Thursday, January 15, 2015

Waywords and Meansigns: recreating finnegans wake (in its whole wholume)

A spanking new project to record and interpret Finnegans Wake called 'waywords and meansigns' has been launched, and this drummer is very happy to be a contributor (to the second edition) scheduled for release later this summer. This first edition will be in orbit some time in the coming months, and features a diverse international mix of musicians and artists from across a spectrum of the arts.  

"Waywords and Meansigns is an upcoming audio version of James Joyce's famous text, Finnegans Wake, to be read in its entirety. The book will be divided into 17 sections, and there will be a different music/reader/performance group assigned to each section. Featuring established as well as up-and-coming artists, Waywords and Meansigns will offer a version of Joyce's work that is stimulating, accessible, and enjoyable to even the most casual of readers and listeners."

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce had been a fav/ book of Bobs, that he considered the greatest novel of all time. Listen to Dr Wilson cruise through some of the 'Shem The Penman' episode here, deploying his Brooklyn Irish brogue.

Robert Anton Wilson reads Finnegans Wake: Shem the Penman

There are plans for a second and a third edition of the project, so anybody reading this who would like to join this new adventure, please contact: waywordsandmeansigns @ gmail. com

"FW is what I call “The Good Book”, and I’m only half joking.  To me it’s not only the greatest novel ever written, it’s the greatest poem ever written, the greatest detective story ever written, and the most entertaining work in all literature, and as William York Tindall of Columbia says, it’s the funniest and dirtiest book in the world.   People are intimidated by it.  If the publishers just had the sense to put on the cover, “the funniest and dirtiest book in the world - Tindall, Columbia”, it would sell a lot better, and people would make the effort to decipher it.--Robert Anton Wilson.

Thursday, January 08, 2015


bc comic made for Robert Anton Wilson's Tale of the Tribe MLA course (2005)

The funny chap w/ the wicked stash strut is supposed to be Ezra Pound, who wrote:

"4 times was the city rebuilded, Hooo Fasa
            Gassir, Hooo Fasa   dell' Italia tradita
now in the mind indestructible, Gassir, Hooo Fasa
with four giants at the four corners
and four gates mid wall Hooo Fasa
and a terrace the colour of stars"
-Canto 74 

RAW explains:

"Hooo mean somthing like hooray or hallelujah
Fasa = the tribe or the king

From an African "tale of the tribe"
collected by Frobenius

Wagadu = a divine, or magick, city
which existed four times 
and each time got lost again
first thru vanity
second thru lying
third thru greed
fourth thru feuding

Wagadu still exists in some sense
"in the mind indestructible"
and will appear again
when all people transcend
vanity, lies, greed and vendettta

Hooo Fasa

Hooo Fasa

gets repeated 10 times at the end of the song

Hooo Fasa "

and a George Kearns quote by way of Eric Wagner:

"...the unnamed African seekers of a city of the mind, Wagadu (both divinity and city), whom we come to recognize by their cry, "Hooo Fasa." They can metamorphose into each other, as they do in Frazer, to become Isis-Kuanon, Isis-Luna, Circe-Titania, or Adonis-Tamuz."

I take the "mind" Indestructible as the non-local class of all minds, which after all is No Mind!

RAW comments:

"You captured the essence of Pound's use of the Sudanese legend -- 
even though rain and industrial waste are hardly equal conditions 
in the death camp where a rapist and murderer was hanged every day.

Hooo Fasa"

Fair Enough!



Member of the NEW TRAJECTORIES webring