NOTES ON CHAPTER 4 of Alan Watts’ The Way of Zen (1957)


Everything that happens in life is accidental… Even the things we imagine to be deliberately planned out are the result of accidentally stimulated decision-making. I do not remember what it was prompted me to acquire (accidentally) Alan Watts’ The Way of Zen somewhere around 1963 when I was accidentally mired deeply in wage slavery – […]

GHOSTS IN MIRRORS


In July 2018 I was given the task of reviewing Cor van den Heuvel’s Selected Haiku. He is regarded as a significant figure in haiku circles. In his Afterword I learned that he was much influenced by Alain Robbe-Grillet’s work which propelled me into re-reading the novels with this in mind starting with Jealousy. This […]

The Great Switcharoo


On the other hand, you have different fingers – Steven Wright When I was a little lad (difficult to imagine now but only too easy for me to get back into who I was then now… seeing, hearing & feeling all the things I experienced those long years ago…) I used to spend some time […]

Paglia on Postmodernism – spot on!


If the film doesn’t work here, click on the link below I love this woman’s energy! via Paglia on postmodernism — Me-me-me-millennial Not me writing! This I found on a Glob by Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova. Excellent! I was,in fact, greatly influenced by Waiting for Godot which I first saw in London in 1955; it was […]

ON ENERGY


It’s good to have an enthusiastic correspondent who sends me strange presents and parcels full of thoughts & ideas from time to time. For some reason, she does not believe in the hoarding of books and so I, being a constitutional hoarder, am so fortunate when she sends me her castoffs. One of these recent […]

Last Two Poems of 2017


escaping into the night garden I thought – Cassiopeia! hello stars! I said as on so many occasions in other night gardens far away in time & space and then it burst upon me: God stops right here – inside this bag of skin & ancient bone at the surface of my eyes at my […]