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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
  • July 04, 2006


    [Kong] A Music Video That Hits Home

    I'm flattered and floored by the 1081 hits to my blogger profile and the 22 sites that have links to A Guy's Moleskine Notebook in less than 6 months after I launched the blog on Jan 18. I bow to you all for the support and feedback. It's 4th of July and I'm just kicking it at home and reading War and Peace along with these bloggers. Never into any of the celebrations or cookout. Too many people anywhere, everywhere.

    The music video features a very special song that really hits home to me. Kong refers to King Kong falling in love with a beauty and the amazing love affair becomes a legend. I'm no King Kong nor am I interested in girls but I am a very loyal person in relationship, even if the relationship might not have worked out. Sensitive and emotional vulnerable, I wear my heart on my sleeves. If I fall for someone, I pour out my heart and swear loyalty--like that in the song--lay down my life and protect him at the expense of my safety. After a recent debacle in a relationship, I have had doubt if my being loyal is a mistake--am I being so stupid and stubborn to have sold out myself?

    No. I realize I have been approaching relationship too seriously and narrowing my perspective to only looking for Mr. Right. I have deprived myself of the pleasure and fun of socializing with other men and getting to know them. Sometimes guys smile at me but I pretend I don't pay attention. I know it's lame. I find myself faring much better and more comfortably in a small group than a large crowd. I'm often at a loss for words when I see someone I like. That has to change. After years of chasing after Mr. Right and dating people off my checklist, it's time to chill, just have fun, socialize, make friends and see where life takes me.

    Happy 4th everyone!


    Blogger matty said...

    Exactly! As soon as you stop searching and thinking so hard on it is when you seem to meet someone. This seems to be a universal rule.

    I'm sendin' ya an email by the way!

    7/04/2006 9:51 PM  
    Anonymous Jordan said...

    Good for you. Happy Fourth!

    7/05/2006 10:35 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Okie I'm not thinking. I'm not even looking. I was sitting at Cafe Flore busying with my class syllabus and being in the place where there are furtive glances a plenty, it's hard not to look. :)

    7/07/2006 11:34 AM  

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