Wednesday, December 10, 2008


The current issue of Maximum Rocknroll (#308, January 2009), one of the longest running and coolest punk rock magazines has an interview with me on the subject of my movie Cleveland's Screaming!. So go out and get a copy today. It's just four bucks and the rest of the magazine is pretty groovy. Look for "Cleveland's Screaming" right on the front cover!

Also, I will be at the ALTBOOK BAZAAR at the Wax Poetic Gallery at 3208 West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, California this Saturday December 13th, 2008 from 6-9 PM. They'll have free food and free drinks and you can meet a whole slew of local authors including my fellow Suicide Girls columnist Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna (aka Miss Truth Hurts). So come on down! No zazen required.

But if you want some zazen first, we'll be having the usual zazen at Hill Street Center that day. See the link over there on your left for details.

I'm writing my latest Suicide Girls column, which will go live on Monday morning. So I gotta run off and do that.

I hope to see a few of you at the ALTBOOK BAZAAR, though.


ADDENDUM 12/11/08

Do I have any readers in Portland? If so, please write me at and put "Portland" somewhere in the subject line.


Anonymous said...

If you have a collection of Maximum RnR mags, don't store 'em inside a woodshed with drafty walls in a very humid part of the south. They tend to yellow, crinkle and tear easily. Then your mother-in-law (or x-MIL) will trash 'em while she cleans out said woodshed w/o your permission. And you won't be able to refer back to all those great GG Allin interviews you so religiously studied over 15 years ago.

Anonymous said...

free booze.. say mo nore.

Anonymous said...

I mean snay no more.

Anonymous said...

Alls I can say Brad is that you better come on early becuz Deep 6 Holiday's at Good Hurt at 8, and they sent out invits n all way before your mention of this here thing.

Jinzang said...

the rest of the magazine is pretty groovy

Does anyone use the word groovy any more? When the nerdiest of the nerds, programmers, use the word to name a programming language, you know it's lost any juice it ever had.

Anonymous said...

looking for a place to stay in Portland?

Anonymous said...

"Hello, Dharma brother," the lawyer greeted the writer. "Won't you have a drink?"
"I never drink!" exclaimed the writer solemnly.
"One who does not drink is not even human," said the lawyer.
"Do you mean to call me inhuman just because I do not indulge in intoxicating beverages!" exclaimed the writer in anger. "If I am not human, what am I?"

Jinzang said...

You left out the punch line.

Anonymous said...

groovy has plenty of juice.

Anonymous said...

Anon was sitting at the bedside of Jinzang three days before his teacher's passing. Jinzang had already chosen him as his successor.

His computer had crashed and Anon was busy rebuilding the machine. Jinzang asked him: "What are you going to do when you get the computer rebuilt?"

"When your sickness is over we should like you to write to us," said Anon.

"Suppose I do not live until then?"

"Then we will get someone else," replied Anon.

"Suppose you cannot find anyone?" continued Jinzang.

Anon answered loudly: "Don't ask such foolish questions.

Jinzang said...

Brad asked, "Why can't the anonymous poster leave a comment on Hardcore Zen?" Later he said, "it is not with his fingers that he types."

Jinzang said...

The light switch in the zendo had burnt out, so the teacher sent one of his students to Home Depot to buy a replacement. He asked the woman at the information desk where he could find the light switches. The woman said, "Walk straight ahead." As he walked down the corridor, she said "This so-called student of Zen goes off like that!" Unnerved, he returned to the zendo without buying the light switch. The student told his teacher what had happened and the teacher said, "Tomorrow I will go to Home Depot and show up that woman." The teacher went to Home Depot, asked the woman where he could find the light switches, received the same replies, and also returned without buying a switch. When he returned to the zendo, he told his student, "I have shown up that woman at Home Depot."

Anonymous said...

Anon fingered his short member and said, If you say my rod is short, you oppose it's reality. If you say I am hung like a mule, you ignore the fact. Now what do you wish to call this?

Ron Jeremy said...

The zen-student bowed to the dong.

Anonymous said...

No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food.

babbles said...
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babbles said...

The New York Times had an article about Dharma Punx meditation groups:

NY Times Link

Ichabod said...

So, Jinzang, are you saying Monty Python is no longer funny?

Jinzang said...

Monty Python was current when I was in college. That parrot isn't just resting, it's dead.

Anonymous said...

it's that word 'misuse'
If sex could just be sex
shikantaza is 'just sitting'
if only there was a term for 'just sex' and a practice of 'just sex' to follow
but sex is not 'just sex'
I don't know that it can ever be 'just sex' hence 'don't misuse sex'

It always makes me sad--that sex can't just be sex
I'd love to 'take the backward step' and find a way to explore sex prior to conceptualization
But I don't think this is possible
Sex--the layers and layers that cover you
we will never know your nakedness no matter how many
clothes we take off
Such a shame