Lin May Saeed
Arrival of the Animals
Yale University Press, 2021
Including a second publication as a special present for our subscribers produced by the artist in small print run
DEAR FRIENDS OF 8 BOOKS A YEAR,
In 1952 – almost 70 years ago – psychologist and mystic C. G. Jung and quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli published a jointly written book titled “Naturerklärung und Psyche”. It contains an essay on so-called synchronicity as “a principle of acausal connections.” On a few dozen pages the two thinkers build a bridge between modern natural science and traditional spirituality – possibly for the first time in recent history. At the heart of the matter is the non-random occurrence of external, physical events as reflections of internal, psychological states. Some of us experience such phenomena quite often and also to myself the explanation of unusual chains of events as pure “coincidence” often seems to be the most improbable of all conceivable. At this moment, while I am writing these lines, my girlfriend and I have been living with a dog for less than 2 weeks. Her name is Ada, after Ada Lovelace, who was born in the 19th century and who is acknowledged to be the world’s first female programmer. Ada is almost 6 months old and looks amazingly similar to the drawings I did in my own book of “Pig’s Dog” (sent out from 8 Books A Year in December 2020). And as fate would have it, I now have the pleasure of writing the text for this book entitled “Arrival of the Animals” by artist Lin May Saeed. What she’s done is way more than just publishing a book about her wonderful work. Actually it’s an introduction and exploration of how we look at animals and how we choose to live with them. Pig’s Dog, Ada, the “Arrival of the Animals” ... perhaps all just a beautiful coincidence. Or synchronicity?
All my best,
Christian Kasper Schwarm