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    'Secret Tibet' by Fosco Maraini Paid Member

    Secret TibetFosco MarainiThe Harvill Press: London, 2001425 pp.; $35 (cloth)There is something about traveling in Tibet that makes Westerners reach for their pens. But of the literally dozens of travelers who have described their Tibetan adventures, few have possessed Fosco Maraini’s talent for writing. Maraini describing his bus journey across town would be enjoyable enough; to read his evocative account of traveling in Tibet is a real pleasure. His style, a blend of poetic speculation and careful observation, might well be described as “Herman Hesse meets Bruce Chatwin,” and like a great composer, he knows when to expand a theme and when to leave space for the listener’s own imagination. More »
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    A Hard Pill To Swallow Paid Member

    Infinite Life:Seven Virtues for Living WellRobert ThurmanNew York: Riverhead, 2004304 pp.; $24.95 (cloth) With Infinite Life, Robert Thurman, the charismatic and controversial Tibetan Buddhist scholar, offers what may become his most influential book to date. Probably because he’s taught Buddhism to college students for so long, Thurman has a knack for using metaphors from Western culture to explain Buddhist concepts. When inviting readers to embrace the notion of immortality—a hard sell even to many longtime practitioners—Thurman refers to the popular movie The Matrix. He likens himself to Morpheus, the rebel leader who offers Neo, the latest recruit in the battle to free humanity, a fresh perspective on life: More »
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    History and Truth Paid Member

    The House of WidowsAskold MelnyczukSt. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2008256 pp.; $16.00 (paper)History’s neither a searchlight nor a camera: it’s a flickering candle we use to read the marks on the wall as we crawl from that cave where only shadows of images play. —Askold MelnyczukMore »
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    Unplug Yourself Paid Member

    MEDITATION MAY BE our last, best refuge from iPhones, Treos, iPods—and our overscheduled lives. Now Vipassana teacher Sharon Salzberg has come up with a way we can slow down, ditch our electronic gadgets—temporarily, at least—and go on retreat without leaving home. Unplug, her new interactive kit (Sounds True, 2008, $26.95), provides everything you need to visit your “inner Wyoming” (that place of “peace, spaciousness, clarity, and freedom that exists within each of us”) for a restorative hour or day or weekend.More »
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    Books in Brief Paid Member

    Outrider Anne Waldman La Alameda Press, 2006 178 pp.; $18.00 (paper) "Outrider is a line of demarcation. It's words-obsession for the honor, dignity of a mind ill at ease, restless, jumping from desk to orally standing-at-attention, examining itself. A maker of poetry." This is Anne Waldman's first of many descriptions of the poetic Outrider tradition celebrated in this collection of poems, essays, and interviews. Outrider is a term she adopted in 1974 to capture the spirit of the poetry program she founded with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University; for Waldman, Outrider is a lineage that extends back to Walt Whitman and includes all of those American poets who resisted the trends of the day in search of something new. More »
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    The Shadow Knows Paid Member

    View the print version of this article in PDF format Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior Akira Kurosawa, Director The Criterion Collection $39.95; DVD More »