Silence

By John Cage,

Book cover of Silence: Lectures and Writings

Book description

Silence, John Cage's first book and epic masterpiece, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created…


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2 authors picked Silence as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

From the 1960s but still one of the greatest books on how being creative means trying everything, trusting no one, and listening to everybody and everything. After you read this you will know that you can be an artist, that is, if you are meant to be one.

From David's list on to make you want to change the world.

I love John Cage’s book Silence so much. I find myself quoting it almost daily (honestly), and the “Lecture on Nothing” is a document that illustrates traditional sonata form, while using silence as content, repetition as meaning, and humor as power. I wish I had written it.

From Stephen's list on sound, living, and experience.

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