Sunday, February 25, 2018

Two new books

Announcing two new books which are part of a fund-raising effort.  I'm offering two quite different books, because those who aren't interested in one may be interested in the other.

 The unicorn tapestries (click on the link to go to the page)

 During our trip to Burgundy in 2017, Neal & I stopped in Paris and visited the Lady of the Unicorn tapestries.  On a follow-up trip to the cloisters museum in Manhattan this December, I visited the unicorn hunt tapestries.

 I originally intended to write a monograph on the lady of the unicorn tapestries alone, but after the Cloisters trip I realized it was impossible to write about one without writing about the other.  

 The Unicorn tapestries offers original esoteric interpretations of the two groups of tapestries, and explains why they are related to one another—not just because of the unicorn theme, but because of the way in which they treat  the masculine and feminine, as well and higher and lower, nature in spiritual work. 

 This book is extensively illustrated. It is an excerpt from a much longer book called "The Reconstruction of the Soul" which will be published later in 2018.

An Organic sense of being  (click on the link to go to the page)

This new book is a collection of the longer essays and monographs published over the last year in the Zen, Yoga, Gurdjieff blog. The book is illustrated with pictures of stained glass at the Museum in Lyon, taken during our trip to Burgundy.

In addition, it includes an unpublished monograph  on the meaning of the word "monster," and how this question relates to the development and experience of our inner world. This monograph, like many others seeing the light of day this year, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein.

Sales of these books are intended to help to fund editorial costs for material that is being prepared for future publication. This archival material in question will be of significant interest to the Gurdjieff community. Those who participate are being given an opportunity to materially contribute to this effort.

I have so far funded this project entirely out of my own pocket. Your contributions, if any, all be deeply appreciated.


Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.

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