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Brad Warner on Zen Buddhism as a communal practice

I finished Brad Warner’s Don’t Be A Jerk today for the second time, in preparation for reading his follow-up, It Came From Beyond Zen! Don’t Be A Jerk is described as a “radical but reverent paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of … Continue reading

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What I read in March

March was nothing if not eclectic. I read a book about how the Pittsburgh Pirates used data analysis to turn around the team’s fortunes; a collection of samurai manga; and a book about Dogen’s Shobogenzo, one of the seminal texts … Continue reading

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What I Read In February

In February I finished the Harry Potter series for the second time. It was even better the second time around. I also read a great book about the making of They Might Be Giants’ Flood, and the first volume of … Continue reading

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Your favorite music, movies and books

I turned to Twitter (follow me) and Facebook (friend me) many times this year for ideas about things to read, listen to and watch. Then I compiled those suggestions here. And now I’ve compiled the compilations. Enjoy! Your favorite fantasy … Continue reading

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Your favorite fantasy series

Yesterday I posted the following message on Facebook and Twitter: I’ve read Tolkein, Narnia, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Amber, among others. What’s another good series? Many, many people responded with their favorites. I don’t consider myself particularly … Continue reading

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The Lost Library of Harry Potter

Everybody knows the classic books in the Harry Potter series. But have you read these more obscure titles? Discovered by Jason Crane Harry Potter and the Podiatrist’s Office Harry Potter and the Enlarged Prostate Harry Potter and the Chamber of … Continue reading

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