February 21, 2010
“We see him [Arthur Rimbaud] victimized by the illusion that freedom can be obtained by external means”—Henry Miller, The Time of the Assassins.
Horai is a sacred mountain in Chinese and Japanese lore. Traditionally, the region represents a timeless heaven on earth, as well as a kind of fountain of youth, a place where no one grows old, where all diseases are cured, and the rice bowl is always full—in contrast to Prince Siddhartha’s initial discoveries after venturing outside the palace walls. The music is a standard piece in the komuso repertoire.