Robert Anton Wilson has gone off the grid for good.

Author of the longest book I ever read cover-to-cover, RAW was a unique individual who quite optimistically tied the worlds of philosophy, religion, folklore, paranoia, conspiracy and counter-culture together with remarkable wit. A self-described "model agnostic", RAW did a lot more of influence than I can begin to detail here... check his Wikipedia entry for more.

From his site:

January 11, 2007

Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11.

All Hail Eris!

On behalf of his children and those who cared for him, deepest love and gratitude for the tremendous support and lovingness bestowed upon us.

(that's it from Bob's bedside at his fnord by the sea)

RAW Memorial February 07
date to be announced

I've gleaned a lot from the works of RAW, and while I'm sad to hear of his passing I'm also glad to know his influential mix of optimism and anger will live on for years and years to come. In fact, my interest in his favorite subjects is renewed with his passing. For those of you who don't know who RAW is, check this video.

Hail Eris, all hail Discordia.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Bless you Robert Anton Wilson for all you've given the world and myself with your illuminating and optimistic writings. It was over ten years ago I first read Illuminatus Trilogy and then Cosmic Trigger vol 1-3 all in a row. I've read them many times since and his worldview has become a part of who I am and how I see the world. And that's a good thing if you ask me. So much I could say...I'll just keep it simple and thank you Robert Anton Wilson for all the gifts you've given me. If someone comes across this blog who hasn't read Cosmic Trigger, my advice is go get it right now and unless you're already an illuminated saint, you're guaranteed to benefit from it. Much love RAW and bless your spirit and your family and friends.