Jiro

Just saw a very moving and profound film, called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s about a man who has found deep happiness through his work. His goal is to do the same thing everyday and always get better. When I was younger that “same thing everyday” was repugnant to me. I understand it better now. More generally, to learn how to work is so important. Currently our culture has it all wrong—we tell everybody to be “creative.” How much better things would be all round if artists knew how to work. This last comment might seem obviously wrong, but I also just read a profile of a very successful painter who clearly doesn’t have a clue. Jiro shows that it has something to do with the will, and in art that’s a tricky thing to manage. Some effort of the will has to go into negating the will, or superseding it somehow, but the painter in question is just a bumbler, and clearly confused about the whole enterprise. I recommend Jiro—he’s a great example.

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Jiro

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