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    Books, Music, Film, Mixed Media Paid Member

    Heal Thy SelfLessons in Mindfulness in MedicineSaki SantorelliCrown: New York, 1999288 pp.; $23 (paper) — Lotus in the Fire:The Healing Power of ZenJim BedardShambhala: Boston, 1999TK pp.; $14.95 (paper) At least two major surveys over the past two years—one by Gallup and the other by Yankelovich—have shown that those who are dying rate spiritual issues of crucial concern. Further, they have a great desire to pray, which Gallup researchers say translates into either traditional prayer or meditation. Astoundingly, given how secular a society we are touted to be, these patients also want their doctors to pray with them. 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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    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 »
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    Perfecting Folk Paid Member

    COMMENTARIES ON PERFECTIONS OF THE HEART EVE DECKER Evedecker.com, 2006 $16.00 (CD) THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE is the oldest acoustic music club west of the Mississippi, but when the MC introduced the headliner, she was a bit baffled. “We’ve been presenting the best in acoustic and traditional music since 1968,” she said. “But what you’re going to see tonight isn’t acoustic, and it isn’t traditional—I don’t know what to call it.” The audience helped her out, shouting in unison: “Dharma folk!” More »
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    Bangkok Hauntsby John BurdettNew York: Knopf, 2007 320 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) More »