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Book Review: Auspicious Good Fortune: One Woman’s Inspirational Journey from Western Disillusionment to Eastern Spiritual Fulfilment by Sumangali Morhall

Novice author and student of Indian meditation teacher writes more than adeptly of her lifelong journey from spiritual novice to adept. Read More »

Book Review: The Japan Journals: 1947-2004 by Donald Richie

About the most interesting, unflinchingly honest opening of the tightly turned lid of self you'll ever read. Read More »

Bullet-Train TV Commercial Lifts Spirits in Japan

Initially withdrawn because of the Japanese tsunami, a television commercial for a new bullet-train line helps a grieving nation dare to smile once more. Read More »

Movie Review: Challenging Impossibility

Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of a weightlifting documentary which literally challenges the impossible. Read More »

The Dark Is Sinking: Book-to-Film Adaptation of Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Angers Fans

For fans of the The Dark is Rising series, a viewing of the movie trailer leaves something else rising. Read More »

Book Review: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity by David Lynch

A rare public sighting of one of America's most reclusive, critically appreciated film directors, in a literary meditation upon creativity. Read More »