If anyone is interested, I refer them to the online forum, "DharmaWheel."
The lead story is titled: "Barry Graham: The Fraud-iest Zen Fraud."
Barry Graham is the FRAUD. He is no Zen master. Barry Graham has been "outed" and denounced by Zen masters as a fraud. No Zen master would behave in the abusive manner he displayed toward Ms. Albert. His shouting was brutal and scary to many in the audience. His "questions" were assertions that showed he'd done NO RESEARCH. He repeatedly badgered Ms. Albert to "show proof." She OWES HIM NO PROOF. Every "item" that he hurled at Ms. Albert is a matter of public record: Yes, she was an invited speaker (along with Alice Walker) to represent the U.S. in a literary festival in Brasilia, Brazil; Yes, she was invited to be a juror at the Sapporo, Japan, Film Festival, speaking before thousands; Yes, her childhood was exactly as she's described, with institutions and a group home. These are ALL matters of public record. Barry Graham DID NO RESEARCH. His sole intent was to harass Ms. Albert. But he revealed HIMSELF to be the fraudulent laughing stock, the attention-whore, that he is!! Whoever heard of him...No one!!! What a PUTZ!!
Barry Graham is the FRAUD. Barry Graham is a known and outed fraud. He is no Zen monk. Most Zen practitioners want him GONE. They denounce him. As a writer, he did no research on Ms. Albert at all. The answers to the "questions" he abusively shouted at Ms. Albert are public record.
The records are available: yes, she - and Alice Walker - were invited to represent American writers on a panel in a literary festival in Brazil. Yes, she did speak before thousands in Sapporo, Japan, last summer. She was an invited juror at the Sapporo Film Festival. Yes, her childhood is exactly as she described. The records ARE THERE to be checked. Barry Graham is a putz. HE is the ATTENTION-WHORE. Who ever heard of him? No-one.
I wonder if any of you posting these comments attended the same event last night at Disjecta, as did. I was there. I saw / experienced a very different writer & speaker, than the woman portrayed in these comments. My friends (8 of us) and I were paying customers. We loved hearing Ms. Albert's story. Her own history as a sexually-abused child grounded her writing for me into an even deeper truth. How is it that there is no compassion for what she endured? That the only way she could communicate was through a different energy, i.e. JT. I question why the focus is always on the peripheral circus that happened 7, 8 years ago? None of that now matters. What has endured is the Work. Ms. Albert's books continue to be sold world-wide. Her work stands on its own, for its unchanged literary merit, truth, compassion and humor. Its truth has helped other abused children - now grown - to grapple with what happened to them. The Ms. Albert I saw last night, like her books, was compassionate, funny, forthcoming and brilliant. Just like her books.
It's blatant from your comments that you know nothing about Laura Albert's work, past, or process. She has been communicatively open about using the pseudonym of JT, because despite your charges, she did live the experiences she described in her novels. Using a pseudonym was her means to be able to handle the incendiary material.
She speaks beautifully about the childhood pain she suffered.
Her viewpoint is unassailable, precisely because she DID live it.
It opens worlds of compassion to those of us who lived different lives.
Your comments are shallow and ignorant.
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