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Where the heart beats : John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the inner life of artists / Kay Larson.

Larson, Kay. (Author).

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Covington Branch B C1295L 2012 (Text) 33126018286017 Adult Biography Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781594203404
  • ISBN: 1594203407
  • Physical Description: xvi, 474 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Mountains are mountains. D.T. Suzuki ; John Cage ; Merce Cunningham ; Four walls ; Seeking silence -- Mountains are not longer mountains. Ego noise ; The mind of the way ; Heaven and earth ; The infinity of being ; Zero -- Mountains are again mountains. Another school ; Moving out from zero ; Indeterminacy ; Interpenetration ; Coda -- The Maha Prajna Paramita heart sutra.
Summary, etc.: Assesses the influence of Zen Buddhism on the work of composer John Cage, exploring the ways in which Zen transformed Cage's troubled psyche, his relationship with partner Merce Cunningham, and his often indefinable music.
Subject: Cage, John > Criticism and interpretation.
Cage, John > Influence.
Composers > United States > 20th century > Biography.
Zen Buddhism > Influence.

  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2012 April #2

    This excellent book takes its place among the several monographs on John Cage written in the run-up to the centenary of the American composer's birth in 1912; Kyle Gann (No Such Thing as Silence) and Kenneth Silverman (Begin Again) each contributed valuable studies of Cage. Larson, a practicing Buddhist and astute art critic, here considers in depth the Zen practices and philosophies that had a profound effect on Cage's music and writings from the late 1940s until his death in 1992. Throughout her biographical narrative, Larson includes lengthy discourses on the writings of Zen masters and other philosophers who influenced Cage. We also meet many post-World War II avant-garde luminaries whose work was inspired by Cage: musicians such as Earle Brown and Morton Feldman; artists Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Yoko Ono; and dancer and life partner Merce Cunningham. Larson peppers her narrative with quotes from Cage as well as with epigrammatic and illuminating koans, a style much favored by Cage himself in his own writings. VERDICT This is a thoroughly researched and wittily written guide to Cage and the Zen mind. There are delightful surprises and revelatory anecdotes on nearly every page. Essential for all collections.—Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA

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