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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 24, 2006


    Love In The Air?

    Love Parade on Market Street paralyzed the traffic so badly. San Francisco is having way too many parades and events that send millions of people on the street and thwart traffic. I mean, is there really love? Everyday should be a love parade for those who are truly in love--you don't have to dress up in tawdy costumes and wear a wig to declare love. Love is stigmatized--it becomes synonymous to one night stand, sex without affection. If I'm in love, my heart will be so heavy, my throat thick, with the thought of that special someone. I would play over and over again in my mind what we have said to one another, how he has looked, the moment at which he walked into the cafe where we met, his parting words... I might sound cynical but there is nothing wrong having expectations. Nothing is better than meeting the person who can share the fantasies deep within me, the secret wishes of the heart. I suppose what we all want is to not be lonely--what I really want is someone to love.


    Anonymous Mick Gordon said...

    Yes indeed - the so called "Love Parade" is probably just a legalized excuse for exhibitionism. A reason to be able to make a public display of yourself. I think some things are a person's personal business and they should be kept that way.

    9/24/2006 8:02 AM  
    Blogger Robert said...

    A love parade? Whatever happened to the little things in life? The simple things?!? Now we need a parade for love? Oy. Call me old fashion.

    Enjoy your day Matt.

    9/25/2006 7:45 AM  
    Blogger matty said...

    You will find love, Matt. Just don't go looking too hard for it. Love finds its way when it is ready.

    9/25/2006 10:40 PM  
    Blogger Tony said...

    Matt, I think Matt (#2) has said it the best. it will come...just let things happen. I found it interesting that this Love Parade ran the same weekend as Folsom ST Fair. it probably was easier for the city to have one BIG exhibitionist weekend/one weekend headache rather than two, if you know what I mean.

    9/26/2006 9:09 PM  
    Blogger mingerspice said...

    To be fair to the love parade, it started as a bit of creative agitation for German reunification, and the end of the awful Cold War.

    Which is not to say that parades with great beginnings can't end up tawdry and commercialized *coughPRIDEcough*.

    I must admit I have a fondness for large crowds having a lot of fun - there's always an element of anarchic tension to the whole thing that I enjoy. Well, at least in theory. That's the thing about anarchic tension - you can't please everyone, so why bother?

    9/28/2006 1:57 AM  

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