A composition without any music -- or any composed sound at all -- John Cage's 4'33" is so simple that it resonates with a symphonic array of aesthetic and philosophical issues, as Kyle Gann illustrates in this intriguing book.
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December 11: "Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise -- they are what they are."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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