Kenzaburo Oe*1 “Hiroshima and the Art of Outrage” (translated by Deborah Boehm) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/opinion/06oe.html
In Edward W. Said’s last book, “On Late Style,” he gives many examples of artists (composers, musicians, poets, writers) whose work as they grew older contained a peculiar sort of concentrated tension, hovering on the brink of catastrophe, and who, in their later years, used that tension to express their epochs, their worlds, their societies, themselves.
As for me, on the day last week when I learned about the revival of the nuclear-umbrella ideology, I looked at myself sitting alone in my study in the dead of night . . . . . . and what I saw was an aged, powerless human being, motionless under the weight of this great outrage, just feeling the peculiarly concentrated tension, as if doing so (while doing nothing) were an art form in itself. And for that old Japanese man, perhaps sitting there alone in silent protest will be his own “late work.”
*1:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20060913/1158115201 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20070524/1180035472 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20071017/1192639890 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081025/1224880677 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081101/1225513928 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081212/1229106098 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090227/1235701965 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090507/1241664621 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090508/1241746028 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091112/1257995144 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091214/1260769343