An intimate look inside the long-standing romantic and creative
collaboration between two of the titans of the Modernist
avant-garde: Merce, the fierce dancer, and John, the cerebral
composer.--Rumaan Alam "New Republic"
Illuminating; hopefully we can expect the John Cage Trust to produce more fresh books, each as surprising and valuable as this.--Richard Kostelanetz "Rain Taxi Review of Books"
John Cage's onetime assistant and now the director of the John Cage Trust -- collects a series of 39 letters that the composer wrote to the dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham during the 1940s. What's lovely about this slim volume is how it traces the full arc of a relationship.--Henry Alford "New York Times: Book Review"
Love, Icebox is extremely gratifying and nearly guiltily so. A book of letters dated between 1942 to 1946 from John Cage to Merce Cunningham, Love, Icebox illustrates at least one perspective on the beginning and formation of Cage and Cunningham's relationship.--Perwana Nazif "Los Angeles Review of Books"
Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham lets us into one side of the storied 20th-century partnership between the composer and dancer/choreographer. As a collection of beautifully presented photographs and transcripts, the book expresses the foundation of the couple's relationship, the development of Cage's creative life, and the inevitable merging of the two.--Blair Johnson "Full Stop"
Preserved by Cunningham and discovered after his death in 2009, [the letters] constitute the foundation stones of one of the great Modernist love affairs, one that began as a teacher-student crush (Cage was the teacher) and blossomed into an artistic collaboration and 50-year marriage. We only get Cage's view of the affair in the letters, but the emotions expressed are intense enough to speak for two...--Holland Cotter "New York Times"
To see how Cage's brilliant mind transposed disparate elements around him into an ongoing legacy inspires me to keep returning to his challenging, nonlinear work.--Dave Wheeler "Shelf Awareness"