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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 26, 2006


    Women, Men, and Books

    So are women still a closed book to men? The verdict of The Observer is that men finally realized what they are missing (to know women) and yet they don't seem to do anything about it. This is the conclusion of a study into sex (gender) differences in reading habits. According to Queen Mary College academics Lisa Jardine and Annie Watkins, who have interviewed 500 English men and women, men's top choices are The Stranger by Albert Camus, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Women opt for reading materials that usually belong to the stereotype that is imputed on them: the romance and the literary. Reading and books constitute to the bedrock of women's values, thoughts, and emotions. Women outvalue books so much more drastically than men do. In addition to being the lightning rod of ethic and morality, women rely on novels for solace. Novels could be the ultimate source of emulation in women's living and behavior. Men is the opposite pole. Books to men are no more than instruments to kill time. They seem to draw a clear demarcation between the characters and themselves, meaning, what goes on in the books stays in that virtual world of language and authorial meaning. Men are completely detached from the figurative and literary content in novels that women deem as reflections of their lives. Note that the novels men favor all share common themes of alienation, personal struggle, and indifference. But I'm a little surprised that thrillers and mysteries fail to dominate men's poll as much as I think men have a predilection for them.


    Blogger Robert said...

    For the straight men, they don't have the need to read cuz they have Star Trek, football and Hooters.

    4/26/2006 6:06 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    LOL It's true Rob.

    I read the post about Wu Xian Song, do you read/speak Chinese?

    4/27/2006 4:03 PM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    I speak Cantonese since I'm from HK, and I believe that you are, too. Wu Xian Song is from a Buddhist chant CD that I purchased awhile back, I listen to it quite often. From that, I only know a few words. I asked a friend of mine to translate, he said the writing actually is a bit difficult to decipher, but he did give me the bulk of the meaning to it. I'm happy. :-) You read much that I know, do you know the full meaning of the words?

    Anyway, I'll write to you tonight via email! :-) Happy Friday Matt!

    4/28/2006 7:12 AM  
    Blogger matty said...

    I find interesting that men and women are ever able to connect beyond just the sexual. My single female friends are always lamenting. Of course, I lament as well.

    "...where have all the cowboys gone?"

    I do so wish I spoke Cantonese --- or any other language. I took French for 4 years and am supposed to be fluent. I can only say 2 things:

    "Je suis fromage"


    "j'mapelle matt" ....and I doubt I spelled any of that correctly.

    However, it should be noted that my love of Asian cinema has led me to be able to recognize curse words in Korean. I can't seem to mimic the sound of the words, but I know a dirty Korean word when I hear one. Same for Japanese. Tho, not with Cantonese. sigh.

    4/28/2006 12:20 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Hey Matt, I can teach you Cantonese! It's more a spoken than a written language. :)

    4/28/2006 2:10 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    I'd love to learn it! ...I wonder if I could, tho. I've never had luck with learning languages. ...I do well to speak english.

    4/30/2006 12:35 AM  

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