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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists [Format Kindle]

Kay Larson

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“Heroic… fascinating.” --New York Times

“Inspirational… exuberant.” --Los Angeles Times

"Revelatory… Where the Heart Beats may not just be the best book written yet about John Cage; it’s probably also one of the most substantive-yet-readable entryways into the nexus of 20th-century American art and the immortal qualities of Eastern thought… one of the most profound, not to mention unexpected, gifts imaginable."--Slate

"Absorbing… no future commentator on Cage's work or influence will be able to ignore Larson's contribution…a milestone in contemporary cultural criticism." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Remarkable… without a doubt the richest, most stimulating, most absorbing book I’ve read in the past year, if not decade — remarkably researched, exquisitely written, weaving together a great many threads of cultural history into a holistic understanding of both Cage as an artist and Zen as a lens on existence… Not unlike Cage’s music, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists is impossible to distill, to synthesize, to relay. Rather, its goodness is best experienced in full, with complete surrender. "--Brain Pickings

"Strange and wonderful... a gloriously rich reading experience, studded with layers upon layers of deeply inspiring and endlessly fascinating paths. One of the best books of the year in any category." (A Favorie Music Book of the Year)

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A “heroic” biography of John Cage and his “awakening through Zen Buddhism”—“a kind of love story” about a brilliant American pioneer of the creative arts who transformed himself and his culture (The New York Times)

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. “Remarkably researched, exquisitely written,” Where the Heart Beats weaves together “a great many threads of cultural history” (Maria Popova, Brain Pickings) to illuminate Cage’s struggle to accept himself and his relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham. 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. Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow, Morton Feldman, and Leo Castelli were among those influenced by his ‘teaching’ and ‘preaching.’ Where the Heart Beats shows the blossoming of Zen in the very heart of American culture.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1713 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 493 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0143123475
  • Editeur : Penguin Books; Édition : Reprint (5 juillet 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0064W5NYQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cage Comes Alive 5 septembre 2012
Par Jack Maguire - Publié sur
"Where the Heart Beats" is fascinating as both a chronological and spiritual biography. It accomplishes that rarest of feats in a book about an artist: not only putting us in Cage's shoes and his times, but also making his creative process come to life--probing into his motivations, his psychic struggles, and the revelations he experiences in such a way that we can see more clearly how his art came to be what it is. Larson proves herself a skillful, authoritative, and compelling guide. Based on her many years as a reporter in the field, she speaks knowledgeably and compassionately about Cage's impact on the contemporary art, music, and performance scene. Drawing on her own strong Buddhist practice, she illuminates the American Zen world and the profound influence it had on Cage. More important, as a human being, she effectively invites us to engage in a conversation with Cage using our own intelligence and imagination, which is probably the best way to develop a richer understanding of what he was trying to communicate. Her book helps us to value him more and to open up our hearts and minds more fully to his work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning Appraisal of this Seminal Artist 25 septembre 2012
Par Bob Crothers - Publié sur
This book is a singular and thorough trip through the avant garde in the visual and performing arts during the second half of the Twentieth Century using John Cage as guide. It is also a stimulating look into the mind of this seminal artistic figure as he interacts with both artists and Buddhist teachers during this time. Given Ms. Larson's own deep knowledge of both John Cage and Buddhist practice, she brings a special clarity to this intellectual and artistic venture using Cage's own words and her own unique insights into his contributions to music and the visual arts.
One is stunned by John Cage's own work as well as the influence he has had with so many significant artists in his lifetime.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written, a wonderful perspective 12 août 2012
Par irishauthor - Publié sur
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This is an excellently researched and well-written story. It has moments of almost stream-of-consciousness mixed with straight-up journalism and some Zen language that creates a book unlike anything else I've read.

It's definitely a little long-winded at times, but you kind of just go with it. It paints a picture of the early-to-mid-20th century arts scene, Dadaism, and how Zen concepts shaped not only John Cage's approach towards art, but also the work of other major artists like Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. Finally it argues (pretty well) that John Cage and Marcel Duchamp basically changed the way the world considers and creates art.

This is not my usual fare, but I was totally drawn in.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it and surprised I did. 2 octobre 2012
Par Handel lover - Publié sur
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Fascinating. Ready to read it again to my surprise tho big and long but move between arenas and people so very engaging.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A unique and poetic lens on the life of John Cage 19 août 2012
Par Carla Duarte - Publié sur
There are experiences in life where the process of living becomes revealed, much like unwinding a spool of thread. Reading "Where the Heart Beats" is very successful in poetically revealing the layers upon layers John Cage moved through in his art, his music, and his life. I have read other books about Mr. Cage and found this one to hold a very unique and different lens. This book does not critically analyze his musical compositions but instead shares the elements, the essentials, the details that led him down his creative seeking path. It felt like a line moving through time and I can now understand his choices on a higher level.

As an artist myself, the process of understanding why one chooses what one does is a great tool. This book gave me hope to keep believing in process and trusting layers do come together to form a whole. Mr. Cage was such a determined being and Larson depicts this perfectly time and time again through her sharing of story. And, I think it is just that, the sharing of story of John Cage, meandering through different creative nodes which brought this book to a place of intimacy. Quite remarkable!!
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