John Cage: Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

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About the Author

David Rose, MIT lecturer, author, and serial entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on the next platform of spatial computing, what he calls SuperSight. His last book, Enchanted Objects is one of the definite texts on designing the Internet of Things. David wrote the seminal patent on photo-sharing, founded an AI company focused on computer vision, and was VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker. David is known for translating complex technologies into delightfully intuitive products and consulting to businesses on how to thrive in digital disruption.

David's work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, WIRED, The Economist, and parodied on The Colbert Report. David's apartment was featured in a New York Times video called "The Internet of Things," where he shared some examples of how to incorporate magic into mundane objects: a Google Earth coffee table that responds to gesture, Skype cabinetry in the living room, and a doorbell reminiscent of Mrs. Weasley's clock which rings when a family member is on their way home. He even got John Stewart to belly-laugh when he was a guest on the Tonight Show!

Joe Biel is a self-made autistic publisher and filmmaker who draws origins, inspiration, and methods from punk rock. He is the founder and CEO of Microcosm Publishing and co-founder of the Portland Zine Symposium. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Art of Autism, Utne Reader, Oregonian, Broken Pencil, Punk Planet, Bulletproof Radio, Spectator (Japan), G33K (Korea), and Maximum Rocknroll. He is the author of People's Guide to Publishing: Building a Successful, Sustainable, Meaningful Book Business, Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life & Business on the Spectrum, Manspressions: Decoding Men's Behavior, Make a Zine, The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting, Proud to be Retarded, Bicycle Culture Rising, and more. He is the director of five feature films and hundreds of short films, including Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland, $100 & A T-Shirt, and the Groundswell film series. The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy described Biel as "not trained in pedagogy." He lives in Portland, Ore and his work can be found at


What becomes apparent, however, in both his diary and letters, is Cage's deep sense of vulnerability, the emotional force guiding him through his craft and relationships and a world fraught with political unease.--Dave Wheeler "Shelf Awareness "
[John Cage: Diary] is no ordinary account of days gone by; a plain record of events would be too simple for such a daring and meticulous artist. The product of thirty years, Diary allows us a glimpse of the late twentieth century through Cage's eyes. His insights and observations reveal a generous, openhearted view of the world in tumult.--Paris Review
I realized that I gravitated towards Cage's writings because I was tired of tidy narratives and expected endings. I wanted a text that tumbled down the page midstream, never arriving at a full stop.--J Mae Barizo "LitHub "
[R]ead Cage's diary... for his valuable insights into art, language, and humorous prose on why paper should be edible or how he describes himself as an "open cage."--Perwana Nazif "Los Angeles Review of Books "