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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
  • April 08, 2006


    Wallet-Liquidating Month

    It's the time of the year when a binge of birthday gift-giving liquidates my wallet! My sister May, my cousin Fiona, my best friend Fernando (the knuckle-head who obviously has not been updating his blog for ages), and my designer friend Estrella all celebrate their B-days this month. Usually I would have given my sister a gift card from The Gap, Banana Republic, or J. Crew. But I realize she might not be able to make an immediate purchase off the current line and she might have to wait. So I ask if she would mind receiving cash instead. My cousin Fiona is on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to ideas for gifts. She is the last person for whom I should buy apparel or accessories. So I resort to consulting her wishlist, which usually contains literature on interior design. The current titles include Dwell Magazine, Interior Design, the chic Elle Decor. Since the gift of a magazine subscription does not usually begin for another 8 to 10 weeks, I might just take her out to a dinner at the local hip Slow Club, a promising restaurant and bar in a loft with eclectic music, and features New American cuisine. A pan-seared halibut is brought to life with a pea puree, while an avocado cream crowns a juicy chicken breast that's paired with blue-lake green beans. Just the thought of these entrees make me drool now. Fernando is now a dad of a cute 10-months-old baby and a self-taught cook, he would probably wish for a breadmaker or a set of knife from Williams Sonoma. Last year the now hyped-up Peruvian joint Limon, which concocts some of the best cerviche in town, dropped the ball of my reservation for Fernando's big night with no explanation, apology, or any rescuing gesture. So I haven't been going back there for a year but have brought my business to its rival, Fresca, with much warmer service and a richer Peruvian flavor with undertone of citrusy sauces. With all that is going on, plus the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival, which I have mentioned previously, and in which a few films catch my attention, I certainly wouldn't have much money left in my pocket.


    Blogger Greg said...

    And what about all the money you need to buy books for yourself?! Can't forget about that!!

    4/10/2006 9:54 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    I echo what Greg said - what about the book buying you'll be doing? :) Oh well, it sounds like even if you will be shelling out quite a bit it should all be in fun and that can't be too bad.

    4/10/2006 11:06 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Greg and Iliana, I have already taken into account the usual $70-$80 I spend on books every month. I just found out I earned a personal shopping day at Borders. So I'll go scouring bookstore when I am free from all the birthday gatherings! :)

    4/12/2006 10:07 AM  

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