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I'm writing about the burgeoning concept of "overtourism," and I'm looking for smart academic writing about the impact of tourism -- not just economically, but also culturally, socially, etc. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good history book to recommend to my book club. However, it's summer and we finished a few really dense books and everyone is lagging so I thought I'd see if there was a good, gripping read that would be almost good for "poolside" reading. [more inside]
Many years ago when the New York Times still had it's book forums, there was a thread called Meander Where you May. I have two questions! [more inside]
If you have any experience estimating crowd size, about how many people do you think are in this march?
During the 20 years that I've known Los Angeles, it has become steadily more common to call parts of LA west of downtown "the Eastside"--Silver Lake, Echo Park, Koreatown, Pico-Union, MacArthur Park, and so forth. (There's even a website about these neighborhoods called "The Eastsider.") I have always assumed this is a linguistic discontinuity related to gentrification, and without an understanding of the actual East LA, but am I wrong? [more inside]
I was reading this NY Times article from yesterday about the risk of an imminent recession and I realized that I lack the economics grounding to really comprehend what's going on. What resources would you recommend that would help me fix this? [more inside]
Hi, AskMe. :) I have a fantastic opportunity to do something with a Swedish company, and was told two things, that I should expect email from someone soon, and that they basically shut down in July due to vacations and such, so the process might take time. This was ~2 weeks ago. When is it acceptable to follow up? [more inside]
Why are strangers always telling me I'm pretty? Weekly (at minimum), a cashier or fellow restaurant patron or movie-goer or someone I see out in public will make it a point to tell me I'm pretty. This makes me suspicious. Help me understand why. [more inside]
I'm a fifty year old man with no background in comedy thinking about taking an improv class. Is this a stupid idea? [more inside]
I once heard a story or a study about munitions workers in WWII. Maybe they made bullets. Or bombs. I can’t remember. But the women far outperformed the men at the same task, and I'd love to use this story in a current project. Can you identify the source? (details within) [more inside]
My kids (4 and 8) recently saw and really enjoyed Chillar Party. They can understand a bit of Hindi/Urdu, and I am trying to get them exposed to more content and culture of my native language. Any other movie suggestions?
In 1973, I finished the Gay Pride Parade at Washington Square Park, dead center of the front banner for the parade. Please, anyone know where there are photos? I was 16 at the time! I've searched, without success.
Hi folks, I'm a hetero male trying to be conscientious and I recently received a business email from someone that included the pronouns. This person had a traditionally gender ambiguous name, so it was helpful for me. I have some questions [more inside]
I would like to learn more about Syrian culture as well as the Syrian war [more inside]
I am from a country (UK) in which people don't get issued ID cards. People from countries that do have ID cards are often shocked by this and ask me how people identify themselves, and to be honest I don't really know... [more inside]
Clothes and food stuff, specifically. [more inside]
In plays set in Restoration England, I sometimes read of people, particularly women, going about masked. But not at masquerade balls — just out on the town. Was this a common thing? [more inside]
so i used to have this video file. i used it for test footage all the time. it was something like 45 minutes long maybe? here's what i remember: it was some kind of older documentary about indigenous/aboriginal people in a celebration of some sort. i believe it may have been a famous or important sort of file. perhaps because this special celebration they were having... maybe it have never been filmed before or something? And i recall them all wearing the same kind/color of red-orange (maybe) cloth. they start out kind of sitting in a circle outside, lots of trees around. eventually they are up and dancing and singing. i really wish i remembered more. [more inside]
How do you have a funeral with minimal small talk? Or at least minimal small talk for the chief mourner? Or at least minimal small talk for ME, if I am the chief mourner? [more inside]
My new job is 100% online and it's dawned on me that this means I could live... anywhere! There are certain things I would desire in an ideal place of residence, and I am very poorly travelled so am struggling to imagine the options that might be out there- could you help me dream of my ideal move? [more inside]