Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/10/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 388
ISBN : 9781490722894
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 388
ISBN : 9781490722917
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 388
ISBN : 9781490722900

About the Book

This is a book about stories. Plato described Socrates, saying, “Remember the stories for they will save you in the end.” And it’s about stories within stories. And it’s about forgetting. About losing, remembering, and finding. A Native American once told me a story of going through the woods, finding a fork in the trail, and deciding on one of the paths. He discovered that the trail ended nowhere and that from there, it’s best to go back to where the fork was, rather than to try and find your way from where you discovered an error, which is very much like a well-known Middle Eastern story of Nasreddin who, when a neighbor found him crawling in his front yard looking for something and asked him what it was, he said it was a key. The neighbor joined him on the ground looking for it. And for a long time, not finding it, he asked the mullah, “was heu sure he dropped it here?” And the mullah said, “Oh no, I dropped it in the house.” The neighbor said, “Why are we looking for it here?” The mullah replied, “Oh, it’s too dark in the house.” And it is also about language. How do we decide what a word means and how it travels from one language to another? The great storyteller Leo Tolstoy, when setting himself the task of understanding the story of the gospels and looking at the first sentence of John, “En arche en o logos,” and noting that logos has either eleven or thirteen chief meanings (which could boil down to four that are possible in the context), and then finding what he could use in Russian, used razumyenie since it actually can carry those four possible meanings. So we can see the undertaking might be quite complex.

About the Author

John Menken Born 1934, Moscow, USSR BA, Olivet College, Olivet, Michigan. MFA—Dramatic Arts, Colombia University, New York, New York. Member of the Taliesin Fellowship. Studied judo with Florinda Visitacion, Brooklyn, New York. Studied tai chi chuan with Sophia Delza, New York City. Studied Japanese archery with Motoki Shigaki, Sensei, Buddhist Temple, Riverside Drive, New York City. Learned preparing bowstrings from Sam Lightfoot of the Winnebago nation. Learned shooting the Western bow from Sam Sine, also of the Winnebago nation. Learned to listen between the notes from Mr. George Hansen, Olivet College. Learned to read literature from Dr. Abigail Copps (Teacher), Olivet College. Learned to “render a reckoning” philosophically from Dr. Roderick Scott, Olivet College. Learned to keep faith and how to hope from Ms. Rhoda Goldberg Menken, Roosevelt University. Wrote stories for several episodes of the television series, Kung Fu, produced by Jerry Thorpe for Warner Brothers. Was president of Baca Grande Corporation, which developed a major community in Crestone, Colorado. Edited volume of essays dedicated to understanding between Jews, Christians, and Muslims entitled The Tent of Meeting texts. Served on National Advisory Council of St. Johns University, Collegeville, Minnesota, for four years. Studied with Rabbi Irving Rosenbaum of the Chicago Loop Synagogue. Currently teaches tai chi chuan in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Obviously, his religious affiliation is Jewish.