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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Oz Fritz on 'The Walls Came Tumbling Down'

Oz Fritz is hoping someone will step up and make a movie out of The Walls Came Tumbling Down, the Robert Anton Wilson book/film script recently published as a new edition by Hilaritas Press. In the meantime, we have the new book, with RAW's helpful explanation on how to read film scripts, and Oz' new blog post, which offers an insightful and detailed analysis of the book.

For example, Oz correctly notes that "Death, in a variety of forms - literal, metaphorical, symbolic - revolves in and out through the screenplay," and writes in a later paragraph:

"When death comes around, all your walls come down. Might as well get used to it ahead of time. The 'borderless or other-wordly consciousness' his characters frequently stumble into is called the Bardo by Tibetan Buddhists. The Bardo describes the weird territory between lives, the space after death and before rebirth. The first serious scientific effort to map this territory in the West, and enter the Bardo before Extremum Vitae Spiritum Edere (giving up the ghost) gets documented in the The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Leary, Metzner, and Alpert who all met at Harvard University - where Michael Ellis works in RAW's film. All three authors get name-checked in a single breath in an allusion to their book. (p.86); Leary becomes a minor character and obvious influence."

For those of you who take the trouble to buy the book and read it, the long Oz Fritz blog post is a nice bonus. 

1 comment:

Oz Fritz said...

Thanks for posting this, Tom. You chose the best paragraph to excerpt.