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IN THE MOOD

I think someone asked, “Would you please write about Canadian heavy metal power trio, Rush?” So here it is. I always liked Rush in high school. But after the Moving Pictures album it seemed like they wanted to reinvent themselves as Canada’s answer to The Police. I did like the song “Great White North,” their […]

FUCK ART LET’S ZEN!

Thanks for all the suggestions. Today I’m working on rewriting Nishijima’s version of Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Song of the Middle Way. As I was typing away trying to explain a particular point he made, I put down the following paragraph: “We say, for example, that a whirlpool is a spiraling current of water in a river. […]

NOTHING MUCH

I haven’t updated this blog for a while, have I? I’ve been running all over the place for the past week or so. I put together the final(?) version of my movie Cleveland’s Screaming to send to Scat Records who will be issuing the DVD this Summer. A bunch of people forwarded me the following […]

VIDEO FROM HASTINGS COLLEGE

For those of you who have asked, here are some videos of my talk at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska in the Fall of 2006. On Getting into punk:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BVOWLOz4BQ] On my teacher, Gudo Nishijima:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eQCGChEcso] On the connection between punk rock and Zen:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5IO6KlwFeU] By the way, I’m available for weddings and bar mitzvahs… (seriously, I do […]

LIFT THE SEAT

Im in Peets Coffee Shop on the Sunset Strip as I write this. Just a couple minutes ago a lame-ass pseudo punk rock dickhead with a big Mohawk and a high priced leather jacket walked in. How do I know he was a dickhead? Heres how. He walks into the place, makes a beeline for […]