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John Cage was a 20th century contemporary music composer, visual artist, writer and mushroom enthusiast, immersed in Zen Buddhism. Probably most famous for composing a piece of total silence, Cage is one of my favourite people to have ever existed. He had the idea that music should allow the performer and the listener similar status. Fascinated by ancient practices (I-Ching) and nature, Cage also embraced the possibilities that came with new technology. If you don't know him and you're intrigued, I recommend reading his Lecture on Nothing. I read this in his book Silence, but I believe it can be found online too.
I've only just got round to watching director Jonathan Glazer's Birth, even though it came out twelve years ago in 2004. To be honest, I didn't know it existed until I saw Under the Skin (twice in three days) and desperately sought out more Glazer-goodness. However, I still thought it was worth writing a post about since I haven't met a single other person who's seen it. Please do comment with your thoughts about the film, as I'm intrigued to know why others liked or indeed didn't like it. Most online reviews that I've seen have called it "staggering" and "incredible" and I feel like I'm missing something.
Today I read Palomino by Olivier De Beventine. I love everything about this story but I don't want to say too much as I don't want to ruin the many suprises!