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My little tribute to RAW

Posted by Mike on January 12, 2007

Been sitting here virtually stunned since I heard the news of RAW passing on. It’s very difficult to explain why the man’s writing means so much to me. He’s mostly best known for cowriting the Illuminatus trilogy, although for me it’s works like the Cosmic Trigger books and Prometheus Rising that were more influential. Wilson called himself, at times, a guerilla ontologist, which I took to mean someone whose writing could literally change the way you think and see the world. For someone who had great difficulty in leaving the religion of my upbringing, it was RAW, more than anyone else, who helped to clarify my thoughts, to show me clearly the way my thinking had been modified and altered by a rigid set of dogmas and beliefs. In fact I probably credit him more than anyone else for relieving me of the fear that goes along with such a process and to bring mystery back to the universe, to become comfortable with not knowing the answers to the big questions and most importantly to hint in the direction of LVX. He was the first person whose works I could say affected a sort of alchemy in my head. You probably could sum this up under the concept that he helped make me more free.


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RIP Robert Anton Wilson

Posted by Mike on January 12, 2007


I can’t think of any single thinker who was more influential on me than RAW. He had been in deteriorating health for quite a while due to, I believe, post-polio syndrome and had run into financial trouble in the last months of his life, when a large number of people donated money to him to allow him to live his final days at his home.



RIP Robert and thanks.

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What Science Fiction Writer are you?

Posted by Mike on December 21, 2006

I am:

Alfred Bester

A pyrotechnic talent who put only a small portion of his energy into writing.

Which science fiction writer are you?

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Update on Robert Anton Wilson

Posted by Mike on October 16, 2006


Great news at this link. Hope someone has bought him a Dr. Pepper.

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Robert Anton Wilson in financial trouble

Posted by Mike on October 5, 2006


Was really sad to hear about this, as RAW’s work has had a major impact on my brain (as can be seen by all the 23s around here).

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