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

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5.8 X 8.3 X 0.7 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Acevedo is an affiliated researcher in Language and Literacies at The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at the Open University. David Rose is Director of Reading to Learn and an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney. Rachel Whittaker is Honorary Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Universidad Aut?oma de Madrid.
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 "