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."
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
Hold Everything Dear, by John Berger
The Commotion of Birds, by John Ashbery
25 Women Essays on their Art, by Dave Hickey
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
The Vanishing of Sydney Hall
People you May Know
Collateral (4 episodes)
Errol Morris Gates of Heaven
Call me by your name
Silence of the Lambs
Acts of Violence
Game Over, Man
Five Came Back (3)