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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
  • August 10, 2006

     

    Rambling On

    I was over at Technorati, a site that keeps track of who is saying what in millions of blogs and shows you how many blogs have links to your own. It's kind of fun and can be seriously addictive. With technorati you can tag individual post to make it more accessible. I have yet to tag my posts because it can be quite time consuming like a full-time job. Browsing through some of the so-called "top blog posts" I am somewhat taken aback: people are yet to be sated with entertainment scoops and Hollywood gossips from inundating sources like ET and tabloids that are literally up your face. And here in the blogsphere you find people tirelessly babbling about the same goddam thing! Look at covers of In Touch Weekly with a unswerving loyalty to cover the latest of Nick and Jessica's drama, Tom Cruise's baby; sometimes I think those vanilla nonfat latte-drinking (right, how can vanilla be nonfat anyway?) chicks would swear not to miss a single issue of the tabloid at the expense of calling mom at home. We are in a society where chasing the stars become more than a post-dinner passing comment. Here are the top posts according to Technorati, at the current hour:

    Clay Aiken Faces Lawsuit
    When Best Friends Go Mad: Bruce Willis Sues
    Travis and Shanna: The Divorced Barkers

    Nobody seems to care, or even being savvy, of the news that we have alarmingly elevated to a red terrorist alert this morning. Then I shifted over to Blogroll, a site that helps keep track of my favorite blogs/links with a one-click setting. For a paid premium membership, you can even categorize your blogrolls. Mine is one mixed bag of gay (life), literary tidbits, books, and social reflections. My friend Matty from Matt's Bit of Space mentioned how his boyfriend B never left any comments on his blog. That is not uncommon among people who might have been reading, checking, or lurking anonymously my blog. Neither of most of my friends blog nor do they post any comments. They are like few of my students who always sit at the back of the room and make themselves invisible during class discussion. Sometimes I look at their searching faces--they are struggling with the surge to raise their hands and make known their sound thoughts but at the same time they are too conscious of what others might have thought. Something to consider when I assign the course grade, like in borderline B+/A- case.

    John Baker just published my responses to his book-related meme. You can read my entry here. Nothing new if you've been following my blog. I did make a comment about why I pursue literature: Literature/fiction has the power to afford such chronological and culture diversity so remote from my own experience that makes it very appealing to me. It's like arm-chair travel but the novels dig deeper than the physical landscape to the hidden, sometimes forbidden terrains of culture, secrets, sexuality, humanity and history.

    1 Comments:

    Blogger Tony said...

    M,

    Oh yah! There are many elements of the Internet that can be addicting, even some of these blogs (or blog writing for that matter)! Guess it's all about self-control and balance. Hope all is well!

    8/11/2006 10:36 AM  

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