Lawrence Shainberg

Lawrence Shainberg is an author and novelist whose books include the celebrated Zen memoir Ambivalent Zen and Memories of Amnesia. His Pushcart Prize-winning monograph of conversations with Samuel Beckett was first published in The Paris Review in 1987.

Staring at the Wall with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer

With Lawrence Shainberg

Staring at the Wall with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer

Writer and longtime Zen student Lawrence Shainberg joins Tricycle Editor and Publisher James Shaheen to discuss his new book, Four Men Shaking: Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher. They talk about Shainberg’s struggles as a practitioner and an author and how he brings them together in his new memoir, which recounts his conversations with his literary heroes, Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, along with his teacher, Roshi Kyudo Nakagawa. 

You can read an excerpt from Four Men Shaking in our Fall 2019 issue.

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