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Benefits to formal diagnosis of dyslexia as an adult?

I think my boyfriend might be dyslexic and I'm debating how much to bug him about getting it checked out. But how would you even treat dyslexia in a 30-year old, and is there any benefit to getting a formal evaluation and/or diagnosis as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Tune in, turn on, read a book.

Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 5, 2016 - 17 answers

eReading + eResearch refresher

I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Help Me Replace Grantland

What should I be reading to replace Grantland? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Best reading & writing applications on Android and Linux?

Hi everyone! For my job, I'm transitioning from Mac to Linux (trying Ubuntu) on my laptop and using an Android phone (CyanogenMod). I'm a little new to all this. For work and for play I read and write just an insane amount of text. I write papers and nonfiction research pieces and novels and thousands of notes. I read epubs and mobis and piles o' PDFs and many many online articles. What are your favorite apps and programs for reading, writing, editing, saving, and searching/storing text on these platforms? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Advice for confident everyday writing?

I'm looking for related resources (online & offline) for improving my writing skills for everyday work. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find some U.S. elementary school study aids from the mid '80s.

Tryin' to track down a portfolio of English reading/writing laminated bifold four page workbooks. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Mar 20, 2014 - 6 answers

You know where you want to go, but you don't know for sure...

[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 - 24 answers

Quiet place to drink, write, and read in Cambridge/Somerville MA?

I like to have a glass of whisky and read and write on weekday evenings. I'm looking for quiet bars (or licensed cafes) where I can hole up with a laptop and/or book. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Isn't it Ironic?

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 - 3 answers

Favourite examples of foreboding or suspense in literature?

What are your favourite examples of building tension or suspense in literature? Ideally these are brief moments, single paragraphs or small scenes, compelling the reader to continue on, worried about what will follow. [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Jul 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Mindlessly amusing myself with curiosity

I want to go about finding entertaining, engaging, intelligent things I can read about subjects I know nothing about. Ideally, I want a source of these things which will reliably send me off in directions I'm completely unfamiliar with, rather than just new sources which cover individual specific subjects. But it has to be enjoyable, even somewhat mindless reading – think Cracked or Buzzfeed. Does anything like this exist? Are there good places online for me to stimulate myself when I'm in that mindless time-killing mood?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

What makes it tick? What makes it NOT tick?

I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a good literary magazine...

I want to submit my short story to the kind of literary magazine that I'd actually enjoy reading. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on May 25, 2013 - 12 answers

What is this called

I'm seeing a trend emerge, but I can't quite put my finger on how to identify it. Does it already have a name? If not, help me come up with one (for an article I'm writing). The article's jumping off point is RapGenius's foray into annotating everything not just lyrics, the NYTimes' Quips tool, Medium.com's paragraph-level commenting/annotation system, and Findings.com. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Can you identify this from Carl Sagan?

Years ago (years!) I recall a TV show with Carl Sagan wherein he was standing in a library and made the point that if he read x books per week for x number of years then he would have read a small fraction of the books that have ever been written. His point was that even a well-read person can only ingest a fraction of what is out there. I've always like that quote and would like to find this scene on YouTube or another site... Anyone?
posted by gilast on Apr 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read?

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Reading Aloud Allowed?

What are the legal rights and obligations of someone reading aloud in public from a published book? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Year in long reading 2012

I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What's some of the best, most illuminating, and most entertaining writing about conservation bio on the net?

What are some of the best technical blogs out there in conservation biology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and ecology? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

What is the most effective way to improve your vocabulary (e.g. softare, book, method)?

What is the most effective way to increase your vocabulary (e.g. book, softare, method)?
posted by denverco on Sep 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Why does having a non-editable preview make writing on a computer so awesome?

When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jun 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Online literature.

Your favourite reading material that's available online (for free)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Has the internet warped my brain?

I have an interesting and challenging topic thought out for an essay, and I'm trying to find sources, but I'm stumped on how to word my search for reading material and sources on the topic. Help me find sources on how the internet changes the way we read! [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 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

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Improving reading comprehension of history books and help writing about them.

Artistic mind in need of improving his academic side OR Please help me learn and write about history. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou on Jan 21, 2011 - 6 answers

recommended prose stylists

Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Looking for HST

Where can I read excellent sports writing? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Oct 7, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Parentheses are not the answer

Help! What's the most convincing non-fiction you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens on Jun 10, 2010 - 36 answers

What should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing" reading list?

What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Dec 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Teaching English, reading and writing to a 15 yr old street kid who's never been to school.

Do you have any advice for teaching English comprehension, as well as reading and writing, to a fifteen year old Filipino street kid who's never been to school a day in his life? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Tell me about this sentence construction

Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 22, 2009 - 91 answers

Books that feature great writing AND great storytelling?

Books that feature great writing AND great storytelling? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 2, 2009 - 50 answers

Where can I find the best writing on the internet?

Is there a web site which recommends the best writing on the net on a periodic basis? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 on Aug 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Loved it! Hated it!

What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
posted by carmen on Jul 23, 2009 - 19 answers

Inspirational Sentences

I am trying to build a library of inspirational sentences. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 13, 2009 - 18 answers

Great American Novels

People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni on Jun 20, 2009 - 70 answers

Seeking original, unique, oddball novels and stories

What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 21, 2008 - 74 answers

Quiet Place to Write in NYC?

Help me find a quiet place in Brooklyn/ Manhattan to read and write. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jun 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for lowbrow books

Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Writing without reading?

Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP on May 25, 2008 - 36 answers

The tip of the tongue, taking a trip to the foreignerland.

I am in a search of a program that will help me memorize words... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Jan 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me make sense (reading/writing)

I have problems reading and writing in a linear fashion. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Nov 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Mutant hybrid office supplies

Flat pencil or pen that can be used as a bookmark- does such a thing exist successfully? [more inside]
posted by doift on Jun 15, 2007 - 8 answers

What is your personal narrative?

Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Dec 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Please help me identify a short story

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

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