The Art of the Amateur

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Host: LRB
Location: 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Speaker: Alan Rusbridger, Richard Sennet

The sociologist Richard Sennett and the editor of the GuardianAlan Rusbridger are both keen amateur musicians, passionate about the art of making music simply for the love of it. In Play it Again: An Amateur Against The Impossible (Jonathan Cape) Alan Rusbridger describes how, in one of the most momentous years in the Guardian’s history and against the background of WikiLeaks, phone hacking and the Arab Spring, he found the time to practise and perfect Chopin’s fiendishly difficult Ballade No.1, a piece that inspires awe and dread even in professional pianists. Richard Sennett’s latest book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation (Penguin) continues the exploration of ‘the skills people need to sustain everyday life’ which he began in The Craftsman.

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