Earlier this week longtime MetaFilter member Sean Michaels won the Giller Prize, Canada's biggest fiction award, for his debut novel Us Conductors.
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!
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]
I just found the book I was looking for in my very first Ask Metafilter post. I am so happy. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes [more inside]
Somewhat snarky but very apt description of Mira Grant's Feed. I want to find it again. [more inside]
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.
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]
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!
(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.
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]
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]
Hyper-literate pony: LibraryThing's "Currently Reading" list -> Profile Pages? [more inside]
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!
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]
Follow-up: Matt Kish's One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick (discussed here) is now complete. [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
What books are in the "MeFi Canon"? [more inside]
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]
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]
We are scheduled to have the first meeting of the American Novel Since 1945 on Tuesday March 9th. [more inside]
Is anyone interested in working through a free class on American Literature since 1945 book club style? [more inside]
I Wanna Take A Ride On Your Media Stick! [more inside]
What about a Metafilter Book Club? [more inside]
Cloud Atlas: most recommended book on Metafilter? [more inside]
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)
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.
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...
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?
Sidebar nomination: 12-year-old girl changed-your-life books
I've got a feature that I'd LOVE to see added, largely driven by the number of "I just finished reading this, what should I read next posts" ... a set of fields on our profile pages where we can add a book that we've recently read/enjoyed (perhaps by ISBN?), followed by a comments box. That way, members could build their "reading histories" over time, and they'd be available to the rest of the community. I realize there are plenty of stand-alone sites that do just this, but I'd love to see it integrated into MeFi, simply because I'd be very interested in checking in from time to time to see what certain posters are reading these days. We all kinda get to know each other over time, and there's an unusually high percentage of very literate people on this site. (Forgive, please, if this has been requested before.)
Metafilter is mentioned in a book...The second page of Citizen Marketers includes a mention of a Mefi post about George Masters' Tiny Machines apple video
Usability: The Site Speaks For Itself has an interesting chapter by Matthew Haughey on the development of Metafilter.
jonmc has inspired me. in thread a while back, he recommended i read a book as a sort of "this is what i think about what we disagree about" retort. i have been thinking about it, and i do intend to get the book (from the library), but only on the condition that he do likewise for me. and then i thought, maybe i could invite some of our more famous meta-adversaries to participate in something like... a sort of tit-for-tat book exchange in the spirit of understanding each others' points of view.
Whoa! I dropped "metafilter.com" into amazon to try and find that alexa site ranking thing, and found out the site appears in 14 books.
metafilter gets a big shout out in the author's acknowledgements! - i was going to save this for sept 1, when dong's book will be officially released, but in light of wendell's missing tink post i figure now is as good a time as any.