No Masters Here (2017/09/16 05:00)
There is no such thing as "mastery" of one's art, just improvement in whatever form is possible.
Try A Little Emptiness (2017/09/06 07:00)
Your Motorcycle Ran Over My Dogma (2017/08/20 08:00)
Why 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' made me hold my nose.
Be Ye Not As Doormats (2017/08/18 08:00)
On Buddhism and fascism and pacifism.
But What If The Moment Sucks? (2017/08/09 08:00)
On the problems inherent in "living in the moment".
Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept. (2017/06/25 08:00)
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
Self Control Dept. (2017/06/14 08:00)
When you assume full and total responsibility for everything that happens to you, even the things you think you can't control, you have a change of perspective.
The Mess-Age Dept. (2017/06/13 08:00)
On the themes I keep coming back to in my work, and how I try to not let that trap me.
It Takes A Worried Man Dept. (2017/06/03 08:00)
On taming my inner fussbudget.
Outside Lookin' Inside Dept. (2017/04/27 08:00)
If past, present, and future are all unknowable, what's left? (And why frame things that way?)
Some Of The Above Dept. (2017/04/12 08:00)
Do I call myself a Buddhist? I'm not sure I ought to.
Not Everything Is About You, Not Even You Dept. (2017/03/28 08:00)
Would you believe me if I said the universe wasn't out to get you?
Stop Waiting For The Good Times Dept. (2017/03/26 08:00)
You'll never get anything done that way. Take it from an expert.
The Happy Life Of The Mind Dept. (2017/02/19 08:00)
"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."
Change Their Minds Dept. (2017/02/18 08:00)
Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.
Coltrane Vs. Vonnegut Dept. (2016/11/15 08:00)
Two theories about the social utility of art,
Ow My Brains! Dept. (2016/11/14 08:00)
"Pain is not punishment. Pleasure is not a reward."
Mind: Your Own Business Dept. (2016/10/31 08:00)
On not letting my brain lie to me.
I'll Tell Me What To Do Dept. (2016/07/28 08:00)
More on spiritual authority.
The Mind At The End Of The World Dept. (2016/07/23 07:00)
For sentient beings who have considered suicide when the world seemed to be enuf.
Be Ye Not As Jerks Dept. (2016/07/20 08:00)
Belief or nonbelief isn't absolutely correlated with good behavior; it's all in how you use it.
You Are Not Your F***ing Khakis Dept. (2016/05/10 10:00)
And you're not your desires, either.
Mind Your Manners (And Manner Your Mind) Dept. (2016/02/21 10:00)
When people talk about "civilization falling apart" or "the death of manners" I can't help but think they are either looking for those things in the wrong place (like, say, a prison or a stockyard), or just sensitizing themselves to...
The Goalless Goal Dept. (2016/02/20 10:00)
"You can only find things by not looking for them."
From The Top Down Dept. (2015/12/30 05:00)
"I did it, why can't you?" dissected.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind