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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Carl Oglesby has died

If you are reasonably familiar with the works of Robert Anton Wilson, you will recognize the name Carl Oglesby,  the writer and political activist. RAW appeared to be particularly found of The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate.

Oglesby has died, age 76, from cancer. Here are some obituaries, all worth reading: from Jesse Walker; a writeup in the Boston Herald; and one in the New York Times.


michael said...

I really admired this guy. I went through a period when I read autobiography after autobiography of anyone who was prominent in the 1960s counterculture - people in SDS, WeatherUnderground, Leary, Krassner, Robert Stone, on and on...and Oglesby's Ravens In The Storm stood out as a guy amidst craziness who kept his sanity while trying to caution his colleagues not to lose theirs.

I have lobbied three different publishers to bring RAW's fave The Yankee and Cowboy War back into print, but so far no one's bit.

What an interesting writer and thinker he was.

michael said...

The Boston Herald link is not.

I liked Walker's obit a lot.

Carl had his mind on quite a plot,

I can't think of a rhyme for this slot.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Thanks, Michael, I fixed the link. Jesse Walker always does a great job, but the other two pieces have nice nuggets, too.