i was making a lot of mistakes and then my archery instructor said:
“you make mistakes because you’re focusing on the target and not on your actions”
and i was like woah
thanks for giving me the best life advice i’ve ever gotten
guys just think about how applicable this is to EVERYFUCKINGTHING
What’s amazing is that both this advice (focus on your immediate actions) and its exact opposite (focus on the big-picture target goal) are equally true and equally necessary to master any skill. Wisdom is being able to hold contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time.
— Alex Ross quoting Leon Fleisher
The Sonata Seminar - The New Yorker
Alex Ross covers Leon Fleisher’s latest record in his New Yorker column this week.
Fleisher has struggled for years with focal dystonia that impairs playing with his right hand.
Here’s some Sony publicity on Levit’s new record.
Look at that room!
— Jeremy Denk, quoted in the New York Times Book Review
Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.
Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.