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Published: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:31:44 -0800

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Who should be contacted about bad nursing-home operators?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:31:44 -0800

Asking for a friend: family-run nursing home that had been providing excellent care has been taken over by a company that immediately started laying off people with seniority, cutting staffing, etc. There are still good people working there, but things are deteriorating weekly. Can't complain to the company, because the people running the place won't provide contact information; where would be the most productive place to apply pressure: state rep? US rep? senator? some board/committee/institution that supervises nursing homes? This is in Massachusetts, if that makes a difference.

What's an effective feminist organization for holiday donations?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:23:45 -0800

Last year I asked people to donate to the ACLU in my name as my gift. I'd like to do the same this year, but I want to add a feminist organization (for obvious reasons). I'm looking for something that will use money effectively to get women elected to office and/or end harassment. Basically, a respectable way to smash the patriarchy. (I thought of NOW, but I don't know if they've gotten top-heavy and ineffective like so many long-lived organizations.) Thanks!

Did women really think they could only love once?

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:49:54 -0800

I've been struck by a meme in 19th-century literature: women could love only once in their lives. In Trollope women pine for the man they loved (knowing they can never love again); in Goncharov's Oblomov the heroine, having "wasted" her love on the titular sad-sack, agonizes because now she can't love a worthy man. I can accept antiquated ideas in old novels (a man whose honor is impugned must fight a duel), but this seems so bizarre I'm wondering if people actually believed it or if it was an artificial assumption to provide plot motivation.

Should we stick with our financial/investment advisor or with the bank?

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:46:13 -0800

We've been using the investment service our local bank provides, but advisors keep leaving and we have to explain again what we want. The latest was the best; he understood our needs and managed our money well. Now we've gotten a call from him saying he's left the bank and hopes to keep us as clients; we've also gotten a letter from the bank saying "[new guy] is replacing [old guy] as the Investment Advisor on your account(s)." We don't really want to change advisors again, but we also don't know what's involved in the decision; your thoughts are welcome.

Well-known novels with two authors?

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:12:39 -0800

A review of the recent novel War of the Encyclopaedists, by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite, said "there are precedents for good, competent co-authored novels, but not many." Which got me to thinking; I came up with a few examples and googled up some more (see the "more inside"), and I'm wondering if MeFites can come up with others—examples from outside the Anglo-American literary world will be especially welcome. I'm looking for books that are well known and respected, and were published, let's say, before the turn of the century. The examples that came immediately to mind were Ilf and Petrov (the classic Ostap Bender novels The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf) and the Strugatsky brothers (some of the best sf ever written), and a little googling turned up Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (the Martin Beck books) and Ellery Queen... but that's about it as far as famous examples go. I've found lists of YA novels and other recent examples, but the only one that struck me as really notable was The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub.

Why is my New Yorker showing up misbound?

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:40:15 -0800

Twice now, my copy of the New Yorker has had two pages of the center signature way out of place (though no pages are missing). I would like to know why/how this happened (I think it's safe to say I'd remember if it had happened before, and I've been a regular subscriber for many years) and if anyone else has had the same problem (I assume it's not just me, but it's probably not a widespread thing because googling turns up nothing.) Details, in case they help: in the current (Nov. 30) issue, pages 63-64 have been printed in between 30 and 31, as part of the same 4-page unit as 29 and 30 (in other words, the center sig is 29-30-63-64); when I tear out 63-64 and stick that page after 62, I'll be able to read the whole thing in order. The same thing happened in the Nov. 9 issue except that the center sig was 35-36-53-54 (it was a shorter issue).

What is the furious homonym of "Booker Prize"?

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 15:11:42 -0800

John Banville starts his review of Lost for Words, by Edward St. Aubyn, thus: "There are book prizes, and then there is the Booker Prize, known, fondly, as the Booker, or, furiously, by a close homonym." The only likely suspect that came to mind was "Bugger Prize," but Google suggests that is not a thing. Does anybody know what he's talking about?

SF story about a man who shows up in a world of women wanting adventure

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:27:42 -0800

I'm trying to remember a science fiction story about a peaceful future in which there are only women and a time-traveling man shows up wanting adventure ("What, you don't have war? No soldiers?"), and I can't remember the title and can't google it up. Maybe by Joanna Russ? (End-of-story spoiler inside.) The women, mystified by his insistence that life isn't life without the chance to test yourself against mortality, inject him with a disease that has a 50-50 chance of killing him, thinking this should satisfy his requirements. Thanks for any assistance!

Cheap dinner with wine/beer in Midtown West, NYC?

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:00:16 -0800

I'm going to be in NYC Fri-Sun and have arranged to have dinner tomorrow evening with an old friend before heading up to the Bronx (Fieldston, near the Horace Mann School) where I'll be spending the night (so I need to be in a useful place to catch the 1 train or an express bus). I had been thinking of Luigi's, which was my standby thirty years ago (great cheap Italian food!) and which I was delighted to see was still in business, but they don't serve booze. Any suggestions for a good place in the Columbus Circle area? Must be reasonably cheap: my friend is broke and I'm not exactly flush. Also, I've heard the 1 line isn't running all the way to 242nd Street, or won't be running all the way tomorrow night. Does anybody know if this is true? And if it is, does anybody know which express bus I should use to get up to Fieldston?

Info wanted on Yoshiaki Hanayagi.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:19:58 -0800

Yoshiaki Hanayagi was one of the stars of a famous movie, Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff, and yet there does not appear to be any further information about him online. I have found his name in Japanese, 花柳喜章, but googling that gets even fewer hits (I don't know Japanese, but if I saw what looked like a substantial webpage on him I was prepared to try Google Translate). Does anybody know anything about him, even birth/death dates?