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A Year in a Japanese Teahouse

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

I landed in Tokyo on a chilly March morning in 1985, my head filled with thoughts of moon viewing and cherry blossoms, rock gardens and snow-covered temples.

Nanao Sakaki Breaks the Mirrors: An Appreciation of a One-of-a-Kind Poet

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
Steve Heilig

I first came across Nanao Sakaki's little book Break the Mirror (published first by North Point Press) by chance and it became an essential book for me, and one I gave as a gift many times.

Shopping for Husbands

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 08.04.2013 | Divorce
Jane Vandenburgh

When my husband Jack and I got together more than twenty years ago, it was in a time when virtually every other marriage was ending in divorce, stats so terrible they'd engendered their own grim humor: You could shop for your next husband.

Four Meals with Jim (Harrison)

John J. Healey | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
John J. Healey

The public persona he presents, utterly unique, both brash and delicate, subversive and charming, masks an inner core of serious artistry. This lover of nature in all of its forms -- good, bad and ugly -- mostly lives an austere, isolated life that has enabled him to make such a rich contribution to the fragile, precious library of American literature.

Ferlinghetti: Not All Beat Poets Are Beat

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.12.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Back in the day, the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti was all the rage. Paperbacks of A Coney Island of the Mind could be seen stuffed in jean pockets on college campuses. Now 93, he is the subject of a valuable biopic by photographer and filmmaker Chris Felver

Beat Poets, Acid Gurus, the Governor and Me

Steve Heilig | Posted 04.03.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

A local saloon changing owners is rarely front-page news in the big city, but the recent sale of Tosca, in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, has received much attention.

On the Road: The Vehicle Gets a Tune Up

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Working again with screenwriter Jose Rivera, and with Gustavo Santaolalla on the jazzy soundtrack, Salles' adaptation took five years to cast.

Buddhism And Meditation: Why Most Buddhists In The World Don't Meditate

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

One Zen monk from Japan who was visiting a Zen retreat center in America observed the enthusiasm and numbers of meditators with astonishment. "How do you get them to meditate without beating them?"

'A Poem Is A Song. It Is In Your Heart And You Can Breathe It With Your Mouth.'

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
John R. Eperjesi

Rainhat's gently staggering poems are spontaneous, lyrical, physical and immediate. When his grandmother, a farmer, tells him she doesn't understand poems, he explains to her, "A poem is a song. It is in your heart and you can breathe it with your mouth."

Online Archive Reveals Recorded Voices Of Noted Poets

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 10.20.2011 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

Poetry is, at its heart and in its origins, an oral medium. To read a poet's work is one thing. To hear a poet read their work is something else altogether.

Wild at Heart: 127 Hours and Practice of the Wild

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Director Danny Boyle is a master cineaste of potty detail. Who can forget the toilet swim in "Trainspotting"? Or the latrines of "Slumdog Millionaire"...