RIP Robert Anton Wilson

It was only a matter of time – my friend and hero, Robert Anton Wilson has died.
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“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)”
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Bob’s final blog, January 6th:

“Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don’t see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.”
Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night »


As I wrote, a few months ago.

“If I was to name two writers who have inspired me to keep blather.net running over the last nine and a half years, it’s been Flann O’Brien, and Robert Anton Wilson. For the last decade or so that I’ve been reading them, Wilson’s books have awed and inspired me. They’ve also made me guffaw with a deep belly laugh that few other writers have drawn from me. now, Bob, or as he’s also known, RAW, needs our help.”
Read my earlier article: Robert Anton Wilson needs your help »

“Robert Anton Wilson–philosopher, author, visionary, Discordian, Fortean, and bOING bOING patron saint–died early this morning. From his final blog post on January 6”
From Boingboing.net »

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5 comments

  1. Darn it. but i saw his movie and he seemed to be in alot of pain. I don’t know. Grief works in weird ways. I do love the cosmic trigger books, i guess now i need to read the illuminatis trillogy. darn.

  2. Fnord. Robert Anton Wilson will never die. You do not see the fnord. Robert Anton Wilson will never die. You do not see the fnord. Robert Anton Wilson will never die.
    “What I tell you three times is true” — L. Carrol

  3. Sad, sad news. I had recently been discovering the joys of listening to RAW speak, through the Maybe Logic DVD which I bought. A great guy.

  4. We knew he was unwell, so it shouldn’t be a shock but yet it is. The grace and good humour with which RAW ended his days is definitely an inspiration to me. My thoughts are with your family.
    And I shall raise a glass to you tonight.

  5. What terrible news…
    The cosmic fool, this grand poet, this greatest of ém all shall be dead? This human race doesn´t even know what a wonderful beeing is missing now…
    Have a good journey, RAW, may the godess guide you, to wherever you are needed now.
    We´ll never forget and you´re eternal in all your writings.

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