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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Liber Novus - Carl Jung

I couldn't tell you what a Jung-ian archetype is, or what Carl Jung's major tenets of philosophy/psychology/psychiatry were. He did however, write and illustrate the Liber Novus, aka the Red Book, an exploration of his mind through word and image. The book is an experiment of Jung's encounters with his unconscious and where, unrestrained, it took him.

It's great to see someone put their thoughts so freely onto paper, even if it took him 16 years to complete. The images of the mind can be so vivid and crazy. And to try to capture and communicate them through the filter of the hand is a difficult task. But Jung succeeded in capturing them in an amazing way. Only a handful of people have ever seen this book until it was recently scanned and set for publishing this year. I can't wait to see the rest of its pages.

via NYTimes

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