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Beginners : the joy and transformative power of lifelong learning

Author: Tom Vanderbilt
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Inspired by his young daughter's insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vanderbilt, Tom,
Beginners
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
(DLC) 2019057321
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Vanderbilt
ISBN: 9781524732165 1524732168 9780525432975 0525432973
OCLC Number: 1132240894
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book" -- Title page verso.
Description: x, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The opening gambit --
A beginner's guide to being a beginner --
Learning how to learn: what infants can teach us about being good beginners --
Unlearning to sing --
I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm doing it anyway: the virtues of learning to fly with a group --
Surfing the u-shaped wave: the agony and the ecstasy of the advanced beginner --
How we learn to do things --
Meditation with benefits: how drawing changed the way I saw the world, and myself --
The apprentice, or, What I learned.
Responsibility: Tom Vanderbilt.

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"Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Inspired by his young daughter's insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability--chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling." -- Amazon.com.

"The best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like now gives us a thought-provoking, playful investigation into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age"--

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