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i want to MP3 "Habits of Man" and share it with people that haven't heard it. Even though there are some things i could have done better technically with it, i still really like it.

maybe i'll do that tomorrow night.

You know, in an interview book i have, John Cage talks about how he used to like to read books in a language he couldn't understand. He said he'd take these tomes of German text and read them, and when he was done, he'd be in a state of natural high, or something. Hold on. lemme find the quote.

Okay. there are two relevent parts.

Q: Such movements as Dada, Futurism, Surrealism and the theories of Artaud can be seen as precursors of many of your ideas. Could you say to what extent these influenced you?

Cage: The most was Artaud, through his book The Theater and its Double. The idea i had from reading his book was that all the elements of theatre can be viewed independently one from the other, with none being subordinate to a narrative thread that goes through everything. I went to a performance recently that involved dancing, music, and moving pictures. The unfortunate thing was that there was a narrative that continued through the whole thing, making it all make, so to speak, sense, making it understandable, whereas everything else was not doing that. My feeling was that it was spoilt. I really think it's important to be in a situation, both art and in life, where you don't understand what's going on.

Q: To be bewildered...

Cage: Yes, where you are bewilderd. I think it's absolutely essential. I think this is the nature of the koan. If you're not in such a situation, you find yourself dealing, so to speak, with dust for which you have no use.

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Q: Every few years you seem to be asked for your Top Ten book list, so I feel a responsibility to ask you for an update.

Cage: ...I've also been reading Wittgenstein without understanding it, and enjoying it. I find it very mysterious and elating. If you put me in a corner and have me read Wittgenstein to myself, not understanding it, when you get me out of the corner four hours later you'll see that i'm quite light-headed.

Q: Another kind of drug?

Cage: I think so. Don't you think that art in general is a kind of drug? have you noticed that when you are sitting at a concert, say, and then go outdoors, the sounds seem to be outside too? In other words, you've been led to listen in a particular way to whatever you hear.

what a fucking genius. crazy, but a genius.

okay. really time for bed now.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 15th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
hey darknote, interesting journal u have...
hi darknote, i listen to christian music...
have you heard about The Passion? it's a movie about the last hours of Jesus' life before the Crucifixion - i've heard a lot of good things about it, and i agree after seeing the trailers...

Here's some links I found

Some trailers (http://movies.go.com/movies/P/passion_2003/index.html?sptype=AV&ipsrc=media&reftype=pi#)

Information (http://www.passion-movie.com)

The Passion of the Christ (flash) (http://www.thepassionofthechrist.com)
Other trailers (http://www.thepassion.tv)
It will be out on Ash Wednesday, February 25th in the United States.
later darknote,
  - Aaron
letlygirl
Feb. 15th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
spam
What the hell is up with the double spam in your email?? Now you got "aaron" too...

it kind of makes my skin crawl...

:)
lifeofmendel
Feb. 15th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: spam
yeah... it's perplexing. kind of amusing, but if i start getting that kind of dren in too many future posts, i might have to reluctantly disable anonymous posting.
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