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Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono

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John Lennon once described her as "the world's most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does." Many people are aware of her art, and her music has always split crowds, from her caterwauling earliest work to her later dance numbers, but how many people have looked at Yoko Ono's decades-spanning career and varied work in total and asked ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Backbeat Books
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Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carver examines Ono from so many viewpoints that her book becomes the literary equivalent of looking at Ono through a kaleidoscope. There's a tiny bit of that annoyingly facile dichotomy – Wicked West vs. Wise East – so I'm only giving four stars, but overall an impressive work about a fascinating supergenius.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I'm stingy in my 5-star reviews, and for wholly selfish reasons. A 5-star book has to affect me personally, alter me, help me approach the world or my own writing differently. In some cases, it might be a functional book (The Chicago Manual of Style, or the Trouser Press Record Guide), or an exceedingly thoughtful work, like a collection of Chekhov short stories. But this gets one, and here's why.

Like Hunter Thompson, Carver's narrative starts unwinding self-consciously at the end, that point wh
Peter Landau
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yoko One is alright, but Lisa Carver writing about Yoko Ono is out of sight!
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
My friend lent me this book. I'm not a Yoko Ono fan. I barely even realize Yoko exists, to be quite honest. I'm also not a big Beatles fan - I'm more of a Rolling Stones gal. I think it's ridiculous that people blamed Ono for splitting up the Beatles. If it were that easy to break up a band, then they were destined to break up.

Since she's not on my radar, I thought I'd try this book to see what she is about. I also like Lisa Carver (having read Drugs are Nice quite a while back). In the end, Ono
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The topic of Yoko Ono is one that makes most music fans either apprehensive or enraged. However, there is not a more suitable author than Lisa Carver to help us inspect and understand what Yoko Ono is really about.

The chapters are short and in bursts of fervent energy. Carver manages to surprise her fans with every new book of hers because she is consistently growing and bringing something new to the table. She dives so deeply into a subject of Ono or one of her works of art with ruthless aband
Hannah Hunter
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Read this book. Burn your life."

HOLD ON because this!!! Book!!!!!!!! Turned me upside down and inside out and I literally can't even begin to review it. Read. This. Book. And prepare to have the way you look at art, politics, and feminism fundamentally shaken up and spat out. I am fully in love with both Lisa Carver and Yoko Ono and honestly I dare anyone to say a bad word about Yoko to post-reading-this-book me.
Shannon L.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lisa Crystal Carver is a national treasure and her books are always a gift to read. This book focuses more on what Yoko Ono is not, because she is a woman that cannot be defined or categorized simply. In understanding what she is not through Lisa's eyes and questioning our own personal assumptions, we learn to allow Yoko to just be. Another brilliant and fun piece by miss Carver.
Kristi Marshae
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, feminism, music
So many more stars than five. This little book is beyond beautiful, and Lisa Carver's willingness to look at herself alongside the honesty about her love (& occasional frustration) with Yoko Ono makes it all the more relevant. Loved every word on every page. ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this author's writing style, so probably would've been a fan no matter who she was writing about. She revisits the many artistic statements that Yoko Ono has made since 1960--long before she ever met John Lennon--- to the present (the book was published in 2012). The book is formatted in a question-and-answer style, and she attempts to explain why Yoko is the way she is (not easy to do since she (Yoko) is enigmatic to say the least) and how her personality traits show up in her ar ...more
Lisa Kleinert
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The book got me to do what it wanted, reconsider Yoko Ono. I left with a slightly more positive impression of Ono, however the author of this book seriously needed a strong editor to keep her on track.

I'm sure the author has the excuse "it's a book about Yoko, it can be whatever I created and she would approve" but that doesn't make it a well written book. Run on paragraphs and general disorganization was the theme. The message managed to make it's way through, but it would have been a stronger
matty creen
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of Lisa Carver’s best. It’s about yoko and not yoko as much as it’s not about yoko and not yoko.
Jayne Lamb
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Yoko and Lisa Carver is just the right writer to capture her spirit.
Erin Tuzuner
The brevity of this novel is necessary. Any longer and it would be overwhelming. The luminescence of these brief asides, musings, and presentations of the ineffability of Ono's work threatens to set your mind ablaze with the possibility of all unknowable worlds.

Lisa Carver, an artist in her own right, presents her treatise from many sources, from the ubiquitous Youtube commenter to somewhat inexplicably, Scott Disick. The absurdity of mass media a prosaic mirror to the pronounced absurdity of O
Jaina Bee
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best Lisa Carver book yet. She approaches her subject with such intellectual vigor and brutal compassion, assembling a hyperbolic realism that brings my appreciation of Yoko Ono to greater levels than before (and I already love Yoko Ono). I appreciate Carver's incisive and humorous reports on the bigoted attacks launched against Yoko Ono throughout her life, and the superficial presumptions, dismissive attitudes, and and and… always showing us that whatever life hands Yoko Ono, she'll absorb it ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
I wish I liked this book more, but it just didn't work for me. I would have preferred a more straight forward narrative. Instead, the book is Carver's random thoughts on Yoko Ono, which isn't that compelling. I just didn't get much out of it.

I do recommend reading the abridged version that was published in the NY Times:
Caeser Pink
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I can't say that I loved the writing. I think I was hoping for somethings more in-depth. But anytime I read about Yoko I feel inspired, and feel like I am remembering parts of my self that have been left behind for too long.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Small book, but well done. Makes you think.
Holly Selph
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't really know how to rate this with stars. There are brilliant paragraphs, perfect sentences and then paragraphs that made me wonder how they ever got by an editor.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Nobody has this book - will have to buy it.
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