Wilson is a paragon within the metaphysical, conspiratorial and agnostic communities, famed for his metaphysical primers, PROMETHEUS RISING and THE COSMIC TRIGGER as well as the infamous ILLUMINATUS! TRILOGY (with Robert Shea). ILLUMINATUS! (which popularized the satirical religion, DISCORDIANISM) predated America’s modern obsession with conspiracy theories by decades.
PRAGMAGICK host, REVEL ROSZ, chose to commemorate the tenth episode by showcasing this rare 1991 Wilson appearance not only because it deserves exposure, but because it’s proof of his own deep ties to the metaphysical community: This 1991 interview was filmed and conducted by ROSZ’s father, artist and novelist TOM ROSS.
Personal ties aside, the interview between Wilson and Ross is timeless:
“The following discussion couldn't have been more relevant if it had been conducted today.
RAW was almost soothsaying the modern political atmosphere, specifically that of the American Presidency and it's then election. He also addresses the undercurrent of Illuminati paranoia as far back as 1991. But that's not all, they touch on RAW's book the COSMIC TRIGGER, the number 23 and the "Cosmic Giggle," aliens... there's so much brilliant punch in this short discussion.
It's truly a revelatory RAW moment for both strangers and FNORD-heads alike. A great introduction to RAW's kinetic contribution to the great metaphysical pantheon.” - REVEL ROSZ (PRAGMAGICK #10 Episode Remarks)
Not only was Wilson a fixture during his father’s time at writer MARILYN FERGUSON’s (The Aquarian Conspiracy) compound in the early 90’s; the infamous TIMOTHY LEARY, psychonaut JOHN C. LILLY and ALDOUS HUXLEY’s wife, LAURA HUXLEY, were just a few of the many icons that loomed large within ROSS’ metaphysical community back then.
ROSZ reminisces about all this, and more, in the episode’s remarks.
TOM ROSS will be next episode’s guest and will be sure to expound on this Wilson interview and his experiences with the aforementioned counter-culture icons. ROSS will be promoting his new book, US6 which claims to be “the first novel specifically written for A.I.”