‘Peoples’ perceived reality tunnels don’t always jibe with the sociological reality around them. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there are any two people living in the same reality tunnel. Arlen and I have been together for nigh on forty years now, and I swear we have separate reality tunnels. There are times when we can’t understand each other at all. We’re just being tolerant.’
– RAW (Trajectories #15, segment on Anxiety Culture)
Here’s a letter I got from RAW in 1995. It comments on a few of the things I wrote about in a modest zine I DIY-published at the time. (More context below).
Incidentally, Bob appeared to get into the creative spirit of pre-internet zine culture – in which people sent each other all kinds of cool stuff by snail mail (see also Ivan Stang’s ‘High Weirdness by Mail‘ and the Factsheet Five Zine Reader). This letter came in an envelope with a big sticker of Marilyn Monroe on the back; it contained art postcards (including a Warhol pop art rendition of Monroe) and a ‘The Far Side’ comic strip from a calendar, dated 23 February.
Later that year (December 1995), in Trajectories #15 – an audio edition – RAW commented further on several of the items in Anxiety Culture (which went on to be a website), including a study on people hating their jobs, oddities in crime stats, and the main two underlying messages in adverts. Here’s the segment: