Saturday, September 24, 2005

Top Recommended Reads

Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975...

Khaled Hosseini's stunning debut novel
The Kite Runner follows a young boy, Amir, as he faces the challenges that confront him on the path to manhoodtesting friendships, finding love, cheating death, accepting faults, and gaining understanding. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendsh
ip with Hassan, his servant's son. Amir lives in constant want of his father's attention, feeling that he is a failure in his father's eyes. Hassan, on the other hand, seems to be able to do no wrong. Their friendship is a complex tapestry of love, loss, privilege, and shame. -- Publisher Excerpt

Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffennegger
Clare meets Henry for the first time when she is 6 and he is 36. Henry meets Clare for the first time when he is 28 and she is 20. They marry when Clare is 23 and Henry is 31. Although Clare has known Henry nearly all her life, Henry has only known Clare for three years. Sound confusing? Not in Niffenegger's capable hands. Henry DeTamble is the first person in history diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder. In short, he time travels, thus making it possible for an older version of Henry to visit his "real time" wife when she is still a child, while the 28-year-old version of himself has no idea who she is when he meets her for the first time in October 1991.

The Stand - Stephen King
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the
108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.--Book excerpt

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon ("like the fish") is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer.
Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working her case.
The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of his changed family, and her younger sister Lindsey moves through her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. -- Publisher

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

3 AM: Random Thoughts

Don't deny it.

Girls like looking at girls. Right now I'm harboring a major fascination w/ the women in Wong Kar Wai's flicks and how Christopher Doyle can make everyone look so damn hot. "2046" showcases 1960s Hong Kong and the beauty of Ziyi Zhang. This smoky movie makes me want to wear retro cheongsams with stilettos, hair elegantly twisted in an up-do, and leaning against some wallpapered wall in a sexy fashion.

I never really liked Ziyi Zhang, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, because she always looked like any ol' Chinese girl with big eyes that are a dime a dozen in Beijing/Shanghai/HK--plus she's nearly pigeon-holed herself into the wuxia genre (House of Flying Daggers). But, in 2046, she was a sex-kitten in a very classy Bardot-Hepburn combo.

G L A M O R O U S ! Two snaps and a bag of chips.

Tony Leung is the man. Favorite Role: Lovelorn Cop 633, Chungking Express[633 sees a towel dripping]

Cop663: It was such a relief when I saw it crying. It may look different, but it's still true to itself. It's still an emotionally charged towel.


Cop663: Would you let a person on board with a boarding pass like this? It's dated today, but it got blurred in the rain. I don't know where it's taking me. Do you?

Faye: No idea, but I'll give you another.

Cop663: Great.

Faye: Where do you want to go?

Cop663: Wherever you want to take me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005