An adept in need

Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the mind-bending Illuminatus! books, is in a very bad way. A friend of his has come up with a fundraising gimmick: an exceptionally spiffy t-shirt, the purchase of which will kick ten bucks Wilson’s way.

The Illuminatus! books, published in the mid-1970s, are a lysergic stew of satire, conspiracy theory and historic and theological arcana. Think of Thomas Pynchon at the top of his game — V., for example, or The Crying of Lot 49 — and you’ll have an idea of the company Wilson stands tall with.

Someday there’ll be a Library of America edition of Robert Anton Wilson’s collected works. Right now, though, you can help give peace of mind to a terribly ill man who was never rewarded in proportion to his gifts. Read this item and then send some love his way.

2 thoughts on “An adept in need

  1. Ron Fischer says:

    Sorry to hear this. Oddly, just yesterday I ran into this article while researching the Technocracy Movement and the “Triple Revolution” Manifesto of 1964. RAW’s broad-ranging mind had a romp at that conference.

  2. Neil in Chicago says:

    When I told Bob that Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum” was an alternate version of Illuminatus! with less good sex and plitics, he said, “Good. Now I don’t have to read it.”

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