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Saturday, August 12, 2023

'Inside Higher Ed' book review roundup mentions RAW biography

Scott McLemee (Linked In photo)

Scott McLemee, the "Intellectual Affairs" columnist for Inside Higher Ed, does a roundup on "promisingly weird" books that will be out soon on university presses.   While several of them seem of interest to at least some Robert Anton Wilson fans, one book that he is looking forward to seems particularly relevant:

"The late Robert Anton Wilson wrote mind-bending books—most notably his fictional Illuminatus! trilogy—that occupied a large place in the American counterculture of the post-hippy era. Playing with conspiratorial thinking as a key to imagining alternate realities, he made it hard to tell just where satire left off and his actual beliefs began. Some hints might come from Gabriel Kennedy’s Chapel Perilous: The Life and Thought Crimes of Robert Anton Wilson (MIT Press, November), the first biography of a figure somehow both influential and marginal at the same time." (The actual publication date has been pushed to February 2024.)

Hat tip, Nick Helweg-Larsen. 

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