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Where the Heart Beats by Kay Larson
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Dec 09, 13

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This is a good book, but it might have been a great one if Kay Larson showed more interest in John Cage and D.T. Suzuki and less interest in herself. On the rare occasions when she manages to shut up about her own speculations as to what she imagines Cage may have been thinking at a given moment and just tells the story, her book is interesting. When she’s just quoting Cage’s words, it is compelling. Sadly, this is a book about an ego-transcending genius written by an ego-driven mediocrity. Too much Larson, not enough Cage.
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