He was - simply - one of the most important, influential and transformative people of the 20th century. Actually, if this were pitched to Zen Buddhists as a reason to appreciate Cage rather than the reverse, it would probably deserve five stars in that much narrower niche. Chance events happen to us all. One of the best books of the year in any category. There were a few small errors I found on musical subjects. Larson, treading lightly, portrays as his acceptance of his homosexuality. Listen to the full audiobook Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, for free at audilib.
As came to see all things as having a Buddha-nature, his music welcomed ordinary sounds -- hence, a duck call or a door slamming is music. He worked at the Cornish School in Seattle, where he met choreographer-dancer Mercier Merce Cunningham, the man with whom he shared his life. Concepts taken for granted today, such as erasing the boundary between art and life, owe much to Cage. It isn't always easy Wonderful book. My more detailed review is , but the enthusiasm for this book at goodreads compels me to add to it.
Cowell, who used his whole arm to create smashing tone clusters on the piano, gave Cage his musical debut in 1933, playing a clarinet sonata. On the rare occasions when she manages to shut up about her own speculations as to what she imagines Cage may have been thinking at a given moment and just tells the story, her book is interesting. The first biography of composer John Cage to show how his work, and that of countless American artists, was transformed by Zen Buddhism. His whole being has been in the midst of a collision between an ice cap and an icebreaker. This book itself doesn't so much try to relate or translate Cage's spiritual journey so much as present it directly, in his words and works. Freed to be his own man, Cage originated exciting experiments that set him at the epicenter of a new avant-garde forming in the 1950s. Any book that probes, pushes and engages with John Cage - I have to reward with 5 stars.
The detailed biography ends almost 30 years before Cage's death, and the latter chapters, mapping his artistic influence as a progenitor of postmodernism, seem hurried. The book is laid out with a beautiful three act structure. Buddhist The crack in the egg, happened for Cage when he was 38. I absolutely loved learning about John Cage's life and thoughts, and Larson gives you a pretty thorough rundown of a lot of it, especially for a newcomer. He was - simply - one of the most important, influential and transformative people of the 20th century. All around him is encrusted ice: the frozen rigidity of social roles, the behavior expectations looming like icebergs; the conditioning enclosing him in cold, transparent walls.
The book subtitle is fair. The last 200 pages seemed like a list of research notes with no real integration between them. Freed to be his own man, Cage originated exciting experiments that set him at the epicenter of a new avant-garde forming in the 1950s. Cage now seems more a cultural figure, conceptual artist, and teacher than a composer. There wasn't enough nothing in it. It is packed with ideas. But ultimately, these errors are a few embarrassing burps in what is otherwise a satisfying meal.
It is a strong trope and theory that binds the book. An unprecedented and revelatory book, Where the Heart Beats reveals what actually empowered Cage to compose his incredible music, and how he inspired the tremendous artistic transformations of mid-century America. Larson does a great job of revealing Cage's extensive network of influence by meandering through connections and following out their implications, instead of abiding by a strict chronology or primary theme. But it was just a part, and as Cage moved through the decades, much of that explicit thinking was replaced by other ideas, and ultimately Duchamp and Thoreau were more important to him. Yes, at times, Larson does over-egg the Zen Buddhist connections with Cage's work. I was most interested in the zen. I knew little about John Cage and found it fascinating to learn about his history in general and his time here in Seattle.
John Cage's zen journey was deep and intimate, anchored by his study of and association with D. Larson seems to have embodied some Cagean and Buddhist approaches in he An immersive, surprising, and life-altering read. It's badly written, badly edi 7. The influence of Zen thought on Cage's work is important, but it's a part of a whole. Composer John Cage sought the silence of a mind at peace with itself and found it in Zen Buddhism, a spiritual path that changed both his music and his view of the universe. But it was just a part, and as Cage moved through th My more detailed review is , but the enthusiasm for this book at goodreads compels me to add to it. A sublime light, constantly shifting, sifted white radiance onto the noonday and tinted the evening sky an infinitely clear cerulean, the color of heaven.
I understand what she wanted to achieve in the book's outline, but I'm not sure she reached her goal. He found and entered previously invisible doors, closed others, created or ignored still others. The problem is not suffering per se, but rather our identification with our own ego: our divided, dualistic, cramped view of things. An unconventional biography of avant-garde composer John Cage 1912—1992 and the profound influence Zen Buddhism had on his music. Anything was possible in California, since the frame was so huge. In her bravest and most revealing memoir, Sarton casts her keenly observant eye on both the interior and exterior worlds.
Cage now seems more a cultural figure, conceptual artist, and teacher than a composer. In this tumultuous period, a composer of experimental music began a spiritual quest to know himself better. Nonetheless, this is a great book filled with lots of excellent information about one of America's great composers, and it will definitely help anyone interested in 20th and 21st century American art find their way through some of the more difficult and dense ideas it contains in whatever form: film, poetry, music, literature, painting. What empowered John Cage to compose his incredible music—and what allowed him to inspire tremendous transformations in the lives of his fellow artists—was Cage's improbable conversion to Zen Buddhism. If you're mining for basic biographical info on Cage you'll want to look elsewhere. She used these postcards to piece together the chronology of Cage's development around the time of his Lecture on Something and Lecture on Nothing. Following her time at New York Magazine and The Village Voice, Larson practiced Zen at a Buddhist monastery in upstate New York.