Aquinas's Commentary On The Metaphysics

#112- Mishima’s Sun and Steel, with Matt Reynolds (Barbell Logic)

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.

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  1. Liam G.

    This was such a great episode and it couldn’t have come out at a better time. I had read Sun and Steel last month and had written all over it and underlined many passages. I noticed this episode was released as I was about to begin a 3 hour drive to join 3 Spartan races in 2 days. ( I live in Taiwan and covid doesn’t exist here. ) I was cheering every time one of the hosts mentioned a part I had underlined and it really set the tone for the days to come. During a tough race or workout, thinking of people like Mishima, Hector, Miyamoto, or Aneas can make all the difference. Thank you for the great content!

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