My friend is graduating next month with a degree in Museum Studies. I'd like to get her a book as a graduation present. Can you recommend any good memoirs or biographies or popular nonfiction books set in the museum world? I would rather it not be mainly about heists or looting or art crime.
posted by bluefly
on Apr 30, 2014 -
I'm enjoying the breathlessly ridiculous tone and pace of Dr. McNinja
, which I think does a great job of avoiding the unstoppable-force vs. unmovable-wall dynamic of mainstream superhero comics. It plays fast and loose with everything, and has a fine sense of the absurd. It is only occasionally problematic (racist, homophobic) in its juvenile sensibilities, which is way better than most of its competition. What movies, books, and comics are comparable?
posted by jsturgill
on Apr 22, 2014 -
My boyfriend is away and I'm making a playlist of poppy songs about love that are either cheery (& uptempo) or lovely/sweet (& understated) without being "too much" of a good thing. Currently have two songs: I wouldn't dance
. Nothing over-the-top (no Whitney Houston or other full-lung songstresses, nothing overproduced). Any decade is fine by me. Unfortunately, I don't have much happy music and I've run out of songs already (and one of my two songs is already leaning heavily towards sad/wistful!). Any help?
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Dec 27, 2013 -
What novels or short stories grapple with the decline of a superpower? I'm thinking waning-British-Empire stuff, primariy, but the decline of other global powerhouses is fine too. Must be fiction. Decline-of-Empire can either be primary to the plot or a backdrop against which other key aspects of the story unfold.
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Oct 16, 2013 -
[Book filter] Please recommend stories about people who find out (through trail and error) what they really want, and eventually get there (after a bunch of detours). [more inside]
posted by fix
on Oct 13, 2013 -
I have a four-hole sink with a gooseneck Moen. The cartridges seem to leak quickly in my experience and are expensive to replace. Is there a plumber here who agrees?
I'm sick of dealing with this endlessly leaky nightmare, and I'm about ready to replace the whole faucet. Does anybody make a good faucet with simple washers anymore? I don't mind replacing those!
Short question: I want a recommendation for the simplest and most sensible faucet there is. My absolute top price is $200. Must be gooseneck and must not be Moen. I'd prefer to pay $100.
Or explain to why Moens are actually okay and that I should just tough it out.
posted by Camofrog
on Jun 28, 2013 -
Hi everyone! I need to buy a small, inexpensive laptop that runs Windows 7. The thing is, I need one with a clean install (i.e., no crapware), and which comes with an install disk (or which lets me burn an install disk) that lets me re-install a clean copy of Win 7 when/if needed. Bonus points if it lets me install and dual-boot Ubuntu or other Linux distro! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I've been asked to recommend a new desktop PC for a relative, but I have no idea what brand to recommend these days. Can you help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest
on Jul 1, 2012 -
Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Jun 13, 2012 -
Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix
on May 3, 2012 -
For the first time in my life I have a garden! What books should I read to take me from gardening ignorance to green-fingered? Both the garden and I are in the UK.
posted by xchmp
on Mar 27, 2012 -
I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica
on Mar 26, 2012 -
Book recommendations for late 30's Australian Marine Engineer currently stuck on naval ship on the way to the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by gomichild
on Mar 11, 2012 -
UK Giftfilter: My mid-20s younger brother is currently teaching himself about workshop stuff and electrical & mechanical engineering. Help me find the perfect christmas gift for him on my minuscule budget! More detail? There's more inside... [more inside]
posted by Magnakai
on Dec 12, 2011 -
My nephew is 20. He's starting college again. He doesn't read, so his essays are poorly written. The information is in there, but it is poorly structured, Capital letters appear for no Apparent reason, etc.
If he read anything, ever, his writing would improve. But he won't.
He likes boxing. Can anyone recommend a boxing book which would entertain him and is simple enough for him to understand ?
posted by devious truculent and unreliable
on Dec 12, 2011 -
I've never liked real-time strategy games. What games should I try in an effort to break into this genre? [more inside]
posted by EKStickland
on Sep 27, 2011 -
I need mystery novel recommendations! Looking for good mysteries with unconventional characters as the lead. [more inside]
posted by echo target
on Jun 3, 2011 -
I'm looking for a good ear, nose and throat specialist on the east or south side of Rochester NY. Someone who is personable and willing to take the time to talk.
posted by someonesomewhere
on Mar 31, 2011 -
What are some good books and websites for learning how to deal with social anxiety? I'm asking for a friend who is going to a CBT appointment next week, but is interested in learning as much as possible. Are there other resources that would be useful? [more inside]
posted by harriet vane
on Nov 15, 2010 -
Lately, '80s/'90s dream pop a la Galaxie 500 has really been hitting the spot. Please recommend more music that will send me drifting away into a sea of fuzzy bliss. [more inside]
posted by cirripede
on Aug 31, 2010 -
With failing eyesight I'm considering an e reader primarily to transfer articles (not necessarily PDFs) from online sources to a reader creating my own electronic magazine. I think I need a reader that will allow enlarging text, has sufficient contrast control to make text darker when necessary. Unfamiliar with any reader, and frustrated by the inability to get hands-on shopping experiences, I wonder what recommendations you might give. The Kindle, available at Amazon for $139, is affordable and currently is front runner.
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Aug 29, 2010 -
Need recommendations for an internist and/or endocrinologist in the metro Denver area, for myself and my husband. Difficulty: We want someone who will skip the weight loss lecture because they realize we've heard it a million goddamn times already and the only thing it's ever done is make us not want to go to the doctor. We don't want the "OMG don't you know fat is bad for you, hurf durf buttereater" crap from here either-- go kick a puppy or something. We only want to know about doctors that will respect our wishes. [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness
on Jul 20, 2010 -
I'm looking for fiction that vividly describes the physical and social atmosphere of a city or town, the way Dickens captures Coketown in Hard Times
. [more inside]
posted by cirripede
on May 7, 2010 -
My fiancee and I need a recommendation for a TV show that fits the following criteria: (1) Can be watched sporadically without really needing to follow the story arc or characters all that well and (2) is really, really good. [more inside]
posted by ORthey
on May 7, 2010 -
Please help me find manga and/or anime that has a story that would appeal to a mature audience, but without "mature" content. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Feb 15, 2010 -
Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on Jan 10, 2010 -
Another recommend-me-new-podcasts question but with a small twist: I'm specifically looking for podcasts which are 20 minutes duration or less. Subject matter is wide open, it's just difficult to search by length. [more inside]
posted by shelleycat
on Oct 2, 2009 -
Why are windscreen wipers so, well, crap? Am I mistreating my wipers? Is there a better brand to use? [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Aug 26, 2009 -
Is there an web app via which people can recommend things (movies, music, books, etc.) to me? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Aug 21, 2009 -
Can I buy MOTORS LIQ CO (MTLQQ) AKA General Motors stock?
If yes, Would you guys recommend to buy the stock?
Whatever your answer I need to know the reason.
posted by omaralarifi
on Aug 13, 2009 -
Recommendations for an online Document Management System? Looking to host ~10 years of mixed files online (minutes, proposals, etc.), and have it be easily accessible and searched. [more inside]
posted by kensch
on Jul 11, 2009 -
JournalismFilter: Please recommend good blogs/online columns by individual reporters. [more inside]
posted by billtron
on Apr 20, 2009 -
Laptop filter: please help me find an awesome laptop for business and personal use for the next 3-4 years. (Feel free to recommend an ideal setup, rather than the hardware itself if you feel so inclined.) [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey
on Apr 16, 2009 -
Recommend me some contemporary movies that have lengthy, intense, kickass fight scenes please! [more inside]
posted by ORthey
on Feb 26, 2009 -