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  • Sarah Palin, Zen Master? Paid Member

    In his article "Did Sarah Palin Top Rush Limbaugh’s Idiotic BP Oil Spill Remarks?" on ecopolitology, Zachary Shahan suggests the possibility that Sarah Palin is a Zen master. After reading one of Sarah Palin's latest remarks, my mind has almost gone blank. Perhaps she is actually a Buddhist teacher in disguise and these confusing or nonsensical one-liners she puts out are really Zen kōans geared at bringing more people to enlightenment. Here is the one that almost brought me to enlightenment (from Palin's Twitter feed): "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push'drill,baby,drill'of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?" More »
  • Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman: A Conversation (Part 1). A Tricycle Web Exclusive Paid Member

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    Chinglish Paid Member

    Jeff Watt at Himalayan Art Resources has returned from China to alert us to signage in "Chinglish." Apparently, the Chinese government will soon be making an effort to clean up their act, so you won't be able to enjoy mishaps like these for long. More »
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    Discount Buddha Paid Member

    Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free. (c) Frank Olinsky 2010 Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free. (c) Frank Olinsky 2010 More »
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    Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect, says the Times Paid Member

    All this and not a word about koans: In addition to assorted bad breaks and pleasant surprises, opportunities and insults, life serves up the occasional pink unicorn. The three-dollar bill; the nun with a beard; the sentence, to borrow from the Lewis Carroll poem, that gyres and gimbles in the wabe. An experience, in short, that violates all logic and expectation. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that such anomalies produced a profound “sensation of the absurd,” and he wasn’t the only one who took them seriously. Freud, in an essay called “The Uncanny,” traced the sensation to a fear of death, of castration or of “something that ought to have remained hidden but has come to light.” At best, the feeling is disorienting. At worst, it’s creepy. More »