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1913: The year before the storm
I’m both listening to and reading ‘1913: The year before the storm’ – a fascinating account of the era with passing vignettes of people who would make, or destroy the rest of the century from Hitler to Stalin, Kafka to Tito, Cezanne to Picasso and Franz Ferdinand and Trotsky.
The year Ecstacy received its patent and the fully intact Ozone Layer was identified. Then all hell let’s loose in 1914 to sweep away the old.
The line that took me to the book converned Proust – describing how he created a cage for himself so thhat ge could write, with the light shut out and three layers of curtains to muffle the noise.
- 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies – review (guardian.co.uk)
- 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illies – review (oddonion.com)
Down with something hideous and find myself on antibiotics. Want to be studying but haven’t the head for it, not academic papers.
This cover 20 benefits of mobile learning though.
As an asthmatic I wonder if the kind of videos I used to produce as interactive Apps might be of value?
Watch several movies, the wonderful ‘Barefoot in the Park’ with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, the TV movie on the rise of Hitler with Robert Carlyle and ‘The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain’ with Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald.
‘The Rise of Evil’ is historically accurate though somewhat eager, understandably, to ensure that Hitler has no redeeming points. I’d recommend it as viewing alongside the two volume biography by Ian Kershaw.
‘Barefoot in the Park’ which I must have seen on TV in the 1970s drew me into the wonders of a stage play making it onto the big screen. I also admire the way five days of sex is handled by showing newspapers being put outside their hotel bedroom door every morning. I thought Paul put his shoes out to be polished, another film?
What is learning all about? Reading this? Then reading it again? And adding a comment?
I’ve been pondering this question for 14 years .. since our daughter was born.
I don’t think I gave it a moment’s thought at school, university, in further postgraduate studying or courses or even at work where we were producing training films (amongst other things).
Knowing and applying ‘stuff’ came into it.
Otherwise it was starting to get my head around the neurological processes that had me starting to understand what was going on. Simple really, you expose a person (your daughter, yourself) to something and it results in a stimuli that with repetition becomes embedded.
You cannot help yourself. You pick things up. At what stage have something been learnt though? When you apply it? Or simply knowing that the knowledge is ‘there.’
One key moment this last year was coming to an understanding of what ‘life-long learning’ entails. Even concluding that the less isolated we are the more we learn? Which hardly holds true of the bookworm (or should they now be called webworms?)
Did it help to play Mozart while she was developing in the womb?
Did it help that she was learning to play the piano, draw, type and read all at the same time?
How does she compare to her brother because she apparently has a ‘photographic’ memory … while he does not?
i.e. just because the input mechanism allows for good recall does she learn any better, or even less well, than someone who has to make more effort?
My own mind is made of Teflon – nothing sticks! And even if I get it into my head it slides all over the place producing most unusual combinations 😦
Am I going to Google ‘learning’ or look it up in Wikipedia?
I’d prefer to find out what Quentin Blake makes of it … or Norman Mailer. What did learning mean to Vincent van Gogh? We can probably tell from the many letters he wrote to his brother.
I have read Ian Kershaw’s two volume biography of Adolf Hitler.
How did that monster acquire and develop his belief systems?