Thursday, March 19, 2009

PIRATE CAT, INO and DIESEL

I'm gonna be on Pirate Cat radio 89.7 FM in San Francisco today at 2pm Pacific Time. You can hear it live streaming at www.piratecatradio.com/. So listen up, darn you!!

My friend Greg Fain, ino of San Francisco Zen Center, has a blog called The Ino's Blog that you may enjoy. He explains what an ino is in the blog.

The rest of my Bay Area dates are:

•March 20, 2009 (Fri), 6:30-9 pm - San Francisco Zen Center Dinner & Talk - 300 Page St. San Francisco, CA 94102
•March 21, 2009 (Sat), 4 pm - Green Apple Books 506 Clement St. at 6th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118 kpr@greenapplebooks.com
•March 22, 2009 (Sun), 1:30 pm Copperfield's Books 140 Kentucky Street Petaluma, CA sdeignan@copperbook.com

And don't forget about the Interdependence Project in New York City on March 25th. That's at 302 Bowery, (Buzzer #2) New York, NY 10012.

There's more info on my page of tour dates which is linked over there to your left<<<<.

My book signing at Diesel Books in Oakland yesterday was one of the best I've ever done. I'm usually a bit leery or at least cautious about bookstore events. They range all over the map, from a Spinal Tap-like disaster in Cleveland where literally one person showed up, to the one in Greenwich Village that got hijacked by a couple Christina Fundamentalists* who used the Q&A session to advance their own views, to some really amazing places with attentive and fun audiences. Last night was one of those.

But, as per usual with me, I forgot to bring my camera. So the actual contents of the event will be forever lost to the ages.

And speaking of ages, one of the greatest people I met last night was a woman named Lea. I know it's impolite to discuss the age of a lady. So I'll just say she was well beyond what's usually thought of as my target demographic of young punk rockers. But she was so sweet and kind and expressed such a love for my books I almost felt like I might be doing some little bit of good. Or at least providing some quality entertainment value. Thank you Lea and thank you everyone who showed up last night!


*I only caught this type-o after I posted the blog. But I'm leaving it in because it amuses me to imagine what Christina Fundamentalists might be. Obviously I meant to write "Christian Fundamentalists."

13 comments:

Flor de Nopal Sangha said...

Gold!

Anonymous said...

Christina Fundamentalists?

Al said...

Pictures from Diesel Books:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/albill/sets/72157615605192872/

Anonymous said...

wow, that was a painful interview.... i cant remember if ive ever heard a DJ who liked to hear himself talk so much..... dude, we arent tuning in to hear about your frigging childhood, youre supposed to be interviewing someone

*yawn*

Jinzang said...

Dude, your url got chopped. Here's a link to the photo set of Brad at Diesel Books. What I want to know is why is Brad standing in front of a picture of a man performing unnatural acts with a fish? I guess if I was from San Francisco I'd understand.

I got a giggle from this photo that I stumbled across while searching on for your photos on Flickr.

Jinzang said...

Oh, Brad, why don't you ever give me any link love?

Mysterion said...

Jinzang said..."I want to know is why is Brad standing in front of a picture of a man performing unnatural acts with a fish?"

Because that picture is hanging over the fireplace behind the podium. The picture is only suggestive.

I tried to get this dude to photograph the audience but to no avail. And I did not bring my Nikon S5. My bad.

BTW, the turn out might have been 'best,' but the talk last year at SFZC was, in my unqualified opinion, a better talk. Diesel was more about Zazen, SFZC more about Shobogenzo.

Another of Dōgen's Zen writings, Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku consists of over 300 open case Koan(s). Koan, in Soto? (Yep).

Al said...
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Anonymous said...

> Koan, in Soto?

Sure. But. No detailed instructions on how to sit with Koans.

Anonymous said...

Brad, They are making cell phones with cameras in them now. So you never have to be without. You do own a cell phone don't you?

Weasel Tracks said...

Anonymous sez:
Brad, They are making cell phones with cameras in them now. So you never have to be without. You do own a cell phone don't you?

As a Christina Fundamentalist, I prefer to take my pictures with a camera, send my email through a laptop, keep notes and addresses on my PDA, and talk on my cell phone.

Anonymous said...

Viva Las Fundamentalistas Christinas!

Mr. Reee said...

I like this photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/albill/3366506023/in/set-72157615605192872/

Looks like something from a Monty Python skit, perhaps about the "Church of the Holy Salmon."