Patricia August Laquessa Ryfle, 1931-2009

My friend Steve Ryfle’s mom died last weekend. Steve is the author of Japan’s Favorite Mon-star (The Unauthorized Biography of Godzilla), one of the best books out there about Godzilla. I wanted to write about her because she was such an amazing woman. But I didn’t really know her well enough. Stuart Galbraith IV, author […]

July 4th Fireworks

Last night I went with my friend Nina to a 4th of July party at her friend’s house. This house happens to be located in an area of Los Angeles that is populated by lots of folks who very much enjoy their illegally obtained fireworks, let me tell you! As dusk fell, we were assaulted […]


My friend Nina wants to do Zazen tomorrow morning (July 4, 2009). So I will be at Hill Street Center at 10 AM if anyone else wants to join. Actually, I don’t run the thing anymore. So I should consult with the folks who do before unilaterally deciding. But I have now spoken. So that’s […]


There’s an interview with me up now on Buddhist Geeks. So go read it. Or listen to it. Or both. Or neither. Or both and neither. Or neither both nor neither. Also somebody sent me this funny article that reveals the truth about Zen. I’ve been thinking more about death. A friend of mine told […]


That interview about dating I just did (see post below) is on line now. click here to see it! As most of you have heard by now, the music world lost one its great legends, a performer who changed the direction of pop music forever and influenced a generation in terms of style and sound. […]