Online Great Books Podcast

Online Great Books Podcast

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We discuss the great books, the great ideas and the process of liberal education.

This week, Scott and Karl are joined by special guest Matt Reynolds to discuss Yukio Mishima’s book, Sun and Steel.

Born into a samurai family, Mishima died by his own hand in 1970, committing seppuku or ritual suicide.

While controversial, Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. Sun and Steel is a memoir of the author’s relationship to his body.

Karl says, “I think this book is an aesthetic project, so it’s Nietzschean. Take your life and make it a project. To make it a beautiful life you’re going to need sun and steel.”

Mishima’s return to classical aesthetics is a revolt against the sedentary body modernity causes.

As the founder of Barbell Logic and a former Strongman himself, Reynolds brings a unique perspective to the conversation.

Tune in to learn more about the parallel between books and barbells. Brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.

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