So Hunter S Thompson's dead and I don't really know which writers to turn to, as the American election year gets underway, who can bring the mad skills, the savage wit, and the dedication to cutting through the usual bullshit. Wanna-be gonzo schtick I'm not so excited by; clear, fearless, honest voices for the win! Drug references optional. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Jan 3, 2008 -
Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
posted by survivorman
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 22, 2007 -
What are some good modern travelogues where the author is retracing a historic route? Especially ones where the original traveler wrote an account that the author weaves into the narrative.
posted by rasputin400
on Dec 20, 2007 -
I'll be teaching a first-year composition class at university. What I teach, I hope, is critical thinking, invention and arrangement of writing. The topic for the semester is American radical thought. I am looking for suggestions for essays, visual pieces (art, film, video), songs (audio & lyrics) that cover a wide range of radical response & resistance. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba
on Dec 19, 2007 -
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Dec 14, 2007 -
I'm compiling a list of popular bon mots of the kind that are usually written in yearbooks, memory books, autograph books, etc. Things that are typically written by adolescents and teenagers to their friends and classmates. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Dec 13, 2007 -
To those of you with greeting card aspirations: my mom works at a small college and has been tasked with coming up with a message for birthday cards that will be sent from the president to all school employees through out the year. [more inside]
posted by kimdog
on Dec 12, 2007 -
I'm planning to co-author a book with a semi-famous person who wants to tell her own story, but needs help with the writing part. My biggest question is about money - how should we split it? It's her story, but I'll be doing most of the writing. Yet we are attempting to treat this as a real collaboration where we edit together, pass drafts back and forth, and so forth. Any sense of what percentage is appropriate for each of us? Also, should I join the Writers Union
to get help with this type of question? I'd like to join on principal but I'm your classic broke writer, so the dues feel prohibitive. Thanks!
posted by anonymous
on Dec 10, 2007 -
What does copywriting pay?
A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing.
As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Dec 10, 2007 -
I'm looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, where the main character claims no country as his/her own [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Dec 2, 2007 -
What type of stories win the Toronto Star's short story contest? I mean, beyond what's in the Star's rules and guidelines -- does history show a bias towards a certain subject matter or style, etc.? The judges are from the Humber College creative writing program -- does that mean there are any types of writing that are especially in/out of favour?
posted by winston
on Nov 27, 2007 -
I need to write a paper about Hegel. An eleven-page paper. I have the knowledge, I have the skills, and I sort of have the time. But what about? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Nov 26, 2007 -
Is there a term for writing only on the right-hand page of notebooks then flipping the notebook over and working from back cover to front cover? [more inside]
posted by dcbarker
on Nov 22, 2007 -
Help me keep my keep my short stories organised, with a view to putting them on a web-page. [more inside]
posted by Drexen
on Nov 11, 2007 -
Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?
posted by cheero
on Nov 10, 2007 -
I would like to start a blog, but I'd like the support of a blog network. Where can I begin? What networks should I contact? Thanks!
posted by lslutsky
on Nov 6, 2007 -
What would you recommend to someone who wants to increase their confidence in their writing abilities? (books/websites/other resources) [more inside]
posted by melissa
on Nov 5, 2007 -
I wish for a web site full of pre-written explanations, or links to such collected here, for various good web practices, so that I can send them to my clients (some of whom are pro-bono) when I'm too impatient or frustrated to calmly say why editing the web _shouldn't_ be like editing a "Word" document; or why putting a huge snapshot on their home page isn't a good idea... [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Nov 2, 2007 -
Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French?
posted by mikel
on Nov 1, 2007 -
I'm trying to write a paper on [blank]'s Effects on Society. I'm trying to find a paper to mirror with the similar skeleton, are there any "must read" papers that have similar scope? [more inside]
posted by erd0c
on Oct 28, 2007 -
I am applying to grad school. The deadline is approaching. Where can I go to get my letter of intent (personal statement) read and critiqued? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Oct 24, 2007 -
Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Low-cost, bare-bones, all I wanna do is type - recommend me a low-cost, take-anywhere laptop alternative. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave
on Oct 19, 2007 -
I'm applying for a job that wants me to include writing clips/samples in an email. How do I arrange these? I have no idea what writing clips should look like and how I should format them.
posted by elr
on Oct 19, 2007 -
I'd like to get published. What are some good business motivational magazines to submit my work to? [more inside]
posted by The Deej
on Oct 14, 2007 -
On occasion, I have dreams in which I write a story within a dream, and by the end I complete a bona fide epic novel, which, to my dream mind is the best book ever written (naturally, 5 minutes after awakening every detail of the “book” vanishes from my mind). Have any famous (or not so famous) writers ever written or talked about this phenomenon, of writing books within dreams? And does this mean that I have a novel or two in me waiting to get out, or is it something more mundane? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Oct 9, 2007 -
What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
posted by jayder
on Oct 2, 2007 -
I'd like to read some short story collections that have the same feel as movies like "Lost in Translation" and "The Station Agent." I guess "introspective" is the key word.
All recommendations will be much appreciated.
posted by davebush
on Sep 29, 2007 -
Explain tenses to me? Past/present/future, continuous/simple/perfect, and so on, in English. I can use them with fluency, but I need to be able to explain them (when each is used, how to form them). I've tried Fowler's, Chicago Manual of Style, and a number of other resources, but they seem to subtly contradict one another. Is there a simple, go-to reference for this?
posted by sarahkeebs
on Sep 28, 2007 -