I had the same transformative experience from reading the illuminatus trilogy. And during the weeks I was reading it, I had crazy disturbing dreams.
I was once walking in New York, shortly after reading it, I paused under an awning to light a smoke (sorry Dan) and noticed a familiar symbol on a sandwich board sign. I looked up and realized that I was standing in front of the Masonic Temple on 23rd street. My head almost exploded.
I too loved the books and still occassionaly believe I'm getting mind-fucked by the concepts presented. I need to read it again now that I'm "older" and "wiser" to see what else I can glean from it.
How is Illuminatus! "the road to Pynchon", when it was published in 1975, which is AFTER all of Pynchon's interesting books?
I think he means it's a young reader's road to Pynchon.
That's correct. Thank you, Skweetis, for clarifying for Fnarf.
Good lord, blogs:
"Thank you, Skweetis, for clarifying for Fnarf."
God bless the twenty-first century.
Like many, Wilson's work literally changed my life...
What do you say about a man who danced so long with the pooka it became impossible to tell where one began or the other ended
I'd like to suggest we commemorate this man, and his lifetime of guerrilla ontology with the coining of a new term. Something to enhance are always enhance-able reality tunnels...
"The experience of feeling both breathtakingly stupid, and heartbreakingly happy, at the same time."
Never read any R.A.W?
amen to that, paul. I dinna ken you liked my boy Billy. Are you a partisan of the early stuff or the Seven Dreams plus era?
Personally, I see a link between the death of the inventor of instant ramen and Robert Anton Wilson. I blame the Eco-guerillas.
And there is no truth to the rumor that I was part of the original group that helped create the Illuminati game. Really. Even if I did used to have two hypens in my last name ...
The only government is the self.
The only religion is private and personal.
I will not lead.
I will not follow.
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