robert anton wilson scholar and author
Born in 1962 in Washington, D.C. to two former NSA computer programmers. Eric and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in November, 1967 C.E. In 1982 C.E. he began reading Robert Anton Wilson's books, and in 1986 the two began corresponding.
In the years since Eric began reading Wilson, he has traveled from Ingolstadt, Bavaria, to Aswan, Egypt, from Country Kerry, Ireland, to Honolulu, Hawaii, attempting to understand the ideas behind Wilson's works. Eric has worked as a computer programmer, operator and microcoder, a musician, a poet, a technical writer, a dancer, a film historian and a teacher, etc. His first book, An Insider’s Guide to Robert Anton Wilson, came out in 1985 C.E.
magick author, neuro-linguistic programming licensed trainer
Phil Farber is a postmodern magician who conceived the future of initiatory ritual. Part of a revolutionary cabal that includes Robert Anton Wilson, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurence Galian, Peter J, Carroll, Phil Hine, and Antero Alli, Farber has updated Aleister Crowley's definition of magic ("the art and science of causing change in conformity with Will") for the contemporary environment. His unique and humorous synthesis enables the individual to manifest hidden desires, discover their True Will, and experience Mastery of the Self.
He updates ritual techniques derived from Middle Ages daemonology and Enlightenment Rosicrucian schools with insights gleamed from Cybernetics (Norbert Wiener) Psycholinguistics (Alfred Korzybski, Noam Chomsky), NeuroLinguistic Programming (Richard Bandler, John Grinder), and Hypnotic Trance (Milton Erickson).
In FutureRitual: Magick for the 21st Century (Eschaton Productions, 1997), Farber applies Occam's Razor and dazzling wordplay to a frequently misunderstood (mind)field. He explores how tools such as bio-feedback, chaos theory, meditation, mind-machines, psycho-active drugs, and "therapeutic metaphors" (Erickson) can radically restructure our subjective experience of the cosmos.
"The genius of Farber's open-ended and constantly evolving framework is that it is about decoding and changing meta-patterns and systems, not simply content: the practitioner can substitute preferred personal aesthetics for Farber's evocative neo-Pagan deity encounters. Thus, Farber nimbly avoids the twin errors of rigid adherence to an atrophied tradition, and becoming ensnared in an infinite regress of mirage-like goals. Farber's framework can also be employed for everyday trance occurrences, such as overcoming phobias and improving personal relationships."
-- Alex Burns, Disinformation
author, alleged founder of the church of the subGenius
Rev. Ivan Stang was born Ivan Romanov Rasputin Stankovich in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies, in 1951, although his parents shortly immigrated to Texas where he was raised in a Ft. Worth suburb.
He is credited with founding the Church of the SubGenius in 1979, though Stang himself denies this and claims the organization was founded in 1953 by J. R. "Bob" Dobbs. "Even as a child I was obsessed with four things," he said in a David Letterman interview. "Monster movies, strange girls, a crude concept of pure physical Slack, and an unrelenting disinterest in everything normal. "Bob" Dobbs' Church of the SubGenius seemed to me to offer the perfect combination of all three."
Before being recruited by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and Dr. Philo Drummond to run the Church public outreach, Stang worked as a film editor (on "business films," he insists) and part-time claymation animator, garnering awards, debts and public condemnation for his early "underground" 16mm films. What qualified him as Church Scribe, however, was not his communication expertise but his large collection of kook literature, which impressed Dobbs.
Stang has ramrodded to completion five books: The Book of the SubGenius, High Weirdness by Mail (an overview of rival cults for which Stang received a degree in crackpotology), Three Fisted Tales of "Bob" and Revelation X -- The "Bob" Apocryphon, all for Simon & Schuster. In the multimedia arena, Stang produced ARISE, The SubGenius Video (dist. by Polygram), a "SubGenius commercial" for MTV, numerous noncommercial SubGenius videos, and, to date, 1041 episodes of the ongoing SubGenius radio extravaganza, The Hour of Slack (heard on 17 broadcast stations and uncounted pirate and Internet ones). Stang's most recent book, this time for Thunder's Mouth, is called The SubGenius Psychclopaedia of Slack -- THE BOBLIOGRAPHON.
The official Church website at www.subgenius.com has been growing, more or less out of control, since 1994. Stang preaches irregularly at SubGenius devivals held at music festivals, neopagan consortiums, night clubs, colleges, strip joints, sci-fi cons and parking lots. Every year since 1996, The SubGenius Foundation sponsors an outdoor festival in New York called The X-Day Drill, where SubGeniuses practice for the prophesied End of the World -- the end of the NORMAL world, that is.
Stang claims he owes everything, including a second mortgage on his house, to "Bob" - and also to the hundreds of SubGenius collaborators. But more than anything else, however, Stang attributes the incredible tenacity of the Church of the SubGenius to the efforts of the thousands of anonymous lone SubGeniuses, howling lonely and alone in the wilderness, each and every one of them taking another chink out of the brick wall of the Conspiracy of the Normals, dismantling it piece by piece, each in their own inscrutable and untraceable ways.
WORDS OF PRAISE FOR THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS!
This is the most authentic American religion...passed down from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twian, The Marx Brothers, and Lenny Bruce. The SubGeniuses have made the last, best joke about the pathology of our young civilization. –Paul Buhle, The Village Voice
"Finally, a religion even I can believe in." –R. Crumb
"'Bob' is an enema for a constipated society. 'Bob' has come to help a constipated society blow it out their ass." –MARK MOTHERSBAUGH, Devo
"This is either a sleazy fly-by-night scam, or the most incredible work of art I have seen in ten years. "–DOUGLAS ST. CLAIR SMITH, Tomorrow '86
author, novelist, researcher, psychedelic adventurer
David Jay Brown is the author of four volumes of interviews with leading-edge thinkers, Mavericks of the Mind, Voices from the Edge, Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, and Mavericks of Medicine. He is also the author of two science fiction novels, Brainchild and Virus. David holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California.
David was responsible for the California-based research in two of British biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s books on unexplained phenomena in science: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and The Sense of Being Stared At. David has been conducting workshops (sometimes with his colleague Dr. Annie Sprinkle) on combining sex and drugs for around five years now, and he has collected a wealth of information on this subject from his workshop participants.
He is currently working on two new books -- a book with Annie Sprinkle called Sex on Drugs, and a new book of interviews for St. Martin's Press entitled Renaissance of the Mind.
To find out more about David’s work visit his award-winning Web sites: www.mavericksofthemind.com and www.sexanddrugs.info
WORDS OF PRAISE
"In print or on the web, David Jay Brown supplies the right combination of thought and information. Frequently useful, always interesting..." –R.U. SIRIUS, editor Mondo 2000
"David Brown should not be considered a fantasist ... I would rather call him an Evolutionary Meterorologist, carefully scanning the latest scientific read-outs and forecasting the 'weather' right ahead of us." --ROBERT ANTON WILSON, author of Illuminatus!
"That our perfected selves whisper to us from the future is but one of David Brown's fertile insights. --TERENCE K. MCKENNA, author of Food Of The Gods