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December 30, 2017
A person of my acquaintance heard a saying used jokingly when a person is taking a long time to return from somewhere, like the restroom: “[person] must be going to a frog wedding.” Have you heard this expression? Where does it come from? [more inside]
Is there a name for a type of writing that can be read one way, but is also indirectly meant to be read with a deeper meaning, for those who know what's going on? [more inside]
My sister is going through her second divorce. This is the second for my nephew (almost 10 years old) and the first for my neice (almost 7 years old). What books can I include in my monthly packages to help my nebblings through this? [more inside]
December 27, 2017
I am trying to find a book I would very much like to finish, unfortunately I can’t remember the title, author, or any detail that doesn’t pull up too much chaff when I search for it. Hazy details below the fold. [more inside]
I am looking for a journaling program/website where I can do free-writing on a more regular basis. Do you have any suggestions? Wants/needs inside. [more inside]
December 24, 2017
Having immense difficulty finding reliable resources to study Bengali, even paid tutors. I am in greater LA area for what it is worth. [more inside]
December 23, 2017
My mom died in October, help me write my holiday cards. [more inside]
December 22, 2017
I just reread the delightful The Goblin Emperor, and was struck among other things by how Maia essentially starts out with no one and ends up with a positive, close-knit chosen family. I was wondering what other books might strike a similar note, and thought I'd ask here for suggestions. [more inside]
December 21, 2017
I read a fiction book about a former child detective with a famous dead mother who lived in a small town which hosted a celebration of their family's adventures in an annual sort-of Bloomsday event. There was a lot of snow, which is what's triggered my question. An old enemy returned. Maybe the famous dead mother wasn't dead after all? Everybody had ennui. [more inside]
December 20, 2017
Looking for some fun fiction for my 11-year old nephews to give for Xmas. Stories that feature kids being inventive, solving puzzles and mysteries and exploring the real world of science, engineering or invention. Bonus for stories that adults too will enjoy! [more inside]
December 18, 2017
I'm about to complete a fairly major language-learning achievement (learning all the joyo kanji) that I've been working on daily since March. One thing I really loved about doing this was the feeling of having achieved something concrete every day, no matter what else was going on that day. I'd like to add a new habit or undertaking to my daily routine that will have this same effect. It'd be cool if this was related to learning Japanese, but it could also be something totally different. [more inside]
Daughter, voracious reader, aged 11. I'd like some graphic novel suggestions. Read and enjoyed: Nimona, Amulet, Ghosts. Knows more about than anyone else on earth: Warrior Cats. Adored: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I'd prefer stories that are age appropriate (so a lack of sex and drugs) and I'd also prefer to steer away from things based on cartoons (e.g. Adventure Time, even if I might be able to smuggle some Meredith Gran into her reading that way). What are the classics? What's new that she might enjoy?
Based on this FPP what are your favorite recommended books in a similar vein to Mists of Avalon, but without such a problematic author.
(In Montreal) [more inside]
December 17, 2017
I need help translating the Cyrillic-alphabet language used on these labels. The labels are attached to the hooves of a few painted wooden horses I inherited from a family member. They are allegedly from Russia, and allegedly produced circa the fall of the USSR; they could very well be from a former USSR country that is not Russia. I have very little information to go on. Any translation assistance, or help identifying these painted horses and where they may have originated, is greatly appreciated. [more inside]
December 16, 2017
So, wondering if any of you wonderful people out there could help with a tattoo I'd like.. Could you give me a translation for "hold my avocado" in latin?
I have limited experience but my toddler seems to have advanced language skills. Sample sentences ahead. Not going to do anything different about it but just curious. [more inside]
December 15, 2017
I work in marketing at a nonprofit that focuses on addiction, and we constantly struggle with trying to change the conversation and stigma with terms that are outdated, like junkie, but also want folks who use the old terms to find us on Google searches. How do we compromise? [more inside]
Hi, I'm finishing up shopping for my wife and I'd like to get her a really good mystery novel. That's the type of book she seems to enjoy reading most. In the past, she's particularly enjoyed novels set outside of the U.S. and UK (tons of Scandinavian stuff, but also books set in many other countries), but she's read so many of them that I'm having trouble finding something for her this year. So, can you suggest something that is obscure or new?
What is the best way to read James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake? [more inside]