Gordon Samel, the moose hunter who unwittingly became a footnote in pop culture history when his 1992 discovery of the body of Christopher McCandless was detailed in John Krakauer’s Into the Wild, was shot and killed by police in Wasilla, Alaska, this past Sunday, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Samel—who…
"I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life." Jack Kerouac
(March 12, 1922 - Oct. 21, 1969)
When you sit zazen, you notice your mental constructs and then let them go. You don’t hang on to them. But when you write fiction, you have to hang on to your mental constructs, first, for a very long period of time, before you let them go.
But having said this, I do think they complement each other. Zazen is good training, and it develops certain abilities that are useful for fiction writing: for example, the ability to sustain focus and concentration; or the ability to tune in to one’s body and mind and to pay attention to intuition; or the ability to notice what’s causing remorse and suffering.
|—||Zen priest and novelist Ruth Ozeki, born on this day in 1956|
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless (via randomhouse)
Today is Douglas Adams’ birthday! If you haven’t had a chance to yet, pick up one of his books. And remember your towel.
|—||Oreo, by Micah McCrary|
|—||Interview with Rick Benjamin, State Poet of Rhode Island|
then wake to write you again
without hope that you read me.