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May 23

What're the best techniques for groups to avoid talking over each other

I work with a creative group that's highly functional but our process is, let's say, chaotic. In talking to the team one of the things that recurs is that people talk over each other frequently which creates an anxiety around both being heard and trying to jump in and get your share of voice. What're the best techniques for managing group conversations and helping the flow of conversation that don't feel condescending?
posted by GilloD at 11:01 AM - 11 answers

May 22

Is this shirt message friendly or potentially [accidentally] snarky?

I would like to sport a queer-positive tee for upcoming Pride, and also just generally to wear. I like this shirt and I like supporting HRC. But as a cis nonqueer person, I am teeny bit worried that me wearing this message might make the tone read as condescending or -- I don't know. You know? What do you think?
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 8:13 AM - 29 answers

May 20

Help me find a specific book about Russian history?

About 15 years ago I bought & read a used paperback about Russian history that I seem to have misplaced, and I'd like to find it again. I think the green is my best chance! Here's what I remember about it, although this could be wrong: first published in the 1950s, in Britain, for a general (i.e. non-academic) audience, broadly surveying Russian history from about the early days of the Rus through the Russian Revolution. I'd like to give a copy as a gift. [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 7:46 PM - 4 answers

Is borrowing from folklore cultural appropriation?

I am in the editing stage of a fiction writing project in which there is mention throughout of various mythological demon-type creatures, specifically the "wekufe" from Mapuche mythology. Should I be concerned that I'm treading into cultural appropriation? [more inside]
posted by southvie at 7:39 PM - 12 answers

Books about "the west," the railroads, and chinese immigration?

I know that those are three topics, but they're also related, and I'm especially interested in books at the intersection. Potential topics beneath the cut! [more inside]
posted by wooh at 5:16 AM - 7 answers

A murder mystery set in Jaywick, Essex, UK

I'm trying to remember the title of a murder mystery novel set in Jaywick, a small town on the Essex coastline. Key plot points: beach huts, young main characters (18-21), and a girl who had been terribly ugly but had had plastic surgery that made her merely plain. Spoiler/nsfw detail inside. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 3:54 AM - 4 answers

May 19

Prochoice gatekeeping / thought-police OR new-wave prochoice tenet

Is this a thing now? [more inside]
posted by i_mean_come_on_now at 7:03 AM - 28 answers

May 17

choosing a "rock" musical for analysis

I need to watch/analyze a rock musical tonight, and I'm trying to pick one. The range of shows under this category includes Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors, Bright Star, and Rocky Horror Picture Show -- I think it's mainly musicals primarily featuring contemporary music. Help me choose? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 2:19 PM - 27 answers

May 16

Like the MacArthur Grants, but for Community Organizing?

In my work as an educator, I’ve come to know a person who has worked on a series of related projects over the past 10-12 years. They’ve had a huge positive impact on the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of youth in the area. I’m truly in awe of their vision and their accomplishments, and would like nothing more than to nominate them for some sort of national recognition. Are there honors for people working in community organizing?
posted by carterk at 6:42 AM - 7 answers

May 15

Help a friend out: Topeka, KS edition

Friend moving to Topeka for some time, I'm looking for recommendations. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting at 12:40 PM - 3 answers

Underneath The Manhattan Bridge

Bridges like the Manhattan Bridge in NYC have distinct spaces underneath structural elements of the bridge as the roadway rises up to cross the East River. These 'underneath the bridge' spaces are used for parks, shopping, city storage, roads etc. You can find a fair amount of information online about the bridges themselves, but nothing about how these underneath spaces were planned for, or evolved naturally. Any suggestions on where I can find more information?
posted by extrabox at 11:46 AM - 6 answers

What's the best abortion rights charity to donate to?

In the past I've donated to Planned Parenthood. But I'm wondering, in light of the appalling decision in Alabama, if maybe NOW or NARAL , or some other charity would be better.
posted by BadgerDoctor at 10:22 AM - 14 answers

May 14

What genres are particularly well represented in various non-eng langs?

I don't mean in general, but rather, for whatever language communities you're familiar with, what genres are particularly strong and/or worth exploring in said language community? For example, in Chinese there is a genre called wuxia, of which crouching tiger hidden dragon is a famous example in the west but...the genre is really big (much, much bigger than CTHD!), and a lot of things are untranslated (though one of the uber classics, the condor heroes, is currently being's gonna be a while until it's all done though!). [more inside]
posted by wooh at 6:31 AM - 10 answers

May 13

Social class in America for dummies

Can someone help me find a very basic summary of how social class has evolved over the last, say, 150 years in America? Really no summary is too basic for me. [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 8:36 AM - 25 answers

May 11

Book about the founding of the Met?

Please recommend me books about the history/founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or other museums!). [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:25 AM - 5 answers

Green Man is sold out. What are my chances of finding a ticket?

Where & when would you look for a legit re-sale ticket for Green Man 2019?
posted by rd45 at 4:18 AM - 1 answers

May 10

It's called STR - scientists are baffled!

Did your toddler refuse to poop in the toilet? What did you try that convinced your little no-frontal-lobe humanoids that it is a good idea? Pediatrician told us to just wait it out. I have been waiting a long time and it is time to try something. But what? [more inside]
posted by Vatnesine at 6:29 PM - 14 answers

Are "man poops" a product of sexism?

In various mom groups I see lots of complaints about how long husbands take in the bathroom. Is this a manifestation of sexism or a biological difference or what? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 11:04 AM - 51 answers

May 6

¿Eres un hablante nativo de Español?

Which of the translations inside is the best? Please help me pick a Spanish translator for my children's book based on their translations of the same passage. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:39 AM - 6 answers

May 3

Grandma Moses and the Gang - Looking for Books on Elders Who Made It

What books are either biographical, autobiographical, historic or anecdotal detailing the lives of people over 50 who made a career change, who due to circumstance and who due to whim, and succeeded financially and in their craft in a huge way? Can be about anyone from 50 to 100. TIA
posted by watercarrier at 7:02 AM - 10 answers

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