Monthly Archives: November 2016

Gusto and a Sense of Elegance

The Omni-Americans from Collected Essays & Memoirs by Albert Murray.  The Library of America.  1048 pp.  $45.00 The Omni -Americans was at least partly prompted by the Moynihan Report (The Negro Family: The Case For National Action) from 1965, and author Albert Murray states his central thesis in the introduction, “Someone must at least begin to … Continue reading Gusto and a Sense of Elegance

Sunday Afternoon of the Soul

Sitting Rohatsu Sesshin In the twenty years I’ve been practicing at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, I’ve missed four days of Rohatsu sesshin, which takes place during the first week of December.  The first time was when my sister got married to her second husband.  I was the Ino that year, and when I got … Continue reading Sunday Afternoon of the Soul

Maggie’s Farm

Chronicles, Volume One by Bob Dylan.  Simon & Schuster.  293 pp.  $16.00 I’ve been fascinated by the reactions to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, which was announced as I was heading to Pittsburgh for my 50th high school reunion.  A number of Baby Boomers seemed to regard it as a validation of their whole lives, as … Continue reading Maggie’s Farm