Johny Brown interviews Daisy Campbell about Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus! and her new play, ‘Cosmic Trigger,’ which is currently running at the Cockpit Theatre.
Toot and Come-Inn: Cannabis Seeds and Finnegans Wake, and dogs, you dig?
By Steve Fly Agaric 23. (Dedicated to Sirius, the dog)
— Is that answers? — It am queery! — The house was Toot and Come-Inn by the bridge called Tiltass, but are you solarly salemly sure, beyond the shatter of the canicular year? Nascitur ordo seculi numfit. — Siriusly and selenely sure behind the shutter. Securius indicat umbris tellurem.
–James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pages 512-513.
Cannabis Coffeeshop Journal 2017: Writings On Coffeeshop Culture (Volume 1)
by Steven James Pratt
Hilaritas Press grew out of a desire to keep the books of Robert Anton Wilson in print and to fulfill Bob’s wish to provide for his children, something that during his life was difficult when authors typically receive less than ten percent of the money generated by their work. Bob’s daughter Christina and his friend Rasa, directing enterprises of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust, created Hilaritas Press as a way to fulfill Bob’s wishes and insure that his legacy remains robust. We’ve enlisted the aid of a small group of Bob’s treasured friends and others who are advising and helping out the Trust on RAW related matters. Bob would have loved that. Throughout his life he generously gave thanks and returned support for the many people who were touched by his heart, humor and wisdom.
Bob said that he first got the word hilaritas from Ezra Pound’s Cantos which was quoting the Byzantine philosopher Gemistus Pletho who said “you can recognize gods even in their human form by their outstanding hilaritas.” Bob notes that in Pletho’s time, hilaritas meant “cheerfulness, good humor we would say, but not in the sense of always joking.” For many years Bob would often sign his letters, and then emails with “amor et hilaritas”, or simply “hilaritas”.
After editing, reformatting and publishing Bob’s books in eBook and Print editions, a huge task that will take us a while, Hilaritas Press will invite other adventurous authors to become members of the Hilaritas Press family. Stay tuned to this internet channel for more details!
Posted by Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson)
Robert Anton Wilson’s estate is dumping New Falcon as the publisher of most of RAW’s books, and instead is launching its own publishing imprint, Hilaritas Press.
Here is the official word from Richard Rasa, projects coordinator for the Robert Anton Wilson estate. (I wrote to Mr. Rasa earlier this week, after I noticed that all of RAW’s books have vanished from the New Falcon website).
In terms of RAW Trust matters, this is good news. We didn’t want to announce anything before we were more prepared, but I think an explanation is due. Bob and now Christina have fought with New Falcon over many issues over the years. Bob often spoke about how he would have loved to have had another publishing opportunity. He especially wanted the profits from his writing to help his children, and I heard him complain more than once about how New Falcon offered no such possibility. This became even more true with the changes in New Falcon since Alan Miller “left” the publishing house to his son Michael. Google “Michael Miller arrest”, if you haven’t already.
We’ve been preparing for months and are close to being ready to launch The RAW Trust’s new publishing house, Hilaritas Press. We will be republishing all of New Falcon’s RAW books. We’re meticulously editing the books for typos and other mistakes, and then reformatting for eBook and Print publications. It’s a huge job, and so we are planning on releasing the books as each is done. At the moment we are nearing completion of Cosmic Trigger I, Prometheus Rising, and Quantum Psychology. We’re still working on a few new prefaces, and new covers. Still no clear launch date, as we keep tweaking, but we’ll let you know.
Check out the temporary landing page for Hilaritas Press: http://www.hilaritaspress.com
Only a few people know about this change, and we’ve been keeping it quiet while issues were being settled, but most of the legal issues have been resolved, and so there’s no reason that rumors can’t start.
Amor illuminatio hilaritas et pasta volans!
A couple of notes: I wrote about Michael Miller’s arrest last November; I could not find an update when I ran a couple of quick searches. New Falcon has been RAW’s publisher for just about everything except Illuminatus! and Schroedinger’s Cat. There was a schism that I don’t know much about after Christopher Hyatt died, resulting in a split and two book publishing companies, New Falcon and Original Falcon.
Come join a crash course cosmic adventure through the lives and ideas of Robert Anton Wilson!
The Maybe Logic Academy is once again opening its invisible doors for an intensive 8 week RAW workshop, which leads directly into the premier of the highly anticipated stage adaptation of RAW’s Cosmic Trigger by Daisy Eris Campbell!
The secret society reconvenes on September 23rd, come find the others here at: maybelogic.net
SECTION 1: RAW Artists Workshop
A collaborative jimjam of like minded mutants and MLA critters creating new meps and mapaphors to help find the others just in time for space migration.
WEEK ONE: RAW RENAISSANCE
Presentation: RAW & the tale of the tribe
Workshop: Language of poetry & eggshells
“The instrument that measures all other instruments—the human nervous system—has its own laws, and one of them involves always seeing the results one wants to see until and unless something really startles the brain enough to reframe its experiences.”–RAW, Dangerous Experiments, Cosmic Trigger III, pg134.
WEEK TWO: REPLAY
Workshop: No place place like dome
SECTION 2: Perilous Lessons from the Chapel of Ill-Repute Presented by Propaganda Anonymous
WEEK THREE: NEUROGEOGRAPHY OF CONSPIRACY THEORY
WEEK FOUR: A TRADITION OF EXPLANATION
SECTION 3: The Latest Model
Presented by Toby Philpott aka Bogus
In which we examine the language we us to describe the world, and the models we develop to try to explain it, or at least find our way around.
WEEK FIVE: THE MENU IS NOT THE MEAL
Presentation: Language as a virus
Workshop: Using E-Prime for a week – an exercise to help us evaluate the words we use, and communicate more clearly
WEEK SIX: 8 DIMENSIONS OF MIND
Presentation: Models of the Mind, with special reference to the 8 Circuit Model
Workshop: Discussion of the model, experiences with it, variations and alternatives – “all models need revision, when new information comes in.”
SECTION 4: The Cosmic Giggle Factor
Presented by Bobby Campbell
Wherein we will endeavor to use the whimsical magic of art & technology to unleash the RAW power of change in ourselves and the world. PULL MY FINGER!
“The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”
– J. B. S. Haldane
WEEK SEVEN: COSMIC TRIGGER HAPPY
Presentation: The Great Magician
Workshop: Metaprograms & Sigils
WEEK EIGHT: THE FINAL SECRET OF THE ILLUMINATI
Presentation: Operation Mindfuck
Workshop: RAW Memetics
Cosmic Trigger I deals with Wilson’s experiences during a time in which he put himself through a process of “self-induced brain change” as well as vignettes of his earlier life. The main discovery of this process—which, he tells us, is known in certain traditions as Chapel perilous—is that “reality” (although a noun in most Indo-European language systems, and therefore commonly conceptualized as being a definite, unchanging “‘thing”) is mutable and subjective to the observer.
Over the years (as RAW notes in Cosmic Trigger) some suggested that he was the Real Head of the Illuminati, which of course RAW would never actually confirm or deny—not because it was either true or false—but because it was more amusing to let people believe whatever they wanted to believe… and it probably didn’t hurt book sales of Illuminatus!either. Whatever the case, around 2003 I posed to RAW this very same question, inquiring if he was indeed the one and only Head of the Illuminati, and his answer, in typical satiric fashion, was “No, I’m the toe.” This wasn’t exactly the response I was looking for, but just the same I asked if he’d appoint me an Illuminati High Priest, to which he didn’t hesitate one second: “You are hereby appointed.” And although this lofty position hasn’t improved my sex life or finances to any measurable degree, you must admit it’s one hell of an honor belonging to a secret order associated with Robert Anton Wilson.–Adam Gorightly, http://historiadiscordia.com/the-raw-oto-illuminati-rabbit-hole/