Monthly Archives: March 2017

Absolute Belief in Zazen

Embracing Mind: The Zen Talks of Kobun Chino Otogawa. Edited by Judy Cosgrove and Shinbo Joseph Hall.  Jikoji Zen Center. Kobun Chino Otogawa came to the United States for the first time to train the novice monks at the Tassajara Mountain Monastery, which had just been founded.  After a couple of years he returned to … Continue reading Absolute Belief in Zazen

Beckett in the Bardo

The Unnamable from Three Novels by Samuel Beckett. Grove Press. 407 pp. $15.95. The mystery of Samuel Beckett continues, at least for me.  Some months back, when I had finally tackled his Three Novels—which had been sitting on my shelves for years—I finished the first two, but admitted publicly, in this space, that I gave … Continue reading Beckett in the Bardo

Stories Short and Long

Autumn by Ali Smith.  Pantheon.  264 pp.  $24.95 Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley.  Washington Square Press.  208 pp. $14.00 There are short stories that seem to have enough material for novels.  Alice Munro’s late work was like that, any number of mid-length stories, forty or fifty pages, which encompassed an entire life.  Frank … Continue reading Stories Short and Long