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By Joel N. Shurkin

While William Shockley invented the transistor, the realm was once replaced without end and he used to be offered the Nobel Prize. yet at the present time Shockley is usually remembered just for his incendiary campaigning approximately race, intelligence, and genetics. His doubtful learn led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm financial institution and pontificate his inflammatory rules commonly, making surprising pronouncements at the uselessness of remedial schooling and the sterilization of people with IQs less than a hundred. eventually his campaign destroyed his acceptance and observed him vilified on nationwide tv, but he died proclaiming his paintings on race as his maximum accomplishment. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel N. Shurkin bargains the 1st biography of this contradictory and debatable guy. With special entry to the personal Shockley information, Shurkin supplies an unflinching account of ways such promise led to such ignominy.

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He telephoned Richard Buhlig in Los Angeles. Now in his mid-forties, praised for his performances of Bach and Beethoven, Buhlig had been one of the first notable pianists to introduce Schoenberg’s music to concert audiences. Cage asked Buhlig if he would be willing to play Schoenberg piano pieces for his lecture audience. Buhlig declined, but they became friendly. ” Cage had no piano of his own but used the grand piano at the printing shop of his Majorca friend Ward Ritchie—an old ranch house once owned by the cowboy movie star William S.

According to the dancer/teacher Bonnie Bird, the concept came to Cage around March 1939 by accident. She was choreographing Jean Cocteau’s The Marriage at the Eiffel Tower, a saucy romp to which Cage contributed such musical bits as a “quadrille that is a barn dance,” for two pianos and toy instruments. Bird wanted her dancers to come down a brass pole. Its cost proved prohibitive, but she obtained a small piece of such a pole and brought it to the studio where she was about to teach, accompanied on the piano by Cage.

Still, Xenia seems to have found Cornish sedately dull, and felt out of place. She kept in touch with the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, her former lover. “Nobody up here likes to drink the way we do,” she wrote to him. ” She did see Ricketts again.

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