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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 2015-16 · 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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 d’Elf recordings, and I’ve 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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

New from FudoMouth! · 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!

The Photography of QT Luong

terragalleria.com · In 2002, QT Luong became the first to photograph each of the existing US National Parks with a large format camera. His online gallery features more than 11,000 photos, revealing unique glimpses of our National Parks and the remarkable landscapes they preserve. Also check out FudoMouth's page for more on the Parks, including details of my own ongoing quest to visit them all.

MIXTAPOLOGY VOLUME 7 OUT NOW

New from FudoMouth! · The Mixtapology series continues with a decidedly psychedelic excursion. Featuring music from Tame Impala, Apples in Stereo, Forest for the Trees and The Beatles—plus the voices of Terence McKenna, A.H. Almaas and Jack Kerouac—Vol. 7 investigates the sense of unity we find when the mind is opened wide… Download Now from FUDOMOUTH: MUSIC.

The Rise and Fall of Ken Wilber

kenwilber.com · Ken Wilber is the smartest man you’ve never heard of. He’s a philosopher and mystic whose work attempts to integrate all fields of study and dimensions of being into a meta-framework of understanding. This excellent short article insightfully explores why Wilber's ideas have not yet had more cultural influence. See also this concise introduction to Wilber's integral philosophy, hosted here at FudoMouth.

My Top Five Electronic Albums of 2013

pitchfork.com · 2013 has been a great year for electronic music. As a writer I listen to a lot of instrumental stuff, and highly recommend the following five albums (in order of release date): 1. Immunity by Jon Hopkins; 2. Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada; 3. Engravings by Forest Swords; 4. Psychic by Darkside; and 5. Virgins by Tim Hecker. All were rated "Best New Music" by Pitchfork, so I'm linking to their reviews. See this for additional perspective on Tomorrow's Harvest. Also check out Spin's profile of experimental composer Tim Hecker.

Remembering S.N. Goenka, With Gratitude

09.29.2013 · On Sept. 29th, vipassana teacher S.N. Goenka peacefully breathed his last at his home in Mumbai, India. He was in his 90th year. Goenka was an important popularizer of traditional Buddhist meditation, and had a profound impact on the lives of many, as this brief tribute attests. I'm grateful for my own deep introduction to contemplative practice through Goenka's teachings. For more on vipassana meditation, check out FudoMouth: Links.

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