The other day, I found a copy of John Cage's lectures and writings, titled "Silence" at a used-books sale. (Link to Amazon)
I just skimmed through the book and came across discussions on The Art of the Fugue, Stockhausen (and "Klavierstuck XI"), Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Satie, atonality, why much of the East bypassed harmonies in its music, Zen, Robert Rauschenberg, D.T. Suzuki, wild mushrooms (Cage was something of a wild mushroom enthusiast - who knew?) and of course, his favorite topic, silence.
Do they still make intellectuals like him?
The book also reminded me that though the Nineteen-sixties are celebrated - fetishized - for their accomplishments and daring experiments, the seeds for that decade were actually sown much, much earlier. And John Cage was one of the giants on whose shoulders stood the artists and intellectuals of the generation that followed.