getting old or still young?

I’m not sure if the fact that I (we) own the top three albums of the year, according to the New York Times, makes me still young enough to know what’s hip, or, since it’s the New York Times, it makes old. Then again, I did just say “hip.”


american buddhism and all that jazz

Instead of going after Clark Strand’s ideas specifically, I’m going to talk about “American Buddhism” and why I’m finding myself increasingly dissatisfied with this categorical term. Suffice to say, a lot of what follows comes directly from The Dissertation, so think of it as a little preview, a teaser movie trailer.

when am i gonna be one of the cool kids?

All of which has nothing to do with anything. It’s still pretty early in the morning, I’m rambling, but I really wanted to get on to some deeper reflections about what’s going on in the World of Buddhism at the AAR. That is, after all, why I’m here. But first I think I ought to set the stage a bit. Do some academic name dropping.

you could cut the tension in here with a knife

This morning I went by the Employment Information Services center here at the conference. It’s a place where employers can list jobs and candidates can apply and interview and stuff. I decided to hang out in the “candidate lounge” to look through listings. Once I got in there I immediately felt nervous and depressed. And […]

the dissertation

Yesterday, in my short little blog posting, I thought to myself, why doesn’t this blog have a whole category for the dissertation (or academic things in general) the way I have categories for the buddha and music and politic. So, here it is. It’s chock-full of fun little entries about the academy, my time as […]