Where The Heart Beats

John Cage, Zen Buddhism, And The Inner Life Of Artists

by Kay Larson

Where the Heart Beats

Hardcover, 474 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $29.95 | purchase

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Where The Heart Beats
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John Cage, Zen Buddhism, And The Inner Life Of Artists
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Kay Larson

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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.

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As its subtitle suggests, the strange and wonderful Where the Heart Beats is a journey through thought and process, not of resulting artifacts. And that feels like exactly the right kind of approach for John Cage, who was as much philosopher as artist or composer. (As Larsen quotes Cage: "My work ... is renunciation of choices and the substitution of asking questions."). Larsen, a former art

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