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S Larson doesn t understand ither abstract The Spirituality Revolution expressionism or post modernism is disdainful of Pollock and just wrong about Oldenburg And somehow she manages to avoidven mentioning Reinhardt I learned a single fact that 4 33 was originally conceived with the title Silent Prayer Also I found some of her discussion of the particularities of Buddhist belief and with the title Silent Prayer Also I found some of her discussion of the particularities of Buddhist belief and s relevance to Cage of interest but it s always difficult when you know how mistaken a book is in the territories that you know well to trust it when it strays outside them Things must really be on the slide at Penguin when they let a book like this out 9912 I kept fretting about it and decided I would after all review it I LOVED THE FIRST 150ISH 200 PAGES the first 150ish 200 pages this book I knew little about John Cage and found it fascinating to learn about his history in general and his time here in Seattle I m down with Buddhism and Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) enjoyed learning about DT Suzuki s introduction of Buddhism to America and thoroughlynjoyed reading about the art scene in New York at the timeUntilsomething happened about 200 pages into the book where it was just a hot mess of uninteresting and unfinished work I was looking forward to hearing from John Cage s writing and less from the author s tenuous assumptions about John Cage and Suzuki s work I skim read the penultimate 150 pages and then just gave up on the last 50 pages I just couldn t do it The last 200 pages seemed like a list of research notes with no real integration between them It was painful I decided that it was not worth accruing the Economies and Cultures extra library fines and returned it unsatisfied and unfinished It was a bummerSo 5 stars for half of the book 1 star for half A treasure trove of informantion about John Cage and his music It wets the appetite to listen to of Cage s music and to read about Zen Buddhism My only complaint that the otherwisengaging writing is often repetitive as if the author has written the short chapters over many years and then just stapled togethe. Morton Feldman and Leo Castelli who all went on to revolutionize their respective disciplines As Cage’s story progresses as his students’ trajectories unfurl Where the Heart Beats shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture Both an innovative biography and a ground breaking cultural history of the American Century Where the Heart Beats is the work of acclaimed art critic Kay Larson Following her time at New York Magazine and The Village Voice Larson practiced Zen at a Buddhist monastery in upstate New York Larson’s deep knowledge of Zen Buddhism her long familiarity with New York’s art world and her Designing with Web Standards exhaustive original research all make Where the Heart Beats the definitive story about one of America’s mostnduringly important artist.

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This book is vast Larson s focus is John Cage but all that made him followed by all that he made Structure Of The Nucleus encompasses the shifting ways of producing andxperiencing art that was the Twentieth CenturyRevolution First Anthology evolution the world revolved art revolved Cage took it all in and turned the mirror both out and in What reflected back was unpredictable startling a surpriseOf course the well known tipping point is Cage s piece 4 33 is silence music Or how often do we stop and findven one minute to leave mpty for the world to fill for us with its own soundsLike Cage s mbrace of Zen thinking Passage Through Crisis every uestion suggests anotherIt would be impossible to summarize what Larson covers here And one could uotendlessly from Cage those to whom he was drawn and those who were drawn to him Often I found myself arguing with these artistic statements but I could never say they did not make me react or cause me to consider my feelings about their actions and wordsIt s true a lot of what was bright and new in the art of the 20th century has turned into trite cliche surface fashion and advertisingAnd many of these artists have Seemingly Moved OnBut The moved onBut the of Cage will never grow old he allowed himself to consider tradition and formulate different rules he allowed himself to approach from a different direction time place He found and ntered previously invisible closed others created or himself to approach from a different direction time place He found and ntered invisible doors closed others created or still others And that approach to life never changedHe left himself open to the world not as he saw it but as it might beI haven t The Road to Einsteins Relativity even begun toxplore all the tangents of information contained in this book but I did watch Cage performing Water Walk on I ve Got a Secret just google it and I advise you to do the same Truly delightful My detailed review is here but the Black Boy enthusiasm for this book at goodreads compels me to add to it I understand the appeal of this book butspecially in this John Cage centennial year it provides a misleading and shallow view of the man and his workThe inf. The first biography of composer John Cage to show how his work and that of countless American artists was transformed by Zen BuddhismOne of the greatest American composers of the twentieth century John Cage created music that defies Nighttime Sweethearts easyxplanation Many writers have grappled with Cage’s music which used notes chosen by chance randomly tuned radios and Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire even silence trying to understand what his music means rather than where it came from An unprecedented and revelatory book Where the Heart Beats reveals what actuallympowered Cage to compose his incredible music and how he inspired the tremendous artistic transformations of mid century America Where the Heart Beats is the first biography of John Cage to address the phenomenal importance of Zen Buddhism to the compo. Luence of Zen thought on Cage s work is important but it s a part of a whole Zen thought was a component of his move towards his ncompassing philosophy of composition as process But it was just a part and as Cage moved through the composition as process But it was just a part and as Cage moved through the much of that xplicit thinking was replaced by other ideas and ultimately Duchamp and Thoreau were important to himLarson passionately yokes Cage to her own faith and what she does is unfair The breathless psychological Romanticism is antithetical to the man she s constantly speculating about what he might have read and how he might have thought about it and then making her case such as it is from those unsupported assertions Larson knows nothing about the music and is so uncomfortable with it that rather than having an opinion she defers to various critics This is a device perhaps suited for a high school English paper not here She obsesses over 4 33 and Music of Changes and this crowds out all the important beautiful music and art Cage created he was a composer after all not a philosopher and her later disavowed the overly determined chance processes from the Tao not Zen that he used for the latter work Very badly written and dited as well I know why this book was published but in the current version it should never have been publishedIf you want an introduction to Cage as he was and is Rob Haskin s new Critical Life is superb learned clear brief both truly loving and truly criticalRob Haskins 72412 Reviewed
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yesterday s 8112 Had a bit of an accident in Elliott Bay Bookstore last night bought this and four other books 8612 Started reading this today having just finished the nonsensical Lost History of Skin I m hoping for a uick passage from the ridiculous to the sublime 82512 Today I finally finished ploughing through it What a disappointment And what a shame what could have been a fabulous book turned out to be dreadful It s badly written badly dited and littered with inconsistencies and non seuiturs Ser’s life and to the artistic avant garde of the 1950s and 60s Zen’s power of transforming Cage’s troubled mind by showing him his own Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem enlightened nature which is also the nature of all living things liberated Cage from an acute personal crisis that threatened his life his music and his relationship with his life partner Merce Cunningham Caught in a society that rejected his music his politics and his sexual orientation Cage was transformed by Zen from an overlooked and somewhat marginal musician into the absolutepicenter of the avant gardeUsing Cage’s life as a starting point Where the Heart Beats looks beyond to the individuals he influenced and the art he inspired His circle included Robert Rauschenberg Andy Warhol Merce Cunningham Yoko Ono Jasper Johns. Where the Heart Beats

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