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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
  • June 20, 2006


    SF Pride Week (Take 1)

    Yesterday had been a busy day with phone calls, which reminded me that vacation is over. I've set specific ringertones for certain people on my contact list and my cellphone literally came on every 5 minutes with different melodies for few hours. Let just say it's good to be back to sunny, warm, bluesky San Francisco after being in suffocating, rainy, sultry Hong Kong. Don't get me wrong, it was a wonderful time to be with family and friends, to catch up with old chums at the wedding. A friend of mine was taking all the pictures with my camera since I was part of the wedding party. Pictures would be up soon!

    Lots of errands to do. I need to call up Dan - Turning 40 to follow up with AIDS Walk. I missed his organizational meeting last week and I have to sign up, join the team and start raising money! Pride week is here as I see many curious tourists and flamy boys pouring into the streets. Rainbow flags are flying along Market Street and all over the Castro neighborhood. On Sunday I'll be watching the parade with my friends at the Metro City Bar, a laid-back venue (probably not this weekend...ha) that perches on the 2nd floor above Market at Noe, a hot spot for people watching, though it's not as cruisy as Cafe Flore across the street.

    I tend to be claustrophobic mingling in a crowd (especially a crowd of sweaty able bodies...hahahaha...) so I am not keen on watching the parade and serpentining the fair. It's always fun to take lots of pictures of the celebration because after all, it's a celebration of freedom, pride, and honesty. And honesty takes courage. It is about being who you are and without being fearful and conscious of what others think of you. I'm still flinching a little bit speaking to my father about my being gay and he tends to afford this "don't ask, don't tell" silence. It preys my conscience every time when I think how such demand of conformity and covering forces the gays to lie about sexual orientation.

    I hope all of you, when you see that rainbow flag flying, take a minute to reflect on the long way we have gone as a movement, to reflect on your own life as a gay man. Thanks to Kelly for being an inspiration to create this series of posts.

    About the picture. The rainbow flag celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2003. During the gay pride celebrations in June of that year, Gilbert Baker restored the rainbow flag back to its original eight-striped version and has since advocated that others do the same. However the eight-striped version has seen little adoption by the wider gay community, which has mostly stuck with the better known six-striped version. (See the Rainbow 25 website for more information).

    To be continued...


    Blogger Greg said...

    Have fun at SF Pride. I have yet to make it up there for the festivities, but one day, I'll talk the boyfriend into it. :-)

    6/20/2006 9:25 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Maybe you should consider the Castro Street Fair in's not as flamy and boisterous. This year will be held the first Sunday of Oct. :)

    6/21/2006 7:46 AM  

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