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Bowie’s Bookshelf

Pretty naff cover what with the Aladdin Sane lightening bolt layered over a decent photo. The UK cover is better. Anyway, the books (and periodicals) have a strong dose both of sophisticated and pretty basic humour, counterposed by books of philosophical interest, especially if one is wary of regressive Leftism. The following are the most…

Marguerite Yourcenar

Born on June 8th. Becoming the Emperor: How Marguerite Yourcenar reinvented the past. Then she came upon the drafts of a novel about Hadrian that she had begun when she was twenty-one and had later put aside. …. She was forty-five when she went back to Hadrian. Marcus AureliusMarguerite YourcenarMemoirs of Hadrianphilosophical literatureYukio Mishima

Mishima on the beautiful death of James Dean

Excerpt from Star dropping tomorrow. All eyes are on Rikio. And he likes it, mostly. His fans cheer, screaming and yelling to attract his attention—they would kill for a moment alone with him. Finally the director sets up the shot, the camera begins to roll, someone yells “action”; Rikio, for a moment, transforms into another being,…

Mishima’s The Frolic of the Beasts

Here is the very excellent Damian Flanagan’s report on Andrew Clare’s recently published (first) English translation of The Frolic of the Beasts. Today marks the death of Mishima. (For those who have yet to discover Mishima, beware! There is a lot of maleducated journalistic tripe out there). For a high-profile author like Mishima, it’s surprising how…

From Mishima with love

Here’s another somewhat pretentious Johnny-come-lately review of Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters but fortunately there is this little nugget of a footnote to Mishima’s life. JapanMishima: A Life in Four ChaptersPaul Schraderphilosophical cinemaphilosophical literatureYukio Mishima

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Mishima’s classic published in English (translated by Ivan Morris) on this date in 1959. See Donald Keene’s original review “Beauty Itself Became a Deadly Enemy” in the NYT. aestheticsDonald KeeneJapanphilosophical literatureYukio Mishima