Monday, July 6, 2015
Week 72, Illuminatus! online reading group
Just another synchronicity: As I worked on this blog post, I found this clip from "Manhattan Melodrama" of Clark Gable, doing "a little favor for a friend," by shooting an actor with my name, Thomas E. Jackson. (He was "also known as Tom Jackson," just like me.) I'll have to track down a copy of the movie.
(This week: End of Illuminatus!, pages 797-805, appendices Mem and Nun.)
A few notes:
Wikipedia article on Manhattan Melodrama. (page 797)
"See the sequel, The Homing Pigeons," page 798. I don't know if it counts as a sequel, and I don't remember Robert Simpson in it, but The Homing Pigeons is the third book of RAW's Schrödinger's Cat trilogy. Eric Wagner has a good essay on the book in An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson.
"Hagbard finally blasted off for the stars in 1999," page 800. In Poul Anderson's novel about immortal human mutants, The Boat of a Million Years, the characters make a starship and leave Earth. Despite what RAW says here (fourth question and answer) Poul Anderson had his moments (for example, in Tau Zero.)
"a sample of the man's delusions" and "ANTHRAX LEPROSY DELTA," page 801. Not long after Illuminatus! was published, there was an outbreak in the Soviet Union in 1979, when military anthrax accidentally leaked from a Russian military facility — a bit of forecasting that probably hasn't gotten enough attention.
"Malaclypse the Younger," page 783, Gregory Hill.
(Next week: Final thoughts on Illuminatus! and the online reading group, from me, Eric Wagner and anybody else to cares to send something in.)