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”

The Clash of the Old and the New: January 2021

The Roman god of the beginning of the year was Janus. This is how we got the word January. He is quite a complex god, associated with Quirinus, who became Saint Quirinus, who keeps away plagues, and Romulus, one of the founding figures of Rome.  So he had multiple origins and meanings and intricate connectionsContinue reading “The Clash of the Old and the New: January 2021”