X: Writings '79-'82

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Wesleyan University Press, Dec 1, 1983 - Art - 187 pages
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One of a series of experimental texts in which Cage tries "to find a way of writing which comes from ideas, is not about them, but which produces them," he attempts in X to create looser structures in both life and art, to free "my writing from my intentions."
 

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Contents

Writing for the Fourth Time through Finnegans Wake
1
There is not much difference between the two Suzuki Daisetz
51
An Alphabet
55
Another Song
103
Writing through the Cantos
109
Untitled
117
B W 19161979
119
Composition in Retrospect
123
For her first exhibition with love
153
How to Improve the World You Will Only Make Matters Worse Continued 19731982
155
Wishful Thinking
171
Muoyce Writing for the Fifth Time through Finnegans Wake
173
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About the author (1983)

Born in Los Angeles in 1912, JOHN CAGE received an award, at the age of 37, from the American Academy and Institute of the Arts and Letters for having extended the boundaries of music. At 70, he was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and decorated by the French Minister of Culture.

In 1982, celebrations of Cage’s seventieth birthday took place around the world, including a 13-hour “Wall-to-Wall John Cage and Friends” marathon at Symphony Space in New York City, where he lives.

He lectures frequently in America and abroad, continues to hunt wild mushrooms, and has a collection of more than 200 houseplants. He is Musical Advisor of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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