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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 20, 2006

     

    Unplugged

    Tugged in the valley that commands the view of the lagoon, I'm unwinding here with only a couple of books and the ongoing thesis which I'm working on right now on my laptop. I left the charger at home so my cell phone is dead, maybe uninterrupted Walden Pond-like solitude is meant to be. I'm unplugged and disconnected from the world, technically speaking--just the murmuring of sea and wind jostling through the trees. Here are some pictures you might be interested in looking at. I almost finish The Dante Club, the ending of which I save for breakfast tomorrow morning. The Inferno is somewhat grim (and out of place) for this beautiful, serene setting that affords not even the tiniest vestige of suffering. Also the thought of being uncertain whether J likes me or not bites my mind. He's been very busy at work and I haven't had a chance to see him for a couple weeks. *sigh* Okay, I'll just relax and enjoy the quietude here. Maybe because my iPod is playing this sober tune:

    7 Comments:

    Blogger Carl V. said...

    She's pretty and has a lovely voice. Is this the same girl from the videos a few posts back?

    8/20/2006 12:21 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    where are you???

    8/20/2006 5:33 PM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    Great pictures! That George is a cutie!!! And, where the heck is Bolinas?

    Isn't getting away from it all wonderful?

    8/21/2006 10:35 AM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    Aha, I just checked on the whereabouts on Bolinas, CA 94924. What the hell is out there anyway? :-) Hope you had fun, and I'm sure you did.

    Glad that you're back Matt. I thought you were gonna be gone for a good few weeks. whew!

    Happy Tuesday! *smooches*

    8/22/2006 7:51 AM  
    Blogger Anomie-Atlanta said...

    I feel calmer just looking at your pictures. Where were they taken?

    8/22/2006 9:28 AM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Carl V.
    It's her debut single. Isn't her voice pretty? I'm bemused.

    Matty matt,
    I'm here. Didn't you see me yesterday? :)

    Greg and Robert,
    It was fun and relaxing, very quiet. I'm going up to Lake Tahoe for Sandy Lam's concert on 9/9, then a road trip to Oregon 9/15. I'll be off to Asia for 6 weeks on 10/10.

    8/22/2006 9:34 AM  
    Blogger Carl V. said...

    Those pictures are great, the puppy is very cute.

    What is the name of the lady in the video again?

    8/22/2006 11:22 AM  

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