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I woke up this morning to a song on a radio station I had playing overnight. It was super catchy, catchy enough to wake me up. The only part I remember was the end of the song, where the phrase "we don't sleep" or "we can't sleep" was repeated over and over. Deets inside. [more inside]
Bookriot has an annual "Read Harder" challenge, suggesting 24 categories of books to read. I need good recommendations for 18 of them. [more inside]
Help me, photographers! My excellent nephew is a very academically gifted kid who hates school and most organized activities...except photography. I want to give him a good photography book but that’s not my art form of choice. Details within! [more inside]
Sheesh do I ever dig Emotion as recorded by Samantha Sang. What else would I dig that I am not thinking of? [more inside]
I'm looking for some non-fiction books for my twelve year old. [more inside]
I'd like a new ringtone for my phone, something distinctive and easy to hear, as I often fail to hear softer, subtle ringtones when my phone is in my pocket in a noisy environment. I'd like it to be slightly nerdy, but not too nerdy. [more inside]
What’s the name of this riff in the first five seconds of Two Full Moons and a Trout remix? Bonus question: wasn’t this riff in a lot of movies from the 80s and 90s, as a crappy motif signifying martial arts or something?
What are some films in which ghosts give clues to a (living) policeman trying to solve an unsolved murder? I feel like I've seen this before but can't recall where. Thanks!
What other songs have a point-of-view and tone that's similar to that of the Dead Milkmen's "Stuart" or the extended/banned version of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing"? Doesn't have to be class-based homophobia like in those examples, they're just the only ones I could think of. I'm curious if there are more like that, specifically where there's no third-person commentary on the person being portrayed.
I want to receive a graphic novel for Christmas. In the past I have loved Maus (like who didn't?), Bechdel's Fun Home, Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Sattouf's The Arab of the Future. Given these favorites, what others might I like?
I'm moving into my very first studio flat all alone in the New Year. Yay! I want books/movies/etc to get into over the holidays where the protagonist lives alone (doesn't necessarily have to be a positive representation). A focus on the lived reality of the space and detailed descriptions/visuals of environments would be a bonus. Thanks!
I need some help identifying / tracking down an old Christmas song. It's a version of 12 Days of Christmas, but it's sung by a collection of old cartoon characters like Bullwinkle, Popeye, Elmer Fudd, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody, Scooby-Doo (or Astro, I don't remember,) with each character altering the lines (the 5 gold rings line was changed pretty much each time it was repeated.) [more inside]
I know we recently discussed "not especially joyful" Christmas music. Great! I want actively miserable or screwy Christmas music. Think Sufjan's "Christmas Unicorn" (the final third is a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart", the middle third is EDM, and the first third is cynical musings). Think "A Christmas Duel" by The Hives and Cyndi Lauper (NSFW, opening lines: "I bought no gifts this year / and I slept with your sister", and it escalates from there). Think the delightful, absurd cacophany of All I Want for Christmas is Midi. Any recs? [more inside]
My 10-year-old niece has requested a "sketch book" for Christmas. I'd like to oblige, and perhaps encourage this little spark of artistic interest buy augmenting with some art supplies. Alas, I am not a visual artist, and therefore don't know what to buy, and what to avoid. [more inside]
HUGE fan of movies/shows like The Endless, Black Mirror, Primer, Coherence, etc. and want to make sure I'm not missing out on any great films or new directors to follow. Streamable is much appreciated. What would be on your must-see list for movies similar to these?
I'm officially in my late thirties and have decided it's time to get into progressive rock music. I was thinking of doing a deep dive into Rush to start, what's a good album to check out first? Or is Rush a hopelessly obvious choice and there's a better gateway artist? Blow me away!
I want to watch more cooking shows that are home kitchen focused (I'm not really interested in chefs or how restaurants make things) and procedurally detailed (show me all the steps). Your recommendations are requested. [more inside]
Where do I advertise an artist's studio space in NYC? I've advertised in several places already, but I worry I'm not connecting. How do I find my audience or how can I help them find me? [more inside]
I remember one stanza that went something like "Some say the South will rise again, But I say "not in my presence."" Alice Walker? Zora Neal Hurston? Maya Angelou? Who wrote this because I can't even find it on Google, thanks.
My husband said he had an music album as a child that had a song for every holiday. I'd like to find it for him. [more inside]