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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 21, 2006


    Spring Break...Sort Of

    I'm enjoying the big load of work lifted off my shouder during spring break. Instead of the jump-right-out-of-bed posting, I compose the entry so much later in the morning than I normally do. In fact I think I skip a day too. Anyway, it's quite uneventual and relaxing. I'm still debating if I should head down to Disneyland with my friends and indulge in the Happiest Place of Earth's celebration of its 50th birthday (think Greg just went there and he said two rides were broken 30 minutes after he and his boyfriend went inside!) My other LA ritual is the Getty Museum, which presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. The admission is free and it does not require reservation. Last spring my friends Weizhu and Patty went around the central garden and the promontory striking pose and taking pictures.

    Meanwhile I'm being a pouch potato at home catching up with Six Feet Under from the first season and leafing through the big stack of books acquired from the lure of Borders Reward Program. I'm currently re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird and laying my fingers on Captain Alatriste and the Thursday Next's series. The most anticipated Sandy Lam in Concert 2005 | 林憶蓮夜色無邊演唱會 DVD just arrived at my house and I cannot wait to karaoke along! Even if I decide not to to see Mickey and Minnie, I've got Sandy to keep my company!


    Anonymous Danielle said...

    Oooh, vacation. Lucky you! When a friend lived in SanDiego I visited and yes, we went to Disneyland (and it is quite happy there!), and also to LA for a day. We spent it at the Getty--and I *love, love, love* it there! It is one of the coolest, most breathtaking places! It was nice just sitting out by those reflecting pools. At the time there was a wonderful photography exhibit. Eventually I will get back there!

    3/21/2006 6:50 PM  
    Anonymous Danielle said...

    And are you enjoying Captain Alatriste? I am.

    3/21/2006 6:51 PM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    I'm jealous - I want spring break too! :) I love the Getty museum how lucky you are to be so close. Enjoy the rest of your spring break.

    3/23/2006 7:03 AM  

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