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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8420 on: September 11, 2017, 07:03:48 PM »
Picked up a copy of "Silence" by John Cage from the library:





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Never heard of that.
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« Reply #8421 on: September 11, 2017, 07:19:48 PM »
Never heard of that.

Whether you like Cage or hate him, it's an interesting book to read. Also it includes his essay/performance piece (depending on the context) called "Lecture On Nothing", which is crazy to see in it's written form (it's like a mosaic of fragments of text).


The book is made up of lots and lots of separate topics and subjects (no, not all on Silence), so taken as a whole.....feels a bit like a James Joyce of music theory/literature  :laugh:

I love it  ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8422 on: September 13, 2017, 09:16:56 AM »
A Scott Alexander column. So it's long. He's always interesting but looooong. But this one is, even for him, brilliant. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8424 on: September 14, 2017, 03:34:47 AM »
Picked up a copy of "Silence" by John Cage from the library:





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Is that the edition where 4' 33 plays when you open it?

(Sorry someone had to make a 4'33 joke)

I saw john cage speak around 1990, he came to our music school.  Was an engaging guy and a great experience to hear him expound on his ideas about listening to music and sound
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8425 on: September 15, 2017, 02:28:08 AM »
Is that the edition where 4' 33 plays when you open it?

(Sorry someone had to make a 4'33 joke)

I saw john cage speak around 1990, he came to our music school.  Was an engaging guy and a great experience to hear him expound on his ideas about listening to music and sound

You met Cage??  :o :o
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8426 on: September 15, 2017, 02:29:21 AM »
Artaud - Theatre and It's Double

Haven't finished the Cage but started on this, which is a goldmine of information about art from the legend  :-*


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« Reply #8427 on: September 15, 2017, 03:13:26 AM »
You met Cage??  :o :o

No, just attended a lecture he gave
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8428 on: September 15, 2017, 03:24:11 AM »
No, just attended a lecture he gave

Still pretty awesome  :o
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8429 on: September 15, 2017, 11:02:29 AM »


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« Reply #8430 on: September 15, 2017, 06:58:32 PM »


First of a planned three volume 2000+ page biography.  Very well written and avoids a lot of far-to-easy psychoanalysis or counterfactuals.  Amazing how incompetent both the Tsarist regime and the provisional government that replaced it were.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8431 on: September 15, 2017, 07:21:05 PM »


A.A. Gill - Pour Me

I'm generally a fan of his, but this is probably the best thing he's written

also listened to an audiobook of Stephen Fry's third volume of memoirs, which was much better than I was expecting and has made me want to get the earlier two


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8432 on: September 15, 2017, 10:38:19 PM »
Any JG Ballard fans?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8433 on: September 16, 2017, 03:52:59 AM »

also listened to an audiobook of Stephen Fry's third volume of memoirs, which was much better than I was expecting and has made me want to get the earlier two



He has a wonderful speaking voice.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8435 on: September 16, 2017, 07:25:24 PM »
Yo.

His short-stories and long-stories feed my soul  :-* :-*
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8436 on: September 16, 2017, 07:26:05 PM »
Crackpot by John Waters

Amazingly well-written and entertaining read


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8437 on: September 17, 2017, 04:12:38 AM »
Any Fitzgerald fans? I think the book I am reading now, The Last Tycoon, is my first one from him. After this, I'm going to read The Great Gatsby.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8438 on: September 17, 2017, 07:14:30 AM »
Any Fitzgerald fans? I think the book I am reading now, The Last Tycoon, is my first one from him. After this, I'm going to read The Great Gatsby.
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some of his short stories.

From the point of view of english style, he is a very readable writer for a european.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8439 on: September 18, 2017, 11:18:40 PM »
Reading this interesting account about the scandal in Argentina after the local permire (in 1967) of Ginastera's opera Bomarzo was cancelled by direct order of the then dictator Ongana. The book also provides some very interesting background information on the opera.

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