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January 18

Chekhov's plot is coming from *inside the house*

I like a particular trope in (typically spooky) shows where the the big evil thing/twist is subtly introduced right from the start, but you probably won't pick up on the clues until you're a good way through it. This is an I'm-asking-for-recommendations question, so I guess be careful clicking through if you're very spoiler sensitive. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 4:55 PM - 36 answers

what's that song?

Man I hope I didn't confabulate this. What is the song with lyrics LIKE "like a bat out of hell, I'll be gone, gone, gone" but that ABSOLUTELY ISN'T Bat Out Of Hell? [more inside]
posted by peppercorn at 11:27 AM - 5 answers

lyrics to the Wheel of Fortune theme

Quite a long time ago, I read or saw an interview with Pat Sajak in which he joked that the Wheel of Fortune theme song had lyrics: "wheel of fortune, we love wheel of fortune, with ceramic doggies and some things!" Except I can't find any evidence of this. I may have mixed up some of the details - or all of them! Can you clear this up?
posted by moonmilk at 7:48 AM - 2 answers

January 16

Songs that repeatedly swing between loud and quiet 'moods'

I'm looking for more songs like the Three Trapped Tiger's song: 1. It doesn't have to be metal vs. soothing, it can be any song that repeatedly transitions back and forth between two different moods, one relatively loud and the other relatively much more quiet. The song just needs to have at least two separate instances of each mood. Thanks in advance! :)
posted by ch3cooh at 11:39 PM - 30 answers

I want some Christo and Jeanne-Claude prints.

But there are so many sellers. I went to the Christo website but prints are not available there. Where, who is dealing in good reproductions? I want to encourage good work, not shoddy.
posted by ebesan at 4:00 PM - 0 answers

Watching "Pink Cloud / A Nuvem Rosa" with English Subtitles

Is there any way that I can watch The Pink Cloud (Portuguese: Nuvem Rosa) with English subtitles? I do not see the film anywhere, including methodologies one would not normally legally recommend. If people similarly find nothing as I do, is there any information available as to future VOD/etc. release dates?
posted by WCityMike2 at 2:57 PM - 3 answers

To be young and in love (and in Europe)

I’m looking for novels of people moving to/living in continental European cities (London and New York work too), navigating relationships, work, and so on. Think a literary, nuanced version of Emily in Paris. My city is essentially in lockdown so I cannot do much at the moment and would love recommendations.
posted by bigyellowtaxi at 12:35 PM - 23 answers

Particularly cool Circle of Fifths poster?

Are you aware of a particularly cool poster representing the Circle of Fifths? [more inside]
posted by saladin at 9:22 AM - 4 answers

What's the best Discworld Podcast?

Other than Desert Island Discworld. Specific things I'm looking for below. [more inside]
posted by firechicago at 9:10 AM - 5 answers

What Are the Best News Aggregators in 2022?

I've largely unplugged from social media over the past year. This has been mostly good, but I am trying to rebuild how I get my news (used to be Twitter). [more inside]
posted by alsoran at 8:20 AM - 10 answers

What are funny, smart, quirky 13 yr olds reading these days?

I've always loved my niece, but the older she gets the more everyone is starting to say "she's just like you!"  If I tell you what I'm like can you tell me what books she'll like? [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket at 2:52 AM - 13 answers

Help me find a (Poe? Lovecraft?) story on cliffs and creeping biomass!

Thank you in advance! Friend is into mycelium themed horror. Poe or Lovecraft wrote about a craggy village by the ocean (of course) that was being routed by a massive-and-sentient root or mushroom network. It's been so long I can't remember the name! Extended story detail inside. [more inside]
posted by muppetkarma at 1:59 AM - 6 answers

January 15

Please explain the origin & meaning of "Stewart Lee has let himself go"

I'm a big fan of British comedian Stewart Lee, and have watched many of his videos on Youtube. There's a weird meme in the comments sections of people writing endless variations of "Stewart Lee has let himself go", usually (apparently) having something to do with increasingly unlikely similarities and comparisons to other people and/or things (Ex: "Louis van Gaal, the former manager of Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar, has really let himself go.") What is this about? Can someone explain it and put my excessively curious mind at rest? Thank you!
posted by Joan Rivers of Babylon at 11:15 AM - 7 answers

January 14

Looking for a piece of music from This American Life

Any idea which song is playing in Episode 647 of This American Life? [more inside]
posted by aquamvidam at 3:49 PM - 2 answers

I Get Rid of My Books and Regret It

Does this book ring a bell? I am searching for an illustrated/graphic memoir about the breakdown of a marriage. The husband is cheating with his personal trainer or running partner. [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 1:06 PM - 2 answers

Your favourite malicious gargling

I just listened to an audiobook of the "Dunwich Horror" from Lovecraft and it had some outstanding audio design, especially the monster sounds of Yog-Sothoth. What are your favourite horror monster garglings / ramblings / rendings / moanings / incantations / manglings etc., intelligible or not?
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 10:44 AM - 10 answers

Novels with undercover crones?

I'd like to read page-turners (mysteries, thrillers, spy novels) where older women play important strategic roles. I'd love a novel starring Dorothy Sayer's Miss Climpson and her colleagues in the typing agency. Or a heist executed by a ring of 50-something jewel thieves. Anything where women are people rather than A Lady - in leading roles without being honey-pots. Give me your crone-island detective novels please!
posted by jebs at 8:45 AM - 21 answers

Please tell me of your French language book boulangeries.

Readers of French language material: where do you find new books? Fiction, travel, essays sought. No mass-market stuff please. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 8:11 AM - 2 answers

I lost a CD and I cannot find it online, but I know 3 of the songs!

I had this music magazine (here in the UK) many years ago (certainly before 2008) which had a sample CD on the front. The CD (ambient, dancey kinda music) was really really good and i've managed to lose it. I can't even remember the name of the magazine, but I do remember 3 of the songs on the CD.... [more inside]
posted by redskythinking at 7:52 AM - 5 answers

January 13

The spaciest, swoopiest, synthiest country music.

I'm looking for 'Cosmic Cowboy' jams that sits somewhere between psychedelia and country/folk/americana. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 4:01 PM - 33 answers

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