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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
  • March 09, 2006


    Brokeback Mountain Domino Effect

    "You know, I'm not really the emancipated girl I try to be at all. I guess I just want a man to come home to me every night. I want to be able to sleep with a man without being afraid he's going to knock me up. Hell, I want to be knocked up, I want to start having babies. In a way, it's really all I'm good for. Is that what you want?"

    "Yes, I've always wanted that."

    And no matter what I was doing, another me sat in my belly, absolutely cold with terror over the question of my life...With this fearful intimation there opened in me a hatred for Giovanni which was as powerful as my love and which was nourished by the same roots...I was in a terrible confusion. Sometimes I thought, but this is your life. Stop fighting it. Stop fighting."

    From James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

    The media seems to be on a binge of Brokeback Mountain even after Oscar's curtain is down. A Hong Kong newspaper deems a close friendship between two men a Borkback-style relationship. Yesterday the local paper estimates somewhere between 1.7 to 3.4 million women have married to men who harbor homosexual desire. These "Brokeback Mountain marriages" pervade all demographic and socioeconomic groups. These marriages could be for show or a refuge from discrimination. The movie Wedding Banquet (also directed by Ang Lee) comes to mind. Wai-Tung is the son of a rich Taiwanese family living in New York. Unknown to his family, he is gay and has lived with his American doctor boyfriend, Simon, for many years. His parents continuously pressure him to get married and have a child. At the same time, one of the tenants of the properties that Wai-Tung manages, Wei-wei, needs to get married to an American citizen to get a green card, or face deportation. Simon convinces Wai-Tung that both of these problems can be solved by a fictitious marriage, which would also allow for a nice tax break.

    It's time to stop fighting the heart's fight. Just admit who you are.


    Blogger Amelia said...

    I will definitely have to check out The Wedding Banquet.

    I agree - it would be nice if people followed their hearts. I don't think it's fair to marry someone but not harbor the same feelings that they do for you. You cheat yourself out of real love as well as your spouse, not giving them the opportunity to find happiness with someone who will love & desire them equally.

    3/09/2006 2:33 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hopefully Brokeback will give some courage to the guys to come out of their closet...since everyone is talking about it. But I'm also fed up with how some guys, like David in Giovanni's Room, who puts up with this pretext of being confused and not wants to face who he really is. I think it's a bliss to be loved by someone, why not just surrender to the love and give it a try?

    3/11/2006 7:26 AM  
    Blogger Puneet said...

    you know what makes me laugh is the fact that if one movie/theme gets famous and gets all these awards out of the blue...then other movie companies and actors think it's a great idea to build upon the "popular" thing going on. It's stupid...once or twice u like something but after the public is just going to get tired of it soon. check out this new supposedly brad pitt gay movie to happen

    5/01/2006 11:23 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Movie production houses try to capitalize on the hype of Brokback Mountain. But I bet this trend won't sustain as the summer blockbusters will never be a film on this subject. On the other hand, a friend of mine mentioned if there would ever be a chance to do a motion picture of Giovanni's Room....

    5/04/2006 12:56 PM  

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