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Help me learn piano

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As I teach myself to play piano, what theory do I need to know? I had a few years of piano lessons when I was a kid, and I can play major and minor scales and chords. I know that songs often progress in 1/4/5 (like C/F/G or G/C/D). I…

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Michael Jordan on Practice

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Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I let you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, not at the gym. Maybe I made you think every shot I took was a game winner; that my game was…

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Writing in Caf├ęs: Part I

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Lately I’ve taken to writing at the local café—a practice with a proud history: When there were the three of us instead of just the two, it was the cold and the weather that finally drove us out of Paris in the winter time. Alone there was no problem when…

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Distance

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Peeps, I’m performing at the Moth on Monday. The theme is distance. Fittingly, the venue is in Brooklyn. I’m going to talk about my grandmother.

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An Englishman in the Tropics

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I moved into a great new place on January 1st, and now I’m getting ready to decorate my room. As I tried to figure out what style I wanted, a friend suggested I find an image that captures the look and feel l like. Here’s the one I selected: It’s…

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Thanks, Jenny!

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Thanks to Jennifer 8. Lee for suggesting the URL! I wanted jdx.it or dix.it but neither was available. Jenny herself just registered one of the great domain hacks of all time, j8.ly. Five characters—beautiful, simple, spare, stripped down to the bones. Like a Hemingway sentence.

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Soldier of Fortune

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Commando-for-hire John Geddes on the life of a mercenary As a British commando in the Special Air Services, John Geddes fought missions in the Falkland Islands and ran undercover ops in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. When he left the military, he became a soldier-for-hire, protecting American and British media crews…

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