ghostly writers, naturally sculpted wallpaper, punish the poor reward the powerful

the band plays on – 1934

Besides Vladimir Nabokov’s “The Original of Laura” there are several posthumous books and short stories being released – Ghost Writers. A very early mystery novel by Graham Greene, The late William Styron’s The Suicide Run ( author of Sophies Choice), Kurt Vonnegut’s Look at the Birdie and one that sounds especially interesting ti me, Donald E. Westlake’s psychological thriller Memory . One book that has generated as much excitement or controversy as the publication of The Original of Laura is C.G. Jung’s The Red Book. The NYT did an extensive background piece on the Jung book, The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

The book tells the story of Jung trying to face down his own demons as they emerged from the shadows. The results are humiliating, sometimes unsavory. In it, Jung travels the land of the dead, falls in love with a woman he later realizes is his sister, gets squeezed by a giant serpent and, in one terrifying moment, eats the liver of a little child. (“I swallow with desperate efforts — it is impossible — once again and once again — I almost faint — it is done.”) At one point, even the devil criticizes Jung as hateful.

He worked on his red book — and he called it just that, the Red Book — on and off for about 16 years, long after his personal crisis had passed, but he never managed to finish it.

While I’m not particularly a fan of Jung he was fascinating in the way that great eccentrics can be. He was blessed with personal charisma and at the time a leader in trying to understand the human psyche. Jung might have been onto something when he posited a new kind of spiritually, a belief in something larger then ourselves, except sans religious dogma. When polls have been taken over the last few years about religious beliefs, atheism is on the rise, but more interesting to me  is the increase in the number of people that do not identify with a particular religious denomination.

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First some background, Naked, Sore, Bruised and Bleeding: Alleged U.S. Contractor Rape Victim Fights for Day in Court

Jamie Leigh Jones was a 20-year-old young woman working her fourth day on the job in Baghdad for contractor Halliburton/KBR in 2005, when she says she was drugged and gang-raped by seven U.S contractors and held captive by two KBR guards in a shipping container. But more than four years after the alleged crimes occurred, Jones is still waiting for her day in court because when she signed her employment contract, she lost her rights to a jury trial and, instead, was forced into having her claims decided through secret, binding arbitration.

The rapists are still free, but M’s Jones can be proud that her perseverance has brought about some change, Senator Al Franken Fights Back Against Government Contractors That Allow Employees to be Victimized

Credit new Senator Al Franken however, for introducing an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” You’d think that this would be a no-brainer, actually, but that didn’t stop Jeff Sessions from labeling Franken’s effort a “political attack directed at Halliburton.” Franken, of course, pointed out that his amendment would apply broadly, to all contractors, because otherwise, ‘twould be a bill of attainder, right? Right?

Mr. Linkins also published the names of the Senators that voted against the amendment,

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

These would be the same Senators that voted to punish ACORN for some possible wrong doing by a hand full of employees. America gets the message, protect corporate interests with deep pockets, punish rape victims and low income community organizers.