Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cosmic Trigger play news roundup

Newly-married Daisy Eris Campbell, the new "Eris of the Month" at Adam Gorightly's Historia Discordia. 

Liverpool Confidential reviews Daisy Eris Campbell's "Cosmic Trigger" play and concludes, "Take a bow, Daisy. You pulled it off." The piece also shares much of the news of the weekend, including this bit: "On Sunday, Ms Campbell consummated the 'caper' with a joyous surprise (or drastic action, depending on your world view). She got hitched, at 6.23 pm, to long term partner and actor Greg Donaldson, in the Camp and Furnace. The nuptials were tied in front of an unsuspecting audience that included her mum (actress Prunella Gee), stepdad Tom and two children, Dixie and Django. Everyone sang 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do,' and staggered off into the night."

Photo posted on Twitter by hagbard celine.

Ben Chalmers has done a blog post that provides another review. And Only Maybe has posted a report.  And Psychedelic Press UK has weighed in.

A Flickr photostream of the play. Looks amazing, wish I could have been there.

A photo Joanne Mallon posted on Twitter

Much of the early reaction was on Twitter; apparently it was such a magical, unusual weekend that no one mentioned Star Wars to Toby Philpott. And Robin Ince wrote, "after a day of Robert Anton Wilson, my next show is going to be all about reality tunnels - starts again in january http://robinince.com."

Of course, the play now moves to London. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 40, Illuminatus! online reading group

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, considered by some the founder of anarchism. He was not just being French when he discussed different forms of property, Wilson and Shea explain in the appendix of Illuminatus!

(This week: "Mmm," she said, "I like that smell," page 406, to "The only thing to do was find a hole and bury myself," page 416.)

The discussion on property in this week's selection contains the underpinnings for left libertarianism and also illustrates how referring to the appendix of Illuminatus! can make portions of the main text easier to understand.

Broadly speaking, there are three main groups of anti-government types.  One group consists of traditional anarchists, the folks on the left who don't recognize private property at all. Another group is the anarcho-capitalists, very similar if not identical to the Randians, who recognized all forms of private property, regardless of how it was acquired. Those folks, more or less, comprise the majority of those in the U.S. who refer to themselves as "libertarians."

The third group would be the left libertarians, the folks who fall into the slogan "markets, not capitalism," the kind of folk who hang out at the Center for a Stateless Society. They recognize that modern capitalism cannot be distinguished from the power of the state, and that not all forms of private property deserve equal respect.

While almost all anti-government folks agree on many issues — e.g., freedom of speech, non-intervention in other countries, live and let live in personal lifestyles — the disagreement on property crops up in all kinds of ways. For example, it's a factor (although not the only one) in the disagreement between "vulgar libertarians" and more leftist libertarians on whether a basic income guarantee is a good idea.

"Property is theft because the Illuminati land titles are arbitrary and unjust. And so are their banking charters and railroad franchises and all the other monopoly games of capitalism — "

"Of state capitalism. Not of true laissez-faire." (page 411)

The stoned discussion between George Dorn and Mavis perhaps is made more clear in Appendix Zain, Property and Privilege, which quotes Proudhon and explains why property, in different contexts, is theft, liberty and impossible. "Proudhon, by piling up his contradictions in this way, was not merely being French; he was trying to indicate that the abstraction "property" covers a variety of phenomena, some pernicious and some beneficial." (Page 767).

Notice the use of the word "privilege" in the title of the appendix section. Gross abuse of state power — such as the transportation of people as slaves from one continent to another — still have something to do with the distribution of wealth in the U.S.

Some notes on the text:

sunyata, page 407, in Buddhism, emptiness, the void

satori, page 407, the sudden enlightenment of Zen Buddhism.

"There's no governor anywhere," George quoted ..... That's Chuang Chou, the Taoist philosopher." (Page 408)

"No Govenor" was the name of a series of anarchist fanzines published by Robert Shea. There were 11 issues, archived at the official Robert Shea website. 

A quote from Robert Anton Wilson: "There is no governor anywhere; you are all absolutely free. There is no restraint that cannot be escaped. We are all absolutely free. If everybody could go into dhyana at will, nobody could be controlled -- by fear of prison, by fear of whips or electroshock, by fear of death, even. All existing society is based on keeping those fears alive, to control the masses. Ten people who know [this] would be more dangerous than a million armed anarchists." Can somebody give me the source?

Some "No Governor" discussion from Schroedinger's Cat.

(Next week: "And then it was just like a light bulb in my head," page 416 to page 427, ""Heate die Welt," all repeated, "Morgens das Sonnensystem.")

Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Across the Universe' comet video

I did not mean to make this astronomy weekend, but this was a video I thought sombunall of you would enjoy -- a cover of "Across the Universe" using only a vocal and sounds from the recent space probe's recording of a comet. ("Across the Universe" is a Beatles song, specifically one by John Lennon.)

 The video is from Andrew Huang, an artist I was not familiar with before. Huang writes:

When I first heard that the ESA had not only landed on but recorded audio from a comet, I knew I had to make something out of it. This is my reworking of the Beatles' awesome cosmic ballad "Across the Universe" which, apart from my singing, was created entirely with sounds from the Rosetta space probe's recording of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Check out this video of the sound design process

The original recording "A Singing Comet" can be heard on the European Space Agency's SoundCloud. 

This cover is available for download as part of an entire album produced with the sounds of the comet which I'm wrapping up work on this week. Pre-order it.

Thank you to my patrons for supporting my space music! Hit this up if you want to get the best deal on all my future releases.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The beautiful and mysterious solar system

NASA has just released a new high resolution image of Jupiter's moon, Europa.

From the NASA article (from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) accompanying the release of the image: "Hidden beneath Europa's icy surface is perhaps the most promising place in our solar system beyond Earth to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life. The Galileo mission found strong evidence that a subsurface ocean of salty water is in contact with a rocky seafloor. The cycling of material between the ocean and ice shell could potentially provide sources of chemical energy that could sustain simple life forms."

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Daisy Eris Campbell interview

Daisy Eris Campbell

On the eve of the launch of the Cosmic Trigger play, Psychedelic Press UK publishes a new interview with Daisy. Here's an excerpt explaining why she adapted Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati:

“It’s a non-fiction sequel; it’s a tribute to Robert Anton Wilson, who as far as I’m concerned, is not remembered enough by as many people as he ought to be and alongside the likes of Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Alan Watts, James Joyce etc, and that he really is a fantastic counter culture figure…

"It dawned that Cosmic Trigger was the book that Robert Anton Wilson had written directly after Illuminatus! It dealt with all the strange stuff that happened to him as a result of writing the book and I suddenly thought: this could be good…  I’m gonna have to test this to see if the forces that be really do demand this book.” Page 223 of Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger confirmed the answer. “It was all about the time when Wilson had been to visit my dad at the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool. That’s what’s on page 223.

Do you follow me when I say it kinda wasn’t my idea? I remained open and I still do, and this became the entire controlling principle of how the entire show is coming together: it’s based on signs and symbols quite early on in the process.”

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cosmic Trigger and other links

Emperor Norton I

With the Cosmic Trigger play looming, you can now listen to parts of the book on Soundcloud being read to you.  Part one is read by Jonathan Sellers, director of antiquities for the Illuminati (no, I don't know how you acquire that title.) Part two is Josh Darcy, an actor in the Cosmic Trigger play.

Julian Sanchez on the failure of the NSA reform bill. 

Bill Drummond on five lessons he learned from Ken Campbell.  You have to read this. Apparently, Yoko Ono decided not to appear in the Illuminatus! stage play.

New John Higgs book, but you probably can't read it right away.

William Gibson's favorite books.

Kickstarter for Emperor Norton documentary.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Adam Gorightly interview

Adam Gorightly

I have been reading Adam Gorightly's new book on Kerry Thornley and the JFK assassination investigations, Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation.

I've just published a new interview with Adam at my new books blog at my day job (which I invite all of you to check out, seeing as  how many of you like to read.)


Sandusky Register:  Your new book, "Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Lee Oswald and the Garrison Investigation," tells the story of counterculture figure Kerry Thornley, who began writing a novel about Lee Harvey Oswald BEFORE the JFK assassination. Since you already wrote the definitive biography of Thornley, why have you written a new book?

Adam Gorightly: Kerry Thornley, in my opinion, was one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from the sixties counterculture, although his story is not widely known in popular culture and is overshadowed by the more well known characters who left their imprint on the sixties scene, such as Tim Leary, Ken Kesey or Hunter Thompson.

As recounted in Caught in the Crossfire, Kerry Thornley became embroiled in Jim Garrison’s investigation, and because of this — as well as his association with Lee Harvey Oswald — Thornley is most well known in relation to the Kennedy assassination and less for his endeavors as co-founder of the “spoof religion” Discordianism and as a leading thinker and writer of the early Anarcho-Libertarian scene that greatly influenced Wilson and Shea’s Illuminatus!

During the course of research for my 2003 book "The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture," I was introduced to the Discordian Archives by Dr. Robert Newport, who had been friends with Thornley and Discordian co-founder Greg Hill, and portions of these archives were used as source materials for the The Prankster and the Conspiracy. In the years to follow, I was introduced to more of these Discordian Archive materials, including a box of items directly related to Kerry Thornley and the Garrison Investigation. These materials prompted me to write "Caught in the Crossfire" because after reviewing these materials I realized I’d only scratched the surface regarding Thornley and the Garrison investigation in my earlier book.