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Sucking at Stuff

Where, how, and why to play piano, bake sourdough, and learn Thai massage in spite—and because—of the fact that you’ll be very bad at it. At least at first.

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS, Florence Foster Jenkins’s singing career, my attempts to drive stick: three examples of prolonged, profound failure. And yet, in an age when we can so fastidiously craft the public narratives of our perfect lives—who even believes someone’s immaculately curated Instagram account anymore?—I find myself

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