The Sound of Things Falling: Book Review

January 14, 2014

Just finished The Sound of Things Falling, a novel by the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez. In the translation, at least, it’s a beautifully written story exploring the aftermath of drugs overlord Pablo Escobar’s baleful reign over much of that…

Jews Defeat Hitler! A Book Review

June 25, 2013

How the Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Face of Nazism, by Benjamin Ginsberg. I’ll admit it, I picked up this book in the hope of reading some of the juicy WWII stories to which I…

Dharma and the Metta Map

September 25, 2012

One of the interesting things about the Buddhist teachings is that they are built upon so rational a foundation of elegant logic, and for this reason lend themselves readily to systematic application. A while ago, Dr. Barbara Wright took advantage…

Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

February 2, 2012

…In this thoroughly researched biography, David Chadwick, a Zen priest ordained by Suzuki in 1970, follows his mentor’s early progress from child to university student to priest and abbot, and through his quiet pacifism in the years of World War II…