nook? Do you have a system? Can you keep both places marked and flip easily? Or what? (I'm pretty tech-phobic but trying to overcome.) Thanks.
posted by fivesavagepalms on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Reading lamp / floor lamp wanted

Please help me find a better reading lamp. [more inside]
posted by Forktine on Mar 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

Things learned by reading biographies

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 - 13 answers

What can you convince a non-reader to read?

My little brother probably has asperger's. He most definitely has next to no interests. Can you help me me find something my brother might like? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by semp on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Feb 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Has the internet warped my brain?

I have an interesting and challenging topic thought out for an essay, and I'm trying to find sources, but I'm stumped on how to word my search for reading material and sources on the topic. Help me find sources on how the internet changes the way we read! [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I read next?

What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Suggestions for reading about large scale projects?

What large scale, generally peaceful and non-space related projects would be as fun to read about as the Apollo space program? Specific details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 1, 2012 - 34 answers

Great CD Audiobooks of the Western World

My question is very simple. I want to "read" the Brittinanica Great Books of the Western World on CD audio while I'm doing housework. [more inside]
posted by KMH on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

London book recommendations

What should I read to get a feel for London? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Jan 11, 2012 - 34 answers

Looking for great Jewish-themed novels.

Interested in reading more quality Jewish-themed fiction. Can anyone suggest some books? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 4, 2012 - 38 answers

Give Me Your Recs For the Best Free eBooks!

Recommend some free e-books for Kindle? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Dec 25, 2011 - 25 answers

Books that are fun to read out loud

What are some books, appropriate for an approx. two-year-old, that have the same sort of rhythm and/or rhyming mechanism as The Night Before Christmas? [more inside]
posted by meggan on Dec 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Daddy read me a story

What are some good chapter books to read to an almost-six year old girl? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Dec 20, 2011 - 40 answers

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

Looking for reading list suggestions for automatic topic/concept matching

Looking for reading list suggestions and search terms for fuzzy concept matching: given a list of topics, some of which might be defined by synonyms, how do you match to more exact concepts? I'm guessing that this is a natural language processing (NLP) or semantic web question but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times

I want to spend next year reading ~the classics~. So, um, what are they? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 6, 2011 - 64 answers

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise?

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Read Like Molasses in January

I usually consume books. Help me with tricks/strategies to savor and retain Murakami's 1Q84. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How readable is A Dance with Dragons?

I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 8, 2011 - 35 answers

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