Currently reading

Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan) (Treasures of the World's Religions) (Volume 2)
James W. Heisig, Heinrich Dumoulin, Paul F. Knitter
The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Jokei Molly Delight Whitehead, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Shohaku Okumura, Shohaku Okumura
Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts
Shohaku Okumura
Ron Chernow
Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Ayya Khema

Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before

Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before - Michael Fried Basically a very long digression on an essay Fried previously wrote. The chapter on portraiture is terrific, self-contained and led me to want to take up portraiture. But the rest, what I read of it, makes the case for photography's importance on the very criteria that I hate the other visual arts, namely that a handful of contemporary photographers are making self-referential work that plumbs the depth of what art is. Which makes for pretty boring art, if that's the way you're going to look at it.