Colin Wilson goes Beyond the Robot on Rune Soup

Here’s a link to an interview I did recently with Gordon White on his pungent Rune Soup website. Gordon knows his Wilson – and much else besides – and as usual, we discuss many things over a wide range of topics, most of which have something to do with Wilson, existentialism, phenomenology, the occult, consciousness, and what place the Outsider has in our day and age.

5 thoughts on “Colin Wilson goes Beyond the Robot on Rune Soup

  1. Wow. Just finished reading your book and what a wonderful distillation of the life and ideas of Colin Wilson. I first discovered CW when I was 16 (I am 61 now) and often wonder how my life would have been different without him. If anything he provided a voice for those who always thought there was more to life than what we see in front of us. In your bio you mention CW had an aversion to rock music. Back in the late 80’s I wrote to CW to try and convert him to the cause (no easy task). I am a big fan of early Scott Walker whose 1st four solo albums are arguably one of rocks greatest outsider testaments. Given the albums had a strong leaning to the classical I thought they might at least be mildly palatable to him. CW replied that the compilation tape I sent him was “absolutely fascinating”. However I had my suspicion that he hadn’t actually listened and was just being polite but I appreciated the replies he sent me. I can’t be blamed for trying. I am now catching up with your other books and presently devouring The Secret Teachers. Keep up the good work.

    1. Many thanks for your comments about the book Nigel, and I suspect you’re right about CW being polite about Scott Walker, who I remember most from the Walker Brothers. As far as I know, he barely knew who the Beatles were, and had little idea about my own musical past. I am glad you enjoyed the book and hope you feel the same about Secret Teachers. All the best, Gary

      1. Something that I forgot to mention in relation to Scott Walker is that his album Scott 4 (1969) featured a quote from Albert Camus on the cover: “A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover through the detours of art those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened”, which comes from an early essay of his “Between Yes and No”. Needless to say the album was a bit too heavy for the love generation and flopped. On the issue of the intentionality of consciousness I always thought Guatama Buddha summed it up nicely: “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

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