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Thursday, June 9, 2022

'Straight Outta Dublin' nears completion


 The Temple Bar street in Dublin. Photo by Marco ten Donkelaar on Unsplash.

Periodically I ask Eric Wagner, author of An Insider's Guide to Robert Anton Wilson, how he's coming along with his new book, Straight Outta Dublin, about James Joyce's influence on RAW. I usually get an answer that makes it sound like it's years away. So I'm pleased to report that Eric sounds like he is getting close to finishing the book. He tells me, "I have reached page 187 in Straight Outta Dublin. I want the book to have at least 210 pages. 23 pages to go."

Eric, a schoolteacher, plans to work "at least two jobs" this summer (he makes me feel tired just hearing about his life) and of course we are going to keep making him submit Prometheus Rising pieces, but it does sound like he is getting pretty close to having a completed manuscript. There is no announcement yet on details such as a publisher, so if you are with a publisher and you are reading this, you can begin the bidding war now for Eric's new title.

"I plan to finish the book by my mom's birthday, September 27, 2022," Eric reports. 

3 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

Thank you for sharing this. My commentary on Prometheus Rising will form the final section of Straight Outta Dublin. I finally finished reading Brenda Maddox's biography of Nora Joyce on Sunday, and I took Finnegans Wake off the shelf to try to finish reading it for the fifteenth time.

Hugh said...

Psyched about this Eric. Thanks for writing it.

Eric Wagner said...

Most welcome.