A couple more questions from the readership: I finished reading your book about a month ago and I really enjoyed it, I’m 17 and for the past 3 years I’ve been trying to figure out what life is all about. I started reading books on buddhism by tich nhat hanh, surya dass, and the dalai […]


I thought I’d try and answer a couple more e-mail questions: Many times in your writing I come across the idea, in one form or another, that “You’ll never be free of your problems, nor would you ever want to be.” — I have some questions about this approach. — What about the natural drive […]


You guys can say whatever you want. All I know is that the comments section under my Suicide Girls articles is always pleasurable and informative. The comments section here is like a visit to the nut house. OK. I’m overstating things. As usual. I always overstate things. That’s one thing you should know. I always […]

Roky Erickson at the El Rey

I saw Roky Erickson at the El Rey Theater last night. For those who don’t know, Roky Erickson was the leader of the 13th Floor Elevators, the world’s first psychedelic rock band. The Elevators were from Austin, Texas, of all places. In Austin, Roky and the band faced constant harassment from the authorities who didn’t […]

Associated with the Associated Press + Ohio Gig List

Wow. Lookee. I got a big ol’ article in the Associated Press. A writer named Eric Talmadge showed up at our retreat in Shizuoka in September in order to write a story about it. Though he had no great interest in Zen, he made it through the entire retreat, all those millions of hours of […]