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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
  • September 08, 2006


    Less Than 36 Hours Before...

    Sandy Lam Concert at Lake Tahoe. I'm getting all hyped up now trying to figure out what I'll be wearing for this once-of-the-lifetime occasion. I'll be seeing her live also in Singapore next month. Her music touches my heart chord and speaks my mind. Her voice exudes a stirring of melancholy that is not hopeless. I have made it a habit to put on her CD that becomes my lullaby. This particular clip, from 2000, which is definitely one of my top 10, reminds me when I go to bed alone, thinking there is something wrong (with my love life, or rather, the lack of my love life and with myself). That little moment, as Andrew Holleran says, of turning the light off, before going to sleep, always seems to be an admission of failure. Then there is Sandy Lam and this song:

    I often console myself with the idea that sometimes in life one could enjoy the men he dates without possessing them. But what happens to the true romance? Even after all the relationship woes, the fall outs, the unspoken goodbyes, the broken phone cords, I am still a firm believer of romance and true love. At least I've got someone for me out there I have yet to find.

    By popular demand of my fan club LOL I include a recent picture of me (not that I'm a narcissist...) It was taken last week.


    Anonymous Amelia said...

    Hot Stuff ;)

    Enjoy your concert!

    9/08/2006 3:51 PM  
    Anonymous danielle said...

    Is that your snazzy car, too?

    9/09/2006 3:23 PM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    Yeah, that's a nice photo of you Matthew! Hope you had a wonderful time at the concert. Well, I have no doubt! :-)

    Happy Sunday!

    9/10/2006 7:26 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Great picture!!!

    Ok, so how was the concert?!?!!?!?!??!

    And, you will find love. I think it usually sneaks up on you at the most unexpected time.

    See ya soon!!! I'm off to work!

    9/11/2006 6:34 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    Looking good Matt :)

    9/11/2006 7:00 AM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    Nice pic! Hope you enjoyed the concert!!!

    9/11/2006 9:00 AM  

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