Flying the Kite of Destiny: the life and death of Yukio Mishima

There is a pleasurable intensity in  books that confess to sins or crimes that alienated the author yet seduce the readers. “Confessions of a Mask’ (1958) is like this – an autobiographical novel by Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. It made him famous at the young age of 24, and gained a reputation in western circlesContinue reading “Flying the Kite of Destiny: the life and death of Yukio Mishima”

Shirley Jackson’s Chironic Eclipse Message

Shirley Jackson has something to tell us from beyond the grave. Her date of birth is on this December 14th eclipse, her star is rising again with Elisabeth Moss portraying her in a new biopic. So it is time to reassess: why Shirley Jackson, why now and what is the message? She was an author,Continue reading “Shirley Jackson’s Chironic Eclipse Message”

Yoga and Writing: getting back on the mat and the chair

There are many reasons for embracing yoga and getting back on the mat. Stay away too long and you feel the urge to return.  One reason may be surprising; to be a better writer. This is not everyone’s goal, but writing brings you back to your self when you have strayed; and yoga clears theContinue reading “Yoga and Writing: getting back on the mat and the chair”