Photos by Doc Frop and Stang-Cam; art right there by Friday
We of the Dallas MegaFisTemple Lodges were invited by noble Rev. Paco Nathan of fringeware in Austin to administer a devival-party around their Robert Anton Wilson rantathon. I introed Pope Bob Wilson, then he spoke rivettingly (his trademark calm monotone notwithstanding) for about 2 hours. Afterwards, I did some preaching. Then we went over to Dr. G. Gordon Gordon's estate for further research, but that's another story that makes NO sense.
This event happened to take place on the 23rd anniversary of the publishing of the ILLUMINATUS trilogy! RAW's lecture, as always, kept the audience alternately rapt and in stitches. His capsule history of the CIA is a MUST-HEAR.
His new BOOK, EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories is even more MUST! And check out the RAW website!
The photo sequence below is accompanied by written commentary. If you start with the first one, it leads you through a little narrative. I kinda like this way of reporting on our devival mini-adventures. The teeny shots are frame grabs from my videotape; the bigger shots are from Doc Frop and Sister Decadence's digital camera.
I videotaped and recorded the lecture, and the new HOUR OF SLACK #622 has a couple of long excerpts, with RAW discussing the late Kerry Thornley, the Kennedy assassination and the history of Discordianism. (Also long excerpts of Thornley himself discussing those things, on Puzzling Evidence's show back in the Day.) There's one excerpt that I could not resist putting here as a short video:
RAW-as-Stang.mov - 1 meg
It's a brief clip of Pope Bob IMITATING ME. (He doesn't raise his voice or change his Brooklyn accent, he just shakes his arms around and CUSSES.) "To imitate Ivan's style for a moment, why the fuck should that old queen in the Vatican be the only Pope!" He was talking about how at least 30 million people have been made into Discordian Popes by now.
Pope Bob always makes fun of how agitated I am at the pulpit. He's more like Dr. Gene Scott -- he sits in a chair and talks very calmly to the audience. In fact, we compared fave preachers and he specified Dr. Gene Scott as his preference. I'm a Rev. Jimmy Swaggart man myself.
RAW-as-StangSM.wav -- 100k
Same thing, sound only, much much smaller download.
Now, drift through the tale below of the PEE DRINKERS OF THE AUSTIN SUBGENIUS DEVIVAL.