I’ve started digging into Jung for a couple of reasons: I’m working on a project called the Hyper Sutra that deals with opposites and transcendence, and there’s just no way of tackling any of that without coming face to face with the force that is Carl Jung. But I also want to get a better handle on Jordan B. Peterson—the intellectual rockstar who’s been flooding the interwebs lately with his own mashup of Jungian psychology.
If you want to understand an artist, you have to dig into the art that inspired them. It took me years to figure this out with Marshall McLuhan—if you want to understand ’The medium is the message’, go read Harold Innis and Eric Havelock. If you want to hear the Beatles, listen to Elvis and Chuck Berry. If you want to understand what Kanye was trying to do to hip hop, go back and listen to Portishead. Heavy Metal is largely a cautionary tale of what happens when you don’t take this advice. Back in the 80’s, kids who had never heard of Muddy Waters tried to imitate Led Zeppelin, and we ended up with grown men in crotchless glitter pants screaming about pussy and Dungeons and Dragons.
All of Jung’s writing has been translated into English as an encyclopedia sized stack of books called The Collected Works. Each volume contains a handful of essays, letters, and lectures. As I finish each one, I’ll add them to the wiki for anyone who wants to follow along. I’ve also added a page for Maps of Meaning … which I’m realizing was essentially a young Jordan B. Peterson riffing on Jung.
If Bon Iver and Tim Heckler spent a weekend locked away in a snowy cabin together with a bunch of music gear they’d probably come out with something like Centres. Good lord. That sounds like a Pitchfork review. [Jesus, I just checked Pitchfork to see how close I really was and this is straight from their review: “At times, it feels almost as if you could reduce Craig’s music to the still-complementary formula Fennesz / Tim Hecker + Vocals.”] Never mind any of that nonsense. Centres is a good, noisey, droning, down tempo album that’s growing on me with each listen. It feels a bit too safe at times. I keep thinking I’ve been (hear) before. And I have. But i kind of like this place.
I’ve added a wiki page for Maps of Meaning with lots more notes.
“Had dinner with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin earlier tonight. Coldplay right now in Toronto…” - JBP, August, 2017.
Of course you did. You’re Jordan B. Peterson. No explanation needed. None given. // Seriously though, wtf? I guess it’s time to start reading me some JBP. I only have this copy of Maps of Meaning for another week. It’s priced like a textbook online, so I had to grab it from the library where people are queued up waiting for the next copy to be returned. The book is twenty years old but it seems to contain a lot of the theories JBP has been touring around the internets lately. No wonder he’s able to go into beast mode or rant for twenty minutes without breathing; He’s been sharpening these ideas like a master swordsman for years and years.