Houellebecq, Michel “Submission”

The special thing about literature, the major art form of Western civilisation now ending before our eyes, is not hard to define. Only literature can give you access to a spirit from beyond the grave – a more direct, more complete, deeper access than you’d have in conversation with a friend. Even in our deepest, most lasting friendships, we never speak as openly as when we face a blank page and address a reader we don’t know. Continue reading Houellebecq, Michel “Submission”

Mishima Yukio, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed. Continue reading Mishima Yukio, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion