What I’ve Been Reading

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere, by Adele Westbrook and Oscar Ratti. Picked this one up by recommendation of GM Maurice Ashley on the Tim Ferriss show. “However, in the West, the pervading theme is beginning to be: “We have, progressed from primitive and unself-unconcious participation to analytical thinking and an appreciation of awareness on the individual level–now, finally, let us move onward toward synthesis and unity on a higher and more truly humane level.”

The Fifth Woman, by Henning Mankell.

The Club, by Leo Damrosch.

The Ride of a Lifetime, by Robert Inger.

An Unhurried Life, by Alan Fadling.

Open, by Andre Agassi. “The finish line at the end of a career is no different from the finish line at the end of a match. The objective is to get within reach of that finish line, because then it gives off a magnetic force. When you’re close, you can feel that force pulling you, and you can use that force to get across. But just before you come within range, or just after, you feel another force, equally strong, pushing you away. It’s inexplicable, mystical, these twin forces, these contradictory energies, but they both exist. I know, because I’ve spent much of my life seeking the one, fighting the other, and sometimes I’ve been stuck, suspended, bounced like a tennis ball between the two.”

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