Tuesday, April 28, 2009

John Cage's stories: Hitting the bull's eye

Four years ago or maybe five,
I was talking
with Hidekazu Yoshida.
We were on the
train from Donaueschingen to Cologne.
I mentioned the book by
Herrigel called Zen in the
Art of Archery;

the melodramatic climax of
this book concerns an
archer’s hitting the bull’s eye
though he did so in
total darkness.
Yoshida told me there
was one thing the author
failed to point out,
that is,
there lives in Japan at
the present time a
highly esteemed archer who
has never yet been able
to hit the bull’s eye
even in broad daylight.

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