Instructions for the Cover
A Charlie Brown Christmas—red curtain, wooden stage, Shroeder at the piano—the rest dancing. Cut Shroeder, add Feldman—the herringbone jacket, bangs and moony spectacles surrounding the one black eye stuck in the skull like a death-coin. Cut Lucy, add Cage—purple pants and dress shirt, jabbering an acrostic poem with his elbows on the piano lid. Cut Pigpen and add Merce—head thrown back, feet elevated, arms spread, the cloud of dirt a fog of cologne. Cut Charlie Brown. Cut Christmas.
"I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing" — Sergeant Shultz, Hogan's Heroes.
Shultz, like Feldman, weighed over 300 pounds. He was the show's buffoon. Shultz was played by John Banner, an Austrian Jew who escaped to America. The rest of his family was killed in a concentration camp. Hogan's Heroes is a comedy set in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. Shultz's superior, Colonel Klink, was played by Werner Klemperer, the son of Otto Klemperer, the famous conductor. One of the running gags of the show is that Klink plays violin badly. Hogan's Heroes was voted one of the worst shows in the history of television.
You're in love with a woman who is not your wife. The photo on the cover is a forest in upstate New York. All you can see is your wife.
Morton Feldman, woven into a Turkish carpet. Put your nose to the cover, unfocus your eyes, then slowly move the book away. You'll see the score of String Quartet II. Move the book farther. All the poems in the book appear. Move farther. There is no book.