Now I am by no means a Chaim Potok expert, just an interested reader, so I'm afraid this month's book blogs will be far less informative than they were when guest blogger Bruce Young took on the C.S. Lewis discussion.
My Name is Asher Lev has been a very relaxing read for me. It's not what I'd call a page-turner, but I've loved reading it none-the-less. The imagery is so vivid (I would argue sometimes over-the-top), that you litterally see the world through new eyes along with Asher as he goes through the process of becoming an artist.
In my own life, through studdying music, I have developed new ears--I hear music and sounds in a way I was unable to before studying it. For example, when I hear someone sing, I no longer just hear a "pretty voice," I hear wobbles in vibrato, nasality, lousy interpretation, I hear when someone goes slightly off key--things I certainly didn't notice or care about prior to studying. So in a sense, my education brought new aspects of music to life for me while destroying others so that I can no longer just sit back and enjoy a piece of music (unless it's really good).
My question to you: Have you had to trade in your eyes for new ones as you've become educated? Are there problems with this--does Asher devote too much of himself to his art and to seeing detail? Do musicians focus too much on critique and not enough on pure enjoyment?