Are You Really My Friend? (Art Opening)

New Years Eve 2010, photographer Tanja Hollander sat at her house in Maine instant messaging a friend in Jakarta while writing a letter to another deployed in Afghanistan. She began thinking about the differences in those two friendships, the contrast in the methods of communicating. She continued to reflect on friendships and relationships and how they are […]

Black Freemasonry (Review)

Black Freemasonry: From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz Cécile Révauger Inner Traditions, 2016, $29.95 Already the author of several books on Freemasonry in French, University of Bordeaux professor Cécile Révauger turns her attention to the history of Black Freemasonry in the United States. As early as the eighteenth century, the Masonic lodges of […]

Five Things I Learned from Dogen

By Brad Warner, author of Don’t Be a Jerk [Editor: Brad Warner’s recent book Don’t Be a Jerrk is “a radical and reverent paraphrasing” the classic Zen text the Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) by the thirteenth century master Dogen. Warner’s ‘modernization’ of Dongen’s work into plainspoken language makes it both accessible and entertaining.] […]

Zorba the Buddha, Urban (Review)

Despite the ubiquity of news coverage in the 1980s, the Osho-Rajneesh movement’s experiment in building a spiritual city out the Oregon desert has for the most part receded from the national memory. It is little more than a quirky footnote to the history of Reagan’s American. There remain a few old enough to remember (when […]

Easter Reprise: Angels-on-a-Pinhead

From the archives Vol 7, Issue 2, 127-130, Fall 2008. Angels-on-a-Pinhead: History of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence Sr. Soami On Holy Saturday, 1979 I donned a nun’s habit for the first time. With two other ‘gay male nuns’ I sashayed out among the faithfully queer on the Castro and then trekked to the nude beach at […]