Bobby George

Journal

April Concentration

 

April was a particularly interesting month. We were heads down at Montessorium preparing for the launch of a new product: Tooder, Smart Flashcards for Curious Kids.

Launching a new product is always an amazing time. You've built something with your bare hands, you believe in it unconditionally, and you don't yet know what the world will make of your efforts. 

Of course, this level of anticipation lends itself to extreme bursts of excitement, as well as very little reprieve from those blissful working moments. It almost prevented me from keeping to my New Year's resolution of documenting, for a year, everything we watch and read, month by month. 

Movies

While the sheer volume of movies we watched went down this month, we viewed some real diamonds. Of these, the ones that shine to memory are Submergence, by Wim Wenders - a serious, fanciful, heartfelt film - and Una - an intense, neurotic, inverted picture - directed by Benedict Andrews. Personally, Una felt like a re-positioning of Nabakov's Lolita, told through an entirely different lens.

Here's a list of the others:

  1. Tulip Fever

  2. David Letterman, My Next Guest: Jay Z

  3. Chappaquiddick

  4. Casino

  5. Molly’s Game

  6. Hangman

  7. Benji

  8. Una

  9. Beirut

  10. Into the Badlands 2 Seasons

  11. Kodachrome

  12. Submergence

  13. Truth or Dare

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Books

After feeling reinvigorated by Keith Ansell Pearson's interpretation of Nietzsche as a philosophical thinker of therapeutics, I returned, once more, to the oeuvre of Nietzsche, searching for the philosophy of modesty that Ansell Pearson identified. I discovered it, in spades.

Alongside my re-readings of Nietzsche, a companion who accompanies me everywhere, the constant call of Maria Montessori beckoned me as well, allowing me to bathe in a few of her more dense and exhilarating texts, including The Absorbent Mind and Education for a New World.

The sustained engagements Maria Montessori fashions in the Absorbent Mind are bewilderingly profound. These include striking up very impactful conversations with Aristotle, Freud and even Nietzsche. In a more limited register, Montessori also references encounters with Bergson (specifically the elan vital) and, more cryptically, Guyau. 

With Education for a New World, I remain convinced of it's radical import. Written at the end of World War II, this is Maria Montessori at her most evocative. Not incidentally, the text also speaks to her compassion, hope and her ability to inspire others, including teachers, parents and, most importantly, children. 

Bobby George