Tuesday, July 30, 2019

19. How do you get to Carnegie Hall

It's an old joke, by now irritating, but on my fave subjects of discipline and practice (which I don't yet have or do), I was struck by a passage in Terry Coleman's biography of Sir (or Lord) Laurence Olivier who had a virtuoso role in The Party, a play by Trevor Griffiths, in which he wasn't the lead but had a virtuoso role as a Glaswegian Trotskyite. To nail the speech, the 66-year-old practiced from six to eight every morning, adding twelve or fifteen lines a day—for four months. So much for easy genius.

(for July 29)

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