UPDATE: Boing Boing has a further report, saying that Wilson has enough money to live out his last few weeks, as reproducing a note from him, which we’re going to quote.
Dear Friends, my God, what can I say. I am dumbfounded, flabbergasted, and totally stunned by the charity and compassion that has poured in here the last three days.
To steal from Jack Benny, “I do not deserve this, but I also have severe leg problems and I don’t deserve them either.”
Because he was a kind man as well as a funny one, Benny was beloved. I find it hard to believe that I am equally beloved and especially that I deserve such love.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, know that my love is with you.
You have all reminded me that despite George W. Bush and all his cohorts, there is still a lot of beautiful kindness in the world.
Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson is the writer of the Illuminatus books, among other things, and without him you wouldn’t be enjoying many of your favorite comic books right this minute, Certainly, Grant Morrison, to name but one prominent example, owes a sizable and often publicly mentioned debt to the grandfather of all mystical, many tendriled conspiracy theory cabals.
Now Wilson is dying, Douglas Rushkoff reports, and in dire straits financially.
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.
Boing Boing has some more on this, with an update stating that enough money has been raised for next month’s rent and more. There is a Paypal account for those who want to help out. Don’t let one of our founding fathers die in poverty.