1. I've been reading RAW Memes, the book of Robert Anton Wilson quotes put together and illustrated by Rasa, a few pages at a time. I assume I'll have more to say about it when I finish, but I have a few points I can make now. I notice that the book functions as a kind of "RAW's Greatest Hits," as naturally for his memes and quotes, Rasa emphasizes places where RAW is presenting his main ideas in a pithy manner. It also seems at times as a kind of RAW "self-help book," as many of the quotes seem inspirational. Finally, the book reflects Wilson's broad range of interests, as anyone trying to put together a similar book could do one that was quite different. So far, much of the political stuff Rasa selects has a leftist tone; I imagine if I did such a book, there would be many quotes about Beethoven, civil liberties and quantum mechanics. With that said, Rasa casts a wide net, and I think just about every RAW fan would enjoy Rasa's selections.
2. Rob Pugh has put up a list of what he read during 2022. Given that we have some shared interests, I thought it was interesting I had so little overlap with him; we've both read The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith, but that's it. As Kim Stanley Robinson remarked when I interviewed him years ago, the culture is really vast. I also wonder if there are commonalities between the "self help" books Rob reads and the magick books other RAW fans read.
3. I always look at the monthly deals for Kindle books on Amazon; for what it's worth, two of the science fiction novels on sale this month for a cheap price are, in my opinion, two of the best novels of the past ten years: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, $3.99, and Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald, $2.99. (De gustibus, but I think Apuleius Charlton will back me up on these two titles). Often, when an ebook goes on sale, the sale price is available across platforms; I checked, and you can get them as Nook ebooks for the same price at the Barnes and Noble website. Should Hilaritas Press experiment sometime with this sort of sale for a a classic RAW title?