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February 13

Have I already read Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds?

I recently picked up the novel Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. I've only just started reading it, but I'm getting déjà vu. If I look up the plot for Revelation Space to check and I'm wrong, I'll have spoiled the book. So if I tell you about the book I think it might be, could somebody who's already read it please tell me if I'm right or not? SPOILER WARNING [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 7:29 AM - 10 answers

February 12

Book ID, possibly for children

I been remembering some oddly specific stuff recently, and so I'm throwing this out for some help filling in gaps. There was a book I didn't read 17 years ago that I'd like to know more about. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 4:31 PM - 2 answers

What does this New Yorker cover mean (June 24, 1974)

I was perplexed by this New Yorker cover. Dog and cat playing chess. Cat clearly winning -- or has already won. However both are apparently dozing. And they are sitting on a globe which suggests some geo-political connection. I cannot find an explanation in anything that was going on in June of '74. Can anyone explain this to me? Thanks
posted by jackmcc at 8:06 AM - 16 answers

February 11

Songs like Radiohead’s Creep?

What other songs are like Creep by Radiohead in terms of subject matter? My general preference is that they not be songs about how you are getting laid a lot but are also lonely. (Ahem, Drake). PURE LONELINESS ONLY, THANKS.
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 12:16 PM - 52 answers

February 10

Not in UK, want to watch Stewart Copeland's "Guitar, Bass and Drums"

Can I watch this outside of the UK? It seems one must download a player from BBC that is only available in the UK. The show looks awesome (clip) and I'd like to see it.
posted by klausman at 1:19 PM - 2 answers

where was this picture of Broken Social Scene taken?

This picture of the band Broken Social Scene looks like it was taken on the platform of a railway station - the visible part of the sign reads "ewes Street". What's the full name of the station (if it is a station?), and where in the world is it?
posted by rd45 at 9:37 AM - 3 answers

February 9

Russian short story: man’s wife dead & he stores her frozen body in shed

I’m looking for a short story that I think is Russian, maybe Chekhov. In the story a man’s wife dies, and because it’s winter he puts the body in the shed for lack of other options. Because the body is frozen he just keeps it there for a long time. When he has to go out there, he hangs his lantern on her jaw, which is frozen open. Anybody know the title of this story?
posted by cmp4Meta at 9:36 PM - 1 answers

80s/90s TV episode involving a Chinese student/political activist

I have a memory of an episode of 21 Jump Street in which police go undercover at a university, and there is a Chinese foreign student who, it turns out, is also a political activist and is worried that he is being spied on by other Chinese students. However, Googling shows no such episode as existing, so I must be mixing 21 Jump Street up with some other show. What might I be thinking of?
posted by Bugbread at 8:56 PM - 3 answers

List of artists with "broken" minds?

I'm starting to get into drawing and was wondering if the hivemind could name some artists for me whose work I could discover who explored different states of mind like psychosis, hallucinations, and delusions and the emotional states that came with that. Basically, I'd like to see the art of a mind that is "broken" in some way. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog at 6:36 PM - 20 answers

Getting a black and white image printed

Where can I get an image printed on nice textured paper? [more inside]
posted by mermily at 5:40 PM - 4 answers

Recommend me new (to me) sff to love

I took a long hiatus form reading authors I was unfamiliar with, but I'm ready to get back to reading new-to-me authors after several positive experiences. Please recommend some I will enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 11:10 AM - 37 answers

Help me help other readers talk about books!

I’ve been asked to lead a bookclub next month at a bookstore. Yay! I’ve belonged to book clubs in the past, but not as a facilitator. The book is fiction, I will of course have read it at least once before we meet, and I’ll have a few prepared questions provided by the publisher available in advance. Treats and coffee will be provided. What do I need to know/do to encourage attendees (who will probably not know each other) to feel comfortable to join in the discussion and hopefully keep participants coming back?
posted by bookmammal at 6:16 AM - 8 answers

February 8

Occult detectives, detecting the occult

Recommend me your stories of occult detection! Assume that I have read the more familiar ones, alas. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 9:03 AM - 17 answers

February 7

I Need Examples of Book Covers with People Falling

I am gathering examples of book covers with people falling, or in mid-air. This seems to have been a trend in book cover design in recent years. Thanks in advance!
posted by Sully at 12:37 PM - 20 answers

February 6

The Borrowers, The Littles, The …?

I like books about tiny “people.” I particularly like when they live alongside or under the noses of humans. There must be people writing these books now as with YA or adult reads, especially with the growth of urban fantasy. Are there books or series or authors you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:03 PM - 28 answers

Stomp Stomp Clap

Was the "stomp stomp clap" rhythm a thing prior to "We Will Rock You" by Queen? Are there any pre-Queen songs or other performances that use it? Thanks.
posted by BeeDo at 4:00 PM - 5 answers

Podcasts and YouTubers - Find my older (queer?) woman inspiration

I'm falling in love with the host of Dinner Party Tonight on YouTube. She's strong, she's funny, she's edgy, and she confidently teaches you a bunch of great stuff about cooking. I'm looking for other podcasts and YouTube series with similar hosts. Does not need to be cooking-related. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 2:41 PM - 9 answers

More like adverti$ement am I right

Is US Cellular running an ad featuring a Windows phone right now? Someone told me they are running an ad with a Microsoft-branded phone, meaning they are selling the discontinued Lumia, right? Has anyone seen something like this? It’d have been on TV or Hulu. Their website has some Windows Mobile stuff but I can’t tell how recent it is. I’m trying to confirm or deny hazy second-hand information.
posted by michaelh at 2:00 PM - 3 answers

Satellite photography book

Instagram is full of amazing satellite photography, especially of urban centers, monuments, landscape engineering, so where are the satellite photography books ? Not interested in just nature photography.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 12:17 PM - 4 answers

Help me identify an obscure 50s/60s sci-fi movie?

This was an amusing little B-movie on a rainy weekend when I was a kid, but I have only one really specific memory by which to search for it. [more inside]
posted by el_lupino at 10:57 AM - 9 answers

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