RECORSI PT. 1) by Robert Anton Wilson.

(Hyperlinked by Steve Fly

Giordano Bruno [1548-1600], a Neopolitan trouble-maker,
has strongly influenced both modern science
and modern occultism -- an oddly mixed heritage.
Bruno's "pantheism" also had major philosophic impact
on Spinoza; in the 20th Century he has continued to exert
a fascination upon such odd bedfellows as
Annie Besant, of the Theosophical Society;
Dr Wilhelm Reich, radical psychotherapist;
Dr Timothy Leary, another radical psychotherapist; and on
Joyce and Pound.
Paul Levinson regards Bruno's de-centered universe
as the perfect model of cyberspace.

eh, the perfect model of cyberspace?

Bruno's books got burned by the holy roman catholic and apostolic
church. They also burned Bruno himself 17 February 1600.
When surrounded by barbarians, it may prove hazardous to
have new ideas.

Dr. Reich's books also got burned -- by U.S.Government
[hereinafter, the Lying Bastards] in 1957. Then they smashed his lab equipment
with axes, threw his ass in jail, and passed a law against
replicating his experiments. Re-read previous comment
about barbarians, the perfect model of cyberspace?

Bruno's universe, infinite in both space and time,
has no "real" or absolute center, since wherever
you cut a slice out of infinity, infinity remains.
Thus every place an observer stands becomes
a relative center for that observer.

This infinite universe may or may not match the
currently fashionable cosmological model of a
but it clearly matches the essential nature of
"mystic experience" -- the mindblowing realization
that one 'is' the center of EVERYTHING
and the equally mindblowing discovery that
that doesn't really matter because
every conscious entity 'is' also at the center.

Cyberspace, an indefinite but evergrowing network, also
has no absolute center. Every console becomes "the"
center for it's user.
Plug in a terminal. Internet doesn't care who or what you
think you "are."

...language as Class Warfare...

Giambasta Vico [1668-1744]: Another tricky Neopolitan writer,
so egregious and/or polymathic that one finds him called a "philosopher,"
a "sociologist," and even a precursor of "cultural anthropology"
or "Jungian psychology." A heavy influence on Hegel and Marx; on
Joyce and Pound; and on Transpersonal Linguistics.
Joyce [and the present book] borrow most heavily, not
from Vico's "cycle" theory of history, but from his concept
of language as Class Warfare.

Vico, unlike Bruno, escaped the Inquisition, but frequently got
himself accused of "heresy"
by academic rivals; at his funeral, a violent
confrontation broke out between
his admirers and a group of detractors, still charging
"heresy" and declaring him unfit for burial in "holy ground"
[the cemetery of the Unversity of Naples, where he had
taught] Some of the disputants required hospitilization
afterwards; Neopolitans take philosophy seriously.

Marx bragged of "turning Hegel upside down," thinking
he had thereby created Social Science. Unfortunately,
metaphysics turned upside down does not become science
but merely upside-down metaphysics. Hence the failure
of Marxism.


Why Joyce invented a new language:
"English is an honest language; there willl be
nothing left of Vico."
--Salvemini, on attempts to translate Our Man.

Vico, aware of the Inquisition looking over his shoulder,
never says exactly what he means. If he had, they
would have burned the poor bastard.
All books written in the United States since
the passage of the USAPATRIOT act may deserve
the same suspicions.
[Including this one.]
I hold that English, despite its basic honesty, can
contain the same insinuations and innuendos as
Italian, if poetized and information-enriched.

"Make him an offer he can't refuse."
--Don Corleone

Friederich Nietzsche [1844-1900] offbeat German philologist-philosopher,
enemy of "morality;" often [inaccurately] blamed for World War I,
Naziism, World War II, Existentialism, the Leopold-Loeb murder,
and other nefarious tendencies and events.
Influence on Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Thomas Mann,
W.B. Yeats, Stefan George, Bernard Shaw, Jean-Paul Sartre,
Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner and, of course, Joyce and Pound.
We will consider him chiefly as a critic of language
and forerunner of Wittgenstein, Logical Positivism,
Pound/Joyce and General Semantics.

Vico, as I understand or misunderstand him, believed
that religion began from fear of the thunder.
Vico says only "gentile religion" began that way, thereby
leaving the Bible outside the scope of his enquiry; we
who live under the USAPATRIOT Act can appreciate
his discretion.

Ernest Fenollosa [1853-1908], scholar of and historian
of art, Eastern and Western; considered a "national hero"
in Japan, and buried as such with all due honors by the
Japanese government, Fenollosa remains mostly unknown
in his own country [U.S.A.] Revered in Japan
for renewing interest in Japanese poetry and painting
at a time when the young Japanese mostly had forgotten
their own tradition and wanted to imitate Western models,
Fenollosa also wrote an essay on "The Chinese Written
Character as a Medium for Poetry"* which vastly influenced
Ezra Pound and, through Pound, modern poetry generally;
said essay also anticipates some formulations of General Semantics
and NeuroLinguistic Programming [NLP], and foreshadows
modern critiques of "linear" and "alphabetical" thinking.*

*Given to Ezra Pound, 1913, by Fenollosa's widow. After
five years of Homeric struggles to get this essay published, Pound
printed it as an appendix to a book of his own literary/linguistic
essays, Instigations [1918]. In 1952, Instigations having
gone out of print, Pound, Marshall McLuhan and associates
reprinted it as part of their Square Dollar Series.

A squiggly fractal--
the line of Monterrey's hills--
floats above the fog

...the alphabet vs. the equation....

Count Alfred Korzybski* [1879-1950] inventor of General
Semantics; a Polish-born engineer, who grew up in a house where
everybody spoke four languages [Polish, Russian, French, German],
Korzybsi wrote his major works in English after becoming a
U.S. citizen. His basic theorems:
[1] every "language" or code has a structure
which heavily influences the perceptions and "ideas"
of those who use it;
[2] the structure of Indo-European
subject-predicate sentences does not mesh with the structure
of the world known to science;
[3] mathematics does mesh
neatly with science
[4] we need to make our languages more
like mathematics if we want our social life to become
as pragmatically succesful as our sciences
. In the present context, Korzybski's mathematized
language structures, like the Fenollosa/Pound emphasis
on Chinese ideogram, helps us perceive/conceive Internet
in alternative ways, not possible for those restricted to Indo-European
semantic structures.

"Weep, weep!" cries a bird
Lost somewhere in fog and mist.
Sunrise with no sun.

Korzybski pronounced a heretic by Pope Martin Gardner, remember.

"You speak to me of nationality,
language, religion. These are nets
I shall try to fly over."
--A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce [1882-1941], the primary inventor, along with
Pound, of "modernism" in literature. In Dubliners [1914],
Joyce invented the "modern" [New Yorker-style]
short story, or slice-of-life;
in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [1915], he
changed the style and language continually, from infant
prattle to educated elegance, as the hero grew from
babyhood to college graduation;
in Ulysses * [1922], he
replaced the allegedly "objective" and seemingly
omniscient narrator of traditional fiction with a hundred
narrators [or "narrative voices"] all of them mildly-to-
severely distorting events to suit their own predilictions;
in Finnegans Wake [1939] he invented a new hologrammic style,
based on Bruno and Vico, which encodes the whole into
every part. In this class we l lean most heavily upon the
neurological relativism of Ulysses and the hologrammic
prose of Finnegans Wake.

*Banned from U.S. and repeatedly burned 1922-1933.The
Lying Bastards said they wanted to protect us from "indecency."

free speech without free radio speech is as zero
--Ezra Pound, Canto 74

Ezra Pound [1885-1971]* a foremost creator of and
the primary polemicist and propagandist
for "modernism" in literature and art; proponent of "ideogrammic"
as distinguished from "alphabetical" [linear] perception and/or
conception of world; major influence on McLuhan.

I borrow mostly from Pound's use of ideogrammic
method in his epic Cantos [1917-1970 approx.] and in Machine Art [1930]

*Charged with "treason"[poor usage of the First Amendment]
by the U.S. government; committed to St Elizabeth's
Hospital for the Criminally Insane for 13 years, 1945-1958.

A WORD TO THE WISE GUY: Quick like a bunny, check out:

Gay flamingo sings:
"The sun rises and the world
Is ablaze with Dawn"

...the alphabet vs. the equation....?

...language as Class Warfare...?

R. Buckminster Fuller [1895-1983], often hailed as
"the moden Leonardo," "the brainiest American since
Benjamin Franklin," etc.; inventor of the Geodesic
Dome, the World Game, the Dymaxion Car, the
Dymaxion Map [the first 2-dimensional projection
to show all continents without distortion], the Global
Energy Network, Synergetic Geometry, etc. etc. etc.
inventor of the phrase "Spaceship Earth" etc.
Here we mostly use Fuller's synergetic/planetary sociology,
as influenced by and an influence upon Pound.

God is not a noun.
God is a verb.
--Buckminster Fuller,
No More Second-Hand God


Marshall McLuhan [1911-1980]. Who he? You'll find out.

Claude Shannon [1916-2001 ] never had any trouble with the Proper
Authorities, but he nonethless launched two mathematical
revolutions which made Internet inevitable and also
crept into the vocabulary of both the biological and
social sciences: [1] In his 1940 M.S. dissertation for
M.I.T. he demonstrated how use of Boolean algebra
could make electrical networks into logic machines,
thereby creating the theory of digital circuits--
the foundation stone of modern computers;
and in his 1948 book, The Mathematical Theory of
Communication [University of Illinois Press], he created
Information Theory, which underlies Internet
and simultaneously acted as a paradigm for
literally dozens of other sciences.

I actually find it hard to think of any area of modern life--
science, education, business, art, entertainment--
where bits and bytes of Shannon's Information Theory have not
penetrated. In fact, whenenver you tell
somebody how many "bits" [binary units] a disk
contains, you have quoted him ...
And whenever you've heard or used the word "feedback"
in any but its original meaning*, you have heard another
extension of Shannon's work.

*Sound distortion created by interacting electronic systems.


H = - Epilogepi

--Claude Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

"Shit, motherfucker! I want my fucking money, motherfucker." Jungle Fever. Spike Lee.

I'm still hungry.
--Citizen Kane

You'll get fat!
--The Magnificent Ambersons


Bill Yeats


in the world of Esperanza, Primrose and Augusta;
of fat fussy old women and of fat fussy old men.
"Sure they want war," said Bill Yeats,
"They want all the young gals fer themselves."
That lovely unconscious world,
slop over slop, and blue ribbons
Ezra Pound, Canto 41

W B Yeats: 1865-1939
James Joyce: 1882-1941
Ezra Pound: 1885-1972

Pound went to London in 1909 with the specific intent of
meeting Yeats, whom he considered the greatest living poet.
If you want to become a great poet, he believed, find a great poet
to learn from.

The Yeats-Pound synergy mutated both of them, stylistically.
If you agree with Nietzsche that "the only way to improve
your mind is to improve your style," then they both
grew mentally as well as technically. Modern poetry
oscillates between the poles of Pound and Yeats.
Of the tribe of Ezra (and acknowledging it): William
Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olsen, Sir Basil Bunting,
Louis Zukofsky, e e cummings) Yeats's influence
appears in W H Auden, Alan Tate, and most of T S Eliot
[except "The Waste Land" which Eliot allowed Pound
to "edit" -- the end product looks suspiciously like
a gloomy/neurotic/Christian prologue to Pound's exhuberant/
high-hearted/pagan Cantos]

In 1912, preparing an anthology of Imagist poetry, Pound
asked Yeats if he could suggest any new poets not allied
to the Imagist circle, but writing close enough to the Imagist
style to deserve inclusion. Yeats mentioned a man
who'd left Dublin under a cloud and had survived since then
as a language teacher in Trieste: James Joyce.

Pound wrote to JJ; JJ sent him the "Chamber Music"
poems and Pound picked two of them for the anthology.
[He picked exactly the same two I wd have picked,
the one about the sea-bird going forth in the cold wind
and the one about the Army marching and the sea-hags
running on the beach waving their long green hair.]

EP wrote again to ask for more poems. Joyce said he
currently worked in prose and sent along a few
of the "Dubliners" stories.

These stories resembled NOTHING previous in world literature.
They had no plots, no beginnings or middles or ends,
JJ had INVENTED the "slice of life" which later became
the "New Yorker-type story" and since then
has become formalized and mass produced
by mediocrities. The style [described by Joyce
as "scrupulous meanness"] fit the blocked, paralyzed,*
bumbling denizens of an Occupied City the way good
clothes fit a body.

*The first story concerns a priest who is both
physically and symbolically paralyzed.

Yeats belonged to several rebel groups (which might
have gotten him hanged if the Brits ever caught him.)
Joyce called himself an anarchist but remained politically
aloof (Stirnerite.) Yet Joyce, with the mask of "scrupulous
meanness," showed in small everyday details the
Death Trip hanging over an occupied country, and
made ordinary nastiness as awful as Sartre ever
made the major horrors of the Nazi occupation of France.

EP's reaction: "I can turn from good French prose to
a page of Joyce without feeling my head is
being stuffed with cotton." (Other English prose
of the time did not please him.)

Pound devoted major energies to getting "Dubliners"
published. When JJ began the "Portrait of the Artist."
with a new style, which starts out as baby-talk and
grows up in quantum jumps as the Artist himself
grows, from infancy to 20 years old,
Pound again saw a major breakthrough in prose
and worked like hell to get it serialized and then
published in full. Then he found two rich women
who started sending Joyce monthly gifts to support
him while he launched the even-more revolutionary
"Ulysses. " Through all this Pound never complained
about his own poverty. He seems to have seen himself
as a tough guy who took hard times easily and JJ
as a sensibility so sensitive it might burn out without
sufficient nourishment.

During World War I, Pound and Joyce corresponded
a lot and agreed about the slaughter. Pound said
it was a pity the nations involved couldn't ALL be defeated.
JJ wrote a Swiftian poem denouncing warfare --
the only overtly or openly political work in his ouvre.
Yeats expressed himself by writing poems in
which humanity appears as "weasels fighting
in a hole" and the Anti-Christ slouches toward
Bethlehem to be born

EP and JJ also entertained each other by mail with limericks
about their friends and the literary scene in general.
Some still seem funny.


In the one-page autobiography he wrote for New
Directions in the early 1950s, Pound describes
a major re-orientation in typically terse fashion --
"1919: began investigating causes of war,
to oppose same."

In the 1920s JJ began Finnegans Wake and Pound
re-started the Cantos. Neither one could understand
the other any longer. They "drifted apart."

both Finnegans Wake and the Cantos
attempt to "explain" history (read:
explain why World War I happened), they use
different mutations of style to
convey two radically new and radically different.

Pound locates the Original
Sin or major fuck-up in the economic structures
of societies AND in the ethical (or unethical) ideas
that perpetuate economic structures.
(Marx plus Dante, a mixture EP called Voluntarist
economics, and found anticpated in Kung fu tse and Mong tse...)

JJ finds the glitch in the conscious and unconscious
struggles over power, sex and status within one middle-class
early 20th Century Irish Protestant
household consisting of a middle-aged Mom and
Dad, two quarreling sons, a disturbed but sexy
teen-ager daughter, and 2 servants. The greatest
is within the smallest: one household models
humanity's predicament.

In 1931, at their last meeting, Pound grew loud
and agitated. JJ later said Pound had gone mad,
He was the first one to ever utter that opinion,
but he wd not be the last.

The Joyce-Pound saga (friendship and respect
turning to angry incomprehension) appears,
conciously or not, in the Cantos, as the Jefferson-Adams
EP and JJ never had that reconciliation, but--

On one of the radio broadcasts which the U S Department
of Justice called treasonous, Pound orated on JJ's death
and reiterated again that JJ ranked as the major
novelist of the 20th Century.

RECORSI: 2005.


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  1. 30 seals
  2. RAW360
  3. aleister crowley
  4. alfred korzybski
  5. amsterdam
  6. audio
  7. c.g jung
  8. cantos
  9. claude shannon
  10. coldcut
  11. collaborative fiction
  12. cosmic trigger
  13. coursework
  14. cybernetics
  15. decentralized and rotational
  16. dodecahedron
  17. email to the tribe
  18. ernest fenollosa
  19. erwin schroedinger
  20. eternal return
  21. ettt
  22. ezra pound
  23. f for fake
  24. finnegans wake
  25. fly agaric 23
  26. flyagaric23
  27. friederich nietzsche
  28. giambattista vico
  29. giordano bruno
  30. global village
  31. hermetic style
  32. hologramic prose
  33. hyperintelligence
  34. icosahedron
  35. ideogramic method
  36. illuminati
  37. illuminatus! trilogy
  38. internet
  39. interview
  40. jack sarfatti
  41. james joyce
  42. john coltrane
  43. john lilly
  44. john sinclair
  45. john von neumann
  46. ken campbell
  47. konnakol
  48. lull wheels
  49. lulu
  50. magick
  51. maps
  52. marshall mcluhan
  53. maybe logic
  54. maybe logic academy
  55. maybe logic quarterly
  56. nlp
  57. norbert wiener
  58. novel
  59. ontology
  60. open source history
  61. orson welles
  62. osh
  63. palm springs
  64. pentagram
  65. philip k dick
  66. planetary sociology
  67. plush
  68. poetry
  69. prophets conference
  70. r. buckminster fuller
  71. recorso
  72. redundancy of information
  73. robert anton wilson
  74. saul paul sirag
  75. schroedinger's cat trilogy
  76. screenplay
  77. sex
  78. sixty
  79. steve fly
  80. steven pratt
  81. syllabic pyramid
  82. synchronicity
  83. tailors
  84. tales
  85. teachings
  86. television
  87. terence mckenna
  88. tetrad of media effects
  89. textation
  90. the tale of the tribe
  91. timothy leary
  92. tribetable
  93. ttott
  94. turntable method
  95. ulysses
  96. wikileaks
  97. wilhelm reich
  98. william butler yeats
  99. william s burroughs
  100. youtube