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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
  • April 21, 2006


    Another MEME on Books & Reading

    I adopt this meme from Candy Box, a neatly done blog from Taiwan. The original text, of course, is in Chinese, so I have translated and rewritten the questions here. Reciprocate in the comment field or post your answers on your blog.

    1. How many books are in your collection?
    On the shelves probably 500, plus five sealed cases of books. I buy at least 2 a week.

    2. What are you reading now?

    • The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life, Michael Warner (continuation reading of Covering: The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights, Kenji Yoshino)
    • Virtual Normal, Andrew Sullivan (the oppsoing school to Michael Warner's perspective, another further reading of Yoshino)
    • Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Other Trials from My Queer Life, Michael Thomas Ford
    • Arthur & George, Julian Barnes
    • Adrift on the Nile, Naguib Mahfouz
    • The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil, Nikolai Gogol

    3. What are some of the books you want to read?

    • War and Peace (translated by Michael Burn), Leo Tolstoy
    • The Page Turner, David Leavitt
    • Almost Like Being in Love, Steve Kluger
    • Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life, Steven Seidman
    • Selected Writings, Meister Eckhart

    4. What is your most recent acquisition?

    • The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life, Michael Warner
    • Virtual Normal, Andrew Sullivan

    I've been on a binge of civil rigts, gay rights, and social assimilation. So there you go. I have never read this many non-fiction at once. It's quite a change of rhythm for me.

    5. Which five books register the most in you?


    Blogger Greg said...

    I meme'd this one just a few moments ago. I like your book selections!

    4/26/2006 1:42 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Here's Greg's entry to the Meme...

    1. How many books are in your collection?
    According to LibraryThing, I own roughly 350 books, most of which rest every-which-way on my shelves and along my entertainment center.

    2. What are you reading now?

    A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett (a young woman becoming a doctor against societal rules during the late 1800's)
    A Fable by William Faulkner (struggling with this one as it is such a departure writing-wise from his other works)
    Blackbird by Larry Duplechan
    A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White
    Best Murder of the Year by Jon P. Bloch

    3. What are some of the books you want to read?

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
    Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
    Rhadopis of Nubia by Naghuib Mahfouz
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
    Frontiers by Michael Jensen

    4. What is your most recent acquisition?

    Best Murder of the Year by Jon P. Bloch

    5. Which five books register the most in you?

    Like People in History by Felice Picano
    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
    Blindness by Jose Saramago
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

    4/27/2006 3:52 PM  

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