ELLEN PEARLMAN is one of the founders ofÂ The Brooklyn RailÂ and is affiliated with nine Utne Independent Press Awards. In today’s podcast interview, we ask Pearlman about her recent book,Â Nothing and Everything: The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde.Â Pearlman shares howÂ the worldâ€”and life itselfâ€”became a legitimate artistâ€™s tool in mid-century America, aligning with Zen Buddhismâ€™s emphasis on â€śenlightenment at any momentâ€ť and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries.
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