Sunday, June 15, 2008

List of Books Purchased Yesterday at Powell's Bookstore Instead of Looking For Houses


  1. "Basin and Range" by John McPhee
  2. "In Suspect Terrain" by John McPhee (previously read, along with Basin and Range, in the early 80s and missed ever since the twin books got passed along)
  3. "Rising From the Plains" by John McPhee
  4. "Assembling California" by John McPhee (the cashier smiled and noted that the purchaser must be a fan of John McPhee)
  5. "An Inconvenient Truth" by Algore (coffee-table version of the film)
  6. "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell (reduced to $5.95)
  7. "The Living I Ching" by Deng Ming-Dao
  8. "The Mumonkan" translated by R.H. Blyth (a more academic companion to Zen Flesh, Zen Bones)
  9. "The Denkoroku" by Zen Master Keizan Jokin (14th Century Japan, translated by Hubert Nearman of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives [Shasta Abbey], to which Portland's Dharma Rain Zen Center is spiritual heir)
  10. "The True Dharma Eye - Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans" by John Daido Loori
  11. "The Empty Mirror" by Janwillem Van De Wetering (an account of Van De Wetering's residence in a Japanese monastery, and one of the first Zen books I read. In 1975, his descriptions of the austerities and discipline at the monastery put me off further pursuing my nascent interest in Zen for literally 26 years - I look forward to seeing how the book reads from my current perspective.)
  12. "The Gnostic Gospels" by Elaine Pagels (a book I've been meaning to read for years)
  13. "The Book of the Subgenius" by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs

1 comment:

Mumon said...

Welcome to the Pacific NW!