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Your Sunday Reading — The Sea of Crises

Go read The Sea of Crises, by Brian Phillips, on Grantland.

A sumo wrestling tournament.
A failed coup ending in seppuku.
A search for a forgotten man.
How one writer’s trip to Japan became
a journey through oblivion.

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Written by taogaming

August 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

Posted in TV & Media

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  1. Good read.

    I’m usually wary of writers who shoehorn in Mishima to their writings on Japan, particularly his death. I think he incorporates it well into this, precisely because there’s hardly any editorializing about the event itself. It probably helps that I usually like Brian Phillip’s work.

    BTW I think Mishima’s Runaway Horses is the novel that I had the biggest change in opinion between the halfway point and the ending. I was struggling to get through it until near the end, when I suddenly flipped to loving it. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read it but I don’t remember the moment of realization being a major scene, just someone walking at night.

    Mark Delano

    August 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm


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