Octopus Buddhas and Aliens: The Story of Tako Yakushi

One of my favorite films about aliens is Arrival (2016), based on Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life (1998). It portrays otherworldly visitors as enlightened extraterrestrials with a literally timeless grasp of language and causality. Aside from being spacefaring travellers and inhabiting spacecraft that leave no residue, traces, or pollution, the advanced creatures of Arrival perceive time […]

Alice Walker

She watches the solar systemthe way Galileo didyearning for extinction&fresh as shallots just openedshe writes to change her taste in the world George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, The Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall […]

Landscapes of the Heart

Buddhistdoor Global presents Landscapes of the Heart, a series of Buddhist themed short stories on Tea House, Buddhistdoor Global’s webzine. This collection features stories originally written in Chinese-language anthologies by emeritus professor Lee Chack-fan, director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole at The University of Hong Kong. Now retold in English prose by Buddhistdoor Global […]