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National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day January 11 – Robert Anton Wilson

No Comments 11 January 2012

OK, wow folks

A few points to touch on.

#1 This is a great example of, in the NOR’s opinion, the difference between an obit from The Guardian and The New York Times. The Guardian’s rendition of Mr. Wilson’s obit reads gracefully, gently – Like a novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald. The NYT’s just looks like its going through the motions – at times even mockingly.

#2 Mr. Wilson was the founder of the Association for Consciousness Exploration and E-Prime, dedicated to the elimination of the verb “to be” from the language in favor of something less definitive.

#3 I love that the Guardian’s obit refers to Mr. Wilson as “A prodigious smoker of marijuana”

If you’re going to do something, do it right

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I give you….Michael Carson of The Guardian

Robert Anton Wilson (January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007)

He turned Playboy readers’ conspiracy theories into drug-assisted cult fiction

Michael Carlson

The Guardian, Wednesday 17 January 2007

As 1960s counterculture morphed into the me-decade of the 1970s, part of any hip library was the Illuminatus trilogy, whose co-author, Robert Anton Wilson, has died aged 74. Post-polio syndrome had weakened his legs and a fall confined him to bed. The trilogy – Eye Of The Pyramid, Golden Apple, and Leviathan, all published in 1975 and co-written with Robert Shea, who died in 1994 – grew out of their experience as editors at Playboy, particularly from the Playboy Forum, readers’ letters which they answered and occasionally wrote. The steady stream of conspiracy theories they received inspired them to detail the battle of the Bavarian Illuminati, secret controllers of the world, against the Discordians, whose embrace of chaos may have owed more than a little to the paranoid uses of entropy in the fiction of Thomas Pynchon. Continue


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