Thursday, July 30, 2015

RAW estate to launch Hilaritas Press

Robert Anton Wilson's estate is dumping New Falcon as the publisher of most of RAW's books, and instead is launching its own publishing imprint, Hilaritas Press.

Here is the official word from Richard Rasa, projects coordinator for the Robert Anton Wilson estate. (I wrote to Mr. Rasa earlier this week, after I noticed that all of RAW's books have vanished  from the New Falcon website).

In terms of RAW Trust matters, this is good news. We didn’t want to announce anything before we were more prepared, but I think an explanation is due. Bob and now Christina have fought with New Falcon over many issues over the years. Bob often spoke about how he would have loved to have had another publishing opportunity. He especially wanted the profits from his writing to help his children, and I heard him complain more than once about how New Falcon offered no such possibility. This became even more true with the changes in New Falcon since Alan Miller “left” the publishing house to his son Michael. Google "Michael Miller arrest”, if you haven’t already.

We’ve been preparing for months and are close to being ready to launch The RAW Trust’s new publishing house, Hilaritas Press. We will be republishing all of New Falcon's RAW books. We’re meticulously editing the books for typos and other mistakes, and then reformatting for eBook and Print publications. It’s a huge job, and so we are planning on releasing the books as each is done. At the moment we are nearing completion of Cosmic Trigger I, Prometheus Rising, and Quantum Psychology. We’re still working on a few new prefaces, and new covers. Still no clear launch date, as we keep tweaking, but we’ll let you know.

Check out the temporary landing page for Hilaritas Press:

Only a few people know about this change, and we’ve been keeping it quiet while issues were being settled, but most of the legal issues have been resolved, and so there’s no reason that rumors can’t start. 

Amor illuminatio hilaritas et pasta volans!


A couple of notes: I wrote about Michael Miller's arrest last November; I could not find an update when I ran a couple of quick searches. New Falcon has been RAW's publisher for just about everything except Illuminatus! and Schroedinger's Cat. There was a schism that I don't know much about after Christopher Hyatt died, resulting in a split and two book publishing companies, New Falcon and Original Falcon.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

John Higgs announces book launch party

Publication is looming for British author and RAW fan John Higgs' big new history of the 20th Century, Stranger Than We Can Imagine. A book launch party has been scheduled for 7 p.m. August 28 at the Heavenly Social in London.

John's 2015 tour dates may be accessed here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Festival 23 website launches

The Festival 23 website has launched. 

Not a lot up yet, but a Twitter account has launched. 

I'll post more information when I have it.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Philip Glass memoir

Philip Glass in 1993

I like some of modern composer Philip Glass' music very much (particularly certain piano pieces, such as the "Six Etudes"), but some of his other music I am indifferent about. But I very much enjoyed his new memoir Words Without Music, which I thought was very interesting.

I mention the book here because I was struck by how many common interests Glass has with Robert Anton Wilson. Here are the ones I can remember (1) They both liked the poetry of Allen Ginsberg very much (Glass was a good friend of Ginsberg); (2) They were both into Alfred Korzybski; (3) Both read Herman Hesse pretty closely; (4) Both were interested in Buddhism; (5) Both were into classical music; (6) Both had a strong interest in 1950s bebop jazz; (7) Both liked the writing of William Burroughs — in fact, both were on the program of the Nova Convention held in Burroughs' honor in 1979. 

Perhaps all that this really means is that people who shared 1950s beatnik culture had many commonalities,.but I thought I'd remark on it.  Does anyone know if RAW listened to Glass' music? 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

But Siriusly, folks

Michael Johnson has posted a two-part series on Sirius, including alleged first contacts with creatures from Sirius (and with other extraterrestrials) and the influence of Sirius in the arts. Very interesting, so I suggest reading part one and then part two.

In the comments, Eric Wagner remarks, "I have contemplated inundating myself with Sirius inspired music and observing the results: Julius Hemphill's "Dogon A.D.", the Art Ensemble's "Sirius Calling", Stockhausen's "Sirius", etc." I am not as stout as Eric, but I would like to hear Stockhausen's "Sirius" opera, although tracking down a copy of the complete recording apparently will not be easy or inexpensive. In the meantime, you can listen to sound samples and order it from Stockhausen's website if you have about $51. At present, my only option may be YouTube. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The last days of Malaclypse the Younger

Gregory Hill in the mid 1980s. 

I hope you keep an eye on the "Sangha" section over on the right side of the page, as my friends have been posting many interesting pieces and I have been too busy doing my own thing over here to keep up.

Given your recent focus on Illuminatus!, I did want to call attention to Adam Gorightly's interesting post on the final days of Malaclypse the Younger, e.g. the important Discordian figure Gregory Hill. Note that you can download a PDF of Hill's outline of the history of everything.

I also particularly liked the latest Eris of the Month.

Friday, July 24, 2015

News from Daisy Eris Campbell

Daisy with some of her Cosmic Trigger crew 

It's been a quiet last few months from Daisy Eris Campbell, who produced the successful Cosmic Trigger play in Liverpool and London, but she sent out a new email message on Robert Anton Wilson Day, and it has news about her upcoming activities. Here are the relevant sentences:

So, Cosmic Trigger will rise again in the UK - the exact details of when and how are of course in Our Lady Eris's chaotic hands...

All we can is say is that The Cosmic Trigger Happenings are likely to be early 2017 — the ten year anniversary of Bob's death — and we intend that this Fertile Triggering will jujzsh the right juices our way,  enabling us to get the whole Discordian Circus to the States to Find the Others over there... 

And if that's too long to wait for more Cosmic fun - well, then come and find me talking if you're at Port Eliot festival or at No 6 Festival where Super Weird Substance are staging an all day happening...  

Or come to Treadwell's esoteric bookshop for a talk by Ian 'Cat' Vincent (who you may remember married us lovely if you were in Liverpool) about Robert Anton Wilson's Magickal system. 

And there's another Frabjous Caper we're scheming up for 2016 - but the Apple Corp will kill me if I declare it just yet...