Author: Jack Gardner
Specifications: 149x129mm, paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 25 October, 2004
Words Are Not Things
* I was in Japan when the idea for this book came to me. I had been reading extensively of the relationship between Zen and Japanese culture.
* One feature in particular impressed me: the desire to cut through to an indisputable, truth and express it without decoration.
My professional writing had always expressed complex ideas in expressive prose. And the notion emerged - why not compress ideas, stories, even whole novels, into single aphorisms? My collection has not been written to be quotable pearls of wisdom. They were written and rewritten again to
provide food for thought. Thinking is good. Chase these ideas yourself, down and through their many alleys.