The Dream Café

Steven Brust: “A masterful storyteller of contagious glee and self-deprecating badassery” —Skyler White

Texas Wisdom #13


One day a famous Zen Master named Shuzan was visiting Billy-Bob Gautama.  Shuzan picked up the short staff that was leaning against the porch and said, “If you call this a short staff, you oppose its reality.  If you do not call it a short staff, you ignore the fact.  Now what do you wish to call this?” Billy-Bob said, “I call it Hank after my great-uncle ’cause it sorta reminds me of him.”


Author: corwin

Site administrative account, so probably Corwin, Felix or DD-B.


  1. Thus he both opposed its reality AND ignored the fact, focusing instead on irrelevant history. Perfect Texan behavior.

  2. And there’s surely times when it’s handy to say, ‘Hank did it.’

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