Greg Sumner reflects on the Buddhist themes in Kurt Vonnegut’s writings, fixating on his phrase: If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.
Writer Dinty W. Moore shares an excerpt from his new book, what he says is “perhaps most important application of mindfulness for a writer.”
Ruth Ozeki reviews “Writing as Enlightenment: Buddhist American Literature Into the Twenty-First Century”.
Characters are taken over by their desires and make bad choices—that’s the appeal of noir fiction, says Brian Haycock.
Lily Koppel on the Buddhist backstory of her best-selling book, the Red Leather Diary.
Can Nirvana be had by the Single, Asian, Neurotic Woman? For Wendy Miyake’s female characters in Beads, Boys, and the Buddha the answer is yes.
Here is Dede Crane’s short story “The Cult of Quick Repair”—a work of fiction about death, Buddhism, and almond canoes.
Literature and legends, fables and falsehoods—novelist Anne Donovan on finding greater clarity though story.
An interview with Louise Erdrich about her writing, authenticity and being a voice for Native American culture.
Tom Robbins on the Zen rebels, Sufi saints, and wild yogis who fight conventional mind with humor, outrageousness, and paradox.