Hello, folks, I’m Brian Dean, the writer of this blog – I also do the graphics. Apologies for the late arrival of this named bio – I always feel a bit reluctant to provide personal details online. But, on balance, I prefer to be cited by name than by “nameless blogger at RAW semantics”!
I’ve been enthusiastically reading and promoting Robert Anton Wilson’s books since the mid-1980s. My 1990s project, Anxiety Culture (a modest zine and ancient website) was very much inspired by Wilson – and, to my delight, RAW commented positively on it in one of his Trajectories tapes (#15). Back then, I attended several of RAW’s talks in London, and enjoyed a brief correspondence with the man himself (more on that in later blog posts, no doubt).
My 23 minutes of fame: I once wrote a regular column for the excellent and pioneering bohemian magazine, The Idler, and I’ve had occasional columns published in the UK’s Guardian and Independent newspapers. A Channel 4 TV show featured my AC project, and I was interviewed by BBC radio. I’ve contributed to a number of books, and authored a book on Frame Semantics (which is also the topic of another blog I write). From all this creative activity, I think I’ve probably made a net loss of around £23.
You can read more biographic info (eg where I come from, what shaped my views etc) in one of my blog posts, ‘My reality-tunnels‘.
Why the blog?
The idea was to set up a modest blog to encourage me to re-read my favourite RAW-related books and write an ongoing commentary on them from a perspective that hasn’t already been tried (to my knowledge).
It would not have a wide appeal, but it might interest a few Robert Anton Wilson aficionados.
I started putting it together in summer 2019, but then soon got diverted to other things. Now, with more time on my hands (lockdown, as of this moment), I’ve started to add more, and will continue.
The HOME page is the place to start – it lists all the blog entries in a nice graphic format.
For more on my particular approach to RAW, please see these remarks.
Note on graphics: The idea was to convey a plurality of reality tunnels – eg cubist, post-impressionist, ancient Greek, cyberpunk, bureaucratic treaty, conspiracy novel, etc. Some are more involved than others (the idea behind the one for ‘Sum of all minds‘ was an unfolded print on the corrugated cardboard of a disposable coffee cup).
You can contact me either via the blog feedback facility (see below) or directly at ffbriandean274fff (remove the fs) followed by at followed by gmail and of course dot com. NOTE, September 2022 – I’m temporarily closing the feedback/comments facility below, as it’s attracted a surge of spam recently. I’ll try turning it on again shortly. Meanwhile please use the above email address if you wish to contact me.
It’s nice to see this blog (which I only just discovered, sorry) and I will be promoting it at RAWIllumination.net this weekend. Feel free to get in touch with me directly.
Thank you for starting this blog. It looks good.
Thank you both for your kind comments. The blog has only recently gone ‘live’ (although a few of the earlier posts were written last year). I’ve now switched comment moderation off. But if that results in a ton of spam…
I’ve also corrected the ‘Semantic Schmemantic’ page to be a general comments area, as originally intended (I had loaded the wrong post to that title).
Hey rawsemantics, nice new blog! I’ve enjoyed the few articles I’ve read so far. Thanks for reminding me of that Email to the Universe quote,
“. . . the class of all scientifically meaningless statements that ‘magically’ make us feel much better, or much worse — or, in occult language, the class of all blessings and all curses. [General Semanticists call it the class of all purrs and all snarls.)”
That’s a useful descriptor to keep in mind for most online conversations these days.
I’m over at The RAW Trust, and we are curious about who you might “be,” in some sense. Can you send us a message over at our contact page so we can cyber meet?
Keep the Lasagna Flying!
Metaprogramming Director for the Robert Anton Wilson Trust
Good to hear from you, Rasa – I’ll post some kind of bio, soon, hopefully. In the meantime, I’ve sent a message via your contact form.
Hi, found out about you via Robert Anton Wilson fans FB page. I shall give you guys a gander whenever the pilgrims on the said FB page become too trolish. Hail Eris.
Ah, thanks. I’ve just read the FB post, and I agree about comments – so I’ve switched them on for all posts. Also, there’s some info about me and my other projects, etc, here: https://newsframes.wordpress.com/about/
Wonderful blog. It’s always a delight to discover RAW fans out there keeping the lasagna flying!
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Keep up the Great Work.
Thank you, Yodhe, and Bill – much appreciated.
This site rocks!!!
Thanks for doing it Brian
Thanks Prop! – kind of you to say so.