On the topology of dreams

[ by Charles Cameron — a poem that’s far too philosophical to work as poetry, Laramée’s Apparatus, and Alyce Santoro’s philosoprops ] . The logic of poetry is, más o menos, dream logic, and so I’ve been pondering the logic of dreams and recently wrote this not terribly poetic poem: The egg at the conjuror’s […] Read more »

Of martyrdom and forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron — of martyrdom according to ISIS and the church, & of forgiveness in response to hate — continuing from Of sacrifice and martyrdom ] . ** My Lapido piece closed with these words: That is, in part, why Pope Francis in his official comment on the event said he was “particularly […] Read more »

Nesting Buddhas and insubstantiality

[ by Charles Cameron — from the Buddha’s Diamond Sutra via matrioshka dolls and koans to Sun Tzu and Wittgenstein ] . From Karl Brunnhölz, The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever, in today’s Lion’s Roar: Besides being a meditation manual, we could also say that the Heart Sutra is like a big koan. But […] Read more »

Recommended Reading—Summer 2016

[by J. Scott Shipman]   The Storm of Creativity, by Kyna Leski 2017 War With Russia, by General Sir Richard Shirreff The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough Serendipities, Language and Lunacy, by Umberto Eco Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Mark Musa Undertow, by Stanton S. Coerr The White Horse Cometh, by Rich Parks Washington The Indispensable […] Read more »

Review: The Rule of the Clan

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Rule of the Clan by Mark Weiner I often review good books. Sometimes I review great ones. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom  by Mark S. Weiner gets the highest compliment of all: it is an academic book that […] Read more »

Istigkeit, approximately

[ by Charles Cameron — classification, impropriety, and a concept pretty much unique to Meister Eckhart ] . First, here’s what I call a DoubleTweet, juxtaposing two tweets for the resonance between them — and juxtaposing two thoughts for the resonance between them is about as simple a way of demonstrating the whole being greater […] Read more »

Terror Is Glamour as War is Game

[ by Charles Cameron — on the necessary simultaneity of temporal and eternal perspectives ] . ** First as to glamour -– it may help to reflect that glamour, our word, comes not from Vogue but from the same origins as grammar (referring to languages) and grimoire (a book of spells, spelling also being a […] Read more »

Is Poetry plus Science a zero sum game?

[ by Charles Cameron — for Adam Elkus ] . A case study in the heliotrope: Do we gain as much in science as we lose in poetry, when we switch explanatory frameworks? F Scott Fitzgerald: The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same […] Read more »

What the PK Dickens?

[ by Charles Cameron — conceptual echoes in a PK Dick bio-flick ] . ** I have just been watching Mark Steensland’s movie, The Gospel According to PK Dick, and a couple of fine parallelisms – echoes, really – struck me. I’m going to start with one quote from the Chuang Tzu which is so […] Read more »

Military Reform through Education

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Don Vandergriff facilitating Adaptive Soldier/Leader exercises at Fort Benning Fred Leland at LESC Blog recently had a guest post up by Dan Grazier from the Project on Government Oversight regarding the important work Don Vandergriff is doing to reform professional military education and training: Military Reform Through Education: From The […] Read more »