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I'm re-reading the Aubrey and Maturin books, this time on a Kindle. Is there a custom dictionary I can use as my normal Kindle dictionary? [more inside]
Writing a friend a birthday poem, and looking for funny, punny jokey nicknames and friendly insults for frat boy types - the kind of guy whose interests might include: beer, workouts, televised sports, axe body spray, snack food, protein shakes, bro culture. [more inside]
I sent my novel manuscript to a reputable small press and, to my delight, got an offer! But then I received the proposed contract, and it has a number of provisions that are making me unwilling to sign it as is. What should I do? How do I do it? [more inside]
My friend came into possession of a 100-year-old maths textbook, and the front page contains handwritten text, apparently written in shorthand. Neither he nor I can read any form of shorthand, and Googling has proven fruitless, but he would love to get some idea of what it says.
In search of a short fiction story probably linked off a former AskMefi comment thread). [more inside]
I've got several hardcover collections of Shakespeare but what I'm craving is a paperback version that can open/lay flat, with clear and legible text and quality paper -- annotations and footnotes are welcome but introductory essays and extensive commentary aren't required. The Amazon reviews of various editions are unhelpful because, due to some odd algorithm, they don't all correspond to the actual editions on sale. Can anyone recommend an edition that fits my specifications? Thanks in advance!
I want to read journals and letters by people in their fifties and sixties. It could be anyone, anywhere, any century. I prefer good writing, and some levity. Most of all I'm looking for a sense of personality, text that brings the writer to life. The writer in his/her late middle age has lived several decades. They are settled in themselves, yet they still struggle. They look forward to years ahead, and they ponder mortality. What do they have to say? [more inside]
I failed the Google. I need sources on "everyday" stuff as it would have been experienced in Lombardy, around 1600. Lots of different household types and social classes. I know this is super niche but I've seen some history buff types on here before so... maybe? [more inside]
Or failing that, academic papers or blogs where I can try to figure out his literary references? [more inside]
What should we read/listen to as we hike and bike our way through Utah? [more inside]
I am in a Spanish "immersion" course in DC for the next 8 months (native English speaker) and looking to take advantage of the opportunities in DC., and can take "field trips" during the day to help with learning the language Latin culture. I'm looking at what the Smithsonian and Spanish Embassy is offering, but seeing if anyone has any insight into what my googel-ing won't offer. Thanks!
I have roughly 100 narrative language transcripts that I need to code and analyse. So far I've spent a good few weeks getting through all the coding that definitely needs to be done by a human, but now I'm left with all the measures that I know somewhere there must be some software/online analyser to help me figure out other than 100% manually. [more inside]
I need book recommendations (or genres?) that I can find at my public library tomorrow. Not musician biographies. [more inside]
I'm making a reading list for a professor and I am hitting a wall finding good material. I need fiction (long or short) that can be categorized (even very loosely) as horror, and that engages with themes of disability AND environmental sustainability. [more inside]
Silly old poem from my childhood. I'd love to find the whole thing and the origin, and my google-fu is not all that strong on the best of days. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
My friend is looking for this story and none of us remember where it is from. A traveler or explorer encountered a house and walked in through the front door. He walked through the house, out the back door and around to the front of the house. He discovered that the front of the house was pinched off and inaccessible. Please help
Long forgotten series that I read in the 1980's. A maid at a Scottish or English manor ends up starting a perfume or cosmetics empire. The books cover decades of the women's lives. At one point one of the characters meets Picasso in south France. [more inside]
Dear Mefi, another ‘books with a feel like…’ post. This time I’m after novels set by the sea (or by a lake if we must), but with a fabulist, magical or eerie feel. Not looking for out and out horror, just a feeling of strangeness in the air. Ambiguity a plus, and many bonus points if set in a run-down seaside town. Examples below the line... [more inside]
In other words, can one long for something in a manner that doesn't demonstrate wistfulness? Can one be wistful without longing for something (a person, a missed opportunity, whatever)?
I'd like to update a stale resume. Have you come across any inspiring examples of online teaching statements and philosophies at the university level? Thank you! [more inside]