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Humiliation: MetaFilter Edition

There's currently a discussion on the blue about not reading. In the article linked, Professor Amy Hungerford references David Lodge's book Changing Places in which a professor invents a literary game called Humiliation in which players confess to embarrassing gaps in their reading. Was wanting to know what some of these gaps might be for my fellow MeFites.
posted by Fizz on Sep 13, 2016 - 364 comments

Just a note of thanks, really

Hey hey. After a year and a half in gestation, I'm in the process of wrapping up a manuscript for delivery to my publisher this week. And so now I'm finally getting to what is, by far, my favorite aspect of working on a book, which is writing the Acknowledgments. And you're in them! [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield on Aug 15, 2016 - 42 comments

Post your seasonal reading/ listening/ whatever list!

Inspired by this post on the blue about Barack Obama's summer reading list, I thought it would be interesting if mefites posted lists of what they plan to or have read, listened to, or watched this summer. I don't want to leave out people in the Southern Hemisphere, though, so feel free to post seasonal lists for whatever the season you may be experiencing!
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Aug 14, 2016 - 124 comments

Books in Fanfare

Since the rollout of Books in Fanfare roughly nine months ago, only about ten people or so have had permission to post them; when is the site looking to roll out the Fanfare Book posting-privilege to the entire userbase?
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 3, 2016 - 18 comments

Let's talk about books, baby / let's talk about lit'racy

Books! We gingerly dipped a toe into books on FanFare late last year, and this seems like as good a time as any to talk about sticking a whole foot in. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 3, 2016 - 80 comments

Look for a book (or maybe website) on cycling

Many years ago (maybe 8?) there was a FPP about the owner of a cycling website who had passed away. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Dec 27, 2015 - 12 comments

The age of Books is upon us

Brace yourselves, bibliophiles: we're rolling out Books as an additional media category on FanFare! We're starting slow to make sure we've got all the wrinkles ironed out, with a few initial clubs started by your fellow users. Come on inside for details! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 21, 2015 - 231 comments

Books books books?

I respect and understand that lots of new work is being/has just been done on fanfare and the whole of metafilter, so I get that additional projects might not be forthcoming right away, aaannnddd.... I'm wondering about fanfare books? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 9, 2015 - 135 comments


I've created a script that converts a Metafilter thread into a PDF designed for printing in book form, including title page and contributor index. I used lulu.com to print a few and they look pretty good. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Dec 8, 2014 - 121 comments

My life's a rock in a rock tumbler, getting shone.

Earlier this week longtime MetaFilter member Sean Michaels won the Giller Prize, Canada's biggest fiction award, for his debut novel Us Conductors.
posted by furtive on Nov 15, 2014 - 88 comments

Book on crafting pop hits

Hi, can you identify this post? It was about a songwriter who wrote a book on composing high quality popular songs. The FPP included a rare interview he gave the Guardian and the thread consensus was that the interview was very poorly done. It's for a niece who's making demos. Thanks everybody!
posted by CyborgHag on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 comments

Books for the non-misogynist young reader

In the long, and incredibly insightful thread about misogyny that was spawned by the tragedy in California, I had a moment, going through my book collection, whereupon I realized that I had very few books with strong female characters that I would be comfortable giving to the kids. (Mine, and the crew that seems to live here during summer; boys and girls, ranging in age from 11-13.) I asked for recommendations, and the wealth of suggestions was amazing. I would feel selfish keeping it to myself, and wanted to share, so that other people with tween kids would also have them. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on May 28, 2014 - 71 comments


I just found the book I was looking for in my very first Ask Metafilter post. I am so happy. [more inside]
posted by changeling on Mar 14, 2014 - 21 comments

MeFi Marginalia discussion/signup

Inspired by chavenet's post, we're putting together a Metafilter Marginalia group. This is where you can help us decide how things will work, and sign up. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jan 13, 2014 - 144 comments

His Majesty, the Duke of Earl..

Today I learned that my title at work is Resident Pop Culture Expert. What's Yours? [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Jun 25, 2013 - 219 comments

Also, if someone knows an RSS reader with which to read the answers...

Did my AskMe query about advantageous reading in one's line of work set the record high ratio of question favorites to number of answers? More importantly, can anyone add to it? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 comment

Book full of animals?

I read a book recommendation on the green for a beautifully illustrated children's book about animals. I can't remember anything about it except that the pages were complicated and full of animals and you could spend ages looking at a single page. I think the illustrations were pretty realistic (not cartoonish). Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 6, 2013 - 16 comments

Good luck serving Spider-Man with supoena!

Jedicus and valkyryn pose with their metafilter project, The Law Of Superheroes (previously)
posted by The Whelk on Oct 13, 2012 - 40 comments

I can't find it

Can someone point me to a post (in ask.me I think) that featured examples of good science-fiction in non-Western Europe settings? [more inside]
posted by oddman on Aug 17, 2012 - 24 comments

No Numbers, No Colors, Linguistics

Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jun 30, 2012 - 1 comment

Ow! My eyes!

Somewhat snarky but very apt description of Mira Grant's Feed. I want to find it again. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 9, 2012 - 14 comments

We live great lives.

Looking for a comment from within the past couple of years, comment describes how in our current Western societies we live better than kings ever could have dreamed of, books on our shelves, good food easily found, tons of entertainment easily available at the click of a button, climate controlled homes, cars and bicycles and trains and planes, etc and etc.
posted by dancestoblue on May 7, 2012 - 23 comments

Are you on GetGlue

How many other MeFites are on GetGlue? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 23, 2012 - 24 comments

Want to know what books fellow Mefites like? Come participate in a mass Goodreads enfriending

Want to know what books fellow Mefites like? Want to maybe take part in a Mefi reading group? Come participate in a mass Goodreads enfriending! [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 5, 2012 - 129 comments

Show us your books!

Inspired by cristinacristinacristina's comment here and in the spirit of this Meta from 2008 where we shared photos of our desks, show us your books and tell us how you organize them!
posted by mlis on Jan 10, 2012 - 79 comments

Mefi's own Languagehat

(mefi's own) Languagehat ranks #1 on the list of people asked about their favorite reads in 2011 by The Millions. I'm sure there are a couple other mefites on the list, too.
posted by crunchland on Dec 15, 2011 - 38 comments

Please help us buy your books.

So, I was reading the writer's block post, and I had a thought....is there a central repository of all of the published writers here? I'm a pretty big book buyer, and I'd happily support the authors here. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Oct 7, 2011 - 50 comments

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?

Longtime MeFite GaelFC's compendium of '70s and '80s childhood nostalgia, Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? was released this week to much fanfare. [more inside]
posted by cirocco on Jun 9, 2011 - 30 comments

LibraryThing Currently Reading

Hyper-literate pony: LibraryThing's "Currently Reading" list -> Profile Pages? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 6, 2011 - 63 comments

Congrats to our most newly published author!

Post-Apocalypse Dead Letter Office first appeared in Projects, but now you can find it on Amazon. Congrats to cog_nate on his first novel!
posted by donnagirl on Apr 17, 2011 - 32 comments

Any interest in a Frequently Recommended Books wiki page?

I'd like to create a MeFi Wiki page listing books that are frequently recommended in AskMe answers. Would anyone else be interested in such a resource and/or does anyone want to help out? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Jan 31, 2011 - 44 comments

The drama's done.

Follow-up: Matt Kish's One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick (discussed here) is now complete. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 29, 2011 - 14 comments

A MeFi shoutout, in print, in a real-life book!

David Wondrich (Splificator) gives MetaFilter a shoutout in his new book Punch [more inside]
posted by jpeacock on Jan 10, 2011 - 30 comments

The Mefite Library: Books By Mefites

The Mefite Library: Some of you might know that I'm a book editor. I was very excited to see so many books in the holiday shop, but I was also a little sad that mefites who have a hand in creating books in other ways aren't represented. So, I'm starting a page (on the wiki for now) to collect links to books that mefites have written, edited, been anthologized in, or otherwise created. (Have a book of your photography or art? Did all of the research for a book? Art directed or illustrated a book? Please include!) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 14, 2010 - 45 comments


Life, as it turns out can be something like this. In a thread on Gibson, presumed statements by Nisi Shawl are being discussed when in steps Nisi herself and (but much more gently than Marshall McLuhan) sets the record state.
posted by Neiltupper on Dec 5, 2010 - 86 comments

Languagehat's Year In Reading

Please enjoy this post by MeFi's own languagehat on The Millions, a blog edited by MeFi's own merlinmann cmaxmagee, about some favorite books he read this year. There are also many Year In Reading entries by other literary luminaries and the series will continue until year end.
posted by matildaben on Dec 1, 2010 - 36 comments

What books are in the "MeFi Canon"?

What books are in the "MeFi Canon"? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 4, 2010 - 145 comments

Book Club - The American Novel Since 1945 - Episode 2

The book club thread is now live on MetaChat. We read Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood along with the lectures on it by Professor Amy Hungerford, here and here. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Apr 21, 2010 - 6 comments

Publishers meet over drinks to solve the problem of pirating once and for all!

Are you going to BEA in New York next month? Will you be in New York on the 26th of May? Do you like books? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Apr 20, 2010 - 57 comments

Live New Book Club

The book club discussion is up on MetaChat, here. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Mar 10, 2010 - 2 comments

Book Club - The American Novel Since 1945 - Episode I

We are scheduled to have the first meeting of the American Novel Since 1945 on Tuesday March 9th. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Mar 1, 2010 - 14 comments

Maybe we can the mods to grade the final

Is anyone interested in working through a free class on American Literature since 1945 book club style? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Feb 5, 2010 - 62 comments

Hit Me, Hit Me, HIT ME with Your Viral Stick!

I Wanna Take A Ride On Your Media Stick! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Dec 9, 2009 - 2 comments

Metafilter Book Club

What about a Metafilter Book Club? [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 14, 2009 - 88 comments

Cloud Atlas: most recommended book on Metafilter?

Cloud Atlas: most recommended book on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Aug 15, 2009 - 73 comments

A long list of books

Here is a books-only list, broken up by subject, of the What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople? thread. (via)
posted by nitsuj on May 12, 2009 - 17 comments

How to Read is Something for Everyone.

My AskMe from this morning was answered beautifully, with depth and consideration. As it is right now, at 20:07 EST, it is a beautiful little anthology on How to Read. I would shamelessly nominate it for the sidebar.
posted by Tufa on Jan 29, 2009 - 62 comments

Translate ReadMe int CheckMeOutFromLibrary

I seem to remember that in the wake of this question someone mentioned (on MeTa, I think) putting all the books that appealed to them into an Amazon wishlist. They were then able to use some sort of tool that exported it into a format useful for taking it to their public library. Does anyone remember this posting? I tried to search for it but my googleFu blah blah blah...
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 20, 2007 - 14 comments


I collected book related askMes on the wiki into readMe. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 8, 2007 - 77 comments


I was kind of peeved when Technorati dropped the book category from their popular page and list. I've also noticed a lot of requests for book recommendations on AskMiFi. Bunches of book or bookish tags. Mefites seem a bookish crowd. A fascinating Librarything group. Might it be worth considering expanding the book conversation specifically? We have a Music page. Why not a Books page? Rather than posting music files or lists, we could link to Amazon or Powells or Libraything or Google Book Search or WorldCat or blogs or reviews. There's a movement to react to the old media's abandonment of book coverage by encouraging more online coverage. Is this worth investigating for Metafilter?
posted by Toekneesan on Jul 11, 2007 - 31 comments

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