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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • January 18, 2006


    Exquisite carvings at Banteay Srei

    Located 12 miles north of Angkor, Banteay Srei (967 AD), also known as Citedel of Women, houses some the finest carvings so perfectly preserved that they could have been carved yesterday. The ride on the bumpy road leading to this delightful temple of pink sandstone took more than 2 hours. The carvings are cordoned off so I could only look at the carvings from about 10 feet away. I used manual mode on my Canon 4.2 mega pixel DC to take these pictures. Banteay Srei is the place where the wealth of the elite court families is best appreciated. The pristine friezes depict Indra on three-headed elephant, man-lion incarnation of Vishnu, lustration scene, earthquake at the home of Shiva, Indra's rain and the female deity Devata.


    Blogger Oakland Rezident said...

    Amazing intricacy. What kind of camera are you using? Your photos come out pretty nice.

    1/18/2006 7:45 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Right? They came out surprisingly clear adn sharp. I was using an older model of the Canon ixus, with only 4.2 mega pixel. The edges of the photos are more clear-cut than the same pictures my friend took with his Panasonic Lumix 6.1 mega pixel. I'm thinking about replacing mine with the updated Canon model. What do you have?

    1/19/2006 6:26 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    oh btw...I took all pictures with manual mode....

    1/19/2006 6:28 AM  
    Blogger Oakland Rezident said...

    I'm still using a Sony Cybershot 3.2 but I'll be upgrading to a Canon Powershot 5.0 pretty soon. I really like the intuitive menu Canon uses.

    1/19/2006 9:33 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Canon is extremely easy to use...yes intuitive. I took picture of the night skyline in Hongkong with manual mode and pictures came out sharp. The newest model in the series is ixus 750 - I can't wait for the 10 mega pixel.

    1/20/2006 9:42 AM  

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