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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
  • November 07, 2006


    Reminiscing Tokyo Part 3: More Pictures of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple (10/31/06)

    Click here for Part 1 of my Tokyo travelogue, and here for Part 2 if you have missed them. I'll be continuously updating coverage for of the entire Japan trip.

    More pictures of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.
    For 300 Yen you can make a wish and write it on a small wooden card and hang it on one of the racks around the temple.
    Local people allow incense waft over them to purify them.
    The interior of the Sensoji Temple. A middle-aged Japanese couple were hanging the strip of paper rendered by the fortune stick onto the rack.
    Now it's my turning to tie my fortune paper on the rack. I was making a wish...
    Many tourists misunderstood the etiquette of purification. You're supposed to make an offering to the temple, whose clerks will in exchange give you an incense. Light up he incense and place it onto the sand bath in the furnce and let the incense waft over the body to achieve purification. I hope the goddess will grant my wish.
    A favorite picture of mine. This one offers a complete view of Sensoji Temple and its peripheral monuments--makes a good postcard eh?
    After Sensoji Temple, I had a bowl of Hokaido-style noodle soup with gyoza (Japanese potstickers).


    Blogger thwany said...

    looks fun

    11/08/2006 1:48 AM  
    Blogger cipriano said...

    Great pics.
    I want to go.
    I want it all, except the raw fish.
    -- Cip

    11/08/2006 9:10 PM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    I'm loving the pics and the travelogue. I have wanted to go to Japan for the longest time. Anyway, I hope your wish comes true! :) Can't wait to hear more.

    11/09/2006 7:48 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what were you wishing for at the factory

    11/09/2006 12:49 PM  
    Blogger Kalvin said...

    Heh, I know I would need to have my wishes purified.

    11/09/2006 4:18 PM  
    Anonymous Ken said...

    Just thought I'd welcome you back to San Francisco!!! I hope you had a wonderful trip and got a chance to relax. Thank you so much for thinking of me and for the wonderful post cards and the e-mails! I enjoyed receiving them and reading them, (although was a little puzzled about what you said at the end of the second post card?) Anyway, I hope you get a chance to rest and get back into the swing of things
    smoothly. I enjoyed reading your was interesting to read how much others liked reading your Blog and how much they liked you as well.

    11/10/2006 1:37 PM  

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