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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
  • December 27, 2006

     

    Now To The Round of New Year...

    Another Christmas had come and gone. Now to the round of New Year's festivities that will cut down some of the food indulgence! This time of the year is usually full of merrymaking, giving and receiving, as well as surprises. Santa has really been good to me this year. When I finally got to unwrap all the gifts--the holiday mysteries under pleasant disguises of wrapping papers--late Christmas night, I found:

    • a black Armani Exchange embroidered/woven shirt
    • a newspaper boy's cammello hat
    • a copy of Kafka's Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes
    • a couple of Illuminations aromatherapy candles
    • a pair of AussieBum nylon rower midcut swim trunk (If you doubt yourself, wear something else. So true!!! LOL)
    • a Gap athletic-cut t-shirt
    • a Club Monaco V-neck wool striped sweater
    • an Abercrombie & Fitch gift card
    • a copy of Gay Life & Culture: A World History
    • a Hugo Boss mesh (oh my god) close-fit sweater
    • two pounds of La Colombe coffee, Nizza
    • a Joseph & Lyman cashmere sweater

    I'm so grateful although I have to say thank god no more gifts which I have to return or exchange at the store. Gone are also books that would be disgrace the library collection and that frighten me out of my wits! Just kidding. The best part of the holiday is to be ensconced with family and friends, in thier company, sharing, and conversations.


    11 Comments:

    Blogger Matt said...

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    12/27/2006 3:50 PM  
    Blogger Kalvin said...

    Heh heh, sounds like you made out well. Just what is a mesh sweater though?

    12/27/2006 6:00 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Yay! Happy Happy Christmas!!!

    B got me that Liz Taylor/Richard Burton DVD box set! It is so awesome!!!!

    Ing got me some cool books!

    Now, if I could just find a job!

    12/27/2006 6:02 PM  
    Blogger Carl V. said...

    That's a nice haul! Belated Merry Christmas!

    12/27/2006 8:31 PM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    Wow, what loot! :) I hope you've been having a great holiday. Wishing you a beautiful 2007.

    12/28/2006 6:07 AM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    Best Wishes for the New Year! And don't forget to wear your Hugo Boss sweater; it's chilly outside!!

    12/29/2006 11:44 AM  
    Anonymous Chris said...

    I think Santa is showing you some favoritism here. And oh, I can't wait to see you in that mesh sweater!!! :)

    12/29/2006 1:45 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Kalvin-the mesh sweater has these really tiny micro holes on it...the nature of this fabric, kind of threadbare, renders the sweater somewhat see-through....I bet you all wish to see me walking around the Castro in it LOL

    Matty-I'm going to see The Painted Veil with Ken tomorrow...The Embarcadero Theater is the only place showing it now in SF

    Carl V.-Happy New Year to you! What are you reading lately?

    Iliana-right, what loot! :) I'm going to use a gift card to acquire more books! Happy holidays toy you.

    Greg-did you get my belated card? I can't wait til summer comes so I can wear that AussieBum trunk. LOL

    12/29/2006 3:02 PM  
    Blogger Stefanie said...

    Kafka's Soup looks like a fun book. Must keep my eye out for it.

    12/29/2006 3:59 PM  
    Anonymous Brad said...

    Is Kafka's Soup a sort of recipe book?

    12/29/2006 5:14 PM  
    Anonymous John A. said...

    I've been wondering, who is Ken? Sounds like you really enjoy his company. I'm happy for ya!

    12/29/2006 7:58 PM  

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