Of Two Minds Review -- "So Much Time, So Little to Do": Empowering Silence and the Electric Book

Empowering Silence and the Electric Book

Reviewer's note: This essay can be enhanced by reading it while listening to The Best of Kansas cd, particularly the tracks entitled "The Wall," "Hold On," "Point of Know Return," "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Son." Watching "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" cannot hurt either.

Joyce the cyborg emerges in this essay to start us spinning with him. "So much time, so little to do," he mouths Willie Wonka's magic mantra and like Dorothy we are sucked up and the rotation begins. "I have come to talk with you about silence," he utters again and again until we are transformed. His chanting continues, "Not that the change is coming, but that it has come, and we are its expression." With each repetition we become more aware that things are not as we thought they were, and we are definately not in Kansas anymore. "Spinning the world does change...we are left dizzied and wondering how to use what we know in order to make our way" (2).