Monday, April 19, 2004
Now reading 'Mishima A Biography' by John Nathan. Mishima is the only Japanese modern writer who, along with being able to pen flowing script in antiquated styles of Japanese, actually looked pretty tasty in a fundoshi. Actually, all kidding aside, this has been very useful for putting the recent, burgeoning, and downright scary Japanese Neo-Conservative movement -- itself is a kind of rebirth of what Mishma was involved in plus some new, U.S.-style, fear motivated, ultra-nationalism sprinkled into the mix-- into a kind of early 1970s perspective. History DOES repeat itself, or at least it is teetering dangerously, just on the verge of doing so here in 2004.