In Charles Johnson's recent essay, Advice To Emery, published in the October edition of 3rd Act Magazine, he offers 10 points of advice for his grandson, Emery. I was delighted to discover that words from Mindful of Race were included as point number 2!
In speaking with Dr. Johnson about this inspiring essay, he shares: When I was writing this essay, your words - so clear, so accurate, so inspiring - were foremost in my thoughts. You explained the traditional, three Buddhist "marks" of existence so beautifully (and in terms a contemporary Westerner can understand) that I simply had to let readers hear your voice. Thank you! I believe your book (and you) are exactly what we need at this challenging moment in history. Three deep bows, Chuck
Charles Johnson is a MacArthur Fellow and professor emeritus at the University of Washington. His fiction includes Dr. King's Refrigerator, Dreamer, Faith, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing, and Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice. His new collection of short stories Night Hawks, was released this spring. He lives in Seattle. Read his book review of Mindful of Race.