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Having picked 15 iconic works of classical music begin my journey into the genre, I find myself "dis-concerted," if you will, by the idea that each has an equally iconic rendition. Experts say Mahler's 9th = Berlin Philharmonic, Carmina Burana = Eugen Jochum with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and so on. There are dozens if not hundreds of recordings of each of my 15 greatest hits. Should I worry about picking the Cleveland Symphony, say, over Berlin?
I want to get inside the mind of a wealthy and powerful person who is alive today. I think the easiest way to do that is to choose someone most similar to myself. Maybe that means someone who speaks English. What biography would I read to get an accurate picture of that person? What things can I do to help getting into the mind of this person? What can I do to genuinely /think/ like this person?
A friend who is dealing with grief and anxiety at the moment, and having trouble sleeping, is looking for unexciting podcasts for the middle of the night. Delivery slower and not too in one's face; topics not bleak, which rules out a lot of history or natural world stuff; UK accents. Assume she has heard of anything from Radio 4 - for instance, Clare Balding's Ramblings, which fits the bill. Thanks.
So, I usually overinvite for my birthday dinner, and I invited about 14 people for a 8 person resevation, thinking that like the last few years, a few people would cancel at the last minute. [more inside]
How do I not drink? [more inside]
Australia and Canada share a huge number of similarities, particularly in terms of international relations, comparable I think for example to the Scandinavians. So why don't we see the two countries standing closer together internationally and engaging more bilaterally? Is it simple distance? Is it that they're too similar, and therefore competitors? Or are we just too different on a few prominent aspects of our culture (for example, lacking a prominent sporting event; winter vs summer).
The character in my novel is a sociology grad student who's working on her dissertation. The year is 1991. She's conducted qualitative research, and I know she has to code her interviews, but I don't exactly know what that entails. Can you explain what this is?
Hit me with your favorite historical books of adventure and derring-do! [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for autobiographies/memoirs written by American women who were in their teens/twenties around 1925-1935. I'm interested in first-hand, day-to-day experiences of being a member of the working poor, first generation Irish/Italian/German immigrant, or middle class in small town America during that time period -- no Zelda-style wealth & excess, please. [more inside]
My goal for 2020 is to get out more, do more things, meet more people, and just generally re-join society after too long as a hermit. I also now have a girlfriend that I'd like to take out, do things with, and treat special. But... how do I find things to do? I'm in Austin, Texas, and I do not have, and will not sign up for, Facebook. [more inside]
December 31, 2019
Tonight, a small collection of my friends and I are going to release 2019 back into the toxic void from whence it came. What group activities/prompts do you like for taking stock of where you were/are and where you're going, or reflecting back on a (in this case, tough) year and transforming these reflections into steely resolve, hope, insight, inspiration, and/or something actionable for the year ahead? [more inside]
It is often stated - usually for the purpose of saying that we don't need more women in STEM careers - that the most reliable difference between men and women is that "men are more interested in things and women are more interested in people." Cordelia Fine and Virginia Valian have criticized this conclusion based on the limitations of the surveys used to determine it. I'm having trouble accessing the surveys, as they all seem to be products behind paywalls. Can anyone who does have access expand on the accuracy and relevance of their criticisms? [more inside]
December 30, 2019
With the rise of the new Roaring 20s right around the corner, what advice do you have for a 22-year-old facing an uncertain decade? [more inside]
December 27, 2019
My kids are tweens and we don’t live in the USA. My daughter does the “gotcha” version of the sign, most recently in extended family Christmas photos. Should I tell her it’s been stolen by white supremacists and ask her to stop? [more inside]
I’ll be spending NYE behind the bar. What can I do to make it special for both myself and customers? [more inside]
December 26, 2019
NYE is going to be just three of us: me, my spouse, and our fifth grader. What traditions are there from your family or around the world that might make the night fun?
Are there good books or websites related to archaeological collections in private hands? [more inside]
I am looking for the right acronym to use for an update of my psychotherapy practice website. I am not trying to imply expertise or specialization, I am simply trying to find the best term to express openness, inclusivity, and a warm welcome to all who are interested in my practice. The last Ask Metfi post on this was 2016, so I am hoping for updated opinions. I am leaning towards LGBTQ* or LGBTQ+ (and frankly I don’t know the difference, I would appreciate clarification on this). I have considered LGBTQIA (* or +) but because I am using this in a fairly generic and not specific context, I think the former (shorter) acronym may be more preferred? All opinions welcome! Thanks in advance.
December 18, 2019
I recently asked this question, and I definitely loved the suggestions and subscribed to them. But what I realized I'm actually hungry for is for some fun Asian American (or diaspora? I'm not sure about the term) newsletters to read. [more inside]
I'm getting married in 2020 and we've been talking about kids. I was raised Jewish; my future spouse was raised nominally Catholic. We're planning on raising any kids we have together Jewish, but I'm stumbling on what that looks like. If you were raised Jewish in an interfaith family, can you tell me more about how your parents helped instill a Jewish identity? Bonus points if you grew up in a non-Jewish area. [more inside]