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NEW FICTION OUT THIS SUMMER

Summer 2017 I'm happy to announce that a special new short story will appear in an upcoming climate-themed issue of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture and Politics. This story offers my modern take on an ancient Buddhist literary form, and will be paired with commentary by Holly Gayley, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado.

NEW SITE COMNG SOON

Spring 2017 After ten years of spirited weirdness, Fudomouth.net is getting a facelift. A new, mobile-friendly version of the site is coming soon. During the migration, there may be some reduced functionality.

Jack Kornfield and Paths with Heart

Buddhistgeeks.com This fantastic recent Buddhist Geeks interview with Jack Kornfield is one of the best dharma talks I've heard in a long time. Kornfield describes the map of meditation practice known as The Progress of Insight, and shares his perspective on the many potential facets of awakening. For me this skillful, open-hearted approach to path and practice is both insightful and clarifying. Don't miss it.

Books About Writing Books

Winter 2016 While writing a novel over the past year, I've been reading The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook. I've also been reflecting on other favorite books about the writing life, including Charles Baxter's Burning Down the House, Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and David Loy's The World Is Made of Stories. These last two, in particular, explore connections between writing, storytelling and contemplative practive. What are your favorite books about writing books?

NEW SHORT FICTION IN THE STOCKHOLM REVIEW

A new short story is out now in Issue 9 (July 2015) of The Stockholm Review of Literature, a fine online literary journal. The latest in a planned collection of short fiction, "Having Entered a Secluded Place" explores the implications of a test phase scientific treatment that claims to expedite the transformative potential of contemplative and spiritual practice. Read the story online in full, and find more at FudoMouth: Writings.

Entranced: The music of Club d'Elf

Archive.org Club d'Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians anchored by bassist Mike Rivard. As Rivard explains in this great interview, the band draws on deep influences to create an eclectic, improvisational mix of psychedelic rock, jazz, dub and Moroccan trance. Archive.org is home to a large collection of live Club dElf recordings, and Ive been diving into this treasure trove all summer. Here are my top five favorite shows to date: 2004-05-20, 2004-09-16, 2006-04-27, 2006-10-12, 2011-11-18. Enjoy the trip...

BEST OF 2014: INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

The amount of music that comes out every year is astonishing, and I rely on a haphazard combination of earnest searching and serendipity/dumb luck to find sounds that interest and inspire me. I've put together my Best of 2014: Instrumental and Electronic Music List for the online literature and arts magazine Entropy.

NEW SHORT FICTION IN EPIPHANY

A new short story, "The Acquisitions Department," appears in the Winter 2014 issue of the literary journal Epiphany. The print edition of the journal can be purchased online and at better bookstores across the land. You can join in supporting Epiphany's campaign to Pay the Writers of Issue 14 by donating via Crowdrise. Find an excerpt at FudoMouth: Writings.

NEW SHORT FICTION IN TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW

I have a new short story out in print. "A Survey of Minor Disfigurements" appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Tahoma Literary Review, and has been described as "subtle and irreverent existentialism." I'm delighted to have my work featured in this beautiful new journal. TLR can be found at Amazon.com, and is also available in e-reader formats for free. Check out FudoMouth: Writings for links and an excerpt.

GUEST BLOG AT TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW

I've written a guest blog for the Tahoma Literary Review, who will be publishing a new short story of mine in their inaugural issue later this summer. Read my short essay, "Some of My Best Friends Have MFAs: Writing Between the Cultures," at TLR.

MIXTAPOLOGY VOLUME 8 OUT NOW

In this exciting conclusion to the Mixtapology series, DJ Phalaris deftly integrates elements from each previous Volume, connecting the dots amidst more amazing music and audio collage before signing off in style, bringing the series full circle. Take a little headphone journey and enjoy the show! Download Now from FUDOMOUTH: MUSIC.

Dharma in Literature

Summer 2014 I continue to discover contemporary writers who explicitly explore Buddhist themes in their work. Award-winning novelists Maxine Hong Kingston, Ruth Ozeki and Charles Johnson are all practicing Buddhists. Peter Matthiessen's last novel is among a handful recently reviewed by Tricyle. David Mitchell (Ghostwritten, etc.) and Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl) are also recommended. The first collection of Buddhist-themed short fiction, Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree, was published in 2004. Happy summer reading!

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