The Robert Anton Wilson Website
Maintained by his daughter, Christina; sections include biograhy, books (with excerpts), thoughts, poetry, jokes and related links
Robert Anton Wilson - Libertarian: Advocates for Self-Government
Includes biography, photo, quotes and remembrances from libertarians
"A college newspaper called him a 'sage, a prophet, a psychologist, a guru, a futurist, a guerilla ontologist, an adept, and a postmodernist.' An audiotape company called him a 'visionary, poet, futurist, and libertarian philosopher.' And a movie reviewer called him a 'raconteur, gadfly, libertarian, conspiracist, stand-up comedian, poet, prankster, mystic, and madman.' Take your pick; they may all be true."
Illuminated Manuscripts: The legacy of Robert Anton Wilson
, by Jesse Walker
, 16 Jan 2007
Short memorial essay, noting the paucity of attention to Wilson's death in the mainstream press contrasted to the multiple tributes on the internet
"The novelist, satirist, journalist, and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson passed away last Thursday, just a week shy of his 75th birthday. When he was alive he sometimes complained—or maybe it was a boast—that his books were never reviewed in The New York Times. The paper of record did pay its respects when he died, though, with a brief piece about his life and work. It wasn't entirely accurate, but the author of Illuminatus! would have enjoyed that. ... Given his enormous influence on pop culture, from Lost to Laura Croft, you might have expected Wilson's death to get more attention in the mainstream press."
Live From Chapel Perilous: We're living in Robert Anton Wilson's world
, by Jesse Walker
, Dec 2003
Contrasts Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
and Wilson's (and Robert Shea's) Illuminatus!
and argues that Wilson has had a much larger cultural influence than Pynchon
"Robert Anton Wilson is the unacknowledged elephant in our cultural living room: a direct and indirect influence on popular books, movies, TV shows, music, games, comics, and commentary. ... Wilson is a primary source for the ironic style of conspiracism, a sensibility that treats alleged cabals not as intrigues to be exposed or lies to be debunked but as a bizarre mutant mythos to be mined for laughs, metaphors, and social insights. ... Somewhere between absolute belief and absolute incredulity, he tells us, the universe contains a maybe. To which anyone who follows the news these days can reply: No doubt."
Robert Anton Wilson
, by Jeff Riggenbach
, 15 Aug 2011
Biographical essay, including a lengthy digression on the thought of Ralph Borsodi, founder of the publisher of a magazine co-edited by Wilson in the early 1960's; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 4 Aug 2011
"Robert Anton Wilson was born January 18, 1932 in Brooklyn. ... From Brooklyn Tech he went, in 1952, after a couple of years of working and saving his money, to the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn ... As the early sixties became the midsixties, he moved on to Ralph Ginzburg's Fact back in New York, and then to Hugh Hefner's Playboy in Chicago. He stayed there seven years ... The biggest success of his subsequent freelance career was Illuminatus!, a three-volume satirical novel written in collaboration with fellow late-sixties Playboy editor Robert Shea."
Check Your History
, by B. K. Marcus, 11 Mar 2014
Discusses the leftist meme "check your privilege" (criticised in another article by Sarah Skwire) and offers a second, historical point based on the etymology of the word "privilege"
"My own path out of the default leftism I grew up with ... did not begin with Ayn Rand or Murray Rothbard. Of greater influence was Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy. In a scene ... we find our anarchist hero Hagbard Celine ... undercover at a Council on Foreign Relations banquet. The topic of conversation is Mortimer Adler's claim that 'we and the Communists share the same Great Tradition ... and we must join together against the one force that really does threaten civilization—anarchism!' Our hero interrupts the ensuing conversation ..."
Partial contents: The Thinker & The Prover - Hardware & Software: The Brain & Its Programs - The Oral Bio-Survival Circuit - The Anal Emotional Territorial Circuit - Dickens & Joyce: The Two-Circuit Dialectic - The Time-Binding Semantic Circuit
Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy
Contents: The Universe Next Door - The Trick Top Hat - The Homing Pigeons
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan
by Robert Anton Wilson, Robert Shea, 1975
Contents: Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid - Book One: Verwirrung - Book Two: Zweitracht - Illuminatus! Part II: The Golden Apple - Book Three: Unordnung - Book Four: Beamtenherrschaft - Illuminatus! Part III: Leviathan - Book Five: Grummet
Robert Anton Wilson and Karl Hess: Subversion for Fun and Profit
, Sep 1987
Wilson and Hess at the Libertarian Party national convention, fielding questions from the audience on numerous topics