• Current Reads

      Life after Life Jill McCorkle
      This Is Your Captain Speaking Jon Methven
      The Starboard Sea Amber Dermont
      Snark David Denby
      Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel
  • Popular Tags

  • Recent Reflections

  • Categories

  • Moleskine’s All-Time Favorites

  • Echoes

    The HKIA brings Hong… on [788] Island and Peninsula 島與半…
    Adamos on The Master and Margarita:…
    sumithra MAE on D.H. Lawrence’s Why the…
    To Kill a Mockingbir… on [35] To Kill A Mockingbird…
    Deanna Friel on [841] The Price of Salt (Carol…
    Minnie on [367] The Rouge of the North 怨…
  • Reminiscences

  • Blog Stats

    • 1,081,990 hits
  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,710 other followers

Current Reads

btt button

One of those quick, easy questions that I ask periodically because the answer is always changing:
What are you reading right now? (And, is it good? Would you recommend it? How did you choose it?)

SFO 1113

I’m actually in between books: turning the last pages of Bangkok: A Cultural History by Maryvelma O’Neil and delving into Christopher Bram’s Mapping the Territory. I found them both in Thailand where I was on vacation a month ago. Maryvelma O’Neil is an art historian so Bangkok: A Cultural History emphasizes on the vicissitudes of the Thai capital through art history, architecture, and literature. It’s neither a history on an academic scale nor a conventional travel guide. An average tourist would not care for this depth and details. What I enjoy the most is how the author tries to put into perspective the contradicting religious beliefs and the city’s strive for modernity–and she succeeds. I am reading this book at the most appropriate time. Let me explain. If I read this book before my first trip to Bangkok, I would find all these information and historical background very overwhelming. Now that I have been to Thailand several times and have a reasonably good knowledge of the country, the book only adds more context to my travel experiences.

Mapping the Territory is an essay collection by Christopher Bram, who wrote some of my favorite fictional works like Lives of the Circus Animals and Exiles in America. The collection ranges through such topics as the power of gay fiction, coming out in the 1970s in Virginia, low-budget filmmaking with friends in New York, and the sexual imagination of Henry James. I’m reading this one because Bram has another book out titled Eminent Outlaws that I wish to read, so I better get caught up with him. The non-fiction streak continues!

3 Responses

  1. I’m currently completing Kofi Annan’s Interventions – A Life in War and Peace. It’s okay… the usual swipe of the brush and diplomacy (afraid of digging deeper) that memoirs are usually known for.

    From there, I may jump into Tolstoy’s War and Peace… this voluminous book with tiny prints might take my entire March, I hope not.

  2. […] (This post inspired by A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook.) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: