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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 26, 2006

     

    Reading About Reading & Writing

    I just started Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them to set the tone for my upcoming vacation. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. I ponder at this thought and realize this is the reason I embrace language--I would read and reread the authors I most live, to read for pleasure but also to read analytically, to be conscious of the style, to be aware of the deceptively minor decision the writer makes in a sentence. After all, we were all close readers at an infantile age when we learned how to read the pictorial story books. Demands of other duties and obligations make us skim and read quickly the classics that deserve time and attention. I enjoy reading--to look for crucial revelations that are in the spaces between words.

    3 Comments:

    Blogger Carl V. said...

    I've seen that book at the store before and it looks interesting.

    9/27/2006 4:57 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    I must check out this book. I have a tendency to be a fast reader, it's not that I do it on purpose but it's just habit I guess. Especially if it's a great book then I am usually racing to get to the end. What will make me slow down is poetry. I love to re-read poems, pay attention to language, read them out loud, etc. Really try to "get them".

    9/28/2006 8:44 AM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    I'm taking a fiction workshop with David Fulmer. Last night he stated that he rewrites the first act of his novels about four times before he moves on to the second act. This was intimidating, but as I slept on it, I realized that the true art of fiction isn't just in the storytelling--like Dan Brown--but also in the rewriting where we chip away everything that is not essential. I'll have Jeff add this book to our next P.O. Having a bookstore has its perks.

    10/03/2006 10:04 AM  

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