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February 14

Small-scale Space Opera

Looking for space-opera-ish books that focus on small scale, personal stories. [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:26 AM - 19 answers

February 13

An ephemeral word

I came across a word once that I didn't know. Well, that has happened more than once. But this time I actually looked it up because it sounded so pretty, and the definition was something like, "a luminous trembling quality, as moonlight on water." How incredible that such a word should exist! I was enchanted by it, both because it was a lovely sounding word and because the definition was so ephemeral. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 11:11 PM - 8 answers

Examples of foreshadowing in movies and literature?

I'm thinking if writing something that heavily uses foreshadowing in any/all permutations possible. [more inside]
posted by prufrock at 8:11 PM - 21 answers

twinkle twinkle petite ├ętoile

Sadly I know very few French nursery rhymes and children's songs. Help me change this! [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 2:57 PM - 14 answers

February 12

Down with the King!

I want some Medieval historical fiction, but with a catch - no royalty! [more inside]
posted by brittanyq at 9:39 PM - 25 answers

Novels About Being Unemployed, Or With Major Characters Who Are

I'm unemployed - what novels about being unemployed, or featuring major characters who are, can I read to bring me back down to earth and not feel like the only unemployed person in the entire world?
posted by forallmankind at 6:45 PM - 15 answers

postapocalypse insect farming

After reading about the benefits of using insects as a food supply, I'm wondering why insect farming isn't used in the post apocalyptic fiction I've read (or maybe it is, and I have a bad memory). It seems like insect farming would work really well depending on the scenario! Recommend me some stories.
posted by bleary at 10:36 AM - 4 answers

Help decoding 1958 Russian brochure

Russian speakers of Metafilter: What can you tell me about this Russian brochure from 1958? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 9:22 AM - 3 answers

February 11

Help finding a venue for a series of essays

I've come up with a series of essays, one a week. Unfortunately, I stopped writing 5 years ago so I'm unsure how I should proceed finding a platform for these essays. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 6:32 PM - 4 answers

Do you capitalize a name like "sports day?"

The school where I work is having "sports day," where everyone is supposed to wear sports jerseys. The question came up - should "sports day" be capitalized? [more inside]
posted by robverb at 1:22 PM - 18 answers

February 9

I learn, you learn, he or she learns

I would like to hear about learning a new language as a middle-aged adult. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 6:28 AM - 18 answers

February 8

Looking for fiction featuring cities among the trees

I am currently reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, which includes wonderful vivid descriptions of a city built high in the trees on a jungle planet. Please recommend more novels that feature civilization in the trees! Not Tarzan; I'm looking for town or city life, arboreal style. I am searching for Dendropolis. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 6:19 PM - 13 answers

February 7

Does anyone have advice for learning two similar langs, esp dialects?

TLDR: my GF's (likely relatively soon to be wife) fam is from Shanghai. They don't speak much English, prefer shanghainese, and have fluent but heavily accented mandarin (somewhat ironically, their mandarin has atrophied a lot ok the US because they hang out only with shanghainese speakers!). I need advice for when and how to learn shanghainese! Snowflake details within... [more inside]
posted by wooh at 5:05 PM - 13 answers

Name that SciFi book: Fast and Slow

I'm looking for a scifi book where two alien species live on the same planet, with different speeds of living (it is not Fire Upon the Deep). [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 7:07 AM - 16 answers

February 6

Good French books that HAVEN'T been translated.

I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 9:25 PM - 9 answers

I need a Great [not necessarily American] Novel, damn it.

[Book recommendation filter] Must be literary. Must be wildly absorbing. Ensemble casts of characters preferred but not required. The longer, the better. Did it sweep YOU off your feet? Tell me about it! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 3:35 PM - 56 answers

February 4

Turning a PhD dissertation into a book - any tips?

I'm just getting started on the process of turning my PhD dissertation into a book. On rereading, I'm a bit shocked by how clunky the writing is and how much I haven't said. I'd love any advice from anyone who has done this or anything similar. What's the best approach I can take, and what pitfalls are there? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 at 7:25 AM - 8 answers

February 2

Lost handwritten font (?)

Can you help me find an example of a particular style of decorative handwriting? It was endemic among girls and young women in the Deep South in the '80s and '90s. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 2:26 PM - 18 answers

Fiction Filter: missing person report on someone who chose to leave?

Woman disappears: packs up her things, including all ID, and leaves without any indication of where she has gone. Adult daughter wants to file Missing Person's report, her father says it is pointless because woman clearly left of her own free will. What, in reality, would happen if the daughter tries to get the police involved? How can I find out more about police procedure in such cases? [more inside]
posted by uans at 10:22 AM - 10 answers

February 1

Please recommend some Russian comic books for an adult learning Russian

Do you have any recommendations for Russian language comics for an adult English speaker learning Russian? [more inside]
posted by tllaya at 3:55 PM - 3 answers

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