Friday, January 12, 2007

 

Robert Anton Wilson

One of the Secret Required Works of any sort of geek subculture is Robert Anton Wilson's ILLUMINATUS Trilogy. It was one of those books that you read in college even though it isn't on any required book list. There's little that surprised me about something like The DaVinci Code, because the work was parodied decades earlier in RAW's work. The Church of the Spaghetti Monster and any other "fake" religion follows in the footsteps of Discordianism. If you're looking at the Lost Numbers, it is no surprise that 23 was a part of the sequence.

When I visited Emperor Norton's grave in San Francisco last year, it was because of learning about that historical character through RAW's writings. And naming the new dwarf planet Eris is practically a tribute.

He'll show up when you least expect him. And I don't expect that'll stop now.

[Boing Boing Obituary]

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