A Late Quartet – A Movie Review

March 25, 2013

We stumbled upon this marvelous film the other night. I was scrolling through my Apple TV movie selections and came upon this title, A Late Quartet, that rang a bell as having something to do with Beethoven. So we downloaded, and…

Aleksandar Antonijevic

March 19, 2013

I was delighted, a while ago, to be invited by Berenson Fine Art in Toronto to write a catalogue text for Aleksandar Antonijevic, a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada who is also a remarkable photographer. I had…

Two Artists, Two Films

October 1, 2012

Long-time readers will know that one of my central preoccupations as a writer has been the predicament of the artist who, for one reason or another, has been sidelined from the mainstream current of his day, and who struggles with

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…