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It's (going to be) that time of year again, where I find gifts for people who already have everything. Recommend me some good nonfiction books from this year or last (but not too good, or they'd already own them). [more inside]
Wondering if anyone knows where one can read all of the (typed/transcribed) letters of Julia Sand to Chester Arthur. More specific instructions below. [more inside]
I just finished reading The Goldfinch and the best part for me was the narrator's vivid imaginings of their deceased parent "on the other side." Can you suggest literary works that have memorable, poetic, vivid intimations of what the afterlife is like?
Just starting out on a five week journey out of the country and discovered I left my journal at home and will have to buy a new one for the trip. How can I integrate two half full, hand written, journals into one ongoing document? [more inside]
Next songwriting topic ... tell me about your memories and experiences of the kitchen [more inside]
From this article: “Her arch prose style recalled the anomie of ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries’” [more inside]
The gist was, and I'm sure I'm loosely paraphrasing: "It's ok to believe in whatever convenient little lie (or fiction?) that helps you get through the day." My first thought was Vonnegut, but I can't find it or anything similar.
I've just started working through Raymond Smullyan's classic text of logic puzzles What is The Name Of This Book? with offspring #2 and they, not trusting my explanations of such things, have asked if there's an answer-sheet with breakdowns of the solutions for it anywhere, as the book doesn't answer the questions it poses. Can anyone point me to one?
This seems to be something rampant on internet forums, and I actually find it sort of rude. [more inside]
Consider the pair of words (1a) mace, (1b) maze, as well as the pair (2a) zing, (2b) sing. Each pair has a single difference in sound. In each pair, would it occur to you to call one of the sounds "hard" and the other "soft" (or, if it wouldn't occur to you naturally, would you nevertheless have a strong instinct about which was which if someone else used those terms)? If so, which word in each pair has the "hard" sound?
Please note: I know the terms linguists would use instead of "hard" and "soft"; no need to mention those or to explicate the distinction. This question is about folk usage.
#metafilterfundraiser2023 Today I learned that the little picture on your web browser is a favicon. Not a flavicon - which is how I managed to read it since the auction last year...I discovered my mistake trying to auction off cortex's stained glass version of MetaFilter's flavicon - which you can bid on here. [more inside]
I once again solicit your experiences for the sake of songwriting ... next ... A person who gives themself the illusion of freedom but really doesn't have it. There are no external forces preventing it but they consciously and/or unconsciously limit themselves. Not physical limitations, more like psychological or emotional ones, though I don't want to rule out anything. [more inside]
What books include a child's tooth being tied to a doorknob, and then the door being slammed to pull out the tooth? [more inside]
I have an extended work trip coming up and I wanted to do something special for my 10-year-old. I was thinking of getting a bunch of different postcards and sending one a day with a partial story written on them so when the twenty or so postcards are all together they create a short story. [more inside]
I like road trip stories whether there is a goal or just a journey with a faint MacGuffin of purpose. Looking for recommendations for a short story/novella/novel (or heck even real life travel memoir) that consists of adventures on a road trip.
I read this book within the past two weeks. Can you identify it from my description of part of the plot? [more inside]
Which mysteries and/or psychological thrillers have hooked you from the very beginning? I'm looking primarily for novels or short stories written in the last three years or so, but also happy to hear about older works as well as non-fiction, films and/or TV shows. Please also let me know what you found so compelling.
I want to be able to write more like my favorite authors (David Mitchell especially), but I don’t know what to look for as I reread, or how to translate that into my own writing. How can I more closely analyze the books I enjoy to learn what the author is doing on a technical level? [more inside]
What is says on the tin, more details within [more inside]
What are the timeless classics of Spanish-language children's literature? Picture books to middle-grade, of any era and nation, if still beloved today.