Alan Watts, in some of his lectures, tells stories of the experiences of Zen teachers and their students- a sort of mystic, mythic history from ages past. Are there books of these sorts of legends? [more inside]
posted by drd
on Mar 12, 2014 -
I'm looking for fairy tales, myths, and similarly imaginative stories where the heroine or hero triumphs because of their perseverance or dedication to developing a skill, not because of an inherent personal characteristic or being "the chosen one." [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen
on Feb 25, 2014 -
An actual help-me-with-my-story question: I've got a group of characters who need to ride around in an eye catching, iconic vintage automobile. It was orginally going to be a VW bus for the Mystery Machine echos but it turns out that's not actually street legal in the US. So, what's an old-fashioned auto that seats four or more, can be driven on US roads, and is antique/unusual enough to attract attention from car people but not enough that it sticks out like a surreal visitation ( like say, a Model T would.)
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 2, 2014 -
What are the best short stories, in the public domain or otherwise up for grabs, for public performance? [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jan 29, 2014 -
I'm looking for stories featuring grand, visceral, over-the-top, self-indulgent revenge. Why not suggest a few? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248
on Dec 16, 2013 -
I've been seeing a lot of stories from people who left their relationships so that they can go on to be better versions of themselves, because they felt their ex held them back. Is there anything from the perspective of the ex that got left behind? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I'm thinking of starting a low-key blog that posts black and white photographs of impoverished and disadvantaged people from around the world. The stories don't have to be elaborate or contain a lot of photos. Each one can consist of only one photo and a short description of the person's plight. Are there any similar websites/blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I'm looking for stories (movies, books, folk tales, whatever) where somebody or something arrives from some rather mysterious realm and proceeds to wreck up our hero's land, and the hero has to travel to the realm of the unwelcome entity and bring back some way to defeat it. (It could be a special weapon, some knowledge of the previously unstoppable villain's weakness, etc.) Anybody got some examples? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I'm looking for an example novel(s) that features several separate third person viewpoint characters with seemingly different plot strands at the beginning but whose plots converge as they go on and they end up meeting further on in the novel (if only briefly). I want to see how the author handles these meetings and the meta narrative of several stories merging into one. I would prefer mainstream rather than literary as I'd like to seem something straight forward rather than overly tricky and would prefer sf but please don't let that constrict you as I'm more interested in the mechanics rather than the background and any genre would do.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Nov 14, 2013 -
So, it's Halloween and I'm thinking about ways to frighten my child. I've just recalled a recording my parents had when I was young that made a strong impression on me. I don't even know how I'd start googling to find it, so I'm hoping a description will jog someone's memory. [more inside]
posted by R. Schlock
on Oct 31, 2013 -
Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger
on Oct 28, 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 -
Guitarists get callouses on the tops of their fingers, former ballet dancers stand and walk with a specific alignment, active violinists have a callous under the chin. What are other examples of telltale physical cues and behaviors that can identify what a person does for work, sport, or hobby?
posted by mochapickle
on Sep 19, 2013 -
A few years ago I saw a series of illustrations about a post apocalyptic Earth. The people had regressed to medieval life and there were still advertisements and cars and passenger planes from the previous era. [more inside]
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination!
on Aug 28, 2013 -
Looking for a short story, in which an elevator figured prominently, used to demonstrate literary irony in a gifted-talented/advanced placement middle school class. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick
on Jul 19, 2013 -
I'm a fan of certain authors, critics, and academics whose taste and sensibilities are similar to my own. I'm currently looking for a way to search for books based on the blurbs or editiorial reviews about them from authors that I admire and trust.
Example: 1. Philip Roth's recent assessment of Jonathan Franken's writing was prominently blazed on the latter's most recent book.
2. Warren Buffett has referred to Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" as one of the few books that changed his life.
3. Charlie Munger, Buffett's partner in arms, referred to John Cialdini's book on influence as one having a permanent influence on his thinking on that topic.
4. Harold Bloom, the critic, has impressive recommendations on Henri Cole's newest volume of verse.
Is there a database that I can use to help me scour who's been recommending what and how.
posted by RapcityinBlue
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
posted by shibori
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Are there recognisable patterns, trends or structures in the way that different cultures tell stories? If so, where can I learn about this? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on Jul 9, 2013 -
I'm looking for an AMAZING show to watch next. Something short-form, well written, emotional, the kind of thing I will tell everybody around me to watch. I don't care what genre it is in. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jun 30, 2013 -
Can you recommend some good resources for writing outlines for short fiction? I have this book
which focuses on novel writing, and I'd like a comparable resource for short stories, novellas, and other, shorter pieces. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels
on Jun 4, 2013 -
I've been an avid collector of tips, tricks, and approaches to solving problems. There are heuristics that I look for that ofthat can have real positive advantages and accelerated productivity for people.
In the early, I read a book called How to Win Friends and influence People, a classic of interpersonal management, and found that the advice to "become genuinely interested in other people" worked nearly instantly to improve my relationships with others. Still, other approaches have worekd as well. I used to play little league baseball and couldn't hit for the life of me until someimagine that there was a speck on the ball being pitched to me and to try and hit that speck and not the whole ball itself. The effect was instantatneous as well. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue
on May 23, 2013 -
Last night I realized that two of the places I have worked have had, as part of the lore of the place, a fictional character who everyone willingly pretended was real (in a tongue-in-cheek way). These were both in semi-educational institutions, but it was the adults who propagated the myth of the character, for each others' entertainment. These characters both sent postcards from around the world, and gathered to them improbable stories about their adventures. I'm wondering, how common is this phenomenon, and can you describe any fictional characters that have been part of the lore and legend where you have lived or worked? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on May 23, 2013 -
I'm looking for stories, personal and otherwise, about men and women showing extraordinary devotion, faithfulness, honesty, and integrity in relationships. [more inside]
posted by sockomatic
on Apr 24, 2013 -
Encouragement and survivor stories from persons in chronic pain? Symptoms of what may be fibromyalgia and an inability to manage the pain well are depriving my life of beauty, art, and color; I am looking for underdog stories. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Off-topic ghost story threads on various internet forums? They are delicious. Load me with links, please. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Please tell me stories about cheating or being cheated on. Or, pretend to be a sociopath for a few minutes, and give advice on how to successfully cheat and get away with it. [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled
on Apr 7, 2013 -
Help me ID this book: science fiction, paperback, sold on the shelves of Waldenbooks in the 80s, three short stories in one book.
I think the first story had to do with people who worship Cygnus the swan. Not the same book from the thread I found on this site. [more inside]
posted by Cobaltbride
on Mar 22, 2013 -
I'd like to compile a list of sympathetic monsters/villains, portrayed in any medium--film, fiction, art, music, myth. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Mar 18, 2013 -
When I was in third grade, I read a book of scary stories. It was certainly a book for children. On the cover was a humanoid monster with black and blue fur. It was snarling in front of a green sky over a green field. The field may have been a graveyard. One of the stories was about a house in which a murder occurred. I don't remember the title. Does the description sound familiar to anyone else?
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Feb 15, 2013 -
a few months ago someone I follow tweeted a link to a website that curates and displays only the latest news headlines and top stories. I found this thread (http://ask.metafilter.com/192456/A-better-newspaper
) on MF but the site is not listed there. This is a fairly new and probably still obscure site, but I loved the look of it and would like to find it again and seemed to have lost the bookmark. I cannot find it on google because the search terms are so generic.
This was an extremely CLEAN site, black on white (i believe) with attractive type, no (or very few/discreet) ads, and nothing fancy going on in terms of media or anything like that. Similar to "theweek.com
" in terms of content but nowhere near as busy visually.
any help would be appreciated.
posted by denaps
on Feb 12, 2013 -
I'm almost done with the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. They've been perfect companions for the past nine months or so, and I need something to take their place. What series
, with wit and a world to get lost in
, should I read next?
posted by ocherdraco
on Jan 7, 2013 -
What short things can I watch/read to get in the mood for my upcoming trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Dec 15, 2012 -
For Christmas I would like to print stories and make books I’ll bind myself and give as presents. I know about bookbinding and I use InDesign everyday. What I need is the content : can you please point me towards great *very* short stories, fictionnal or real? [more inside]
posted by mugitusqueboom
on Dec 11, 2012 -
What are the best non-Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, collections, and novels?
posted by jsturgill
on Dec 7, 2012 -
Can you help me think of activities I can engage in that will give me lots of good material for interesting stories? I want 2013 to be the year of the interesting story in which I do things that have a good chance or resulting in an interesting story. I want to come up with at least 12 things I can do -- 1 per month. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Dec 5, 2012 -
A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse
on Nov 23, 2012 -
Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim
on Nov 15, 2012 -
Trying to identify a book my nanna had on her shelf and that I loved when I was a kid, but has been given away since. I thought the volume was called 'Myths and Legends', though one story I recall in particular strikes me as probably more of a fairy story. It might have been one of a set with a number of volumes. [more inside]
posted by springbound
on Oct 27, 2012 -
Looking for first-person narratives from undocumented immigrants to the United States. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Oct 18, 2012 -
I've been enjoying the Emmy-winning High Rise
online documentary project and things like the Hackney Hear
geo-locative app - looking for recommendations of other cool experiments in the realm of storytelling. Film, online, audio - whatever! Just NEW and DIFFERENT. Level Two request: recommendations of websites or blogs that discuss or review these sorts of projects - I just want to keep up with this sort of thing! Thanks all!
posted by mooza
on Oct 4, 2012 -
Can you recall stories where a character learns an enormous amount of information in a short amount of time and performs an amazing feat? (The Matrix: Neo learns kung fu, Superman: Superman reads a library of medical texts and performs a life-saving surgery, etc.) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Documentary Recommendations: I don't know what this is called but I've noticed in two recent Ken Burns documentaries. In The West
, there are some very old Native Americans who talk about their experiences and memories. And in his one about the Brooklyn Bridge, there is a man is over 100 years old taking about how he was a water boy when he was about 10 years when the bridge was being built. I want more of these types of interviews where they have pictures of the past along with people who were there talking about it. [more inside]
posted by sio42
on Sep 23, 2012 -
Are there Asian, African, or Spanish speaking equivalents to the Arthurian legends? [more inside]
posted by gt2
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo
on Sep 15, 2012 -
I have never been a reader. I want to be. Recommend where I can start; online at lunchtimes at work. Bonus points for shorter stories (at first). [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque
on Sep 7, 2012 -