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sprezzatura

Here is a word to live by, if only I could. Loosely it translates to the art of doing something hard and complicated with a gracious ease, better explained by this NY Times article:

Italians, who are extraordinarily good at elevating simple tastes and textures into the realm of the extraordinary, will go to great efforts to make the whole process look effortless. Five hundred years ago, the humanist author Baldassare Castiglione labeled such studied nonchalance “sprezzatura,” from the verb meaning “to undervalue.”

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