PRE m THOUGH IT OCCASIONALLY APPEARED THAT EXUBERANCE FAR OUT WEIGHED EXPERIENCED the canoe races during orientation produced a trophy for’Ann Woods^’s SAS group and a lot of after dinner entaLnent for everybody else. (Hioto by Rooney Cof&nan) Orientation: A Memory Orientation left me exhausted and feeling my age (and I only had to deal with the nightly events!). I extend my congratulations to those freshmen who were able to survive the rugged test we put to the St. Andrews social life scene. I would like to thank Clif Fitzgerald, Craig Withrow, Anne Hinnant, Steve Newton, the CUB reps, and the numerous others that helped make my Orientation programs a big success. Be assured that I’ll be looking for new blood next year! Review of Review (continued) .. (And, later) Iron ... by going through the storm of three thousand degree flames, iron ore turns into pig iron, etc. The rhetoric plainly states not that iron must be put to a practical use (that ideals must give way to material considerations) and that this is the way of things (one of the “messages” of the riietoric of “Julius Caesar”) but that this unavoidable process is bad, bad, bad. In this Mishima was never more plainly a romantic — both worte and life indicate a very real unwillingness to consider the world as it happens to be, and on this anecaotal level (the pure rebel, the idealistic example) his legend is going to live. Whether his woric, particularly the later work, is going to live is more problematical. On one level, it was dead the minute it was written. Unless we interest ourselves in Mishima’s psyche we cannot interest ourselves in this play. The characters are (by nonpsychodrama standards) lifeless, their conversations are ploys, they are moved about like puppets, they spout rather than speak and since they are all one-sided and obviously constructed for a purpose, they quite fall to gain our sympathy. Which is perhaps ®hat Mishima intended. He did not want them to gain our sympathy; he wanted his great idea to gain our sjTnpathy. Didactic, he is laying down the law — and so, on this level, play offers no interpretation of the world as it is, but rather a condenuiation of this world. We are not given the world; we ^ given Mishima’s opinion of the world. The play is propaganda. As indeed, on some level, are most plays, are most works of Hie difference, however, is that the unavoidable message” is usually not all of the play — something timeless ® hence true, and hence (and here is the leap into faith whidi requires) good, is also visible and sometimes (as also J^le and sometimes (as in Shakespeare) becomes the true or a closer parallel to Mishima one must turn to an entirely erent playwright—someone like Gabriele D’Annunzio (a *'iter Mishima admired enough to translate — that long Wchodrama on St. Sebastian). The Italian symbolist loved the I' ye life, adored “spiritual purity,” got involved in the i was quite quixotically implicated in politics. His “II I (Fame of Life) and “Francesca da Rimini” are now, I i j guess, quite unreadable, and yet D’Annunzio remains I wgettable. The anecdote of his life has susperseded all and romantic hero — Byron without the talent, ’laire without the doubts — he continues to live. Book III of RON BAYES’ Umapine Tetralogy TOKYO ANNEX now available from ST ANDREWS PRESS Laurinburg, NC PAPERBACKS AVAILABLE WARREN CARRIER ~ Save Your Sugar for the Cold Morning [$3.00] ROY K. FLANAGAN ~ What a Duet! [$3.00] WILLIAM SPRUNT ~ A Sacrifice of Dogs [$3.00] MAE WOODS BELL ~ WRYmes [$3.00] MARVIN WEAVER ~ Hearts & Gizzards [$3.00] PETER TRIAS ~ That House in Venice [$3.00] E. WAVERLY LAND ~ Carte Postaie (eight postcard poems in folder) [$3.95 ] RONALD H. BAYES ~ Tokyo Annex [$4.95] MARY L. MEDLEY ~ Seasons & Days [$6.95] JOHN WILLIAMSON ~ Coconut Tears [$3.00[ GRACE GIBSON ~ Home in Time f $3 001 Please send me the titles circled. 1 enclose the cost plus 25c toward handling and mailing. Total enclosed name street citv ^ S‘ANDREWS PRESS St. Andrews Presbyterian College Laurinburg, NC 28352 FULL CIRCLE If you are buying books these days, you know that prices have gone right through the roof. But if you buy your books to read, not to coUect dust on some shelf, you stiU have an idtemative. Will Bullard at Circle Books has the best selection of second half paperbacks anyvdiere in the area, at prices you can still afford to pay. All of which makes Circle Books your place to stop and buy sell or trade. CIRCLE BOOKS Now on Main Street

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