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JOHN CAGE: DIARY -- HOW TO IMPROVE THE WORLD (YOU WILL ONLY MAKE MATTER WORSE). Richard Kraft. Siglio Press, Los Angeles, 2015. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 176 pp. with 145 ills. 21 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781938221101 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Composed over the course of 16 years, John Cage's Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) is one of his most prescient and personal works. A repository of observations, anecdotes, obsessions, jokes and koan like stories, the diary registers Cage's assessment of the times in which he lived as well as his often uncanny predictions about the world we live in now. With a great sense of play as well as purpose, Cage traverses vast territory, from postwar music to Watergate, from domestic minutiae to ideas on how to feed the world. Typing on an IBM Selectric, Cage used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation and--in the case of Part Three (published as a Great Bear pamphlet by Something Else Press)--color. The beautiful and unusual visual variances become almost musical as the physicality of the language on the page suggests the sonic. This first complete hardcover edition collects all eight parts Cage originally published in A Year from Monday, M and X.
Artist(s):Cage, John
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 813077
Hardcover $32.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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