Category Archives: memory lane

2003/02/25

Last memory lane post of the day. I kept up with the Chesterton quotes for two more days before I moved on.
[Daylight and Nightmare, by G.K. Chesterton]
From “The Angry Street”:
“And you?” he cried terribly. “What do you think the road thinks of you? Does the road think you are alive? Are you alive! Day [...]

2003/02/24

It’s a testament to her skill as a writer that Byatt always excites such a vehement response from me, no matter what she’s writing. Actually, I still remember scenes from this book quite vividly. Reading this book was not about enjoyment—it means nothing to say that I liked or disliked the book—but about [...]

2003/02/22

Resuming reposting five-year old entries about books. At the moment, still sifting through the “Chesterton phase” of my last year in high school.
[Tales of the Long Bow, by G.K. Chesterton]
I’ve been going off on a G.K. Chesterton reading rampage, and I have a funny quote, from “The Unobtrusive Traffic of Captain Pierce”:
“I have every [...]

2003/02/18

[The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton]
I finished The Man Who Was Thursday last night, and I reaffirm my goal to try to write like G.K. Chesterton. I really can’t describe the book adequately, but it was like one of those dreams where you’re terrified or wildly delirious but you don’t want to wake [...]

2003/02/16

More than four years later, I still aspire to write like Chesterton.
[The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton]
Oh, and The Man Who Was Thursday is really an absolutely wonderful book. For example:
And in some strange way, though there was not the shadow of a shape in the gloom, Syme knew two things: first, that [...]

2003/02/06

I still continue to have contradictory expectations of Asian-American authors. I have yet to come across one that has managed to say something new about the so-called “Asian-American experience” while still remaining meaningful to me. Although thinking more on this issue, I think I would have preferred it if Chang-rae Lee had written [...]

2003/02/03

I don’t even know I’d call the book “ingenious” and “innovative” anymore. It’s certainly well-written though.
[The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen]
I’ve finished Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, which I concede is creative and ingenious and innovative, etc., etc., etc., but it was difficult to enjoy. I mean, considering that it’s about a midwestern American family, going [...]

2002/12/31

[Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas Hofstadter]
Further progress in Gödel, Escher, Bach has proven delightful. There was this dialogue called “Ant Fugue”, which compared anthills to brains in a rather charming way. The dialogue preceding this one was called “Prelude…”. Makes you wonder at the cleverness of the author in finding an [...]

2002/12/09

I have no idea what I meant here, but I still remember enjoying this book.
[The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, by A.S. Byatt]
I read a collection of fairy tales by A.S. Byatt over the weekend, including The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, which I liked, even though one would think I had very little in [...]

2002/12/05

The brilliance of Ishiguro: to take a flawed character who does terrible things not out of villainy but simple weakness and make him sympathetic. My generalizations about WWII are due to my world history and English teachers.
[The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro]
I finished The Remains of the Day, the Ishiguro book, and [...]