Robert Anton Wilson in 1991. Wikimedia Commons photo by frankenstoen
Eric Wagner, author of An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson, sent me the following email, posted by RAW to his email list:
Date: June 18, 2006 at 5:08:36 PM PDT
Subject: Fare Thee Well, My Honey, Fare Thee Well....
"Death ain't much."
--Errol Flynn on his deathbed....
I may yet recover but it doesn't look like it.
Cheer up - the World is full of Wonder.
"Most people are as happy as they decide to be."
I've had a good life - "a fucking incredible life" my daughter says,
and I have no regrets.
I forgive everybody who has ever hurt me, and I ask forgiveness of all I have ever hurt.
Don't be afraid.... and don't clutch.
As this was sent out several months before Wilson actually died, I asked Eric for some context. He explained, "Bob had gotten kicked out of hospice for surviving too long. His health had declined for years. I think you friended a guy on Facebook who helped take care of him. Bob hated staying at the hospital."
You can read some of RAW's last blog posts.
Eric also shared two haikus from RAW from a message dated June 19, 2006:
Well what do you know?
Another day had passed
and I'm still not not.
I Won't swallow that Poe. No