The Hypnotic Horror of “Room 237”

“A movie about audience participation.” –trade ad for the home video release of “Demons” The Shining, like director Stanley Kubrick’s other masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, seems to offer up as many meanings as there are willing interpreters to expound them. Is there any inherent “darker” message to The Shining than the darkness already on display? …

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How Robert Anton Wilson Changed My Life

“The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.” —Robert Anton Wilson I first read Robert Anton Wilson’s The Cosmic Trigger in 2009. It was a period in my life where I encountered, for the first time, a number of related thinkers & their ideas—including Timothy Leary & …

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The Ballad Of The Number 23

“Chapter 23. You can call me Fingerling. My real name is Walter. Walter Paul Sparrow. What you’ve read so far is not the whole truth.” –Walter Sparrow, “The Number 23” The Number 23 is not…a great film. Directed by Joel Schumacher—the only man who I think was capable of rendering a Carrey-in-his-prime unfunny (1995’s Batman Forever, …

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