This just in from Wang Xiu, in response to Cniva Albinus's recent post on Kobayashi Hideo:
I don't know what your politics are, dude (Cniva's a dude's name, right?), but nice hagiography. Kobayashi was a total fascist, man. As literary historian Zeljko Cipris points out, Kobayashi was "adamantly antagonistic toward any kind of systematic critical thought [. . .] and seemed unaware of the superficiality, chauvinism, conventionalism and elitism that permeated much of his own criticism." "Wittingly or unwittingly," Cipris continues, "Kobayashi had become a quintessential establishment intellectual, a traditionalist aesthete oblivious to the glaringly ugly depredations of a plutocratic socioeconomic system." Click here for Cipris's full article.