I am being held captive in a cell in San Quentin by my new boyfriend Bruno The Snake. I’ve managed to get access to one of the guard house computers through the exchange of certain “favors.” Please, anyone, send help soon…** ** I’m kidding. OK? Please don’t contact San Quentin on my behalf.


I’m up at the San Francisco Zen Center again. This place is getting to be like a second home or something. Or I’m getting to be like an unwanted guest who keeps stopping by and will never leave. But I’m here again anyway. Starting Wednesday I’ll be sitting a five-day sesshin at the Berkeley Zen […]


[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4pgv0B5Iqg] TRANSLATION: Announcer: Mr. Gori’s training. On screen words: The flame will still your confused mind. Without moving, quietly allow your mind to settle. Loud voice: Katsu! (nonsense syllable used mainly at Rinzai temples often as kind of reprimand) Announcer: Game over. For your family health, Wii Fit. On screen words: Weight, BMI (body mass […]


Here, for your entertainment and edification is an e-mail I just sent my sister about my nephew’s visit to me in Santa Monica. For background, Ben’s dad is Jewish and he identifies very much with being Jewish, although he’s really not very observant. Here it is: Stacey, My sad old brain doesn’t work well enough […]


I’ve been thinking about my love/hate relationship with this blog, its comments section, writing, and Zen in general. As so many nice people have kindly pointed out, the quality of writing on this here blog is not up to the standard of my books or Suicide Girls articles. And to that I say, d’uh!. And […]