Smiling Not Smiling

A Buddhist screenwriter talks about the Beats, the bodhisattva ideal, and his award-winning screenplay of Neal Cassady.Noah Buschel

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Following high school in New York City, Noah Buschel went to Los Angeles where he began writing “Neal Cassady,” which later won Square Magazine’s Screenplay of the Year Award 2000. He now lives in Greenwich Village with two friends and a dog named Cassady, and is working on another bio-screenplay, “Soshin,” on the life of the American Zen student Maura O’Halloran. The following narrative was compiled from a conversation with Tricycle last February. Included is an excerpt from Noah Buschel's screenplay "Cassady."

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