Maestros and Shepherds


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How The Maestro Got His Hands Back

Gabriella Paiella | GQ | 28th October 2021

Renowned pianist João Carlos Martins lost the ability to play altogether in 2000, when a failed surgery on one hand and a tumour in the other ended his career. Nine years later, an industrial designer had an idea for a solution: an ingenious pair of gloves that enables Martins to hit the keys accurately again. He can play once more. "It's like designing a paintbrush for Pablo Picasso" (4,298 words)


Particularly Keen On Shepherding

Musonius Rufus | Lapham's Quarterly | 3rd November 2021

Stoic philosopher of Nero's day explains why farming is an ideal complementary occupation for philosophy. It occupies the body while leaving the mind largely free to reflect. It promotes hard work, self-sufficiency, and closeness to nature, all of which are virtues in themselves. Teachers can readily accommodate pupils who may share in the farm work as well as the philosophical instruction (1,275 words)


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