Cosmic Trigger II
I finished Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth a few weeks ago, re-reading it after many years, and I can't get over what a good book it is. The subtitle "Down to Earth," is revealing, I think -- while the book is as good an introduction as any to Wilson's thoughts, I was struck by how vivid and immediate the biographical material was. (I read aloud to my wife the section about how Wilson's parents gave him a dime to bring to church, and how he could have used it instead for a trip to the movies, and didn't dare cutting the dime down to a nickle like the other boys.) The various story lines, particularly the incident with the Brooklyn Bridge early in the book, give it more narrative drive than one would usually expect in a memoir. You want to read it to find out "what happens." If you were going to recommend a RAW book to someone with more or less "normal" reading tastes, I suspect this might be it. Cosmic Trigger II is published by New Falcon, so there's a typographical error every couple of pages or so, but kudos to them for keeping it and many other RAW titles in print.