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Zazen by Vanessa Veselka
Zazen

M.K. Hunter, January 1, 2012

This book is hilarious, unsettling and prescient all at once; when I started reading it, it felt like the story was taking place a few years from now. By the time I had finished, it felt more like the future it described was mere months away. Vanessa Veselka is a disturbingly talented seer as well as a writer of astonishing gifts.
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

M.K. Hunter, September 13, 2011

This book will dazzle you with its constantly shifting perspectives, styles and left turns. Great fun. AND the author appears at Wordstock this October, so you'll able to find out for yourself what sort of mind can create such a crazy quilt of storytelling.
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The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience by Kevin Nelson
The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience

M.K. Hunter, September 7, 2011

This is a fascinating study that seems likely to really satisfy no one. People hoping to be reassured that consciousness transcends the body will be disappointed; most of Nelson's findings suggest that spiritual experiences can be explained away by chemical processes and out-of-phase REM states. And hardcore materialists will be annoyed to find that Nelson is reluctant to completely dismiss spiritual experiences as mere matters of biological functions.

For me the book's most suggestive exploration is its examination of out-of-body experiences and lucid dreaming, two different activities that the author treats as identical. His careful dissection of the latter has to do with conscious manipulation of the sleep process, and he stresses several times that human beings can learn to gain control of it. It would have been gratifying if he had followed that study to its logical conclusion -- namely, that if we accept that spiritual experiences are not magic, isn't it to be expected that there would be physical indices of those experiences? Haven't shamans and others used their bodies in analogous ways since time out of mind?

But Nelson doesn't tip his hand. Either he hesitates to alienate half of his potential readership, or he's a stealth writer for one side or the other. In any case, for me this was an absorbing and informative read.
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Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

M.K. Hunter, January 1, 2011

You will never forget some of the people you meet in this outstanding collection of short stories. Maile Meloy presents a rogue's gallery of conflicted people who find themselves at various forms of crossroads, and must decide between equally disturbing choices (often including the option of taking no action at all). I will return to many of these stories again and again.
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The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist by Gigi Rosenberg
The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist

M.K. Hunter, December 20, 2010

The book’s subtitle says it all: “How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts.” The how-to part of the equation is here in abundance, but what I appreciate about this volume is the moral support its author offers. Gigi’s writing is casual yet no-nonsense; she speaks from her own experience, as one from the trenches, so she sounds like a pal, like a peer — rather than Moses handing down commandments from on high.

The Artist’s Guide already has a place on my reference shelf, within arm’s reach of my desk. I’ll be turning to it many, many times in the months to come.
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