By John Cage
Comprises lectures, essays, diaries and different writings, together with "How to enhance the area (You Will purely Make concerns Worse)" and "Juilliard Lecture."
"This publication is so wealthy in principles suitable to all types of creative, philosophical, and social endeavors, that I doubt if any open-minded and clever individual wouldn't be challenged [by] this compendium of provocative aphorisms, highbrow absurdities, and formulations so unique they're going to probably make feel to a couple, nonsense to others"--Richard Kostelanetz, Denver Quarterly
"Our first and most sensible all-American dadaist... and his prose type is the best on the grounds that Gertrude Stein."-- The Kirkus Reviews
"A 12 months from Monday is a mosaic whose half and whose entire are an identical thing...and you had larger no longer omit either the wooded area and the bushes; and also you greater no longer fear approximately combined metaphor alongside the way." --Martin final, WBAI - FM, ny City
"Cage's writings doesn't let us know what to imagine up to it makes us imagine I a specific way... cage demonstrates in an unpretentious, refined advert forceful means the profound religious foundation of avante-garde art."--American pupil
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Busy as bees with noth- We have no further use for the functional, the ing to do. beautiful, or for whether or not something is He requires that we know that being an artist true. We have only time for conversation. The isn't child's play: equivalent in difficulty — L o r d help us to say something in reply that surely — to playing chess. Furthermore a work doesn't simply echo what our ears took in. Of of our art is not ours alone but belongs also to course we can go off as we do in our corners the opponent who's there to the end.
The world he inhabits us in? One in which once again we must go to a particular place in order to see what there alone there is to see. The structure above is as unchanging as the thirteen stripes of our flag. The structure below changes with each number just as the number of stars changes with each change in history. ) The alphabets were arranged that way in a book. He derived from them his own similar arrangement of numbers. Competition as definition of one kind of focus. ) for different kinds of focus.
It was not the work he was working on. 80 81 History of art: a work that has no center of interest does the same thing that a We no longer think of his works when we see around us the similar objects they symmetrical one does. Demonstration: what previously required two artists, Johns might be thought to represent. Evidently these bronzes are here in the guise of does alone and at the same time. 1 1 drove to his studio downtown. H e was sitting works of art, but as we look at them we go out of our minds, transformed with looking at an unfinished painting (which is one of the ways he does his w o r k ) : all the respect to being.
A Year from Monday: New Lectures and Writings by John Cage