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    Fruitful Contradictions Paid Member

    How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematicsby William ByersPrinceton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007 425 pp.; $35.00 (cloth) William Byers, a working mathematician and professor of mathematics and statistics at Concordia University in Montreal, has written a passionate defense of the uniquely human aspect of mathematics. He is a Luddite in the noblest sense of the word, advocating, in the teaching of math, a respect for its deep ideas as against the dead algorithmic recitations that have been reinforced and ramified by the spread of computer culture. He acknowledges the inspiration of Zen teacher Albert Low in his development of a view of math history, theory, and methodology based on a central idea he calls “ambiguity.” More »
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    Books in Brief Spring 2004 Paid Member

    Chögyam Trungpa was a monumental force in establishing Buddhism in the West. Introducing thousands to meditation, the charismatic Tibetan teacher set up more than a hundred centers and Naropa University, and wrote prolifically, including thirteen books during his lifetime. After his death in 1987, thirteen additional books were compiled from his lectures and poetry by Shambhala Publications. Now Shambhala has gathered this material, along with plays, interviews, lectures, seminar transcripts, articles, and calligraphy, into an eight-volume, cloth-bound set, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa ($49.95 per volume; volumes vary in length from 480 to 700-plus pages). Volumes 1 through 4 came out in January 2004; the remaining four are due in late March. More »
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    'Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years' by Jamyang Norbu Paid Member

    SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE MISSING YEARS The Adventures of the Great Detective in India and Tibetby Jamyang NorbuBloomsbury: New York, 2001287 pp.; $23.95 (cloth) More »
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    Cycling With Morrissey Paid Member

    RINGLEADER OF THE TORMENTORS MORRISSEY Sanctuary Records, 2006 $18.99 (CD) More »
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    Teaching Mister Ordinary Paid Member

    Breakfast With Buddha: A Novel Roland Merullo Chapel Hill: Algonquin, October 2007 323 pages; $23.95 (cloth) A half century after publication, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road remains the quintessential “road trip” novel. Roland Merullo’s Breakfast with Buddha, also chronicling a rolling voyage à deux, shares some of the same antic spirit. But here the mood is less Beat Generation and more Graham Greene’s Travels with My Aunt—one traveler comically pompous, the other one wise. Merullo’s odd couple consists of a 44-year-old New York food-book editor and a Tibetan Buddhist master of Siberian origin and indeterminate age. Which is the pompous one, which the wise, is clear from the start, but the wonder of how they wind up—and stay—in the same car is the crux of the book’s considerable charm. More »
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    'Phoenix Eyes and Other Stories' by Russell Charles Leong Paid Member

    PHOENIX EYES AND OTHER STORIESRussell Charles LeongUniversity of Washington Press; Washington, 2000208 pp.; $16.95 (paper) When young, places were important: Chinatown, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Taipei where I studied for a few years in the 70s; China, where I visited in the 80s and 90s. As an older man, the physical spaces become less important and the “inner spaces” of thought, meditation, memory, poetry, and reflection begin to reveal themselves, to open up. —Russell Leong  More »