The famous 1893 Chicago Worldas Fair celebrated the dawn of corporate capitalism and a new Machine Age with an exhibit of the worldas largest engine. Yet the noise was so great, visitors ran out of the Machinery Hall to retreat to the peace and quiet of the Japanese pavilionas Buddhist temples and lotus ponds. Thus began over a century of the Westas turn toward an Asian aesthetic as an antidote to modern technology. From the turn-of-the-century Columbian Exhibition to the latest Zen-inspired designs of Apple, Inc., R. John Williams charts the history of our embrace of Eastern ideals of beauty to counter our fear of the rise of modern technological systems. In a dazzling work of synthesis, Williams examines Asian influences on book design and department store marketing, the commercial fiction of Jack London, the poetic technique of Ezra Pound, the popularity of Charlie Chan movies, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the design of the latest high-tech gadgets. Williams demonstrates how, rather than retreating from modernity, writers, artists, and inventors turned to traditional Eastern technAo as a therapeutic means of living withabut never abandoningaWestern technology.See J. P. Telotte, The Mouse Machine (Chicago: University ofIllinois Press, 2008) , p. ... Bernie Glassman and Jeff Bridges later co-wrote a book reflecting on some ofthese themes; see The Dude and the Zen Master (New York: Blue Rider Press, 2013). 89. ... Orient: Imagining the Eastfrom the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, ... Does it think and analyze everything, or does it rely on any unthought or even obscurantist supplements?
|Title||:||The Buddha in the Machine|
|Author||:||R. John Williams|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press - 2014-06-24|