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May 8

Trying to find a quote about happy stories

There's an excerpt from a speech/article/essay that floats around on tumblr that I'm trying to track down. I think it was by a female author, but I'm not sure. It's about how all these grimdark stories are presented as "mature" and "realistic" option, and that happy stories are seen as immature and joy is devalued, which is not a good thing. I'm trying to find it again. Does that ring any bells to anyone?
posted by platypus of the universe at 9:28 AM - 2 answers

May 7

Going deeper with Portland's problems

KOIN 6, a CBS affiliate in Portland, will present a series all next week called, "Is Portland Over?" It looks at how, as they say, "The city of Roses has become the city of trash." I'm esp. curious about the perpetrators. Whenever the arrested are shown on TV, they always seem to be young, white men and women. Very rarely are they represented by any other group. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 11:35 PM - 21 answers

May 6

Quotes from interviews, books and pop culture?

A while ago, there was a site called Quotenik (that has since stopped updating) that featured short thoughtful quotes from interviews, books, articles. It was great! Help me find something like that... [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 9:58 PM - 2 answers

May 2

Seeking content from nonbinary elders

I want to follow nonbinary writers/bloggers/tweeters/grammers/podcasters/TikTokers over 40/50/60. Any suggestions?
posted by matildaben at 12:59 PM - 8 answers

April 30

Is there an index or timeline of decolonial iconoclasm?

The Misak have just toppled a statue of colonizer Sebasti√°n de Belalc√°zar in Cali; this seems to be the sort of thing that's happening ever more frequently. That got me wondering, is there a place that compiles all instances of decolonial statue toppling? Like an index, or timeline. Confederate scum included.
posted by Tom-B at 11:48 AM - 5 answers

April 29

Chicago for a cerebral, single, middle-aged black woman?

I've always wanted to live in Chicago. Two concerns: violence and taxes. How much should I be concerned about those? And if not Chicago, where? [more inside]
posted by simonelikenina at 5:37 PM - 18 answers

How to best deal with politicization in decentralized charity group.

How do you cut through the (inevitable) political issues of community based charity and get back to work without alienating volunteers. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 12:32 PM - 10 answers

April 28

Is Responding Worth It?

I started a non profit that changes burnt out lights in cars. My first event was this past Saturday. Lots and lots of positive comments. And, already, negative comments are trickling in. But I wonder what these people in the second group are really saying. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:01 AM - 26 answers

April 27

Chinese Antiques Filter, Grant me some Knowledge

Hi AskMe, I've had previous success with obscure questions, and admired the amount of knowledge the hive mind has on all kinds of subjects. My mom would like to learn more about these antiques. Dad made a habit of collecting Chinese art, but we don't really know much about the historical context, how valuable it might be, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 5:45 PM - 3 answers

April 22

*Books* that touch on discrimination, microaggressions and intent

Books only! I am seeking book recommendations that deal at least in part with the assumptions that people have about intent, microaggressions and others' experience of discrimination. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:59 AM - 6 answers

April 19

A new home that answers 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor."

What specific practical examples can you help me find to help a remarkable group of elderly nuns to build a new home? These sweet, bad-ass ladies are really really into 'Integral Ecology.' They want to build sustainable, holistic place for their community to live their later years that will 'combat poverty, restore dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protect nature.' Think convent, community center, city park, wildlife preserve, and spiritual respite for the poor" rolled into one. Can you help with a bunch of cool ideas? (see snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 6:31 PM - 24 answers

April 17

Twitter profile management

How do people manage their personal twitter profile and balance against having a job that is potentially public facing? [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 10:25 AM - 17 answers

April 16

Russian Dance

A friend shared this video with just a comment about the sleeve length, but I'm transfixed by it. It looks full of symbolism and I'd love to know more, is it traditional? modern? what does it mean? Is it Russian? Can anyone help?
posted by sarahdal at 4:54 AM - 7 answers

April 14

Help/Hope me?

Maybe it's just me, but I've recently noticed a lot of instances where people (seem to) misspell "help" as "hope", in phrases like "Hope me find a new..." Is this a new trend I missed out on? Or am I misreading something? [more inside]
posted by shanek at 1:31 AM - 8 answers

April 13

School of Hip Hop

I'm 50, grew up on rock and roll. I've always liked hip hop, but don't really know my way around it. How to fill this gap? [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:34 PM - 16 answers

What was the singer Dalida's native language?

I was reading about the life of the singer Dalida and I'm curious about what her native language was. I know she was born in Egypt to Italian parents and then moved to France later in life, but from what I've read online she had a distinct foreign accent in both Italian and Arabic. Could it be that Italians living in Egypt had developed their own specific dialect or something like that?
posted by iamsuper at 5:04 AM - 6 answers

April 12

What are the best books and movies about stereotypes?

What books and movies help people to think about issues of stereotyping, including how to think about them with kids? I would be interested both in interesting examples that explain or resist stereotyping, as well as blatant examples of the stereotyping that is being pushed against. Ironic and internalized examples of stereotyping would also be interesting. Bonus points if at least some of the examples are appropriate for young people.
posted by mortaddams at 4:59 AM - 7 answers

April 10

What are the cons of living in Toronto?

So, I'm moving to Canada to get a Master's Degree in CS with focus on ML/AI, not to Toronto though, but close enough that I may consider moving there later on. A series of circumstances have put me in a position in which staying in Canada is a very easy thing for me. I've received a lot of encouragement from family and friends and as such I've decided to take the plunge. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 at 3:03 PM - 24 answers

April 9

Help me help my mother do her history homework

My mother is a woman in her 70s who's a member of Hadassah (an organization of American Jewish women), has been asked to do a presentation for their next big regional (online) meeting. She's been asked to present specifically about accomplishments of American Jewish women in the 20th Century, but her ability to do research is limited. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 9:34 AM - 14 answers

April 5

Pan Am-iversary

Looking for help with my parent's 50th Anniversary gift. They met when they were seated next to each other on the first Pan Am 747 flight from the mainland to Hawaii. [more inside]
posted by BeeDo at 7:30 AM - 16 answers

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