Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Prometheus winner accepts his award


Travis Corcoran

Travis Corcoran won the Prometheus Award this year for his novel, The Powers of the Earth.

When I read the book, I not only enjoyed it, I was sure he would win. I haven't had that experience since Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. 

Corcoran received his award on the ongoing Worldcon in San Jose. He could  be there, but sent an acceptance speech posted on the Libertarian Futurist Society's blog. 

It's an interesting piece which argues (among other things) that leftists have largely taken over science fiction, to the exclusion of other voices.

My feelings about "PC culture" in fandom are more mixed than Mr. Corcoran's. I actually think it's mostly a good thing. I'm not a fan of racism and sexism.

I think it's good that women can come to conventions with an expectation of safety. I don't pine for the "good old days" when women had to be warned not to get into an elevator with Isaac Asimov.

At the same time, I do sometimes see signs that Corcoran has a point, that fandom and SF publishing is not exactly in a "let 1,000 flowers bloom" mode.

Mary Robinette Kowal, a science fiction writer (I don't believe I've read her yet), recently published a Twitter thread on how to do proper programming at conventions.

Although the ostensible subject is "inclusion," she also is obviously concerned with making sure wrong thinking people aren't allowed to take part.

It's necessary to have a "strong and appropriate moderator" who can weigh on on panelists "who would be good fits." If someone volunteers for a panel and they aren't known to the organizers, it's important to vet them to prevent doubleplusungood thought from wandering in: "Sometimes no one on the committee knows them, but research solves that."

Some people simply should "never get on programming":

"We also, honestly, have a Red Flag and Caution field. Red flags will never get on programming. Caution means that we are very careful about the topics that person can go on because they've gone off the rails before, but with the right moderator have things to contribute."

Is this sort of vetting common at conventions? I don't really know.



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Status update


The inevitable selfie; Ted Hand, left, and me. 

Google's Blogger site has been out of order for weeks, but now, I am finally getting email notifications for comments that need to be moderated and approved on the blog. This should allow me to post comments more promptly, which is useful when a new online reading group has launched.

Ted Hand came to town, and we had lunch in Sandusky. It's always good to meet someone with similar interests; we talked about RAW, Terence McKenna and Robert Shea, among other topics.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Arthur Hlavaty, fiction critic



[Arthur Hlavaty (aka Supergee) is, among other useful qualities, a rather good book critic.

He recently dug through his voluminous back pages to produce a new ezine, Archive I: Down by the Old Slipstream, which reprints past writings about many interesting authors. Arthur should consider putting enough of these writings (or any of his other writings) together to put out a book. Maybe an ebook, maybe also a paper book. Any such volume presumably would include Arthur's writings on Robert Anton Wilson.

It's the best zine I've read in awhile (I can't give you the best example without providing an unforgivable spoiler -- just read it), and you can get your copy here, in a nicely-formatted PDF. 

Here is Arthur's short piece on Barrington J. Bailey, a writer I apparently ought to get to know.

--The Management]

Barrington J. Bayley

By Arthur Hlavaty

Philip K. Dick is dead. No, he’s outside, looking in. A friend called up the other night to announce that he’d heard that Dick had checked out of consensus reality with a stroke.
    I mourn him as the inventor of what is now my favorite kind of sf­the philosophical kind. The emphasis on him as a drug writer has always been a misleading form of sensationalism. I suspect that none of the many people who describe The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (perhaps his masterpiece) as “the ultimate acid book” have ever tried acid. Dick’s subjects are more like metaphysics and ontology. There is little agreement as to which of his books are the best--indeed, I do not always agree with myself on this matter--but Time out of Joint, Ubik, Eye in the Sky, and A Maze of Death remain in my mind.
    Dick leaves a couple of heirs to his tradition. One is my old pal Rudy Rucker, whose Software I recommended last installment. The other is a man who gets a whole lot less recognition than I for one think he deserves: Barrington J. Bayley.
    Bayley is an unusual writer in a variety of ways. One can see him as a strange sort of amphibian, in that he has been most published by New Worlds and by DAW. He is not a writer one seeks out for literary merit, characterization, elegant prose, adventure, or sex. If anything, he can be compared with writers such as Clement, Niven, and Hogan,* who seek to do only one thing in their sf. But while the others speculate scientifically, Bayley deals with philosophical and spiritual questions, matters of the essence of reality.
    Bayley has been largely concerned with the nature of Time in his writings, and perhaps his two best books until now, Collision Course and The Fall of Chronopolis, presented new approaches to this problem. More recently, he has incorporated such occult studies as Gnosticism, alchemy, and the Tarot in his work. A recent collection, The Knights of the Limits, offered a variety of remarkable inventions.
    His latest, The Pillars of Eternity (DAW pb), may be his best. He pulls together a number of themes from his past writing, adds some new and startling possibilities, and ties them all together into a satisfying resolution. If you like philosophical sf, don’t miss this one. [1982]

*In 1982 James Hogan was considered a hard-science writer, rather than a crank.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Shea's 'Saracen' books



I've finished Robert Shea's second "Saracen" book, Saracen: The Holy War. 

The two novels, Saracen: Land of the Infidel and Saracen: The Holy War, are really one work The first Saracen book ends with an exciting scene while setting the reader up for the second book, which ends with a big battle scene. The books offer a very vivid picture of medieval Italy.

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, the Saracen books feature a sympathetic character, Lorenzo Celino, whose name is similar enough to Hagbard Celine's to suggest a possible link. At the end of the second Saracen book, the reader learns that Celino is related to Roland, the troubadour hero of All Things Are Light

There's also an explicit reference to Illuminatus! in the second book. One minor character is killed by a large dog, his throat "torn out by the fangs of some enormous beast." This echoes the death of the person in Illuminatus! whose throat is "torn as if by the talons of some enormous beast."

Both Saracen books are available as free downloads from the Robert Shea section of Project Gutenberg.  For more free Shea ebooks, see this posting. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Notes and links


Photo by Rick Proctor on Unsplash

Years after Robert Anton Wilson's adventures with the Guns and Dope Party, marijuana legalization is making inroads in much of the U.S. So far, it's been mostly on the east and west coasts, but as my article reports, Michigan will consider legalization this fall. My article also offers a snapshot of the current state of legalization across the U.S.

PQ, seeking distraction from the strain of being a Mets fan, reports that Finnegans Wake has possible references to baseball. 

Tyler Cowen is about to publish a new book, Stubborn Attachments "Think of this book — due out in October — as my attempt to defend and explain why a free society is objectively better in terms of ethics, political philosophy, and economics.  No punches are pulled, this is my account of what I strongly believe you should believe too.  My bottom lines, so to speak."

Memoir of Wayne Kramer. His band, the MC5, is mentioned in Illuminatus!

Love at 23rd sight. Via Daniel Duvall on Twitter. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A bit on 'Prometheus Rising'


On Facebook, Rasa published the above meme and offers the following text:

RAW's original sub-title for Prometheus Rising was going to be "How to use the human brain for fun and profit." I see the book as a crucial navigational tool.
~ ~ ~

RAW: The Berkeley mob once called Leary and me “the counter-culture of the counter-culture.” I’m some kind of antibody in the New Age movement. My function is to raise the possibility, “Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit.”

JW: You don’t seem to take very much of it very seriously.

RAW: Some of it I do take seriously. In Prometheus Rising and Quantum Psychology I’m definitely trying to teach the reader how to change their own consciousness so they don’t need a guru to do it for them. I’m very definitely a spiritual anarchist.

– Robert Anton Wilson interviewed by James Wallis

Monday, August 13, 2018

Week One, Kerman's 'The Beethoven Quartets' reading group


This week's illustration is Robert Anton Wilson's "Classic Cowboys" Beethoven T-shirt, which Joshua Hallenbeck purchased during last year's auction of Wilson's personal items. Photo courtesy Joshua Hallenbeck.

By Eric Wagner, guest blogger

Kerman’s The Beethoven Quartets – Week 1: Chapter 1

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome.

The game plan:

8/13 Week 1 Chapter 1 Op. 18, No. 3

8/20 Week 2 The first half of Chapter 2 Op. 18, No. 1

8/27 Week 3 The second half of Chapter 2 Op. 18, No. 2

9/3 Week 4 The first third of Chapter 3 Op. 18, No. 5

9/10 Week 5 The second third of Chapter 3 Op. 18, No. 4

9/17 Week 6 The final third of Chapter 3 Op. 18, No. 6


9/24 Week 7 Chapter 4 Op. 59, No. 1

10/1 Week 8 The first half of Chapter 5 Op. 59, No. 2

10/8 Week 9 The second half of Chapter 5 Op. 59, No. 3

10/15 Week 10 The first half of Chapter 6 Op. 74

10/22 Week 11 The second half of Chapter 6 Op. 95

10/29 Week 12 Chapter 7

11/5 Week 13 The first half of Chapter 8 Op. 127

11/12 Week 14 The second half of Chapter 8 Op. 132

11/19 Week 15 Chapter 9 Op. 133

11/26 Week 16 The first half of Chapter 10 Op. 130

12/3 Week 17 The second half of Chapter 10 Op. 131

12/10 Week 18 Chapter 11 Op. 135

12/17 Coda

Please read chapter one this week and listen to Op. 18, No. 3.

Former members of the Illuminati in Bonn in the 1780’s formed the Reading Society. They included Beethoven’s important early teacher Neefe, and they commissioned the young Beethoven’s Emperor Joseph Cantata which Robert Anton Wilson repeatedly praised. I think of this reading group as our contemporary Reading Society.

Joseph Kerman’s book appeared in 1966, 52 years ago. Germany existed as two countries then, with Bonn, Beethoven’s home town, as West Germany’s capital.

Pg. 8 of my edition: Maecenas acted as a patron to Horace, Virgil and other poets in Rome during the reign of Augustus. Maynard Solomon has pointed out the importance of the classical world of Greece and Rome to Beethoven. (Please let me know if my page numbers work for any other editions of Kerman’s book.)

Pg. 11 – I disagree with Kerman about considering Haydn’s piano trios as secondary works. Charles Rosen has a great chapter about those trios in his book The Classical Style which didn’t appear until 1971 or 1972. (Kerman loved that book).

Pg. 27 – The use of the generic pronoun “He” for a composer shows the changes in the English language since 1966.

Pg. 28 – The discussion of Tovey’s writing here makes clear his huge influence on Joseph Kerman.

Please post your comments on this chapter and this quartet. See you next week.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bobby Campbell's RAW coffee talk

Here is Bobby Campbell's "RAW Coffee Talk," recorded on July 28, 2018. Bobby gave a riveting talk, and you will be doing yourself a favor if you listen to it. A little over an hour long. The first few seconds are cut off, but you'll be fine if you realize he starts by talking about the republication of Robert Anton Wilson's "Historical Illuminatus" books by Hilaritas Press.

You can also listen to Gregory Arnott and I interview Prop Anon, listen to or read my Robert Shea talk, and listen to Gregory Arnott's "RAW and magick" talk.

Bobby's intro:

Enclosed please find an A/V presentation of my RAW COFFEE TALK, given at the Anchor & Anvil Coffee Shop in Coraopolis, PA :)))

Topics discussed include the secret origins of my Discordian initiation, creating the artwork for the new editions of the Historical Illuminatus Chronicles, and a deep dive into the Noid, the Domino's Pizza demon.

This talk was part of a weekend of exploring the lives & ideas of Robert Anton Wilson along w/ fellow RAW enthusiasts Tom Jackson & Gregory Arnott at the Confluence Science Fiction Convention.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

The new book about the Leary manhunt



I recently published an article at my newspaper on The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD. I strongly recommended the book:

"The book, penned by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, is the best nonfiction book I’ve read in months, an oddball adventure story and vivid slice of American life during a difficult period of American history."

Readers of this  blog will want to read the book to find out more about Timothy Leary, but I recommend the book to everyone.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gregory Arnott on RAW and magick [link fixed]


Gregory Arnott gave a talk at Confluence on Robert Anton Wilson and magick, and now you can listen to an MP3 file of his presentation. (Sorry about the bad link -- it's fixed now).

Gregory has a strong interest in magick in the Aleister Crowley tradition and also influenced by figures such as Wilson and Alan Moore. He is currently a student at Western Virginia University. He led this blog's online reading group discussion of the Hilaritas Press edition of Email to the Universe and has served as a volunteer copyeditor for Hilaritas. 

About the talk, Gregory says, ""I would like to note that many of the ideas in this talk are derived directly from points made by Alan and Steve Moore (no relation) as well as Robert Anton Wilson, naturally, in their interviews and published works. I merely synthesized their ideas and have had some experiences inspired by their lives."

About 42 minutes long, recorded July 28.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

My Robert Shea talk


Robert Shea and his son. (From Bobshea.net). 

[A few days ago, I posted my interview with Prop Anon, recorded during Confluence. This is my talk during Confluence about Shea, which I wrote out for delivery in a coffee shop on July 28. If you prefer, you can listen to a recording, about 19 minutes long  which is pretty close to the below, although the first couple of sentences are missing, and I  threw in a few additional remarks. I'll have Gregory Arnott's and Bobby Campbell's talks available soon.  -- The Management]

Robert Anton Wilson's posthumous career, and the struggle to make sure his works are not forgotten, has been sustained by a worldwide network of fans. This network was described in the "Foreword" by British writer John Higgs to Brenton Clutterbuck's new book, Chasing Eris, which describes Brenton's adventures in traveling the world from Australia to meet with Discordians. Higgs says that thanks to the efforts of fans, authors such as Adam Gorightly,  and the publishing work by Robert Anton Wilson Trust, "I no longer worry that Robert Anton Wilson will be forgotten."

I have been a part of that grassroots effort, particularly since I began my RAWIllimination.net blog in 2010. I've been doing daily postings to the blog since then. So I obviously have devoted a lot of time and energy to the project of keeping Robert Anton Wilson's name alive.

I am part of a network that would be worth talking about sometime in another discussion. Robert Anton Wilson fandom isn’t driven by interest in colleges and universities. He isn’t getting a lot of backing from large commercial publishers. He doesn’t have enough of a reputation for libraries to keep his books on the shelves. His reputation is sustained by a decentralized, grassroots network, and I think that’s interesting.

But the Illuminatus! trilogy, which is still Wilson's best-known work, was co-written by Robert Shea, and particularly since I began reading Shea's historical novels, I have felt that Shea also deserves not to be forgotten. There aren't many web sites, blogs or Twitter accounts to devoted to him. I do also write about Shea on my blog and I want to talk about him today.

Perhaps you may not know that it was Robert Shea who came up with the idea of Illuminatus! Or you may not know that Shea was the one who obtained a book contract for it.

The original mass market paperback originals for the  Illuminatus! trilogy were issued by Dell in 1975.  Shea's first solo novel, Shike: Time of the Dragons came out in 1981. His last published novel, Shaman, came out in 1991. Shea died of cancer in 1994, about 13 years before Wilson died in 2007. Shea’s novels have gone out of print, but can easily be obtained as used books, and his novels also are widely available as ebooks, including ebooks that can legally be downloaded at no cost.

I want to begin my discussion of Shea's fiction by quoting a short snippet from his 1986 historical novel, All Things Are Lights, that is printed at the front of the book as a kind of brief prologue:

“How much jousting have you done?”

“A little,” replied the young troubadour.

“A little!” the Templar said ironically. “In tournaments all over Europe, Count Amalric has bested hundreds of knights. Many times he has killed men. Of course, it is against the rules. But he is a master at making it look like an accident.” He looked at Roland with an almost fatherly kindness. “Indeed, Messire, the best advice I could give you would be not to enter the tournament at all.”

Roland laughed. “Such cautious advice from a Templar?”

“We fight for God, Messire. Have you as great a motive?”

“Yes, I do,” said Roland, seeing Nicolette’s eyes shining in the darkness before him. “I fight for love.”

In just a few sentences, you get an idea of what Shea is about in his historical novels. His work is emotionally direct and written in straightforward prose, and pulls you into the concerns of his characters. There are no modernist experiments in prose -- his sentences are very clear and transparent.  His work is based on knowing a lot about the history of the time he is writing about.

 And in many of his books, you learn a lot about secret societies and hidden knowledge, which links Shea's work to Illuminatus! In All Things Are Lights, for example, you learn a lot about the Templars and the Cathars,, and there are references to the Freemason and to esoteric sex knowledge.

Robert Shea was born in 1933 and he died in 1994. He worked as a magazine editor for much of his life but became a freelance writer and published seven books, including six novels, before he died. He was a magazine editor in New York and Los Angeles before going to work for "Playboy" magazine in Chicago, which is where me met a fellow editor named Robert Anton Wilson, who became a lifelong friend. The two editors both became involved in Discordianism. According to Adam Gorightly's book, Historia Discordia, Shea's Discordian names were Josh the Dill and Alexander Eulenspiegel.

Illuminatus! apparently began as a Friday night joke by Shea when he and his friend Wilson were drinking in a Chicago bar. On payday, they had a ritual of going out for drinks

Playboy had a section called the Playboy Forum which consisted of readers writing in to discuss various topics, including conspiracy theories of the day. Wilson described in an interview how those letters were turned into the idea for Illuminatus!

STARSHIP: Can you discuss the genesis of Illuminatus!? How did the idea originate?

WILSON: It started with the Discordian Society, which is based on worship of Eris, the Greek goddess of confusion and chaos. Actually, the Discordian Society is a new religion disguised as a complicated joke, although some skeptics think it’s a joke disguised as a religion. We [Robert Shea, his coauthor] felt the Society needed some opposition, because the whole idea of it is based on conflict and dialectics. So, we created an opposition within the Discordian Society, which we called the Bavarian Illuminati. We got the idea from the John Birch Society and various other right-wing groups who believe that the Illuminati really run the world. There were several Discordian newsletters written in the 1960s, and several Discordian members wrote for the underground press in various parts of the country. So, we built up this myth about the warfare between the Discordian Society and the Illuminati for quite a while, until one day Bob Shea said to me, “You know, we could write a novel about this!” The rest is history.

Another account comes from author Lewis Shiner's interview with Wilson. Wilson said, "Bob Shea and I used to go out for drinks every Friday evening after work and solve all of the problems of the world over a few Bloody Marys. We were talking about all of these kooky conspiracy theories and Shea said, 'Why don't we write a book about all the craziest conspiracy theories.' And eventually the Illuminatus trilogy developed out of that."

According to an interview of Shea by Neal Wilgus, it was Shea who got the pair a book contract to write Illuminatus! 

Wilgus: Since you and Wilson were both editors at Playboy at the time ILLUMINATUS! was written, I'm wondering why Playboy Press didn't publish it. Or was that too close to home?

Shea: At the time we got the idea for ILLUMINATUS!, Playboy Press wasn't publishing original novels, and a very good friend of mine, Bob Abel, was an editor at Dell. I was looking for an opportunity to write paperback fiction, so I wrote Bob a letter briefly sketching about half a dozen ideas for books, of which a book about the Bavarian Illuminati was one. He thought that one had the most possibilities, so Wilson and I did three sample chapters and an outline and sent it in. On the strength of that we got a contract and began writing the book.

As Wilson writes in Cosmic Trigger, he quit his job as a Playboy editor because he was determined to make it as a writer, but Shea continued to work at Playboy magazine. In 1980 or so, Shea lost his job at the magazine. It may not have been anything personal against him. The magazine hit a peak of circulation in 1975 and has been losing circulation ever since. It could have been one of the magazine's periodic attempts to halt the slide.

According to a chapter about Shea in Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger Vol. 3, Shea began sending out novel proposals when he was looking for work. His first historical novel, Shike: Time of the Dragons came out in 1981. So something good came out of the personal disaster, at least for Shea's readers.

At one of his talks at an Association for Consciousness Expansion event in Cleveland, Shea described how he had tried to break into fiction writing many years before when he was in college, sending out short stories to men's magazines such as "Playboy" and its competitors, to science fiction magazines and to literary magazines. He collaborated on a story called "Scarlet Panties," which was offered to Playboy and other "girlie" magazines. In spite of the excellent title, it did not sell.

Shea was a lifelong science fiction fan. He knew science fiction writers, editors and fans, and attended science fiction conventions. But none of his novels are science fiction. All of them are historical novels. The two Shike books are set in medieval Japan. All Things Are Lights is set in medieval France, while the two Saracen novels are in medieval Italy.  Shaman is about Native Americans in Illinois before the Civil War and concerns the Black Hawk War

I've read three of the novels so far, and my favorite is All Things Are Lights. I have referred to it on my blog as a "thematic prequel" to Illuminatus!,. The hero of the novel, a troubadour named Roland, takes an agnostic attitude toward belief systems. He lives in a Catholic society, but he is sympathetic toward the Cathars and believes that Moslems are no better and no worse than Christians.  The title comes from a saying by John Scotus Eriugena, a ninth century Irish theologian, who made a statement that is translated in Illuminatus! as "All things that are, are lights."

The late Patricia Monaghan, Shea's last wife, also told me that All Things Are Lights was her favorite of Shea's books.

She wrote to me, "What drove Bob as an historical novelist was an interest in the underdogs of history, the people who were 'lost' from a historical point of view.  (I keep thinking that Saracen should be made into a movie, now, with the rise in interest in the Islamic world--but of course Bob's Muslim characters weren't terrorists!  Well...they were...sort of....)  The Cathars were persecuted in what was really a land-grab by the French against the Spanish--in Languedoc today, you can still see, in bars, maps of France before and after the 'Albigensian crusade,' which make very clear that France exploded in size after grabbing that land.  Bob's last published book, Shaman, looked at the Black Hawk War from the Indian side.  That was his way--always to focus on the ‘other’ in any historical situation."

Many of Shea's books have gone out of print, but you can easily obtain used copies from sites such as Amazon. They are available on Amazon as inexpensive Kindle ebooks.  In addition, his novels have all been released as free ebooks by his son, Mike Shea, under a Creative Commons license. I have a blog post at my blog, RAWIllumination.net, on how to find the free ebooks. You can find the post by searching for it, or by finding the link under the Robert Shea Resources section on the right side of my page.

Patricia Monaghan, by the way, was an interesting writer in her own right. She wrote more than 25 books, including poetry, women's spirituality, a "complete guide" to meditation, Celtic culture and mythology, even a book about wineries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was a professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University, reflecting perhaps her many interests. She was unfailingly kind to me when I emailed her to ask her questions about Robert Shea.

My last email from her was in May 2012, and she died of cancer in November, 2012. She wrote me an email on March 10, 2011, the 17th anniversary of Shea's death. She wrote, "Although I am very happily remarried, I still think of Bob virtually every single day, and am grateful for all that he gave me and the world."

For the last few years, I've had a couple of obsessions that I've pursued on my blog. I wanted to know who the editor was who acquired Illuminatus! for Dell books, and I wanted to find out what happened to the years of correspondence between Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

I did finally get an answer to my first question. The Dell editor who bought Illuminatus! was named Bob Abel.  He was an assistant editor for Paul Krassner at “The Realist”, was a book editor and author and worked in magazines, and was a friend of Shea. My article about Abel posted on my blog a few days ago, July 23, Robert Anton Wilson Day.

Figuring out what happened to the Shea-Wilson letters has been harder.

In his chapter about Robert Shea in Cosmic Trigger Vol. 3, Wilson wrote that he and Shea wrote letters back and forth for 23 years. "We wrote about every important idea in the world and we filled enough paper for several volumes," Wilson wrote. "I hope some of that will get published someday."

I hope so, too, but I don't know if that can ever happen. On Robert Shea's side, I asked Patricia Monaghan and Shea's son, Mike Shea, about it. I've asked Rasa, and, through Rasa, Christina Pearson. I've also written about it on my blog, hoping that someone might have a lead. I've had no luck so far.

If you decide at some point you are interested in Robert Shea, I would invite you to check out the links under "Robert Shea Resources" which you can find on the right side of  my blog if you scroll down a little. You'll find links to the official Robert Shea website, the Wikipedia biography, my article on finding free ebooks of Shea's novels, the text of Shea's acceptance speech when he won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Illuminatus! and everything else of possible interest I have been able to find so far.

To quote from my favorite Robert Shea novel, “All things that are, are lights. The light shines in each man and each woman.” Thank you for listening to me.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The poetry of RAW



Yet another interesting discovery from Martin Wagner: Several poems by Robert Anton Wilson. 

I particularly liked "Two Laments." The second of the two, "Ode to a Segregationist," sounds like a depiction of a modern Trump fan.

Also was interested to see RAW express interest in John Cage; in general, he didn't talk too often about modern composers.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

RAW on Arthur Miller



Perhaps someday all (or at least much) of Robert Anton Wilson's literary criticism will be collected into one place. When that happens, perhaps it will include this new Martin Wagner find: RAW writes about Arthur Miller's The Misfits. 

Wikipedia has an article on the movie.