Philip Glass writes his memoirs

He’s signed a book deal with W. W. Norton, Inc., apparently. The unvarnished saga from Baltimore to Brooklyn, nothing left out.

I’ve been sent some sample text by a jealous competitor (don’t even think of naming him). Here’s how it begins:

This is… this is… this is…. this is…. the story…. this is…. the story….. this is… the story… of… of….of…. of….the story…. this is…

It gets quite interesting in volume three.

 

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  • It may be an interesting read if something not well known is included. I never heard of Philip Glass until the mid 1980’s when he seemed to be popping up in every book on “contemporary composers”. In the last couple of decades since, it seems there are so many interviews, audio, video, and written; of the man, as well as innumerable articles on him, his process, his impact, his success, and etc., that it’s almost hard to imagine that it won’t be a repetition of what we already know. Come to think of it Norman, I guess that’s what you just said. Guess I’m just repeating..

  • That’s not completely accurate. I do however have a snippet from the 7th volume: Is………….is this……..this……..the………this the……………..the…………..the this………….is the…..this………the…………….this….is…….the……story….the..this is?

    He introduces the question mark, which for undisclosed reasons is missing in the first six volumes. The hyphen is introduced between the 8th and the 9th volumes so that starting with the tenth he can repeat the ninth to the first volumes backwards. After this the servile coma is introduced before he turns everything upside down, after condensing it to be twice as long — all in all an exhausting display of virtuosic writing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXyY0VphseY

  • This is…this is…this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius!

    Terry Riley:

    This…This…This…This…This…This…This…This…This is…This is…This is…This is…This is…This is…This is

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