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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
  • May 08, 2006


    Book Reviews on a Halt

    I haven't been posting any book reviews for over a week because I haven't written anything on my Moleskine notebook. When it comes to writing, I like to scribble down my thoughts, reflections and opinions on paper and post onto the blog. I'm recovering from a burn that was imputed on me last Sunday, when I inadvertently knocked over my mug and emptied the entire content of hot, fresh-brewed coffee on my right hand. Ouch! Three blisters popped up on the delicate skin between my thumb and forefinger. After much effort of sterilizing, washing the wound, I nourished the burn with first-aid aloe spray and meticulously, gently bandaged my hand with hurt-free, latex-free, non-sticking tape.

    I've been avoiding my right hand while maintaining dexterity. I have to hold my hand in an upright posture while I'm taking a shower. I suspend all bicep curls and chest press exercises. The wound above all compromises my writing and reviewing. To prevent widening of the wound I refrain from gripping anything with my right hand. That means I have to stop writing as the tight grip of a pen will incur tension and forces on the wound. No contributon has been made to the reading journal as I hold on to my immediate thoughts in my head. When I read, my heavy leather bookweight comes to rescue big time as I have to lay the book down on the desk and flip the page with my *left* hand. I plow through the stack of homework and mark with colored inks as reminders. Post-it the papers which have problems with structure, style or coherence. After all, I have to defer commenting on them due to the affliction of my hand. So for those of you bibliophiles, I have to put a halt on writing while my hand is recovering. Reviews on Warner, Sullivan and Mahfouz are impending.

    Off to meet the chair/adviser to discuss the progress on my thesis now.


    Anonymous iliana said...

    Ouch! Hope it heals quickly.

    5/09/2006 9:02 AM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    Ouch is right. At least you can still use the keyboard on the 'puter. Whew!

    Heal soon!

    5/09/2006 11:37 AM  
    Blogger Tony said...

    Take care of that hand! Plenty of opportunity to write to your hearts content!

    5/09/2006 12:20 PM  
    Blogger Carmi said...

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for a rapid and full recovery.

    I often wonder what I'd do if my hand were out of commission for any length of time. I guess I could dictate to some voice software - a la Dragon Naturally Speaking - but it would change the whole dynamic of creation.

    I guess I'm too old school for my own good.

    Feel better!

    5/09/2006 12:36 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Thank you all. It's faring better - itchy as hell! The blisters have sagged and start peeling.

    This morning I shuddered at the thought of the moment of spillage - so I opted for iced coffee instead!

    5/09/2006 12:39 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Poor baby! Feel better!

    5/09/2006 8:59 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    I'm sending you healing throughts--with a touch of lemon. ;)

    5/12/2006 8:43 AM  

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