Andrew Sullivan, prolific blogger and former editor the The New Republic, gave a shout-out to award-winning novelist, filmmaker, Zen priest (and, Shambhala Sun contributor) Ruth Ozeki on Sunday. Sullivan noted how Ozeki weaves Buddhism into her writing in natural, subtle ways, and also her “shifty” concept of self.
The interview, from the LA Review of Books, is an interesting exploration of Ozeki’s pluralistic identity, delving into Zen comedy, toilet cleaning as practice, and feeling like a cow in a butcher shop. See Sullivan’s post here or, read the whole interview. Also check out the Shambhala Sun review of Ozeki’s 2013 novel, A Tale for Time-Being, and some of Ozeki’s writing for the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma:
- The Art of Losing: On Writing, Dying, and Mom
- Nothing Is Wasted: A Tale of Trauma and Transformation
- My Year of Meats
- About a Poem: Ruth Ozeki on Taha Muhammad Ali’s “Revenge”
- from Buddhadharma: Confessions of a Zen Novelist