RIP: Robert Anton Wilson 1932-2007

After a long illness, Robert Anton Wilson, died on January 11.

Various people, [R. U. Sirius](http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/01/11/robert-anton-wilson-1932-2007/), [Fr. Jordan+](http://egina2.blogspot.com/2007/01/remembering-bob-wilson.html), [Bro. Jeremy](http://www.snant.com/fp/archives/rip-robert-anton-wilson-raw/), [Bill Harryman](http://integral-options.blogspot.com/2007/01/speedlinking-11207.html) (from whom I got the news), [lvx23](http://www.lvx23.com/weblog/archives/2007/01/robert_anton_wi_1.html) and I’m certain [many others](http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=robert+anton+wilson&btnG=Search+Blogs) offer tributes both short and long.

I read “The Illuminatus! Trilogy” when I was 18… Bob is almost single-handedly responsible for the odd shapes that remain embedded in the interior of my cranium to this day. Thanks to Bob, I’d read [Leary](http://www.leary.com/) talking about LSD as a sacrament *before* I got drunk for the first time. He led me to [Korzybski](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Korzybski) and to [Crowley](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley), Bob was my first spiritual teacher.

He was an original. The world is a slightly smaller and much sadder place without him.

We’ll miss you, mate.

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