Friday, February 08, 2008

BOOK PROGRESS UPDATE

I've sold my third book. In writerspeak, this means that my agent and I approached a publisher, got an offer on the book and agreed on the price. I haven't signed the contract yet, but I'm gonna. The book will be published by New World Library, the nice folks who published Sit Down And Shut Up last year. They didn't offer quite the king's ransom I'd hoped for. But it'll be enough that I won't have to stand around at highway off ramps with a cardboard sign that says, "Will Tell You The Secret Of Life For Food" just yet. Maybe next year.

Plus Tsuburaya Productions recently won their ten year long court case against the gentleman in Thailand who said he invented Ultraman. How did he invent Ultraman, you ask? Apparently in 1962 he showed Eiji Tsuburaya a picture book of Thai Buddha statues and said, "You ought to make a movie about a superhero that looks like Buddha." Which is like saying that you created Star Wars because in 1971 you had a drunken conversation with George Lucas in which you said, "You oughta do a movie about outer space!" Amazingly this blather fooled enough people that the case went on for pretty much the entire time I worked for the company. Anyway, it looks like they want me to do some work for them In Hollywood for which they will pay me a wee small bit of cash. So I am officially no longer sweating it about money. At least not whole lot. I'll be considerably poorer this year than I've been for a while. But at least I won't starve and I won't have to get a real job.

Which is not to say there aren't some advantages to having to get a real job. I actually like having a schedule and a clear goal for each day. The work of an independent freelance writer has probably as many bad points overall. Except I can go sit on the beach at 2 in the afternoon on a Monday and pretend it's my job.

Anyway, I did a word count on the book just now and it currently stands at a whopping 82,257 words! A supposedly "average" novel in English is about 60,000. I know Hardcore Zen was considerably shorter, around 40,000, I believe. Sit Down And Shut Up probably clocked in at about 60,000. I can't remember.

The tentative title for the new book is Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. Although I am also pondering using the title Sex, Death and Zen. But considering how things have worked out for the previous two books, neither of these will be the title in the end. I'm pretty bad with titles.

In any case it's about sex, death and Zen. It's a chronicle of the year 2007 in which a lot of people and relationships in my life died, sex was had (I even became known as the "Porno Buddhist" -- I'm so proud!), and Zen was practiced and preached. The book will make a lot of people mad. I know this going into it, although I'm not really sure I'll ever understand why certain types of people get mad about the things they get mad about. Sex is a huge sore spot for religious people. Lately I've been getting to see just how deeply ugly the religious response to anything that involves sex can be. And I'm not just talking about some of the massively weird comments that have been appearing in this blog. Oy vey. Though those are certainly very puzzling...

But the book isn't just about sex. It's about death and loss and how we keep on going in spite of them. Not just that. It's about how death and loss can be the things that spur a person on to find out what's true in life.

Anyway, whatever. I hope the book gets out there by Spring time. But who knows?

I gotta go do some errands today.

84 comments:

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Mysterion said...

Brad sed:
"Sex is a huge sore spot for religious people."

Yet sex is more natural than walking upright.

Why don't religious people get upset about sneezing? (Sneezing and sex are roughly biological equivalents)

Congrats on inking the book.

meefoonay said...

i love books about sex.

looking forward to reading yours.

Anonymous said...

I think you have to accept being a Vegetarian and not taking any legal not illegal drugs is only "more logical" for you. There is a growing amount of people for refrain from sex deliberately.

Being against sex (like classic Buddhism) is not very popular, so popular contemporary Buddhism avoids this topic. It's very common to hate cigarettes and meat though, so people tend to emphasize that.

Becky

Still Point Abbey said...

Nice. Someone was just asking me if you're coming back through Detroit any time soon. Maybe I can tell 'em yes before too long. & maybe you and Neil can finally meet (that is, of course, if you promise to leave your sinful (how do people even spell that word?) West Coast ways at home!). Vince

Ryan said...

Looking forward to the new book, Brad.

Just FYI, there's a book out titled "Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head : The Essential Guide to Hong Kong's Mind-bending Films" which is kinda sorta close. But not really.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear about the book deal. I'll buy it for sure, even if I can't sit half-lotus and doub I'll ever find a teacher.

Colorless white teacher learns endlessly said...

"Sex is a huge sore spot for religious people."

Maybe they need Aqua Lube.

mysteriondan said...

Brad - I have a good title suggestion for your new book.. ~ The Southern Califoria Book of the Dead ~ It will jump off the shelves.

outcastspice said...

Woo hoo, i'm excited! The book sounds interesting.

Thomas Amundsen said...

I thought the next book was supposed to be called 'Sit on it and Rotate"

Anonymous said...

Why does brad publish with new age publishers.

Sompote Saengduenchai said...

Final Ruling in the Ultraman Case.

Anonymous said...

The Howard Stern of Zen?
or
The George Bush of Zen?

not_new_age said...

Many of New World Library’s books are categorized as New Age, though “there’s really nothing new in New Age; it’s been around for a long time. It’s perennial philosophy, after all. Certainly for many, though, a New Age is dawning. Perhaps it will prove to be a great New Renaissance, possibly even an era of cooperation and global peace. We certainly hope so...
SOURCE

esmerelda_verde said...

You must write faster than a speeding bullet! I will buy it as soon as its preorderable at Amazon.com.

People got upset about sex because pregnancy was not easily preventable. Clergy with children was difficult for the xtians, because the church had property and power. So they wrote a lot of books about it which are still in use. A lot of cultures used celebacy of monks as a way of population control. Kinder than killing extra babies.

A good reason for updating practices and texts.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPg9DnMP2D4

This guy seems pretty faux zen new age suspended something to me.

This guy is published by the New World people.

You can tell by Brads writing he's writing for the publishers and the editors have their hands down his pants. I'd like to see him write with out an agenda. Notice how much he comments on making money? Being broke.

THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou
lovest best.
Night, sleep, and the stars.

Walt Whitman

grisom said...

Brad's Bangkok Post link is broken. Here's the article he was linking to.

ellen said...

cool! third book, hooray!

2007 & death - my fave cat died. very hard.
i wrote some about it on my blog palimpsest nyc under the title "The Tibetan Book of the Dead . . . Cats"

and wound up quoting Gudo Nishijima (whom I also read)

Gudo's cool. i'm glad i dont' have to read him in Japanese, tho'.

Alex Hare said...

Congrats on the third book, Bad! I've enjoyed your first two, and will pick the next one up, too. Someday, I may even make it down to the Hill St. Center for zazen. I've only sat a couple times on my own, and would really appreciate seeing how it's done.

Now to make it down there that early on a Saturday...

Best of luck, and I hope the Ultraman people keep you busy and paid!

cometboy said...

Congradulations on the new book. I hope that it has as much stuff to chew over as the last two. I hope you get some decent coin from it.

I have read HKZ and SD&SU thrice and find some new insights each time. That is a good thing.

I also found the whole kurfuffle over the SG story to be more entertaining than was probably good for me. Meaning,I got pretty attached to it.

Seemed like a disagreement on a very human level.

Sometimes I get kind of intimidated when I read about historical zen figures. They seem to be above it all to me.

Judging from the contents of this blog and the SG blog, all involved are putting on their pants one leg at a time.

So I have to assume that Dogen, Suzuki, Buddha, etc were all one leg at a time people also.

Good thing too, I would not want to be getting zen guidance from the perfected space aliens.

babbles said...

Congratulations on the new book! It's good to hear that your financial situation is projected to be a bit better than expected and you won't have to end up wandering around the world like Caine from Kung Fu.

Colorless white teacher learns endlessly said...

In other news, Kodo Sawaki is such a bad ass dude. anyone else think so? I mean, he needs a movie made about him...and it should star bruce lee...

HezB said...

My suggestion for title of Brad's new Zen shockfest:

"Palifornication"

Regards,

Harry.

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777 said...

$777

Hank said...

Oh boy another Zen book, just what the world needs. Snore.

Lone Wolf said...

As the others, I'm looking forward to the new book.

Vincent said...

Very cool, Brad! I am glad to know that you're third book is on the way. I purchased and read Sit Down and Shut Up and enjoyed it very much. My friend just finished it up today (passed it on to him). Picked up Hard Core Zen last week and am happily wandering through it as well. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

http://www.darkzen.com/teachings/teachings.html

Anonymous said...

Plamen Gradinarov Elucidating Zen

As a follow up to something I posted earlier (here), I would like to offer a brief summing up. For my examination of the E-sangha forum is by now both extensive and deep. Based on this research, I conclude forthrightly that E-sangha forum IS Dark Zen. I furthermore consider E-sangha forum the most hideous example imaginable to date of a rampant Buddhist Fundamentalism that at the same time purveys an essentially fascist political outlook.

Not that I would drop it like a vile rag and run, but E-sangha fourm is definitely something that warrants cautious observation and study in a disciplined ethnological sense, i.e. as a clear demonstration of what I tend to depict as Contemporary Neo-Buddhism.

However tenebrific, then, approached in such a manner, E-sangha forum may very well promote ones broad elucidation, as it throws rich light on the reasons why this thing we traditionally refer to as "Buddhism" may in fact represent the most insidious intellectual current of our time.

Even so, E-sangha forum is not without its precious contrubutors — and heads above the rest is the compassionate professor Dr. Plamen Gradinarov, a damn brilliant teacher who senses hunger and feeds it abundantly. Just search the user name Imago, read, think and learn.

Roman G. said...

A coward calling himself Anonymous wrote:
You can tell by Brads writing he's writing for the publishers and the editors have their hands down his pants. I'd like to see him write with out an agenda. Notice how much he comments on making money? Being broke.

Every artist, writer, musician, etc. hears this at least once in their lives. Actually, for an artist to hear it only once, he would be fortunate. "He's not a real [fill-in-the-blank-creative-professional]! He's only doing it for the money. He's a sell out !"

Guess what, sunshine ? EVERYONE does his or her job for the money. Doctors, lawyers, bus drivers, rock stars, artists, and writers all do their jobs for the money.

Even practitioners of altruistic jobs (doctor, priest, relief worker, etc.), where said practitioners are supposed to be "above" money, still need enough dough to pay their expenses and keep themselves alive to keep doing what they do.

In short,

"A day of no working is a day of no eating."
Master Huai-Hai (720 AD-814 AD)

Roman G. said...

another Anonymous wrote:

http://www.darkzen.com/teachings/teachings.html

Dark Zen.com: CULT !, pure and simple. Just read the part about how Dark Zen is "real" Zen and that other "forms" of Zen are false.

Even the name "Dark Zen" is wrong. For there to be "Dark Zen" there must also be "Light Zen;" This, of course, is the illusion of duality that the Buddha warned about.

There's no "Dark Zen." There's no "Light Zen." There is only Zen and that's enough. There's no need for any other.

DB said...

roman g. wrote "Guess what, sunshine ? EVERYONE does his or her job for the money."

Or to quote Dr. Johnson, "None but a blockhead writes for any reason other than money."

I look forward to parting with some of mine for Brad's next book. It also pleases me to hear that somebody is doing something with Ultraman. It will forever be a mystery to me why that franchise has not taken off like a rocket in the U.S. Must be poor management.

Oh, wait. Isn't Brad in charge of that? [grin]

Anonymous said...

Roman G You coward

Look beyond your nose

Artist my ass and what ever.

Brad could write better and he knows it.
He needs to go beyond just typing. Other wise he ends up with books that look like John Looris photographs.

Does the G stand for Glide? Roman Glide anal lube?

Rich said...

I'm happy for brad and his new book and I'll probably read it someday. I think Brad does this for the money, but NOT FOR THE MONEY. It's just the best use of his practice and experience to benefit others. I'm sure with his understanding and wisdom he could make more money doing something else, but neither he nor others would be happier for it.

i'm also happy that his dharma brother Jundo (I think that's his name, I sometimes get names mixed up) has returned to his true nature.

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

My pardon for the late post, but if you're reading this before 0945 Sat 09 Feb, get off your ass, come join us down at HSC, and get back on your ass.

Rob

Anonymous said...

Roman Glide

Quit projecting
Every artist, writer, musician, etc. hears this at least once in their lives. Actually, for an artist to hear it only once, he would be fortunate. "He's not a real [fill-in-the-blank-creative-professional]! He's only doing it for the money. He's a sell out !"

No one said sell out. You did though

Guess what, sunshine ? EVERYONE does his or her job for the money. Doctors, lawyers, bus drivers, rock stars, artists, and writers all do their jobs for the money.
Really? Astro Glide is that really true. You are deep. Maybe that glide stuff works. :-)

Anonymous said...

Brad why not sit at http://www.hazymoon.com/
in L.A.

Igor said...

Looking forward to read it.

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Rusty said...

That rocks, nearly finished Sit down and............. also read Hardcore Zen both of which are really my kind of book as i'm a half assed kind of reader, i tend to read for a few days then put it down and not read for 2 or 3 weeks and your books have been really easy to pick back up without lots of re-capping on whats been written so yay you!!!

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Jinzang said...

Kodo Sawaki is such a bad ass dude. anyone else think so? I mean, he needs a movie made about him...and it should star bruce lee...

And they should get Kurosawa to direct it.

Anonymous said...

Kurosawa is dead.

How about Ang lee

Anonymous said...

Bruce Lee is dead too :-(

How about Ashton Kutcher?

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Anonymous said...

Or, it could be like that Dylan movie with many actors playing the part of Kodo, like....

Paris Hilton !!!

Jinzang said...

Kurosawa is dead.

Duh! And they say you can't do sarcasm on the Internet.

Okay, since both these gentlemen are unavailable, how about Keanu Reeves for the starring role and Uwe Boll as the director?

Colorless white teacher learns endlessly said...

If Keanu gets cast, I'm leaving this project.

What about the kid who played Short Round in the Indiana Jones movies?

Anonymous said...

How about Tom Cruise

Anonymous said...

Cruise! Yesssssssss.

ratboy said...

"Just read the part about how Dark Zen is "real" Zen and that other "forms" of Zen are false.

If this means Dark Zen is a cult (and I agree, it is) then Dogen Sangha must be one too.

Koan practice sucks ass
Working on a koan isn't real zazen

Using a kyosaku is a mistake

Sitting in any position other than lotus isn't 'real' zazen

Sitting with eyes closed or half-open isn't real zazen

Trying to get enlightenment isn't real zen

Believing in rebirth isn't real zen

Only my doctrine is real zen.

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noah_webster said...

An unabridged dictionary under $50 is HERE

Mountaintop Rebel said...

"Dark Zen.com: CULT !, pure and simple. Just read the part about how Dark Zen is "real" Zen and that other "forms" of Zen are false.:"

Wait, he does what Brad and Nishijima do and isn't them? Unforgivable!

It's good to see that some things never change. There's always a healthy population of Zen waders with their tongues up Brad's ass, and he'll churn out another substanceless collection of aren't-I-clever word anecdotes that are somehow supposed to relate the experiences of a creepy, over the hill ex-punker to ultra-authoritarian Japanese Buddhist sects. The sad thing is that he's in every Barnes and Nobles in America while people who do have something more worthwhile to talk about than a shitty band from 25 years ago and how Dogen would be totally cool with Edgeplay (which is a lot like zen, by the way!) can't get published.

You're perfect for L.A., though, it's a great city for jive-ass phonies.

Note: The Dark Zen guys do seem like an authoritarian cult, the only difference being they're NOT TRYING TO PRETEND OTHERWISE. Which makes them cooler than the punk Soto groupies right there.

Anonymous said...

Ashton Kutcher is dead.

How about Heath Ledger?

Anonymous said...

I feel the Dark Zen and Dogen cult question a good one. What makes one not a cult?

Anonymous said...

Interesting piece.

http://www.darkzen.com/Articles/Richard_Baker_and_the_Myth_of_the_Zen_Roshi.htm

Mysterion said...

What is a CULT besides a pejorative label thrown around by narrow-minded non-thinkers?

A real cult:
"Generally speaking, the characteristics of a cult include a strong, central, living religious authority whose word is absolute and unchallengeable. Members of the cult are usually cut off from their existing circle of family and friends or encouraged to isolate themselves from those contacts, often with warnings that outsiders cannot be trusted and with permission to be deceptive in dealing with former associates. They are often expected to subject themselves to intense control by the religious authority, with nearly every aspect of their lives regulated." SOURCE

Like Branch Davidians in Waco, TX.

Cult Awareness Network

Anonymous said...

Is the United States of America a cult ?

Perhaps occult.

Sangha cult.

Dogma.

I see very little difference between Brad and Genpo.

When Brad is as popular as Genpo would tables be turned?

Gregor said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . .

Let's not think about it. Just a waste of time.

Back to practice.

take care

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wiley said...

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YOU PHYSCIAL BODY SHOULD GO THERE NOW!

TRUTH!

PLEASE BOOK SOME OF MY WORKSHOPS, TOGATHER WE CAN SAVE YOU ALL!

"EARTH PRIME" IS A WORLD WITHOUT THE VIBRATIONS OF PAIN AND FEAR. YOU FEEL ONLY INCREDIBLE LOVE, PEACE AND JOY. LOVE AND JOY YOU CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT IN THE 3rd DIMENSIONAL WORLD.

Germain_comment said...

looks like Wiley might have spent some time in the I AM reading room.

Disproportionately yours,
St. Germain, AM

wiley said...

IT'S YOUR CHOICE PEEPLEO!!

ANY WHAT?

QUIT DRUGS!

YOUR "ZEN" LIES:

YEAH; RITE!!

Germain_comment said...

Wiley, a chicken pot pie?

WOW

The TRUTH is in the chicken pie!

Disproportionately yours,
St. Germain, AM

Anonymous said...

ILLUMINATI COAST TO COAST!

wiley said...

YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE RESONANCE OF YOUR FOOD, UH?

HOWE MUCH WEIGHT CAN YOU LIFT?

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE REAL WORLD?

SEE, I WANT TO HELP YOU PEOPEL AND YOU DO NOTHING BUT INSULTS. WHAT TELLS THAT ABOUT "ZEN" PEOPLE?

Adam_Weishaupt said...

SORRY Coast-to-Coast whoever, but ya don't know yer ass from yer elbow...

"It is dark in the North">

If you do not know even THAT, then you don't know Jack Shit.

Anonymous said...

In December 1967 1 know someone had to take the plunge. I did and emerged very knocked out, but alive. Probably the only one ever to do so in 75,000,000 years. I have all the data now, but only that given here is needful.

One's body is a mass of individual thetans stuck to oneself or to the body.

One has to clean them off by running incident II and Incident I. It is a long job, requiring care, patience and good auditing.

You are running beings. They respond like any preclear. Some large, some small.

Thetans believed they were one. This is the primary error.

Good luck.

Neural_Cognition said...

Good Gawd!
An Anonymous Scientologist said...

...75,000,000 years. One's body is... thetans stuck to oneself or to the body. One has to clean them off by running incident II and Incident I. It is a long job, requiring care, patience and good auditing. They respond like any preclear. Thetans believe they are Sea Org. This is the primary error. You can even audit a tomato! NOTS

Jinzang said...

So we're proselytizing for strange religions now? My vote goes for Moloch. Any god that eats kids can't be all bad.

Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!

Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovas! Moloch whose factories dream and choke in the fog! Moloch whose smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!

Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind!


From Ginsberg's Howl, of course.

sun_man said...

Ball = Bull
Cannanites is a mythical name for the historical Phoenicians of Ras Shamra. (Something else the bable doesn't know about).

Milkom was Solomon's God. (Something else again the bable doesn't know about).

Anonymous said...

I may read Brad's book. I really liked hardcore zen.

But aren't all these books too many words? Most of these books are for zen tourists or philosophers.

Sitting is the practice, not reading.

Also, how are koans thinking? If you are thinking you cannot answer them.

Before thought.. before reading?

Blake said...

So wait... you aren't doing that book we talked about, The Chubbiest Ninja? I'm disappointed!

Roman G. said...

Another post by the coward Anonymous said:

Does the G stand for Glide? Roman Glide anal lube? [Etc. Etc. Yadda Yadda.]

Whatever, sunshine. At least I have the stones to put my real name on my posts. Until you can do that yourself, you don't have the right to tell me anything. Piss off.

p.maestro said...

omg brad! i can't believe you wrote a book during the writer's strike!!!
oh wait...

can't wait to read the third installment of "Brad Warner Presents:" will it have an amazing cover like sit down and shut up??? oh man... i knew it was coming but hearing that it's sold means it's one step closer to my fingers and eyes!

i am excitement personified! thanks!

roman g. said...

I'm sorry. So Sorry. Sunshine please forgive me. Sometimes I just don't know what gets into me. I have a difficult time with depression and anger. That's why I call you Sunshine. My last name is not Glide, its Gabriel. Roman Gabriel. Some of you might remember my football day for the Los Angeles Rams. Thats me.

professor said...

Don't all your writings make somebody mad?

Why should the books be any different?

Besides... who cares? People that get mad by reading a book just don't like having their outlook challenged. They're always free to ignore the information.

Roman G. said...

Just for the record, folks (if it wasn't obvious by the puerile writing style,) the post with my name on it -- the one claiming to be Roman Gabriel -- isn't mine.

It's just that forum troll "Anonymous" again. I guess for some it's easier and more satisfying to sling insults through a digital fence than it is to lose a bar fight with a real person.