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Fiction about a musician

Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Seeking: Mentor/Protege

Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

A story, a story, my kingdom for a story!

I can write fiction, but nothing I write ever seems to be a coherent story. How do I write a story? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Nov 30, 2011 - 31 answers

I figured out what it was, now where was it?

Where did I read Ursula K. LeGuin's short story "Solitude"? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

How to say aloud "Lord D——'s private chapel"?

How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

Help me find some books for my baby's room.

I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Nov 1, 2011 - 60 answers

Short stories, poems, and films about race, age or gender

I'm currently designing a grade 12 English unit and I'm looking for short stories, poems, or films that deal with issues of race, gender, and/or age. [more inside]
posted by trigger on Oct 30, 2011 - 21 answers

Your favorite funny anecdote

What's your favorite funny anecdote with a twist? I'm looking for short human-nature stories i can tell in under a minute. I prefer true stories but apocryphal is fine. e.g. I like this one. "For almost two centuries, Spain has hosted an enormously popular Christmas lottery. Based on payout, it is the biggest lottery in the world and nearly all Spaniards play. In the mid 1970s, a man sought a ticket with the last two digits ending in 48. He found a ticket, bought it, and then won the lottery. When asked why he was so intent on finding that number, he replied, “I dreamed of the number seven for seven straight nights. And 7 times 7 is 48.” as told by Michael Maubossin from an article by Stanley Meisler.
posted by storybored on Oct 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Robot stories.

I'm looking for stories (long or short) with self-aware robots or digital intelligences that are neither merciless killers of humanity/their makers nor effective slaves (created and forced to perform labor, either through laws or through programming). Ideally neither of those things would figure into their history, either. It'd be best if the constructed-people were the protagonists or main focus of the story, but this is not required.
posted by curious nu on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

What clean humor book should I get for my fundie grandmother's birthday?

It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Sep 21, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm thinking Mulan rather than Cinderella...

Storybooks (standalone, series or anthologies) that have empowered female characters and are appropriate for a kindergartener? [more inside]
posted by clicking the 'Post Comment' button on Sep 21, 2011 - 24 answers

Beyond Bradbury.

SciFi for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 20, 2011 - 42 answers

Bedtime stories

Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jun 19, 2011 - 11 answers

LIBERTARIAN ENGINEER SAVES THE WORLD

Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

Four Days to Read Anything

Suppose you were a lifelong pulp and superhero fan who had four days to select readings from any and all comics published between the Golden Age and last week. What would you read, given such a range of choices? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jun 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Tell Me a Story

Who are some short story authors? Difficulties: Stories must be published after 1990, and “short” means fewer than seven pages per story. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jun 3, 2011 - 18 answers

help find book of short stories

Help find me a Book of Short Stories that you could use as introductions for various talks/discussions/presentations... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking Interesting Military Stories

Looking for military stories, but that do not center solely around combat. These can be from any military excursion (humanitarian aid, covert ops, etc....) from WWII until today. [more inside]
posted by JonesVery on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Buddhist Mythology

Recommendation for a book of Buddhist mythology? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Apr 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Lesbian hypnotic seduction, please?

Erotic-story-filter: looking for stories that fit a specific fetish. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Books similar to the novels by Velma Wallis?

Recommend me novels with Native American themes similar to Velma Wallis' Two Old Women and Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Mar 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Graphic Novels Without the Graphics, Please

I love superhero fiction. I love stories that look into what superhero powers would be like--its psychological and social ramifications. I love the mythology that has developed around superheroes. I love the darkness and moral complexity many modern superhero stories involve.... But I just cannot get into comics or any visual storytelling of that sort. So, can you point me to any good novels about superheroes? [more inside]
posted by meese on Feb 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Funny Stories about Famous People

What is your favorite short anecdote about a famous and/or influential historical personage? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jan 27, 2011 - 31 answers

Escaped in the nick of tine!

Pulpfilter: Trying to find a story (possibly Doc Savage?) involving the protagonist buried up to his head and given only a fork-full of water/day to survive. [more inside]
posted by swashedbuckles on Jan 6, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I make a website for serialized fiction?

How can I share fiction on a personal website that easily links chapters from multiple serialized pieces to read in proper order, and allows for tagging the contents of the stories? Without having to do everything by hand? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Dec 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Rock and Roll and the Erotic

Any recommendations for erotic film scenes, songs, literature, etc that incorporate rock and roll - like the kiss in The Runaways? Bonus points if it involves two girls. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Behind the Bars?

There was a website I saw within the last few months (I believe on MeFi) that hosted stories from people in prison in a blog format. I was foolish enough to not bookmark it, and now I cannot find it again. I keep thinking it was called Behind the Bars or something like that, but all of my searches are ending in vain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Thanks
posted by daboo on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

Children's picture book with non-linear narrative?

I once encountered a children's picture book, in which there were 4 pictures per page. Some of the pictures tightly related to the text on that page, but others did not make a lot of sense until later pages of the story. The narrative was thus a bit non-liner and ambiguous, with the idea that children would enjoy pointing out connections that are not immediately obvious. I believe that there is a train in the story. Unfortunately I cannot remember the title of the book or the author. Does this ring a bell to anyone??
posted by mortaddams on Nov 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How did others get away from it all.

Wanted: Stories of leaving it all behind (family, relationships, work, obligations etc) and traveling to a remote place for peace, to think and/or escape society. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Nov 3, 2010 - 48 answers

Who are your favorite travel writers?

What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Oct 29, 2010 - 30 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Stories about sudden terrible incidents which overturned a life

Looking for books written by someone who lived a normal stable life and due to a tragic unexpected event beyond their control, their life was turned upside down. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Oct 11, 2010 - 22 answers

So, I was at my son's bar mitzvah, and...

Which stand-up comedians tell personal stories as opposed to gags, one-liners and impressions? (I already know about Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 20, 2010 - 57 answers

What was the best short story you read in the last 10 years?

What is the single best short story you've read in the last ten years? Preferrably published in the last ten years, bonus points if the writer is doing something innovative or exciting. [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Aug 28, 2010 - 58 answers

Where can I find great new crime or mystery short fiction?

I want to read new crime fiction and/or mystery short stories. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me find stories and songs for Tiny Humanists

I'm going to teach a Humanist Sunday School class. Help me figure out a good song to sing and stories to read! [more inside]
posted by lexicakes on Aug 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Turtles all the way down

Which book, movie, etc, has the most layers of reality (or stories within stories)? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 22, 2010 - 56 answers

Stay Tuned, True Believers!

Is there such a thing as Comic Books On Tape? What are some sources of (free-ish) audio material to occupy my young son on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Jul 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Story Songs?

What are some great songs that tell stories? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Jun 25, 2010 - 75 answers

How do great writers create stories?

How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Jun 20, 2010 - 48 answers

I'll have the mystery meat.

Looking for a certain kind of cannibal. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 12, 2010 - 38 answers

Where can I find these short films?

I'm looking for a series of short autobiographical films that use a very simple animation technique. The artist draws pictures in real time as a voice-over tells the story. All you can see is the line of the pen as it forms the image, but you can't see the artist or the pen that's drawing the line. Thank you.
posted by muta on Jun 8, 2010 - 2 answers

descriptions of accountants' lives?

[Accountancy Filter:] nonfiction about what it's like to be an accountant? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

More Sex Story Sites

I love to read bisexual erotic fiction and peruse Nifty, ASSTR and Literotica with regularity. I am looking for more boards or online communities that are updated regularly and/or have archives of bisexual (MMF/FFM) erotic fiction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Stories!

Teach me how to tell stories. [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral on Mar 10, 2010 - 20 answers

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