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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 25, 2006


    SF Pride Week (Take 4 - This is it!)

    I had a late start yesterday and didn't head out to the Castro until late afternoon. My friends and I were having some drinks and snacks at Harvey's and hanged out there for a few hours. Situated at the southwestern corner of 18th and Castro, it is a cozy place for brunch and dinner. It's a great place for people watching as the big windows afford unobstructed view of the hustle and bustle of Castro's busiest intersection. But the place is not as cruisy as other bars like Moby Dick and the Midnight Sun, owing to the fact that Harvey's is more like a restaurant and not a club. My friend Brent called from Cafe Flore (he said that is my restaurant!) where he and his friends were enjoying a late lunch in the patio. I could barely hear him, maybe only grasping every three other words he was saying. I could imagine the scene over there: macho men in tank tops basking in the sun, mix of locals with friends coming in town chatting over lunch, straight couples and tourists sitting in awe of their being the minority there. Thousands of people would be at the celebration quarter at Civic Center where the main entertainment stages and booths are, then pour into the neighborhood and party into the wee hours. For me partying and drinking have be out of my equation. I adopt a more mellow and sober way of celebrating the pride, mostly hanging out with friends and sitting somewhere that perches over so I can see the happenings. I enjoy a small group as I can be claustrophobic in a crowd. A nice spot for that would be Metro City Bar and Tapeo across the street from Cafe Flore at 16th. So...I'm ready for the parade, donning my rainbow lei, looking for my friend AJ who will be a pink bunny and Dan -Turning 40 will be marching with mayor Gavin Newsom.

    Gay Pride Must Read
    Since this is a semi litblog, I will leave you my top 10 books for the occasion of gay pride weekend. I tend to be somewhat biased toward literary fiction and social commentary. I was talking to a friend about how Alan Hollinghurst has made it into the literature section at the bookstore while Michael Thomas Ford will be found in the shelves of gay and lesbian studies. Anyway, here is the list, as of Gay Pride 2006:

    Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
    The Swimming Pool Library - Alan Hollinghurst
    The Trouble With Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life - Michael Warner
    The Commitment - Dan Savage
    Freedom in this Village - E. Lynn Harris
    What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality - Daniel A. Helminiak
    Covering: Hidden Assault of Civil Rights - Kenji Yoshino
    The Stroy of the Night - Colm Toibin
    Tales of the City - Armisted Maupin
    Breakfast With Tiffany - Edwin John Wintle

    Happy pride!


    Blogger Brian FInch said...

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    6/25/2006 9:18 AM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    Sounds like a great time; don't play too hard!! And I've read 4 books from your top 10.

    6/25/2006 7:02 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    I finally got to meet you!!! Yay!!!

    I used to love Harveys., I don't. Not sure why. It seems to have gotten too loud for an old man like moi.

    I wanna go to Twin Peaks but my friends are refusing to "let" me. It seems like such a cool/mellow place. Oh well.

    6/26/2006 2:43 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    Interesting list. I'll have to read some of these eventually.

    6/27/2006 5:46 AM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    Interesting list. I'll have to read some of these eventually.

    6/27/2006 5:46 AM  

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