Bobby George

Journal

March Slowness

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Nietzsche’s Search for Philosophy and Bergson Thinking Beyond the Human Condition, both written by Keith Ansell Pearson, arrived on my doorstep, amidst a beautiful and unexpected March blizzard.

In one way or another, these two titles occupied my thinking for the majority of the month.

I was particularly struck by Keith Ansell Pearsons's original reading of Nietzsche, and the idea of slowness, philosophical therapeutics, and this idea of cultivating and living a philosophy of modesty. 

Here's Keith Ansell Pearson, "Our task is now to take our time in our search; we are no longer looking for a single answer to our questions or some ultimate solution to the riddles of existence." 

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Books

My month of March was pleasantly consumed by revisiting Nietzsche. 

A favorite professor of mine once remarked - the first time we read The Gay Science together - that he wished he could be reading the book again, discovering it for the very first time. That's exactly how it felt, reading Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy, by Keith Ansell Pearson. The book is a treasure trove of insights, delights and certain, slow, small dose tonic.

I think I need to devote an entire blog post to this title. In the meantime, here are a few other reads I enjoyed this month:

  • A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver

  • Upstream, by Mary Oliver

  • Dreamwork, by Mary Oliver

  • A Poetry Handbook, by Mary Oliver

  • Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy, by Keith Ansell Pearson

  • Bergson: Thinking Beyond the Human Condition, by Keith Ansell Pearson

  • Understanding a Photography, by John Berger

  • Garden on my Cheek, by John Berger

  • On the Revaluation of Value, by Brian Massumi

  • Hold Everything Dear, by John Berger

  • The Commotion of Birds, by John Ashbery

  • 25 Women Essays on their Art, by Dave Hickey

 

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Movies

As it turns out, we watched a lot of films over the month of March. None, however, as memorable, wonderfully or bizarre as Gates of Heaven, by Errol Morris. The imagery somehow lives with you, frames your perceptions, accompanying you into your daily life.

The other film that struck our fancy was Noma, the documentary about the best restaurant in the world. There's a line from Godrey Reggio that encapsulates the firestorm of focus in this film: 

“In Sanskrit there’s a word ekagrata, which means one-pointedness. It means the ability to focus on something. That ability to focus unrelentingly is what gives one the ability to walk on water, move mountains…” - Godrey Reggio

  1. Night World

  2. Inconceivable

  3. Red Sparrow

  4. The Vanishing of Sydney Hall

  5. Irreplaceable You

  6. Prom Night

  7. Black Panther

  8. Wonder

  9. Wonder Wheel

  10. Three Billboards

  11. Bent

  12. People you May Know

  13. The Outsider

  14. Death Wish

  15. Collateral (4 episodes)

  16. Drone

  17. Errol Morris Gates of Heaven

  18. Bitch

  19. Bad Match

  20. Call me by your name

  21. Vivian Maier

  22. Noma

  23. Game Over

  24. Silence of the Lambs

  25. Jumanji

  26. Acts of Violence

  27. Game Over, Man

  28. Five Came Back (3)

  29. The Titan

  30. Nails

Bobby George