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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
  • May 18, 2006


    Blog Drama

    Today I finally have the chance to make the round of reading all the blogs to the right under Daily Pursuit. I notice one of the blogs has suspended posting until further notice and erased all of its content. After a bout of inquiries I came to the grip of the sad truth that a blogger who was a regular of the site in question tried to resolve a lie aimed at him exposed the hoax of the site.

    The ultimate disgrace was the lack of explanation and addressing to any of the facts and doubts being unveiled. Honestly I'm somewhat shocked at this uncovering although I don't feel betrayed, owing to the fact that I'm only a baby blogger and have been reading this blog for a little over a month. I can understand the harm that such a hoax could have incurred on people who take to their heart all the intimate personal experiences and details cited in the discussion of serious issues. The hurt of betrayal registers on people's consciousness.

    I feel the surge to address the integrity issue for it seems as if integrity becomes some kind of myth that one can only read about it in books but it does not really exist. The internet has facilitated the flow of thoughts between people but also has (sadly) provided incentive for people to not have to take responsibility for their lies and dishonesty. It's almost like sending out someone else's picture and claiming it as your own, and when you're caught, you just take the highroad and dodge confrontation, and cannot even face the truth.


    Blogger Robert said...

    Who? Who? :-) Just kidding. A lot of times, the less I know about stuff the better. Ignorance? Prolly, but everything within moderation.

    Anyway, drama is right. Poor guy. He must have his reasons tho. May he simply be insecure or being just a dick, no one knows... and there're always more than 2 sides of every story. :-)

    Happy Thursday Matt.

    5/18/2006 2:18 PM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    I think some people view blogging as a way to let their creative process work, imaging sotires and events and posting them. Fictional, like the diary of Ellen Rimbauer. But I would have hoped the writer would put some kind of disclaimer on his/her site, letting people know that it's a work of fiction. Otherwise, it's just passing lies off as the truth.

    5/19/2006 9:30 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    I agree. That's the reason why we should provide link and disclaimer. I am speaking in general the ethic and how people should post with integrity. I have enjoyed the site and its content very much that it has become a daily ritual. The gist of the drama, though, is not clear to me. I think there's always the other side of the story. Maybe a little explanation will help right?

    5/19/2006 10:08 AM  
    Blogger matty said...

    I think that there are a lot of bloggers out there who create "new" identities/lives. can usually tell after reading and commenting for a while if the blogger is for real. The Internet has created an interesting world, hasn't it?

    5/19/2006 12:39 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...


    Well yeah...internet lets us get lost with the cyberspace and become other identities we're afraid to live in real world.

    It's funny though, why would a blogger who addresses such serious issues as HIV prevention, death, gay rights, etc want to back his arguments with fabricated personal stories and split the voice into three people?

    5/20/2006 5:56 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Hmmm... Good question. I would venture to guess that person has "issues"

    ...many seem to. LOL. Sad.

    5/22/2006 8:17 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...


    I guess I'll address you Matty instead of Matt since some of the readers think I'm commenting to myself! LOL

    The person who cracked the hoax has the theory that this blogger delves into identities of his loved ones who are deceased.

    If that is the case, my warmest sympathies.

    5/24/2006 11:57 AM  

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