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Peter Clothier
Peter Clothier is an internationally-known novelist, art critic, and blogger. A student of Theravada Buddhism, Peter hopes to use his online platforms to integrate compassion, non-attachment, and political engagement into our contemporary discourse, even as he gradually integrates those same qualities into his own life.

In addition to his Huffington Post blog, you can find Peter's work on his daily blog, The Buddha Diaries and his monthly podcast, The Art of Outrage.

Entries by Peter Clothier

Boyhood: Not Exactly a Film Review

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:51 PM

(for Luka, a bit later in his life)

I woke this morning thinking about Barack Obama, and how perfectly he fits the model of manhood proposed by Rudyard Kipling in his unjustly maligned and frequently parodied poem "If." In case you don't remember it, here's how it starts out:

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Midnight in Europe: Book Review

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:56 PM

I've been a fan of Alan Furst ever since receiving a copy of The Foreign Correspondent as a birthday present from my son. I wrote a review in The Buddha Diaries and, checking back in the archives, I see that it was in August, 2007. I've...

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:18 PM

It's summer reading time for The Buddha Diaries. I just finished this (mostly) entertaining mystery novel by Joel Dicker...

Imagine you're doing a jig-saw puzzle. Do you do jig-saws? I enjoy the challenge but they eat up so much time that I rarely allow myself the pleasure, except...

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A Spy Among Friends: Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 7:25 PM

As a product, myself, of the privileged British boarding school/Oxbridge education system, I know a thing or two about the stiff upper lip, the Old School ethic, and loyalty. The upside is what used to be, at least, the best education in the world and the opportunities it affords, along...

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Invisibles: Book Review

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:12 PM

There's a formulation I use when I ask myself why I write -- or why I continue to write well past my realistic "shelf-life" as a writer: it's because this is what I am given to do. That I continue to ask the question is an indication of a level...

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Richard Bruland and Sophia Dixon Dillo: Art Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Those who favor a meditative kind of art could do no better than a visit to the current dual exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The front gallery offers a selection of recent paintings by Richard Bruland; and tucked away in the small back gallery...

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All the Birds, Singing: Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:41 PM

The birds of the title are the mocking observers of human vulnerability in this beautiful, disturbing and intensely lyrical novel by Evie Wyld. Their increasingly insistent "songs" are transcribed into sometimes paragraph-long passages of strange, staccato utterance, and seem to grow longer as the tale progresses. They are...

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'The Other Blacklist': A Very Personal Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 4:30 PM

I'm reading The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s, by Mary Helen Washington with special interest because of the work I did back in the early 1980s on a study of the artist, Charles White, who gets a significant chapter in the...

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Paint, Glorious Paint...

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:36 PM

I know, I was supposed to be following along with the theme, the argument, if you will: how the shocking intensity of Van Gogh's work opened up a path for the Post-Impressionists, the brilliant Fauves, the Blaue Reiter and so on. But the theme was presented with such flawless persuasiveness...

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Fabelo: Art Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:18 PM

We had been impressed by the work of the Cuban artist Roberto Fabelo in Havana, both out in public in the Plaza Vieja and in the Museo de Bellas Artes, so we were keen to attend the opening of his solo show at the Museum of Latin American Art in...

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(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 8:34 PM

I'm pleased to note that Gary Lloyd's 1978 work, "Chomsky's Vessel," will once again be on public display in "Valley Vista," a group show curated by Damon Willick and opening in August at CSU Northridge. I wrote about this particular piece when it was last shown at the Museum of...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:33 AM

Nathaniel Rich has a fine sense of the apocalyptic absurd--its comical as well as its dark side. Odds Against Tomorrow sets us in the not-so-distant future, in a world where the threat of global climate change has become all too real. His hero, Mitchell Zukor, is a professional...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:44 PM

... of a Parenting Yogi is the title Brian Leaf gives to his new book, whose subtitle is "Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting." Together, the title and subtitle pretty much say it all. It's a humorous look at the sometimes sage, sometimes...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Rosamund Felsen Gallery has a current exhibition of Tim Ebner's work. What a treat! For readers in the Los Angeles area, this is one absolutely not to be missed. It's sheer delight. Click on that Rosamund Felsen link and you'll immediately see what I...

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RAILWAY MEN: A Film Review

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:22 PM

I could not help but think of that other Burma Railway movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, directed by David Lean and based on the short story by the French writer, Pierre Boulle) as I watched The Railway Man the other day....

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(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Things do seem to happen as they are supposed to, in their own peculiar time. A review copy of Mirka Knaster's Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra, was mailed to me last year, but mysteriously failed to reach me. Perhaps I was not ready to...

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Finding Hillywood

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 7:12 PM

No, that's not a typo. It is "Hillywood." Which is a thriving creative movie-making center set in the hills of Rwanda--hills, as this inspiring documentary shows, whose astonishing beauty stands in stark contrast to the country's all-too-familiar recent tragic history. How, we wonder as we watch this footage, could such...

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Customers Included: Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM

I'll confess I shelved this book for a quite while after receiving a copy in the mail from its co-author, Phil Terry. It was the title and subtitle that provoked the initial--and as it turned out, mistaken!--reaction: this is not relevant to me. Customers Involved: How to transform...

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They: An Answer

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 7:13 PM


Confrontational art proved itself alive and well at California State University Channel Islands, where the Art Department sponsored an installation and accompanying performance by Gary Lloyd last Thursday, March 13, in a small gallery at their Camarillo campus. "They: An Answer Driving the Problem,...

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Just Do It

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Okay, I know that's a cliche. Worse, perhaps, it's a cliche born of a sneaker commercial. But how often do you hear some other person -- or yourself! -- say something like this: "I'll try to make it by eight o'clock," or "I'm trying to lose some weight," or "trying...

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