CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Center Reads: Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
January 7, 2020, 8:00 pm-10:00 pmFree
Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be “normal.” Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelings for men. As news of the War reaches Tokyo, Kochan considers the fate of Japan and his place within its deeply rooted propriety.
Confessions of a Mask reflects Mishima’s own coming of age in post-war Japan. Its publication in English―praised by Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, and Christopher Isherwood― propelled the young Yukio Mishima to international fame.
The Center’s book discussion group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00pm (with a few noted exceptions). We meet at The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (near Seventh Avenue) in NYC. We meet in various rooms, so ask at the information desk for the room number. After the book club, some of us go for a late diner dinner (usually a diner in the neighborhood) to continue with more general discussion. Everyone is always welcome to join.
- Howard Williams