Category Archives: Physical

Monarchy, Metaphysics, and The Divinization of the Body

Hierarchs, Hellenes, Hebrews (and Hindus) The following is an exploratory venture into the depth-dimension of kingly investiture. Support is drawn from Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew rites (without hazarding a genealogy)….

Are Friends Electric?: Machines, Emotions, And The Importance of Rule Breaking

A robot is a machine. One definition of a machine, used by people like Alan Turing who invented the concept of a modern computer, is a rule-following device. A computer,…

Yukio Mishima, bodybuilder and author

The Body As Spirit: Yukio Mishima, Author, Intellectual, And Warrior

“It is… possible for people to use the body as a metaphor for ideas,” Japanese author Yukio Mishima says in Sun and Steel. Mishima had been a weak and sickly…

Why Fitness Has Gone Goth

The image of fitness has changed. So has “Goth”. If you look back to the ’80s, Goths and punks were portrayed on television as a group of malcontents, curiously propelled by…

Woman's face, Yaffa Cafe

We Are All Prudes Now: Why Outrage Has Replaced Outrageousness

A couple of weeks ago, New York’s Yaffa Cafe closed down after three decades. Grungy and camp, with Buddha statues, Elvis prints, damask wallpaper and leopard skin print tables, the East…

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

Are Muscles Useless?

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic…

male beauty, ethics, and transcendence

Male Beauty: Fantasy, Ethics, and Transcendence

“Women like ‘bad boys’.” One hears this statement fairly frequently as an explanation of why some or other relationship didn’t work out — and you hear it from women, probably…

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of…

KarmaGoal: Crowdfunding for Personal Achievement

A new website called KarmaGoal is making crowdfunding more personal, and more spiritual. It’s about making “a better you,” and, with a bit of luck, a better world. You probably…