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Cultural Literacy 101

For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2014 - 26 answers

 

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

TV in novels?

What novels and short stories do a good job of depicting television? Mostly I'm interested in characters watching TV, but I'll also accept answers like 1984—where (a slightly different version of) TV plays a major role in the plot.
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me become a Cinema4D expert in a year

I have decided that in a year's time I would like to be a Cinema 4D expert-- or at least more of an expert than I am now. What are the best resources out there for me to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Jun 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Recommend me a last.fm-style website for movies, books, and TV shows.

Is there a last.fm-esque website for movies? I want something that allows me to keep track of what I've watched (really, any media tracking website) [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I broaden my horizons when I hate everything in sight?

I have pickied myself into a corner. Help me out! [more inside]
posted by darksasami on May 8, 2012 - 56 answers

How can I get back to doing old-fashioned activities that don't involve the internet?

How can I get back to doing old-fashioned activities that don't involve the internet? [more inside]
posted by whitelily on Jul 16, 2011 - 21 answers

Sentimental comedies

Looking for TV shows, books, and movies where a smart, sharp comedic sensibility masks a deeply sentimental core. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Mar 15, 2011 - 47 answers

Recommend space-station-based books and shows?

Science fiction books and shows about what goes on inside space stations or ships? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jan 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Better than the book!

What great movies (or TV shows) did you find to be infinitely better than the book on which they were based? [more inside]
posted by Sidhedevil on Dec 27, 2010 - 93 answers

Good examples of exposition?

What are some good examples of hidden or subtle exposition? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Nov 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I be Dorothy Parker 2.0?

I want to be a sharper, wittier writer and conversationalist like the O.G. Dorothy Parker or, hey, even Coketalk. I admire funny, confident women, and while I think I'm moderately funny in person (years of low self-esteem will do wonders for your self-deprecating humor skills once you come out of it, go figure), I'd like to beef it up a bit, as well as learn how to express that more in my writing. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Oct 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Let's eat and travel without leaving home

Please recommend books, movies and TV shows about food and travel. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Aug 13, 2010 - 26 answers

I Hate You ! No wait, I don't. Let's be friends.

What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Mar 20, 2010 - 27 answers

My new thinking technique is unstoppable!

Recuperating from a head injury. How can I entertain myself with brain damage as a motif? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 2, 2009 - 12 answers

I want to see more bad people

Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2009 - 71 answers

What made-up names does your child use for favorite media?

What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jun 6, 2009 - 33 answers

Wheels within wheels, feints within feints.

What are some books (or maybe teevee shows) featuring lots of Machiavellian intrigue and violence? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 16, 2008 - 42 answers

How do I clear my media backlog?

I'm drowning in a sea of media I have no time to consume - someone please throw me a lifeline [more inside]
posted by b.an.dekker on Oct 9, 2008 - 25 answers

Looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives.

I'm looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives -- books, film, television, etc. -- in which the relationship is presented as a tragic love, doomed to failure. I'm not interested in the probably more common (and more realistic) pure trauma narratives. The relationship need not necessarily be physically consummated. [more inside]
posted by nobody on Mar 25, 2008 - 49 answers

Have You Seen These Books (on TV)?

Have you seen these books in the background of movie/tv scenes? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Jan 4, 2008 - 10 answers

The legend became fact, they printed the legend...but where to find the stories behind the legends?

Watching "Assume The Position, Mr. Wuhl" on HBO made me hungry for more debunking of legends and myths that we often accept as fact and history. My problem is, I'm not sure what to search for in seeking such material. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Apr 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Which is the best Red Dwarf: Books or DVDs?

The "Red Dwarf" sci-fi comedy series. If I had to choose between just the books, or just the DVDs, which one should I go with?
posted by brownpau on Sep 12, 2004 - 21 answers

Give me your reccomendations on books about the Republic and Empire.

As a lay...very lay...student of Roman Republic and Empire, and anticipating the upcoming HBO/BBC series Rome with relish, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about both Republic and Empire. Currently I'm reading an abridgement of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I just inherited. What next? [insert Latin for "more inside" here].
posted by WolfDaddy on Sep 2, 2004 - 19 answers

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