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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Enrique Freeque on 'Masks of the Illuminati'

Blogger Enrique Freeque -- who seems to be rather widely read in fiction -- discusses Masks of the Illuminati and marvels at RAW's ability to convincingly portray characters such as James Joyce, Carl Jung and Albert Einstein. Excerpt:

That Robert Anton Wilson (RAW) could make so many disparate historical icons sound humorously real on the page is mystifying. Did he journey back in time and tape record them? That he could accomplish such a chameleon's feat without sinking toward what could've been easy-cheesy parody for writers gifted with lesser wit and talent than he, is a minor miracle. That he could meld so many writer's voices, styles, syntax, biographies, world views (whether faux or fact) and have enough creative chutzpah left to make the farfetched narrative, in its entirety, coalesce into a plot that's wild yet cogent, always compelling, tells me he could've conceptualized launching a land rover to Mars and then nailed its impossible landing. With his eyes closed. He's that good.

I've been meaning to re-read Masks of the the Illuminati. I'll probably take it on after I finish with Quantum Psychology.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Greetings, Cleveland Okie!

What a wonderful encyclopedic blog you have here, dedicated to a writer I've heard about for years, even read a long long time ago (The Illuminatus Trilogy) but never really appreciated until now, when I recently finished Mask of the Illuminati. I'm thrilled that you, as an obvious expert on RAW, thought enough of my scribblings to promote my piece here. Thank you very much! Now, if you'll excuse, kind Sir, I'm off to explore more of your blog.

Best wishes,