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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

How to locate the names of these people who toured my school

I'm trying to locate more information about two events from my childhood/adolescence. The first involves a man who toured elementary schools telling stories to kids and the second involves a man who toured high schools advocating against drunk driving by telling a true story about a drunk driver who drove his car into someone's living room. I would like to have the names of these two people. More random details inside. [more inside]
posted by icy on Mar 5, 2010 - 7 answers

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

I Ain't 'Fraid of no Ghost.

Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee on Jan 21, 2010 - 23 answers

hero and villain are one and the same

I'm looking for stories of a type such that in some twist, the (for instance) police commissioner in charge of the search for the archvillain turns out to be the villain himself. Or something along that pattern.
posted by swimmingly on Jan 7, 2010 - 39 answers

History blogs

What are your favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Burn after reading

What are some of the best articles or stories you have read about Burning Man? [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Dec 7, 2009 - 11 answers

The Nine Billion Stories About God?

Please link me to Sci-Fi or Fantasy stories involving God--especially "surprise" God. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Dec 7, 2009 - 52 answers

Orpheus/Eurydice Trope

Are there other examples of stories in which a lover travels to the underworld/heaven/hell to rescue their dead love? I'm idly working on a play based on Orpheus and Eurydice, and would like to collect more versions of that storyline.
posted by stray on Dec 6, 2009 - 40 answers

The Greatest Story Ever Told

I want to be a better storyteller. What qualities do good storytellers universally exhibit? How much does embellishment play a role? Lyndon Johnson was a great storyteller who was also known to pepper his stories with a lot of bullsh*t. Most importantly, where do storytellers get their stories? Have they led lives of extraordinary experience, or have they read a book full of awesome anecdotes? Help me spin some yarn at a party or at the water-cooler.
posted by jasondigitized on Nov 23, 2009 - 15 answers

Junior High isn't easy if you're an Adolf

I'm looking for writings about experiences that arise from having a name similar to a famous individual. Online sources preferred, but a trip to the library would be OK.
posted by jepler on Nov 18, 2009 - 19 answers

What are some great joke books?

What are some great joke books, written with attention to the craft of how a joke or story is told? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Oct 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Share your confidence game stories

Have you been conned? Would you share your story? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts on Oct 16, 2009 - 88 answers

The Accidental Docent

On Tuesday I'll be showing a new arrival to New York City around for an hour or so in the late afternoon. He's interested in the city's history, particularly the Bowery/Lower East Side. He has seen all the major tourist stops and I'm completely ignorant of the latest cool/interesting/weird spots downtown and most places have the lifespan of mayflies. Any ideas on how to prepare an awesome, emergency walking tour? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

From Awful to Awesome

Are there any stories of people notable/talented/successful in their field who started out being completely crap? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 5, 2009 - 32 answers

Children's lit again...

I'm looking for the title of an action/adventure short story collection that I read in middle school (early 90s). It included The Most Dangerous Game and Leningen Versus the Ants. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Oct 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Blogs with the same feeling as This American Life?

I'm looking for blogs about psychology, storytelling, emotions, why people do the things they do, the human condition, or just good blogs with people's stories. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Oct 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for some good sf pulp fiction

Looking for suggestions for stories, novels, or comics in the vein of Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Sep 28, 2009 - 11 answers

Who has the stories in folklaw?

I'm trying to remember a folktale (Possibly of native American origin) about how someone (I'm pretty sure it was a trickster figure) got to be keeper of the worlds stories. [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus on Sep 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Can literary journals ask for a reading fee?

There is a literary journal currently asking for a $1 "handling fee" to fast-track submitted stories. Is this okay? What really, is the point of asking for a dollar?
posted by uans on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

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