Big Z, Little Z (2020/02/02 01:00)
Why I don't mention Zen much in "mixed company".
From Inside Out, Pt. 3,276 (2020/01/22 08:00)
Spiritual advice don't mean a thing if it don't come from within.
What It All Means (2020/01/20 08:00)
Zen's influence on my work.
The New Needs Friends (2020/01/13 05:00)
The new needs friends, not evangelists or apologists.
I Have Been In This Elevator Before (2019/11/05 08:00)
A mindset to be identified and resisted.
Snoopy's Neck (2019/10/24 05:00)
On a childhood possession and the nature of grasping.
Even One Word Is Power (2019/10/11 05:00)
I write fiction because I do not want to die feeling I have had no control over my life.
Beat Zen, Square Zen, And Fad Zen (2019/09/05 05:00)
If someone is now interested in something that once only had faddish appeal, their interest has a far greater chance of being genuine.
Self-Work In Progress (2019/07/24 05:00)
If you don't work on yourself, it makes the job of others defining you against your will easier for them.
Constructive Loafing (2019/07/23 05:00)
On Zen as the "do-nothing" philosophy (which it isn't).
The Passive Type (2019/02/20 08:00)
Zen as nonintellectual, rather than anti-intellectual. But also non-passive.
You Won't Find It Here (2019/01/23 08:00)
I sometimes feel like books about writing should be prefaced with, "You won't find any 'literature' here."
The Worst Horse (2019/01/07 08:00)
"If you understand Zen as a kind of practice to be a best horse you will have a problem."
Do(ing) The Right Thing (2018/11/02 08:00)
"moral action is also, inevitably, practical action, and immoral action is inevitably impractical..."
Sometimes Nothing Can Be A Real Cool Hand (2018/10/26 05:00)
There's this line about Zen practice that comes up a lot, that it doesn't "give" you anything.
Narcissism And No-Self (2018/10/09 08:00)
On a Zen concept vs a psychological one.
Now Is The Only Moment Of Your Life, And Other Necessary Delusions (2018/09/25 05:00)
It doesn't mean the present moment is the only thing that exists, or that plans are foolish things.
Too Smart For Your Own Good (2018/09/03 08:00)
"Beginner's mind" is not something we can impose on others.
Spotless Mirrors, And All That (2018/05/31 08:00)
The editing and rewriting process for any of my books always exposes me to the same dilemmas.
Owning Your Boredom (2018/05/30 08:00)
A redux of the old question: what's so bad about being bored?
Enlightenment NOW!!! (2018/05/27 05:00)
The desire for something quick is not itself wrong.
Theorizers Vs. Practitioners (2018/04/01 05:00)
Zen matters when it's practiced; it's getting people to practice that's the hard part.
The Unthinkable Lightness Of Being (2018/03/20 05:00)
On how Zen and Buddhism are not anti-intellectual, but non-intellectual. Big diff there.
Beyond Good And Evil, And All That (2017/12/09 08:00)
In re: "Trying to find absolute rights and wrongs is a trick we play on ourselves to feel comfortable."
The Nose On Your Face (And Everyone Else's) (2017/11/24 05:00)
On training yourself to see the obvious things.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind