What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I want to read new crime fiction and/or mystery short stories. Where should I look? [more inside]
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]
Which book, movie, etc, has the most layers of reality (or stories within stories)? [more inside]
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]
What are some great songs that tell stories? [more inside]
How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
Looking for a certain kind of cannibal. [more inside]
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.
[Accountancy Filter:] nonfiction about what it's like to be an accountant? [more inside]
What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
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]
Teach me how to tell stories. [more inside]
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]
How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
Please help me find find some "historic" ghost stories. Emphasis on folklore and authenticity. [more inside]
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.
What are your favorite blogs about history? [more inside]
What are some of the best articles or stories you have read about Burning Man? [more inside]
Please link me to Sci-Fi or Fantasy stories involving God--especially "surprise" God. [more inside]
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.
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.
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.
What are some great joke books, written with attention to the craft of how a joke or story is told? [more inside]
Have you been conned? Would you share your story? [more inside]
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]
Are there any stories of people notable/talented/successful in their field who started out being completely crap? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for suggestions for stories, novels, or comics in the vein of Mervyn Peake and China Mieville. [more inside]
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]
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?
DatingFilter: Should I leave ex-boyfriends out of the story of my life when dating new people, even if the exes figure prominently? [more inside]
I want to get a story on This American Life. I would like some help. [more inside]
It's probably a long shot, but I'm looking for an old (1980s or older) children's Bible story book I had when I was a kid. I can't quite recall the name, but it might have been called something like "The Children's Bible Story Book." What I remember most about it were the awesome illustrations. Can anyone help? [more inside]
Looking for a story someone wrote about "falling through the cracks" while working at a large company. I think what happened is he was to be reassigned to a new team, but the assignment never actually happened; he just kept showing up to work, kept getting paid, and got into all sorts of stuff trying to stay under the radar. [more inside]
I demand to know your favorite short story anthologies. [more inside]
It's summertime and that means detective stories. I've read ALL of Simenon, Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot), Dorothy Sayers, John Sandford, Denise Hamilton, Lee Child, Edward Wright, Henning Mankell. Tried but didn't like Tony Hillerman. Any suggestions for another engaging series? Thanks.
How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
I had a book (not a picture book) as a kid that was titled something like 'The Greatest Man in the World' or 'The Greatest Man that Ever Lived', and it was a collection of stories that were like fairy tales, or fables. [more inside]
How do different news media (radio vs. television) end up doing the same news stories? [more inside]
Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
Is it possible to write a story with no hint whatsoever of any other being but one? [more inside]
I am writing an article on people who expose an aspect of their identity that is not-accepted by their larger group and are sanctioned for it. But, I need some individual stories so that I can show that people have been sanctioned for being different and trying to create change before. I know this is a common theme in literature, but finding people who failed to make significant change is difficult. [more inside]
Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
Have any of these books changed your life? [more inside]