Friday, July 21, 2017

More RAWDay news



After yesterday's post more news was released on Sunday's RAWDay in Santa Cruz.

Richard Rasa sent out an update on the speakers and guests at the event. The original artist for Cosmic Trigger, John Thompson, will be giving away signed copies of his drawings.

The updated list of speakers and guests now includes Daisy Campbell, Erik Davis, Christina Pearson, R.U. Sirius, Nick Herbert, Richard Rasa, Adam Gorightly, Bobby Campbell, Ferdinando (a "magic experience designer") and DJ Greg Wilson.

Above, I have Rasa's promotional illustration and the cover of Bobby Campbell's RAW Art. Thursday, Bobby Tweeted, "Very happy to announce I will be attending in Santa Cruz this Sunday! and bringing a stack of my brand new comic book: RAW ART :)))"

This event was only announced a few weeks ago and I wish I could attend.

I recently covered, for my newspaper, a town hall meeting held by the local Congresswoman, Marcy Kaptur. It was broadcast on Facebook, and people on Facebook could ask questions. It would be nice if technology could be used to bring Sunday's event to folks who can't attend, or if videos were recorded of some of the talks. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

RAWDay in Santa Cruz Sunday


Erik Davis

Final reminder, or a note for anyone stumbling across this blog for the first time: RAWDay is Sunday in Santa Cruz, Calif. Featuring Daisy Campbell, Christina Pearson, Erik Davis, Richard Rasa and others. Details here. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Prometheus Awards for Sinisalo, Heinlein



The Prometheus Award this year goes to The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, with the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award going to "Coventry," a Robert Heinlein story. I'm pleased with both selections.

You can read the official press release, which has more details. Sinisalo is a Finnish writer and she'll receive her award at the Worldcon in Helsinki next month. You can read a review of Core of the Sun on the Libertarian Futurist Society blog.  Cheryl Morgan, a science fiction fan and publisher, reacts to the award. And you can read Cheryl Morgan's own review. And you can read my interview with Sinisalo!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Interview with Ada Palmer


Ada Palmer

If you pay attention to science fiction, you can't help but notice that many women have been prominent authors in the field lately. I interviewed one important writer, Ada Palmer, for my day job at the newspaper.

I likely would have linked to it here anyway, under the theory that she is a good writer and this is a blog for people who like to read. But when I was preparing the piece for publication and re-reading her answers, I was struck by a comment from her that sounded like Robert Anton Wilson's techno-utopianism when I asked her which transnational-group, or "hive," in her novels she felt closest to herself:

The Utopians. That's easy. I share their drive to work hard for the future, and to see my labors as they do, as a tiny contribution to the greater project moving humanity away from death and toward the stars. I've been delighted to see how many people have reacted similarly to reading about the Utopians as well. Right now our culture has a lot of cynicism and pessimism in its discourse, to the point that it's in effect rhetorically fashionable to be a pessimist, and cynical comments have become a way to look smart and cool, while a lot of people tend to associate idealism and hope with naivete and foolishness. But underneath that, a lot of people do feel sincerely passionate about their work, and about contributing to something greater, though too often people feel nervous about saying so, for fear of being mocked or called naive. I think it's important that we feel as safe expressing hope and sincerity as we do expressing doubt or cynicism, and the Utopians are a tool to do just that. So it's been delightful meeting readers who see mirrors themselves in the Utopians and say, "Yes! That's the kind of hope I feel!"


 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Email to the Universe Discussion Group, Week 10

By Gregory Arnott, guest blogger


Ambrose Bierce

Damnation by Definition

Robert Anton Wilson ever the arch-agnostic, was surprisingly consistent in his themes.  Although he notes that parts of Authority and Submission, an unpublished work written in his early-mid thirties, would be incorporated in Prometheus Rising and Illuminatus! the themes he covers can be found in nearly every other essay in this collection and throughout his oeuvre. The particular term “The Damned Thing” is derived by an Ambrose Bierce short-story that itself seems to have been partially inspired by Guy de Maupassant’s 1880s story “The Horla.” Both stories were an influence on Lovecraft who borrowed an array of themes and terms from Bierce’s stories or from other writers, such as Robert Chambers, who borrowed those terms from Bierce in their turn. The possibly trans-dimensional locations “Carcosa” and “Hali” were both derived from Bierce’s work as well as the name “Hastur” who would be morphed from a gentle shepherd deity to one of the more fearsome of the Great Old Ones. Alan Moore’s recent masterwork of Lovecraftian fiction/scholarship Providence highlights the contributions Bierce made to Lovecraft's fevered universe. Bierce and Chambers are both mentioned in the rising action of The Eye in the Pyramid with the former’s disappearance and the latter’s move to trite romance novels being used as evidence of the Illuminati’s nefarious activities over the years.

But this is mostly a political/social essay concerning the interactions between two possible models: the authoritarian and libertarian. Benjamin Tucker, the nineteenth century American anarchist quoted in the essay as saying “[a]gression is simply another name for government,” is mentioned earlier in the same class of thinkers as Lysander Spooner. I think it is typical of RAW, who is a very American author, to draw his philosophical basis for individualism from American writers instead of the more fashionable, or at least better known, Russian anarchists of the age such as Kropotkin or Bakunin. Although he does mention Tolstoy quite often.




                                                               Benjamin Tucker

I think the paragraph on pg. 184 where the young Wilson waxes into the grandiose language of liberty is beautiful:

“To say that liberty exists is to say that classlessness exists, to say that brotherhood and equality exist. Authority, by dividing people into classes, creates dichotomy, disruption, hostility, fear, disunion. Liberty, by placing us all on an equal footing, creates association, amalgamation, union, security. When the relationships between people are based on liberty and non-aggression, they are drawn together. The facts are self-evident and axiomatic. If authoritarianism did not possess the in-built, preprogrammed double-blind structure of a Game Without End we would long ago have rejected it and embraced libertarianism.”

The following two paragraphs explain much of the political thinking in the nation today as well as they did when the piece was originally written. Perhaps the reasons RAW toyed with the same ideas so often is that it takes humanity as a whole, regardless of information doubling or technology, a long time to move on from certain paradigms. No matter how idiotic or suicidal those ideas may be.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the essay for me was RAW’s correct prediction about the fate of television censorship made in the last line of the essay: “When a more efficient medium [Internet?] arrives, the taboos on television will decrease.” Many critics agree we are living in a Golden Age of scripted television and I am tempted to agree. It seems by moving television primarily onto the Internet, and with all the noise it seems most efforts to censor the Interwebs seemed doomed to failure in the West, the ideas of propriety have been cast away and shows have been allowed to experiment more often. I’d honestly rather watch one of the new seasons of Veep or It’s Always Sunny for their cleverness and character development rather than whatever schlock war film by Eastwood or Gibson or whatever technicolor CGI seizure lowest common denominator trash that dominate the movie box office today. What a run on.

The short essays between “Views of Monterey Bay #18 and #19” are devoted to RAW’s delight in the emerging techno-culture and vitriol against the escalating drug wars of the nineties.  Regrettably, RAW’s prediction that the acidheads would take over the business world seems to have been inaccurate.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A bit of art


I get a lot of ugly, mean political stuff on Twitter and Facebook, but (particularly on Twitter) sometimes I get a message that I'm happy to see. This is "Everything changes, nothing is lost" (2014) by land artist Katie Griesar. Source.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Anyone want to be a volunteer correspondent?


Daisy Campbell 

I won't be able to attend the July 23 RAW Day event in Santa Cruz, featuring Daisy Campbell, Richard Rasa, Erik Davis, Christina Pearson and other luminaries. (Bobby Campbell has just announced he'll be there, and I'll bet other names you recognize from this blog will attend, too.)
Since I can't go, would anyone be interested in snapping some pictures and doing a writeup, to be posted here on the blog? 



Friday, July 14, 2017

Holy Chao! Origin of the Sacred Chao AND the Law of Fives




 Greg Hill's adaptation of the Sacred Chao, created in 1964. Courtesy Discordian Archives and Adam Gorightly.

Illuminatus! fans should welcome the latest researches of Mr. Adam Gorightly. Digging deep into the Discordian archives, he discovers that the Sacred Chao was created by Kerry Thornley in a  handwritten letter dated Feb. 2, 1964. Greg Hill immediately dressed it up and used it for the cover for the firat edition of the Principia Discordia, so Hill should get credit for popularizing it. Adding u the numerals in 1964 adds up to 20 — five times the Fab Four!

Which leads me up to Gorightly's point that the very same Thornley letter has the first known reference to the Law of Fives.

For more, see the Historia Discordia article. The article was posted on July 8, 2017. So I'm a little late in writing about it. But it's not too late, I hope, to point out that 7+8 (July 8) add up to 15, and that 7+8+2+0+1+7 add up to 25 — five times five! Coincidence, or did Mr. Gorightly carefully time his blog post?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New RAW biography slated for spring 2018 release






 Multimedia artist, musician, activist and now author PropAnon.


The new biography of Robert Anton Wilson by Gabriel Kennedy (also known as the musician, writer and activist Propaganda Anonymous) is slated for release in Spring 2018. The book was turned in to the publisher a few weeks ago, so "God willing and the creek don't rise," as they say down South, that should be a pretty firm date.

As we get closer, PropAnon will be doing a lot of promotion for the book, which of course you will hear about here, and Prop also tells me there will be other RAW news soon, so don't touch that dial, which is pretty mixed metaphor for a blog, but old people reading this will remember "listening to the radio" and will understand the expression.

In the meantime, here is my interview with PropAnon after the book was announced (Oz Fritz was a producer for one of his recordings!), and here is PropAnon's more recent Grant Morrison interview.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christina Pearson to speak at RAW Day in Santa Cruz July 23



 A windy day at Monterey Bay in 2016. From left, Richard Rasa, Christina Pearson, German radio journalist Maximilian Netter, Marlin Jermutus (from Rasa's band, Starseed.)

The Robert Anton Wilson Trust has issued its own official announcement on RAW Day in Santa Cruz July 23, following up on the news from our British friends.

The main additional news appears to be Christina Pearson, Robert Anton Wilson's daughter and literary executor, confirmed as an additional speaker, hence the headline for this post. From the official announcement:

Confirmed speakers include:

Daisy Campbell – the writer and director who recently staged the Cosmic Trigger Play in London, to great critical acclaim. She is a central figure in the UK’s Discordian counterculture revival.


Christina Pearson, Bob's daughter, Trustee of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust and co-publisher of Hilaritas Press

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Erik Davis – author and podcaster behind TechGnosis – a seminal writer on the intersection between magic, mysticism and technology.

Richard Rasa – co-publisher of Hilaritas Press and Meta-Programming Director of the RAW Trust, who together with Bob's daughter Christina, is re-releasing mosbunall of Bob's books via Hilaritas Press.


In addition to the talks, DJ, record label boss Greg Wilson (no relation) and creator of the Super Weird Happenings taking the UK by storm, will be playing a cosmically-infused set.


The event is now listed as being from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 23 at The Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street in Santa Cruz, Calif. Link for tickets is here. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Email to the Universe discussion group, Week Nine

 By Gregory Arnott, guest blogger

Part III: In Defense of the Damned

"the Damned" is presumably the same group of ideas and phenomena that do not fit into our perceived reality "correctly" and are thus discarded, after those peculiarities that Charles Fort named his famous opus, The Book of the Damned.

I was going to comment on RAW's quotes about the bush administration, but I backspaced after deciding that I've talk way too much about republicans in the White House in these posts. Presumably everyone here has access to the news and is capable of making their own comparisons.

Guns and Dope Party




This is RAW at his most petulantly anti-order which tickles me blue. I realize that my politics are more radical than most of the older readers of this blog, but as I have mentioned before, I am currently a member of the Guns and Dope Party and fully believe in its mission. My political beliefs at this point can be boiled down to "mind your own business" which could have curbed a lot of sacrosanct patriotic bullshit in this country if that had been printed on our currency instead of the absurdly pompous "In God We Trust." RAW points out on pg. 169 that our government does indeed seem to believe that God is on their side or at least want us to believe that they do. I'm gonna trust Bob/Olga over the professional fuckers we reelect year after year so they can keep fleecing us.

The George Washington quote at the beginning of the essay reminds me of a point that Bill Hicks made: no matter how many sub-machines guns and assault rifles a survivalist has, the government has tanks and bombs (and now drones). While I have nothing against gun ownership, I come from a very West Virginian family and even own a pistol, it is a good thing to remember that the average citizen stands no chance against the might of "our" government's armory.

Remember when everyone thought Skull and Bones was an important conspiracy?

The Gadsen flag is an example of a symbol whose context has rapidly changed since the publication of email to the Universe. It is now primarily associated with the Tea Party and such grassroots rightwing sentiments.

For anyone else who was unfamiliar with the term "suidaen" it is the descriptive term for the biological family Suidae whose members include pigs, boars, and hogs. I'd take ostriches over pigs any day.

"If Olga doesn't talk to you, you need more pain medicine, and frankly I don't understand how you've survived three years of Bozo without it." I was in the middle of one of my valiant yet futile attempts to kick my nicotine habit around November 7th 2016- I gave up on the 8th figuring we won't be around long enough now to justify me worrying about it. (I speak partially in jest, knowing how addictions can find infinite reasons for the continuation. For those of you concerned about my health I am currently on another one of my "quitting kicks.")

Damn. Isn't Lysander Spooner's tax plan ingenious? Where I'm from a lot of people love to bitch about Medicare, Medicaid, WIC (damn those money grubbing women, infants, and children) and such being funded from their pockets. I'd much rather pay the minuscule amount of tax that I lose to social programs than the massive amount of my taxes that go to funding Babylon-Washington and the defense of Israel.

Now that the republicans and those damn russians have decided to let bygones by bygones and final become the dream duo of bullshit nationalistic politics, a sizable chunk of our population is revealing their natural love of tsardom.  Of course, as I listen to people's opinions (unasked for) about others drug use, I realize that many of the critters on the planet of the apes believe in regulating what drugs, herbs, compounds, etc. can go into the bodies of the private citizenry. To someone like myself who doesn't believe in victimless "crime," this makes those critters seem hostile and dangerous; far more dangerous that the poor sot injecting heroin in some vaguely imagined trap house. Tsardom, police quotas, and the piss police will all have to be utterly rejected for this to ever be anything resembling "the Land of the Free."



Every man and woman is a tsar. And everyone reading this is a pope. Make your own goddamn rules and govern the one person you actually have a right to govern in the way that seems best to you.

The John Adams quotation on pg. 175 brings up the invaluable legal tactic of jury nullification which RAW writes about extensively elsewhere. I try to educate as many people as possible about the existence and necessity of jury nullification.

RAW's explanation of why Olga is essential serious, scientific, and sincerely surrealist aspects of the Guns and Dope Party is deft and resonates with me. That is why I am always proud to endorse the idea that 33% of Congress really should be changed to ostriches. I'd like to see Congress be productive and civilized someday.

W.C. Fields closes the chapter and I'll insert a non sequitar, my favorite story relating to the old comedian/philosopher:

On his death bed, he supposedly asked his banker, "Do I have enough money to buy all the children of Philadelphia a bike each?" The banker looked at his notes and said yes. Fields stayed quiet for a moment in deep thought and replied "Well fuck 'em!"

Sunday, July 9, 2017

RAW and Nietzsche


Friedrich Nietzsche

When I re-read "Left and Right: A Non-Euclidian Perspective," I was struck by RAW's comment that that Nietzsche made a "powerful impression" on him and that "I still re-read one or two of his books every year, and get new semantic insights from them."

As I have never read Nietzsche, this raises the question of where to begin.

I pulled out my trusty copy of Eric Wagner's An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson by Eric Wagner, and sure enough, Eric is on the case, noting that Wilson mentioned Nietzsche in both of his lists of books that everyone needs to read.

One list includes Nietzsche's Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ. The other lists The Anti-Christ in H.L. Mencken's translation.

When I looked in the Kindle store on Amazon, I found the Mencken translation of Anti-Christ for 99 cents, so I bought it. There were cheap editions of Twilight, too, but I couldn't figure out which translations were good.

I once saw a Gahan Wilson cartoon that showed a man sitting at a bar, with a robot standing next to him. The man with the robot tells another person in the tavern, "He's programmed to take me home when I begin quoting Nietzsche."



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Watch a five minute video of RAW by Rasa

It's just been uploaded to YouTube.




The video is called "Non Simultaneously Apprehended."

On Facebook, Rasa explains,

"A year after RAW rode the great lasagna over Monterey Bay, Maybe Logic documentary maker Lance Bauscher gave me some outtakes (and a few intakes) from his project so I could make a small video, something enticing for the home page of the update I was building of the rawilson.com website. I put together a five minute video, and as was the custom, I made it into a cool-looking Flash animation. I used to love Flash animation, until Apple went to war with Adobe. In any case, for a number of years I've wanted to put the video into an HD format and upload it to YouTube. I finally got around to it. Many thanks to Lance for the video, Bastian for the music, Brummbaer (may he rest in hyperspace) for the fractal backgrounds I added to the HD version, and special thanks to Bob for always having something mind-expanding to say."

https://youtu.be/-HJoWIDsmeE

Friday, July 7, 2017

The lasagna flies in many languages


Richard Rasa. Check out his band. 

Rasa has been collecting the phrase "keep the lasagna flying" in different languages. In a recent comment posted to this blog, he explains, "I'm borrowing RAW's example. He used to sign his emails with a changing array of signatures, many of which were Keep the Lasagna Flying" in a few different languages. He used Irish, German and Italian versions. I've been collecting some other languages. Here's my list so far, with a couple I'm not certain about (?). Please offer corrections or new versions!!"

German
Las die Lasagne weiter fliegen!

Italian
Mantenere il volo di lasagna!

Irish
Coinnigh an lasagne in airde!

Dutch
Blijf de Lasagne vliegen!

Yiddish?
שמור את הלזניה עפה

Hebrew
שהלזניה תמשיך לעופף

Spanish
Guarde el vuelo del lasagna!

Hindi
लज़ान्या उड़ान रखने के

Arabic?
إبقاء لاساجنا الطائر!

Chinese?
保持烤宽面条飞行!

Czech
Udržujte lasagne létání!

Esperanto
Konservu la Lasagna Fluganta!

Hawaiian
E mālama i ka Lasagna e lele ana! (Save Lasagna Flying!)

Indonesian
Jauhkan Lasagna Terbang!

Korean
라자냐를 계속 날아라!

Russian
Держите Лазанью Летающий!

Samoan
Tausi Lasagna lele!

Turkish
Lazanyayı uçmaya devam et!

Maori
Kia mau ki te rere lasagna!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

More Joyce lore from znore



When I read znore's excellent Groupname for Grapejuice blog post about Joyce's Ulysses, which I wrote about in a recent blog post,  I noticed that he talked about participating in a Bloomsday podcast. So I downloaded the 42 Minutes podcast on the podcast app on my lowly Android phone and listened to it.

There are several people participating in the podcast, but znore (easy to keep track of because he's the only one without an American accent) is the standout here. I especially liked the bit where he explained all of us do a daily "journey" when we leave home to go to work and then return home in the evening, just like Bloom, and how Joyce brings out the mythic aspects of that journey, analogous to the journey of Odysseus as he struggle to return home. I listened to the podcast as I was driving to work. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Coincidance up next for Hilaritas


Cover for Coincidance, although it's likely the new edition will have a new cover

With the publication of Email to the Universe, another collection, Coincidance: A Head Test is the next scheduled authorized reprint from Hilaritas Press. It's the next one scheduled according to the publication schedule listed at the Hilaritas website, and I know that work has been done on it.

I am excited about the impending publication of Coincidance. There was a reading group for it here in 2013, still available on this page, and when the book is republished by Hilaritas, I will clear out any accumulated spam in the comments. I'm also excited about the books that come next: The three Historical Illuminatus! novels, and then Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth, which is think is an underrated masterpiece.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Meet Daisy Campbell in California on July 23


Daisy Campbell

Official news from Daisy Campbell that I alluded to the other day: On July 23, e.g. "Robert Anton Wilson Day," she will be in Santa Cruz, Calif.,  for a one-day RAW event. Details on the speakers:

Daisy Campbell – the writer and director who recently staged the Cosmic Trigger Play in London, to great critical acclaim. She is a central figure in the UK’s Discordian counterculture revival

Erik Davis – author and podcaster behind TechGnosis – a seminal writer on the intersection between magic, mysticism and technology

Rasa – musician, publisher and meta-programming director of the RAW Trust, who together with Bob's daughter Christina Pearson, is re-releasing many of Wilson's books via Hilaritas Press 

In addition to the talks, we are thrilled to announce that DJ Greg Wilson, creator of the Super Weird Happenings taking the UK by storm, will be playing a cosmically-infused set.

2 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 23 at the Santa Cruz Museum of History, 705 Front Street.

Full announcement here. 

General admission $20, buy here.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Email to the Universe Discussion Group, Week Eight


Ayn Rand, from her Soviet passport photo

By Gregory Arnott, guest blogger
"Left and Right"

I really wish RAW were alive right now. I really wish we could hear what he has to say about the second decade of the twenty first century when he had thought once that we would be taking immortality tabs and floating around the Legrange point 5. 

I still have a Correct Answer Machine within me. I can't seem to get it out. The thing is, thanks to authors and people such as RAW, I've been trying to exorcise or deprogram that motherfucker for years. I do succeed sometimes, but the damn thing always manages to refine its methodology and I unwittingly begin listening to it again, by another name or lack thereof. 

After years of "disciplining" myself in RAW's "model agnosticism" (a term which I believe is used for the first time in email in this essay), psychosynthesis, magic, and yoga to free my self from myself, I find that my ego is a worthy opponent. I realize in my conscious mind that there are many "mes" playing their various games for various reasons but I unconsciously fall prey to their machinations when I am not looking. (I sound mad.)

So, while I love quoting that "science has shown that the Universe can count above two" and mocking Aristotelian/Euclidean models I have to admit I am probably still, at times, trapped in the Euclidean limbo. 

A game, for anyone who would like to play; Wilson gives us the description existentialist-phenomenologist-operationalist as his, admittedly distasteful, label as long as no term is give more importance than the other two. Off the cuff, what would you use as your, admittedly distasteful, label. 

I think mine would be: libertine-wastrel-fop

And if any of you 2017 Euclideans wants to be so bold as to judge from this essay whether in the terms of today he would be a leftist or a rightist, I'd love to read your thoughts! 

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" 

Oz Fritz posted an excellent rumination on psychedelic experimentation and current ideas in the comment thread for last weeks post. I would recommend everyone who has looked at this essay and haven't read his thoughts to do so. 

It seems a good percentage of those foolhardy enough to play the psychedelic game has an experience that utterly turns them off of a substance. For RAW, it was solanaceous psychedelics, and he wrote about them in such a deliciously camp style in Drugs, Sex, and Magic that I've always loved reading about their usage- witch ointment and all that shit- but have never tried them. My horror stories are from black market LSD, which RAW preaches against and downplays in an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher (Euclidean question- what would RAW have thought of Maher and Yiannoupoulos or his recent scandal?), and robotussin- I was such a fucking stupid kid. Perhaps the closest substance I have ingested to belladonna was datura...the dried leaves of the desert plant that has such erotic smelling blossoms. I learned something and enjoyed myself though. 

The William S. Burroughs story is a favorite party anecdote of mine that no one ever seems to appreciate. It occurs to me I am still a fucking stupid kid. 

Also, if you haven't ever followed up the footnote in the chapter on Solanaceous drugs in Sex, Drugs, and Magic on The Crooked Hinge I would heartily recommend it. It is a brilliant specimen of mid-century detective fiction. Riveting and memorable. 

I would also recommend works such as Psychedelic Shamanism (look beyond the name) and The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide (ditto) for works I have visited in the years after my participation in such chthonic mysteries and found thought provoking. 

"The Relativity of Reality" 

I agree with everything in this essay. (There's that persistence Correct Answer Machine.)

Haldane's quote was used as the title of John Higgs' 2015 explosion of perspective on how we arrived at this point. Another recommendation!  

Here's a charming little video I've used as a remedy for depression for a few years that I think makes a good collorary to RAW's masterful take down of our collective weltanschauungs: 


"CSICON" 

Dark night: darker thoughts

Perhaps I drank too many linn dubh during my years in Ireland...If you haven't explored the works of Flann O'Brien or Alfred Jarry I would be so bold as to make another set of recommendations. 

This story charms and speaks for itself. I would feel bad about sneaking in four essays this week but considering the pleasant dialogue of this last story I hope you'll all agree it hasn't been too arduous. 

Next Week we will study the political platform of the Guns and Dope Party, of which I am a proud member, pages 159-178. In the meantime Happy Fourth everyone and do something that really flies in the face of tyranny this year.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Catching up on blog reading



The Groupname for Grapejuice blog has an interesting, relatively short post on Giordano Bruno's influence upon James Joyce, "The Bitch's Shadow." 

Referring to Joyce, Znore writes, "His later books are magical spells or counter-spells painstakingly constructed to, through the art of memory operating mostly unconsciously for readers, to smash the nightmarish lockdown of history -- "...the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry, and time one livid final flame..." -- and to reveal the eternal in every moment ... Joyce is perhaps alone in transforming his writing into a functioning magical force."

Oz Fritz has a new post up, "Magick, Linguistics and the Plane of Immanence." It was posted on June 23, probably not a coincidence. He remarks in passing that both Robert Anton Wilson and Timothy Leary described themselves at times as stand-up philosophers. Could they have gotten that from Alan Watts calling himself a "spiritual entertainer"?

Elsewhere in the piece Oz writes that "solar invocations or references to Tiphareth occur at the start of Illuminatus!, Schrodinger's Cat, Masks of the Illuminati, and Email to the Universe by Robert Anton Wilson."

Oz has been participating in the Email to the Universe online discussion, but I couldn't immediately find a comment about a solar invocation. But see his first comment to the opening piece where he renders the title of the book into the qabalistic sentence 23, a "death/rebirth" meme.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A libertarian basic income?



 Vernon Smith

At Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok explains a new proposal by economist Vernon Smith to privatize the highway network to create a permanent income fund. The piece links to a Wall Street Journal article that's behind a paywall, but Tabarrok quotes enough of it to give you the idea.

Smith explains that auctioning off much of the federal government's private grazing lands in the west also could raise money for the fund.