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.
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.
I'll Tell Me What To Do Dept. (2016/07/28 08:00)
More on spiritual authority.
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."
I'm (Sort Of) A Believer Dept. (2015/12/09 10:00)
Me and my, uh, belief system, whatever you wanna call it.
The Un-Educator Dept. (2015/08/05 01:00)
Why "teaching" creativity may be a misnomer at best and a waste at worst.
Unthink For Yourself Dept. (2015/07/14 10:00)
Sure, maybe Zen is "irrational", but who's complaining?
It's Hard To Be Humble When You're Perfect Dept. (2015/06/09 10:00)
"The real enemy is not ignorance, doubt, or even disbelief. It is false knowledge."
I, Groucho Marxist Dept. (2015/04/23 01:00)
Why I wouldn't belong to any club yadda yadda.
The Irreplaceables Dept. (2015/03/03 10:00)
You are, in fact, a special and unique snowflake. And this should terrify you.
No Mind Doesn't Mean Mindless Dept. (2015/02/17 05:00)
Zen's "no-mind" means humility, not cultivated ignorance.
No Little Pink Glasses For You And Me Dept. (2014/12/22 10:00)
"...to be happy to be alive in the full knowledge of all misery, our own included."
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
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