June Books 16) Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything, or Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance

I loved Robert Anton Wilson’s fiction and non-fiction in my late teens and early twenties, and so was delighted to discover this audiobook of interviews and lectures – most of it a series of five long interviews from about 2000, and then a couple of lectures delivered in Boulder, Colorado, in earlier years. I’d heard or read most of it before, and have outgrown some of it, but his humorous, cynical, sceptical take on life, politics, literature, religion and the nature of reality was a refreshing break for me over the last few weeks (switching between this and the much less interesting METAtropolis). His Brooklyn drawl seemed to sharpen the humourous but deadly serious points he was making beautifully. (Though I was sufficiently perplexed by the way he pronounced "monotheism" as "m’NŌTHyism" to set up a poll about it.)

I was really prompted to get this because LibraryThing kept recommending it to me; apparently because the other owners of many books in my library also own and like this one. The full list of related books, as diagnosed by LibraryThing’s algorithms, is long and suitably eclectic and Discordian; I think Wilson would have been very glad to be seen in the company of some of these, and I hope that the authors of others (at least one of whom occasionally reads this lj) would be please to be grouped with him.

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
  • The Liar by Stephen Fry
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris
  • Strumpet City by James Plunkett
  • Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan
  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute
  • The Dignity of Difference by Jonathan Sacks
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
  • The Analects by Confucius
  • Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
  • Crescent City Rhapsody by Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Hearts, Hands and Voices by Ian McDonald
  • Mappa Mundi by Justina Robson
  • Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World by Adam Jacot de Boinod
  • At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
  • The Earth Will Shake: The History of the Early Illuminati by Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Widow’s Son by Robert Anton Wilson
  • Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley
  • Worzel Gummidge by Barbara Euphan Todd
  • The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  • Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society by Joseph J. Lee
  • When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession by Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Captains and the Kings by Jennifer Johnston
  • My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday
  • No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O’Brien by Anthony Cronin
  • Murphy’s Law and Other Reasons Why Things Go Wrong by Arthur Bloch
  • I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words by Michael Frith
  • Murphy’s Law Book Two: More Reasons Why Things Go Wrong! by Arthur Bloch
  • A Game with Sharpened Knives by Neil Belton
  • The Canopy of Time by Brian Aldiss
  • The Jesuits by Jonathan Wright
  • The Rescuers Down Under by Walt Disney
  • Bevis by Richard Jefferies
  • On Becoming A Counselor, Revised Edition: A Basic Guide for Nonprofessional Counselors and Other Helpers by Eugene Kennedy
  • C.G. Jung Psychological Reflections : An Anthology of His Writings, 1905-1961
  • Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Stolen Village by Des Ekin
  • Counting Heads by David Marusek
  • Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
  • Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer
  • Write it When I’m Gone by Thomas M. Defrank

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