A Dangerous Digitization
I came across a useful and interestingly ‘underground’ resource today. The Ralph Nader library. And Ralph Nader is not involved. The website clarifies the point:
“Ralph Nader is the inspiration for, and not the creator of, this digital archive of public-benefit oriented media material. He was not consulted, asked for permission, or addressed as a source of guidance in the creation of this project, and for all we know, his publishing people don’t like it…”
This is an online source for hundreds (maybe thousands, if you dig deep) of books and screenplays, scanned in entirety with images and text transcribed. Library users agree not to violate copyrights by piratical behavior, i.e., using the materials for anything other than private study, scholarship or research. You curious Mind’s Eye readers may find links by and about : Antoni Gaudí, Frida Kahlo, Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Buckminster Fuller, Fellini, Plato’s Timaeus, and even Kubrick‘s screenplay of Dr. Strangelove, to name a few items from this absorbing, if controversial website.
This deep-link project is offered by American Buddha Director and Librarian Tara Lyn Carreon, who is a member of the American Library Association, and adheres to the ALA Code of Ethics.
One of the gems you will find here, is C.G. Jung’s The Red Book: Liber Novus, about which I have written several posts since it’s publication in 2009. (Select C.G. Jung Category at right)
I recommend purchasing a printed copy since it is worth contemplating the incredible illustrations in original size. You will want plenty of time to ponder the profound ideas, because the book is entirely handwritten in meticulous Old English calligraphy. The translations are at the back of the book. The book is an investment at over $100, but through this resource you will be able to study and get acquainted with the tome that has set the Jungian scholars spinning.
The Red Book project was the most important undertaking during his Jung’s lifetime. In his own words, he wrote in the opening of the Book:
THE YEARS, OF WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.
— C.G. Jung, 1957
You can read more from the RED BOOK HERE.
Read about my encounter with the actual Red Book HERE
THE RED BOOK: LIBER NOVUS
by C.G. Jung
Edited and Introduced by Sonu Shamdasani
© 2009 by The Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung
Translation © 2009 by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani
Introduction and Notes © 2009 by Sonu Shamdasani