An enthusiastic gathering of RAW fans and friends Found the Others at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz on July 23rd, 2017. I’m sure there were many meaningful encounters during the day, but the meeting of the “daughters” gave me a deep smile. Bob’s daughter Christina Pearson met Daisy Eris Campbell, writer/director of Cosmic Trigger The Play, and daughter of Ken Campbell, producer of Illuminatus! (the play).
How do you recite a graph? How do you describe an illustration? Above all, how do you capture for so many paragraphs that deep, rolling, barely modulating tone that Wilson had, which carried his bright intelligence so clearly to so many?
In the Robert Anton Wilson Memorabilia Auction, Christina recently sold Bob’s purple pooka to a RAW fan in Ireland. She noted in the eBay description that she didn’t know where the guy came from, only that Bob loved to have him around. I not only knew where the guy came from, but I had a short video of Bob first meeting the purple pooka.
Eric Wagner interviews Robert Anton Wilson about the Guns and Dope Party and Bob’s run for Governor of California in the 2003 special mid-term election — first published in Eric’s book An Insider’s Guide to Robert Anton Wilson, and digitally transmitted here with his enthusiastic permission.
For ten years now, I have had a couple hundred items or so packed away from my dad’s house when he died. I am putting out the word to all RAW fans that I have decided to create a final auction for RAW Memorabilia on Ebay, and it is now live!
We recently received a demand letter from New Falcon Publications, previous publisher of many of Bob’s books, to cease printing and selling Robert Anton Wilson’s Prometheus Rising!
Matters of the heart; One of my personal loose ends is sorting through my remaining boxes of my parent’s possessions. A couple of the possessions I have integrated into my daily life, an object sitting on a shelf, or a shirt hanging in my closet, a book in the bookcase. But the truth is everything else stays all boxed up, and relatively useless unless you feel like developing muscles lugging boxes around. I don’t, and it is time to make these items available to others who may enjoy them.
I am delighted to present audio of an afternoon with RAW in 2002 combined with a selection of musical recordings by past collaborators and myself. The recording exhibits the brilliance and good humour of RAW, and with luck can inspire thinking individuals to pick up one of his books and read him. The future of humanity may depend on it, or at the least your sanity.
Toby’s Philpott’s reflections on the Maybe Logic Academy dovetails nicely with the new Afterword written for the Hilaritas Press edition of Prometheus Rising. A bit of Toby’s correspondence with RAW appears in the new Afterword. The MLA no longer exists, but lives on in the memories of the participants, and in their words and actions, so influenced by their MLA experiences of Model Agnosticism as presented in Bob’s inimitable style.
Since the late 1950’s when Robert Anton Wilson first wrote for Paul Krassner’s uncompromising satirical journal The Realist, the two were close friends. I asked Paul if he might write something for the launch of Hilaritas Press, and after a few attempts and emails back and forth, Paul decided he wanted to rework the piece he wrote in honor of Bob in 2007. After editing and adding some new paragraphs he sent us this wonderful and enlightening new version.