Multifaceted genius and revered saint of the Church of the SubGenius, Robert Anton Wilson, departed this plane today at 4:50 am pacific time. Memorial information will likely be updated on his blog. Hoist a glass or a blunt in his name, then perhaps try out a different reality or two... or 23. Thanks, Bob, for doing more to assist my understanding and curiosity than anyone else but my parents. Fnord.
Many readers of this blog are fans, admirers, or friends of Robert Anton Wilson. His unique combination of iconoclasm and humorous, compassionate optimism influenced me profoundly my whole adult life. If you are a Discordian, SubGenius, or a Thelemite, you likely praise Bob. Meeting him was one of the joys of my life, and i'll always regret that he and my late husband never met. For some months deteriorating health has prevented Bob from presenting the talks and online courses which provided him urgently needed income. Now it seems likely that the post-polio syndrome he has suffered for many years is ending his life. Currently he is at home being cared for by family, friends, and hospice. For more information on Wilson's condition and needs, see Mark Frauenfelder and Douglas Rushkoff's Boing Boing post. Also, Robert Anton Wilson's Website and the Maybe Logic Academy's Blog have links where you can contribute according to your will and ability. Here's hoping the small and large gifts provide Bob with a bit of comfort and awareness of how much he is loved.
It's tomorrow, noon, Ann Arbor's Diag (pictured above). Website is here. John Sinclair will be there. i may not make this year's, but i've been many times...it's kind of depressing how long this has had to go on. But it's FUN if you go!