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Poet On Campus
Patricia Ewing will lead off
St. Andrews’ poetry readings
tonight in Granville at 7 PM.
She will remain on campus un
Ewing is descrived as
Professor Ron Bayes as being
“a Jungian poet”. She says
that she is “equally involved
in Eastern thought and is
trying to merge the inner and
outer worlds in symbols.”
She has written “The Other
Land” and “The Ultimate
Garden”. Also, she has edited
two collections of poetry,
Candadian Visionary An-
thrology,” and “Six Contem
porary Montreat Women
Poets” of which she says is
“representing a new
development of people who
dared to take the step beyond
the familiar into reality.”
Having been writing for the
past ten years, Ewing has
resised in Montreal, and in
Spain for two years.
Review Of REVIEW
MY FRIEND HITLER, by Yukio Mishima, Translated by
Hiroaki Sato. St. Andrews Review, Vol. 4. Nos. 3 & 4 — Special
Double Issue, 1977., Pp. 23-70. St. Andrews Presbyterian
College. Laurinburg, North Carolina, U.S.A. 28352. $3.00.
Reviewed by DONALD RICHIE
Yukio Mishima finished this play at the end of October 1968
- just two years before his death. It was first performed in
1969 and was revived for performances last year. It is thus a
late work and, like all the later work, both moralistic and
The idea for the play came from events in Berlin during the
summer of 1934. Hitler wanted to create a “legal” government
and had carefully worked out a number of political ploys. Both
Gregor Strasser, the socialist theoretician and national
organization leader, and Ernest Roehm, chief of the SA, the
Nazi military arm, were in the way — the latter, particularly,
since he wanted to include the regular army in the SA corps.
This indicated a political crisis Hitler was anxious to avoid
and so he had them both killed. Later party prograganda
accused them of conspiracy though there is no evidence
whatever of any Stra^ler-Roehm connection.
These events and their various interpretations appealed to
Mishima. He — whose later work is so filled with statements
about purity and heartfelt fervor — was interested in the
moment when idealism gives way to materialism, when
revolutinary fervor turns to accommodating diplomacy. He
found such a moment in Oiese political events and the last
dialogue of the play gives the purport of the drama:
KRUPP;... Adolf, you have done well. You cut down the left
and, as you moved the sword, cut down the right.
HITLER; Yes, government must take the middle road.
Such a moment, when belief gives way to practice, is indeed
highly dramatic and many fine plays (among them Mishima’s
‘favorite” Shakespeare — “Julius Caesar”) have been based
upon such. And there is no doubt that Mishima felt both
personally and deeply the tragedy of pure idealism and a
sincere and selfless devotion to a gleaming cause.
So deeply indeed that in this play (and unlike Shakespeare)
Was not content to show us theseinevitable workings but had
to tell us about them, at great length, and about how he felt
about them. He hated accommodation, and anything that
packed of the pragmatic (indeed, the other character in this
our-man melodrama is Krupp — portrayed as just the kind of
opportunist Mishima most disliked); he exalted the loyal, the
woted, the single-minded, all of which, in his vocabulary
^ame the pure.
The result is that he interiorized all of the emotions in his
nia. We are not shown four real men and asked to
This year’s College Union
Board Film Series will get
under way in earnest with a
Sunday night offering of “The
Culpepper Cattle Company,”
a western for those who hate
westerns. Gary Grimes stars
as a youngster who takes up
being a cowboy; “what you do
when you can’t do anything
else”-and learns a lot that
will puncture your ideas
about what the Old West was
really like. Something a little
bit different, and very highly
recommended, at 7 p.m. this
Sunday Night in Avinger.
Admission is 25 cents.
Those who don’t yet know
will hopefully be encouraged
to find out that there will be a
CUB film every Sunday
evening, with occasional
double features. There is a
programming guide in the
works to let you know just
when to expect Westworld,
Sherlock Holmes Smarter
Brother, Vanishing Point, The
Three Musketeers, The Four
Musketeers, 2001, and
Wizards as well as a host of
less well known but equally
Season’s tickets for the
more than 35 films will go on
sale at this weeks movie for
five dollars. If you plan to see
the majority of this year’s
schedule, why not save
yourself a Uttle money and
the aggravation of keeping up
with that quarter.
Welcome To It!
. by CLAY HAMILTON
Music plays a big part in the day to day drama known as St.
A^ews. Mega-watts of stereo power are released into the
Atmosphere every day. There’s nothing quite like trying to faU
asleep while the walls are vibrating and aU you can hear is
^irway to Heaven. One musical aspect to this campus that has
Deen the brunt of much criticism is the Belk Bell Tower. Most
people like the fact that if you can get inside it, you can sit up at
the top and watch the Pink Flamingo Drive-In, and a few
campus martyrs find small comfort in hanging from the cross
Suggestions on how to make the bell tower easier to live with
are multitude. Some want to put wings on it and turn it into a
rocket ship. Some want to spray paint it hot pink. Other
suggestions are unprintable (Send 25 cents in stamps or coin to
to 174). But I really feel defacement of the monument is a
drastic extreme.. Hie solution to the problem seems obvious.
Let’s face it. It’s the tower’s musical selections that are
living us all up the wall. The 23rd Pslam, Nearer My God to
nee, and, worst of all. My Old Kentucky home. I mean really.
1 m sure these tunes were big in their day but this is 1978. So I
suggest the students get together and put a new musical
selection in the tower every week. Things like easy listening
folk featurmg Rocky Mountain High and six otherWoodsy-artsy
songs. Disco with that smash hit Boogie Wougie Ougie (sp.)
and the Bee Gees. Heavy Metal with Led Zeppiling and
featuring Ina Gada Da Vida. And then everynight from 6 to 9
we could open up a request line where you call in and ask for
your favorite current smash boffo hit.
I hope these suggestsions will not fall on deaf ears. And if
changing the musical selection is out of the question, I at least
hiope they’ll start leaving the twoer open so we can sneak up
and watch the pink Flamingo. Hubba Hubba.
You re Welcome To It will be a regular column in THE
LANCE. It’ll have advice on getting band welcomes your
questions or problems, especially juicy lovelorn and six
problems. So if you have any questions or answers write me in
care of THE LANCE box 757 Saint Andrews. Until next week.
understand their problems; we are shown segments of the
author s psyche and forced to choose sides. The play, as such
is psychodrama and all the lines are loaded.
This is particularly evident on the level of metaphor (and the
language is very self-consciously “poetic”) and rhetoric One
of the pnnciple metaphors is that of iron - one fittingly
Hitlenan as well. If one examines its various metalmorphoses
throughout the play one can see what Mishima I's up to.
ROEHM: The only thing that can hurt me is a bullet. Or
rather, when the feel of my body happens to betray me and
attract into it the small iron lump of my comrade’s yes,
when iron and iron, to be intimate, draw together and kiss'
that’s the only time I’ll fall...
STRASSER: The pot that once swallowed a stray bullet put
out blue flowers, but it puts out only insipid pansies now that
the fertilizing bullet is gone ...
KRUPP; For the guns . . . they’ve shot the real human flesh
to their fill for the first time in a long while, and should be able
to sleep, satisfied ... like the soldiers who’ve been to brothels
On The Air
FM 91 is back!!!
WSAP began an eight hour
regular broadcast day (from
four to midnight) this Mon
day, offering its usual blend
that the request line (276-
WSAP or extensions 380 or 381)
has been coming in for un
usually heavy use in the first
couple of days.
During the next two weeks
the station hopes to publish a
programming guide and
begin a regular news service
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