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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 12, 2006


    Pet Peeves

    I have many people-think-it's-not-a-big deal pet peeves. Like the way you put in a new roll of toilet paper on the holder--I prefer the the end of it to be coming over on top instead of the bottom under. My other pet peeve is the adoption of movie poster to book cover when publisher releases new edition of a novel. When I saw the trailer of The Painted Veil starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts at the theater watching The Queen, I knew I had to take imminent action to scour the bookstore for a new copy of the pre-movie edition--and I found that copy at the new Borders in Westfield San Francisco Center. I don't hold anything against a film that is made out of a novel but, I do feel there should be a demarcation between the film and the novel. I know I am being a little too crazy on this idea but as a reader, and a bibliophile, I feel infringed when a movie poster supersedes the original book jacket design. I don't know. Myabe I'm like being fault-finding. Anyway, The Painted Veil has remained one of my favorite novels by Maugham. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s (in the film it doesn't look like Hong Kong), it's the story of the love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. I'll have to re-read it soon.


    Anonymous iliana said...

    I hate it when they do those movie-tie in covers too. Ugh. Not only are they typically not as pretty as the original design but then you have the actors in your mind when you are reading the book. Thanks, I'd rather use my imagination :)

    Anyway, I really would like to read this book before seeing the movie but it probably won't happen that way. Maybe I should go find a book without the movie cover just in case!

    12/12/2006 6:41 AM  
    Blogger Greg said...

    I'm not a fan of the "movie tie-in," but sometimes that is what will get someone to read the book who may never have before. He/she can relate the book to something familliar, even if it is an actor or a movie scene.

    12/12/2006 10:45 AM  
    Blogger richard said...

    just a little reminder for you, this film is officially starring naomi watts (lead) and edward norton (2nd listed), not the opposite.

    12/12/2006 2:57 PM  
    Anonymous Chris said...

    Often time I prefer to read the original novel. Something about the language that registers deeply in my mind.

    12/13/2006 1:41 PM  
    Blogger matty said...

    Yes, that is wrong. But, you know -- I do miss the "novelization" of movies. ...You know, that was quite popular in the US back in the 70's and early 80's --- hiring "ghost writers" to create novel versions of movies. It was way cool.

    The best one was for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER which was done like a cartoon of the entire movie only using actual pictures from the movie. I wish I still had mine.

    You know, I could be one of those movie ghost writers today if they still did that. I know that they did it for SNAKES ON A PLANE -- but that whole things was a big cinematic error.

    I like the toilet paper to be seated off the roller so that I can just pick it up. I hate those roller thingys.

    Yes, I'm a classy kind of guy!
    Oh, and that film version of the veil book is supposed to be fantastic. Of course, we'll be the judge of that. I read that Naomi Watts and Ed Norton ended up putting their own money into it to get it completed once filming started.

    12/13/2006 6:21 PM  
    Blogger Jef said...

    Marketing, marketing... it's interesting when the screenplay has been drastically changed for the movie. It's almost false advertising.

    12/15/2006 2:14 PM  
    Anonymous Mouse said...

    Yeah, me too

    12/29/2006 3:14 PM  

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