By Ned Rorem
An impressive selection of essays, critiques, and reflections on lifestyles, tradition, artwork, love, and music—always lyrical, witty, and openly provocative—from the most acclaimed modern American composersTime journal has referred to as Ned Rorem the world's most sensible composer of paintings songs. yet his genius doesn't lead to the world of classical tune. Rorem has a unprecedented reward for writing, besides, and the huge acclaim that has greeted his memoirs, essay collections, and released diaries attest to this truth. An Absolute present is a cornucopia of Roremisms—essays, stories, and evaluations on an unlimited array of interesting matters, from song to movie to drama to intercourse. right here are also candid diary entries, showing the frankness and memorable perception for which Rorem is understood. no matter if he's lambasting or celebrating the world's nice musical works and their creators (and, in keeping with Stephen Sondheim, he's the best writers approximately track that i've got ever read), supplying intensely own musings on loss of life and love, or brilliantly dissecting the artist's craft, Ned Rorem is usually interesting, consistently provocative, and tremendously pleasing.
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When the level of training got to the point where I was the student in front of the two tables of people, it was the same, only on a much more intense level. I discovered that place of intention within me, a place that would allow me to accomplish things and persist through the many roadblocks that life and other people could put in front of me. Just as with the first student I worked with, when I reached that point, not one person at either table could put up any resistance and the book practically floated from one table to the other.
That’s a long time, or at least this entire lifetime for sure. Do I really want to only do this for the rest of my life? As I thought this over, I remembered a briefing another member of the command team had given only last week; Hubbard had a plan to Clear the planet within five years. “Clearing the planet” was a rallying cry for Scientologists throughout the world, the end result being a complete achievement of the aims of Scientology. The expectation and goal was that within five years, everyone would be a Scientologist.