My new piece on Ankor Wat up at Guernica Magazine came the same day I visited Suoi Tien Amusement Park – the world’s only Buddhism-themed Amusement Park. This is interesting synchronicity insofar as I had really really wanted to go to this place (the park) and while I had a very nice time and thoroughly enjoyed myself, I think perhaps the pictures were what I enjoyed most. The proof that I had in fact slid down the world’s only Buddhist Water Slide. The evidence that I had experienced the hells of the Golden Unicorn Castle and lived to post about it on Facebook.
This was something I spent a fair bit of time thinking about while visiting Angkor Wat, the tourist snapshot – I took many – and how, in many ways, it only serves to cheapen the experience. The essay in Guernica and another piece I wrote - sort of an idea dump for the piece that wound up in Guernica really – deal with the matter in some depth. Particularly as how it relates to “present consciousness,” being in “the now,” as they say, an impossibility with a camera strapped to my nose. But alas, nobody’s perfect, here are a couple pics of the water park: