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2008-08-27
EXT. She Set Fire to my Trailer - TWILIGHT

THE TRAILER

From late 2002 to mid-2005, after I split from my stripper-wife in Austin, I lived within walking distance of the Mexico border just outside of San Diego. The scenery was much like the shots from the recent Weeds episodes. I used to mountain bike up and down the dirt roads the Border Patrol used to hunt Mexicans.

In one of my screenplays I have a sequence that involves someone burning their trailer in order to make a break from the past. The idea comes from a Kabir poem that I used to keep on my office door in the mid-90s.

Kabir Poem

I set fire to my house and abandoned it, taking only a stick with me. May only he who is ready to burn his house follow me!


My crazy screenplay looks like a straight Hollywood parody, but it's actually about the zen tradition of crazy wisdom. The house-burning theme is prevalent in many zen traditions, including the more somber ones.

Pop zen is used to sell everything at Whole Foods from lotions to cereal, so I figured real zen could be used to sell a screenplay. The most useful notion in Buddhism is "as you see it, so it is."

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