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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
  • February 26, 2006

     

    Revelation of a Personality Test

    Okay, I'm always skeptical about anything astrological or supernatural like birth signs, zodiac, or horoscopes. People will read my daily horoscope and I'll just sustain a politeness with a pretended smile. My friends have been egging me on to take this Global Personality Test that has gained some popularity around the web with test-takers posting their results. So being usually skeptical but even more curious about this test, I gingerly click on the link and complete a survey with 126 questions. Some of these questions measure personality traits differently than what I might have guessed. In other words, trying to give the "right answer" or tackling the questions in a way that I deem ideal might utterly screw up the results. The key, like approaching a relationship, is honesty because honest reflection on how the test-takers think, feel, and act in general is conducive to accuracy. Here are my results:

    Advanced Global Personality Test Results
    Extroversion |||||||||||| 46%
    Stability |||||||||||||| 56%
    Orderliness |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
    Accommodation |||||||||||||||| 63%
    Interdependence |||||||||||||||| 70%
    Intellectual |||||||||||| 50%
    Mystical || 10%
    Artistic |||||||||||||| 56%
    Religious |||||||||||| 50%
    Hedonism || 10%
    Materialism |||||||||||||||| 63%
    Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 63%
    Adventurousness |||||| 23%
    Work ethic |||||||||||||||| 70%
    Self absorbed |||||||||||||||| 70%
    Conflict seeking |||||| 30%
    Need to dominate |||||| 30%
    Romantic |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
    Avoidant |||||||||||| 43%
    Anti-authority |||||||||||||||| 63%
    Wealth |||||||||||| 50%
    Dependency |||||| 30%
    Change averse |||||||||||| 43%
    Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
    Individuality |||||||||||||||||| 76%
    Sexuality |||||||||||| 50%
    Peter pan complex |||| 16%
    Physical security |||||||||||||||||| 76%
    Physical Fitness |||||||||||||| 57%
    Histrionic |||||||||| 36%
    Paranoia |||||||||||| 50%
    Vanity |||||||||||| 50%
    Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
    Female cliche |||||| 30%
    Take Free Advanced Global Personality Test
    personality tests by similarminds.com


    The three areas which I score the highest are orderliness, romantic, and hypersensitivity. No sooner have I dismissed the result as another drivel than I realize that the test may speak a spiel of truth. I am details oriented, discipline, and am uncomfortable with perfection. I approach work as scheduled and planned, meet obligations on time. No wonder I get a 83 in orderliness. Neat freak! All the indicators from the romantic area hit home - I'm an incorrigible romantic. I'm not sure what a romantic idealist is like, but when in a relationship my attention is entirely focused on that person because I would merge and feel oneness with that person. The fallback is that I'm easily hurt. There is a saying that "Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart." That's me. In hypersensitivity, I don't get distraught easily but I tend to be emotional. Also I'm less of an introvert than I think I am! Bibliophile is under the intellectual category which I achieved only a mediocre 50 so I guess this is where the test collapses right?

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