Robert Anton Wilson has been a tremendous influence on my life – ever since I discovered Cosmic Trigger at the age of 14. I suppose that is really too young an age to fully appreciate the content of such a mind altering work but non-the-less that’s how it happened. My world was opened to the malleability of reality and such things as quantum physics, zen and punk (to name but a few) as a result. In short Robert Anton Wilson helped me to become who I am and for that I am grateful. Now he has need of our help – I was made aware of his plight by Douglas Rushkoff and Boing Boing and I am reposting the information here.
Douglas Rushkoff: I hope people I’ve inspired with my work would band together to help me out in my later years if I needed it. Which is at least part of the reason why I’m sending what I can to support cosmic thinking patriarch Robert Anton Wilson, whose infirmity and depleted finances have put him in the precarious position of not being able to meet next month’s rent. In case the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, Bob is the guy who wrote Cosmic Trigger — still the best narrative on how to enter and navigate the psycho-spiritual realm, and co-wrote the Illuminatus Trilogy, an epic work that pushes beyond conspiracy theory into conspiracy practice. Robert Anton Wilson will one day be remembered alongside such literary philosophers as Aldous Huxley and James Joyce.But right now, Bob is a human being in a rather painful fleshsuit, who needs our help. I refuse for the history books to say he died alone and destitute, for I want future generations to know we appreciated Robert Anton Wilson while he was alive.Let me add, on a personal note, that Bob is the only one of my heroes who I was not disappointed to actually meet in person. He was of tremendous support to me along my road, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be of some support on his.
Update from Boing Boing:
Note from Robert’s friend, Denis Berry: Sadly, we have to report that wizard-author-intelligence increase agent is in trouble with his life, home and his finances. Robert is dying at his home from post polio syndrome. He has enough money for next months rent and after that, will be unable to pay. He cannot walk, has a hard time talking and swallowing, is extremely frail and needs full time care that is being provided by several friends-fans-volunteers and family. We appeal to you to help financially for the next few months to let him die at his home in peace. Note from Robert’s friend, Denis Berry: Robert’s writing has enlightened-educated many and if you can please commit to help pay a portion of his expenses until his passing which sadly won’t be that long. Monthly contributions of $50.00 or more will be greatly appreciated. All monies will go directly to Robert and can be sent to his PayPal address firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send a check to RAW c/o Futique Trust, P.O. Box 3561, Santa Cruz, Ca 95063.
Please help if you are able either by donating or spreading the word.Keep up The Great Work! Ia Ia Cthulhu Ftagn! Om Fnord!