Colin Wilson, Radio 3, the British Museum, and To the Best Of Our Knowledge

Outsiders will have to get their skates on next week. On October 11, I’ll be talking about my new book Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking program. I’ll be speaking with the presenter Matthew Sweet and the writer Suzi Feay, both of whom are fans of Wilson’s work and things off beat in general. The next day I’ll be back in the BBC studios to record an interview for the Wisconsin based talk show To The Best Of Our Knowledge, where I’ll be speaking about Wilson, but also about my work in the history of western esotericism in general. I’m not sure at the moment exactly when that program will be broadcast, but I will post the date when I know. And on the 16th I’ll be talking about Wilson’s time sleeping on Hampstead Heath while writing his first novel Ritual in the Dark at the all-day Folk Horror event being held at the British Museum. Famously, Wilson curled up by night on the Heath in a waterproof sleeping bag , and cycled down to the British Museum in the morning, where he worked on his existential thriller, which is best described as Jack the Ripper meets the Brothers Karamazov. If there is a film to be made of one of Wilson’s’ novels, this is the one.

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6 Responses to “Colin Wilson, Radio 3, the British Museum, and To the Best Of Our Knowledge”

  1. An Nonimass Says:

    “On October 11, I’ll be talking about my new book (…) on BBC Radio 3 (…).”

    Interesting!

    Mr. Lachman, could you perhaps get the people at BBC Radio 3 to re-broadcast the ‘Private Passions’ episode with Colin Wilson? (original broadcast date: Sunday 21 January 2007) I asked them before shortly after Wilson’s death, but as I’m just a pleb, nothing came of it.

    Thank you!

    “Sunday 21 January 2007 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

    Michael Berkeley’s guest is writer and philosopher Colin Wilson, whose extraordinarily extensive output began with the publication 50 years ago of The Outsider, the book in which he coined the phrase New Existentialism. He has gone on to embrace literary, music and film criticism, science fiction, the occult and criminology.

    Wilson’s musical tastes range from a Haydn string quartet to symphonies by Prokofiev and Howard Hansen, and operas by Britten and Berg.”

  2. Maybe the time is right for BBC Radio 3 to re-broadcast the ‘Private Passions’ episode with Colin Wilson? (original air date: Sunday 21 January 2007)

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