Anarchy. John Cage.


ISBN: 0819564664
Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. "That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they have" This quote from Henry David Thoreau's "Essay on Civil Disobedience" is one of thirty quotations from which John Cage created "Anarchy," a book-length lecture comprising twenty mesostic poems. Composed with the aid of a computer program to stimulate the coin toss of the I Ching, "Anarchy" draws on the writings of many serious anarchists including Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, and Mario Malatesta, not so much making arguments for anarchism as "brushing information against information," giving the very words new combinations that de-familiarize and reenergize them. Now widely available for the first time, "Anarchy" marks the culmination of Cage's work as a poet, composer, and as a thinker about contemporary society." (from front flap) Book in very fine condition with only slight bump-crease to top right corner of recto board, top left corner of verso board. Dust jacket in fine condition with only sticker residue on rightmost middle section of front cover; slight rubbing & nicks to back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #2675]

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