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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sit Down and Shut Up is part autobiography, part Buddhist philosophy treatise, and part punk rock memoir. Author Brad Warner joins us to talk about the unlikely encounter between punk rock and Zen philosophy. Plus, concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein is earning enthusiastic reviews for her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. She performs live in studio.


Simone Dinnerstein and Brad Warner

Punk and Zen

"Long before I was a Zen monk, I was a punk rock bass player." So begins Brad Warner's latest book, Sit Down and Shut Up, a collection of essays on sex, death, God, sin, and more. Warner, a former member of the Akron, Ohio, hardcore band Zero Defects, uses a ...

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Simone Dinnerstein

Brooklyn-based concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein avoided the child prodigy route in her career – taking her time to mature and avoiding the "competition circuit." Now in her mid 30s, she’s just released a recording of Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations. She performs live in the studio today.