A fun and fast read that is a real boon to anyone hoping to (a) figure out when things attributed to the Buddha are wrong, and (b) learn more about what the Buddha actually said (knowing, of course, that the first couple hundred years relied on oral transmission). Recommended.
A real page turner that highlights some of the lesser-covered parts of the game of baseball. While the racism that has plagued the game is certainly no secret, White’s first-hand account as a player, broadcaster and president of the National League puts a personal, human face on the changes baseball has made, and the distance it has yet to travel. This book was written by someone who is very confident, and who certainly seems to feel he rarely if ever made a mistake, but at the same time he made it through a four-decade career in a tough business as a black man, so some protective ego isn’t surprising. All in all, well worth reading.
This poem was inspired by the book The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Georges Simenon
to pretend with all your might
for fear that one slip
& you’ll find yourself carried
like so much dead wood on the waves
to stop pretending
yanking at the door of life
till it bursts open & the light
spills over your face
you make a pledge of fealty
death its only end
as if the human soul were
a bright unchanging diamond
rather than a sand castle
with the tide approaching
the little architect long since gone
leaving a half-buried plastic shovel
/ / /
19 January 2018
State College, PA
I thoroughly enjoyed my April reading. I finally caught up on back issues of The Sun, Barrelhouse and The Baffler. I also finally read Edward Abbey’s brilliant Desert Solitaire. I’m a big fan of Sparrow, so I was excited to get to read his new book ahead of its release in May. I’m still reading the wonderful manga series Lone Wolf & Cub. And finally I read (and was underwhelmed by) a couple new comics. How about you?
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 of Zen Buddhist philosophy.
I started reading the Harry Potter series for the second time in January. Finished it in the middle of February. I also read a bunch of stuff about Unitarian Universalism because my partner and I are getting involved in our local UU fellowship. Scott Meyer’s The Authorities is a charming whodunnit, and A Tale Of The I Ching is a lyrical and fictional account of that famous book’s origins.