Archive for the 'Chapbook' Category

NO, THAT CHARACTER IS NOT YOU…

March 12th, 2014

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 1″ with E.M. Forster: FORSTER: In no book have I got down more than the people I like, the person I think I am, and the people who irritate me. This puts me among the large body of authors who are not really novelists and have to […]

OR AM I JUST HAVING A WANK…?

March 11th, 2014

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 3″ with Graham Green: INTERVIEWER: Do you see much of your fellow authors? GREENE: Not much, they are not one’s material. A few of them are very dear friends of mine but for a writer to spend much of his time in the company of authors is, […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNINTENT…

March 10th, 2014

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 1″ with E.M. Forster: INTERVIEWER: Now, can we ask you a few questions about the immediate business of writing? Do you keep a notebook? FORSTER: No, I should feel it improper. INTERVIEWER: But you would refer to diaries and letters? FORSTER: Yes, that’s different. INTERVIEWER: When you […]

WE CHOOSE WHAT TO INVITE INTO OUR LIFE…

March 8th, 2014

The third aspect of Right Diligence is to invite the beneficial seeds to come up. p. 93 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

MIDDLE CLASS IS THE NEW PLEBIAN…

March 7th, 2014

Plebeianism (p. 55) It was a fair parallel between new Plebeianism and old Gentility. Plebian, a common person. Favoring the common person over the aristocratic gentility. (1533) From Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House Of Seven Gables. Previously…

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: VI…

March 3rd, 2014

One of the face slaps I recieved from reading Dan Wakefield’s Kurt Vonnegut: Letters has come from the realization that I have absolutely no clue about 95 percent of the literary references made by Vonnegut in his letters. I am a writer with a library that people have marveled at and not, by Vonnegut’s casual […]

DID ORWELL GET BOOKSTORES RIGHT…?

February 26th, 2014

Given a good pitch and the right amount of capital, any educated person ought to be able to make a small secure living out of a bookshop. Unless one goes in for ‘rare’ books it is not a difficult trade to learn, and you start at a great advantage if you know anything about the […]

IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO ADVERTISE…?

February 20th, 2014

Because my current project involves writing a 19th century novel, I’m continuing to read in and listen to music from the period. Right now I’m reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House Of Seven Gables (the pronunciation of the les drives me nuts, it ought to be GAB-less not GAY-bells, and don’t get me started on angels […]

REPLACE THE BAD WITH THE BENEFICIAL…

February 18th, 2014

Do something to help it go back—not suppressing it, but helping it to go back. One way is to invite a beneficial seed to come up and replace it. p. 93 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

YOU CANNOT FILL THAT WHICH IS FULL…

February 16th, 2014

The suffering that the Buddha talked about [in the First Noble Truth: to live as a human being is to experience suffering], however, is an experience that is often much more subtle than outright pain. it is a feeling of dissatisfaction, a persistent feeling that things are not as they should be. It is an […]

BRAIN DISORDER OR PARENTAL DISORDER…?

February 15th, 2014

Psychiatrist Jennifer Harris recently pointed out that today, “many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than to suggest parenting changes.” p. 86 [From A Rush To Medicate Young Minds.] From Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

PUTTING DOWN OUR BAD SEEDS…

February 7th, 2014

The second aspect of practice is that if by chance the seed of anger, despair, jealousy, suffering or trauma has already manifested as a mental formation, we do something in order to help it go back down to sleep again as a seed in store consciousness. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by […]

VIDEO GAMES UP… PROCREATION DOWN…

February 6th, 2014

A young man at college today has unprecedented sexual opportunities. Unlike his father or grandfather, he is likely attending a school where men are outnumbered by women. Even boys who are not the best-looking or particularly popular now have an excellent chance of finding a woman to date. Nevertheless, as the New York Times reported […]

PLANTING WEEDS IS A BAD IDEA…

February 1st, 2014

The first step of Right Diligence is to be attentive and skillful enough not to allow unbeneficial seeds to manifest. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

VIDEO GAMES UP… BOYS’ GRADES DOWN…

January 27th, 2014

Every investigator [Sax’s endnote at this point, No. 16, page 237, cites five studies and provides links to The Guardian and the original government report (which is now decommissioned but may be accessible in an archive). JH] who has correlated the amount of time that a child or adolescent or young adult spends playing video […]

OUR BEASTS STAND WITNESS…

January 25th, 2014

We stood waiting, five yards away. The warders had formed in a rough circle round the gallows. And then, when the noose was fixed, the prisoner began crying out on his god. It was a high, reiterated cry of “Ram! Ram! Ram! Ram!”, not urgent and fearful like a prayer or a cry for help, […]

WE ARE WHAT WE PAY ATTENTION TO…

January 22nd, 2014

Consuming in mindfulness is also Right Action. p. 89 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

SPANISH GRAMMAR, FROM A TEXT BOOK…? FEH…!

January 21st, 2014

…the agony of defeat is lessened by the comforting knowledge that [the boy] can just hit “Restart” and play [the game] all over again… and again. Today, any boy with a high-speed Internet connection can play in real time against another gamer across town or on the other side of the planet. Sophisticated headsets allow […]

WHY SOLITARY IS PUNISHMENT…

January 20th, 2014

Most of the tramps spent ten consecutive hours in this dreary room. It is hard to imagine how they put up with 11. I have come to think that boredom is the worst of all a tramp’s evils, worse than hunger and discomfort, worse even than the constant feeling of being socially disgraced. It is […]

MOM WAS RIGHT, SAY SOMETHING NICE OR…

January 16th, 2014

Speaking can also change the world. If we’re capable of saying or writing something, in line with compassion, understanding, nondiscrimination and inclusiveness, we feel wonderful in our body and in our mind. That kind of speech will have a healing effect. After you’ve been able to say something kind, forgiving and compassionate, you feel much […]

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