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Kerry Thornley and Kerista

In the mid 1960s, Kerry Thornley joined The Gentle Way, “a sexually swinging psychedelic tribe” engaged in communal mate swapping, dope smoking, and LSD-tripping. Kerry worked for a while as The Gentle Way’s public relations envoy, publishing the Gentle Folk … Continue reading

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When Downard Met Discordia

I owe a lot to Robert Anton Wilson and specifically the influence Cosmic Trigger Volume 1: Final Secret of the Illuminati (1978) had in piquing my interest in subjects like ufology, magick, Forteana, Discordianism, and the dreaded Bavarian Illuminati. I’m … Continue reading

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Discordia Meets Academia

Religious scholar Christian Greer has just posted a lengthy, incisive and quite wonderful essay at academia.edu entitled “Discordians Stick Apart”: The institutional turn within contemporary Discordianism. The essay includes references to my books and this website: “Through his blog, Historia … Continue reading

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November 27: This Day in Discordian History

On this date in 1963—in the aftermath of the JFK assassination—we find the first mention of Kerry Thornley’s The Idle Warriors, his novel based on Lee Harvey Oswald and life in the Marines during the Cold War era. Thornley’s observations … Continue reading

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The Roger Spark and TeenSet Conspiracy

In The Illuminatus! Trilogy the concept of Operation Mindfuck (OM) was introduced and in many ways Illuminatus! itself was an act of OM, which included the Discordians high-jacking the Bavarian Illuminati mythos and making it their own. The method to … Continue reading

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RAW vs. Mae Brussell!

The spring 1977 issue of Conspiracy Digest featured an interview with Robert Anton Wilson (RAW) in which he discussed the full spectrum of where his head was at during the period. Fresh off the publication of Illuminatus!, the interview included … Continue reading

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CHASING ERIS: On The Trail of Kerry Thornley (and his kitties)

The following is another draft excerpt from my forthcoming book Chasing Eris. The book documents my worldwide adventure to experience modern Discordian culture, meet its personalities, and discover elusive Erisian mysteries. —Brenton Clutterbuck   Adam Gorightly gives me details for … Continue reading

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Discordianism Meets Ufology (Part 00003)

Robert Anton Wilson (RAW) explored the UFO mystery over the years and one of his earliest writings on the topic appeared in the May 1975 Berkeley Barb entitled “Awaiting The News from Galactic Central” about a story then circulating which … Continue reading

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Cosmic Trigger Online Reading Group, Week 19

Thanks to Charles Faris for inviting me take the helm for this week’s Cosmic Trigger reading. I ended up writing a lot more than I’d initially intended… but sometimes that happens! (I blame it on the Dog Days.) We pick … Continue reading

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Greg Hill Gets Letters (Part 00011)

A letter to Greg Hill dated March 15, 1970—otherwise known as the First Day of the Season of Discord, Prickle-Prickle Discord 1st, Year of Our Lady 3136 (Also known as the Ides of Eris)—courtesy of Louise Crowley of the The … Continue reading

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