The tale of the tribe may not be a linear tale with a beginning, middle and ending, although cycles of this tripple nature are within its structure, the tale of the tribe includes faster than light information transfer and David Bohmian Non-locality, by default the tale must eat itself and balance any pronouncements of being with an equal and opposite force, or case, clause, for non-being, thus fulfilling the basic Taoist principle of Pull-Push that Dr. Wilson describes with eloquence in one of his earliest published essay's Joyce and Daoism.
One attribute to Dr. Robert Anton Wislon that I noticed each time I met him was his large celtic-spiral ring. To me, the ring symbolizes the rotational and spiral nature of his work, the meanings fold in on themselves, Vico and Joyce and Nietzsche and the spiraling principles of recorsi. Giordano Bruno and his "Memory Wheels", Giambattista Vico and his "Cycles of Ages", Frederich Nietzsche and "Eternal Return", Ernest Fenollosa and the omni-directional radiance of "Chinese Ideogram", William Butler Yeats and his dynamic "Gyres" and "Unity of Being", Ezra Pound and his "Revolutionary Calendar", James Joyce and his spiral powered "coincidance of contraries & resolution of opposites", Buckminster Fuller and his moving "Synergistic" principles, travel the edges of that ring. Meanwhile Alfred Korzybski and his "General Semantics", Marshall McLuhan and his "Global Village Tribes", Orson Welles and his "Neurological Cinematic Relativity", Claude Shannon and "Information Theory" and other recurring geniuses and their additional contributions to humanity intersect with the various connecting threads, tied up and represented by RAW.
The Celtic spiral also reminds us of Bob's proud Irish heritage and great scholarship of Celtic literature, history, language and logic. Arlan and Bob lived together in Dublin, Ireland between 1982 and 1988 during which time he read the complete works of Johnathan Swift, and polished up his study of Synge, O' Brien, Yeats, and his beloved James Joyce, while writing hundreds of comprehensive articles and approx. six books. I once heard him refer to the book "The Widows Son" that he wrote in Ireland, as his favourite. I feel that the great celtic influences on the classic tale - Irish Fairy Tales - and folk tales, about any and everything Irish, help to distinguish the kind of "tale" we might be looking for. Swifts early work "The Tale of A Tub" for example, states my case clearly.
Tale of the Tribe
To continue this train of thought, maybe if we associate Joyce and Yeats with the word "Tale" to denote the unequaled Irish literary canon, then we can balance the equation with Ezra Pound and Marshall McLuhan helping us define the "tribe" half of the statement: "Tale of the Tribe".
The Tale involves the multiple points of view and literary devices of a master, the subtle imitations of common speech, space-time continuity and hologrammic architectural oversight (Portrait of the Artist, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake) to use the example of Joyce: the master of manufacturing moments of epiphany in a tale, a drunken shout in the Street. The tale reaches back to Homer's Odyssey, and still further around the camp fires and early dwellings of early hominids developing language and story; a way to bring several things together into a single moment of comprehension. The tale has an added ambiguity, close to that associated with myth, where the questions about truth and reality remain in a playful maybe state, rather than being a part of the fossil record or confined to a chronological, historical prison. The tale seems to be close in meaning to the parable or Koan utilized throughout various wisdom schools as thinking exercises and teaching tools.
The tribe, on the other side of the equation which I have divided up, for the sake of comparative study, seems to denote a designated group of people defined by their culture, language and group activity. The Speech of the Tribe might be different to the speech of the tale, in that the tribal speech generalizes subjective tales into doctrine and common laws, group contracts and constitutions. The speech of the tribe, in this model, aims to inform the populace with a general Unified theory of axioms, whereas the 'tale' type of speech, aims to correlate personal experience on the psychological realm of inner space, the anecdotal "Tale". The values and qualities that I propose here are, of course, interchangeable, and both Joyce and Pound figured out a new form of scripture and a new form of poetry to present this tale/tribe speech. Combining many styles and techniques and languages together and producing a successful synthesis, and probably the two greatest works of literature of the 20th' century, according to RAW, and i must concur; Finnegans Wake by Joyce and The Cantos by Pound stand head and shoulders above any other modern works of literary art, the perfected art/word of poetry. Nicholas of Cusa emerges as an important node in the tale of the tribe, he influenced Vico and so Joyce.
I have taken the tale of the tribe literally and over the last 14 months constructed a fictional Universe next door to the Universe of 1936, and placed 80% of the RAW TTOTT tribe in the context of an historical plot to change recorded history and avoid the Second World War. This 'Tale' called "Our Histories Back" seemed like the only way for me to present both aspects of the the tale of the tribe, or two aspects of a multiple tribe of aspects; the Novel including history, and the Long Poem. My long poem still under construction is called Shannanigums Wave, and contains dream tales at the end of each chapter, together both of these books are a part of my on-going research into the tale of the tribe, and an example of my own interpretations and shared feedback gathered together in a book form, made available as self published books at lulu.com
CONSTELLATIONS OF TTOTT INFLUENCE
Synge, A.E White, Mallarme',
Chales Olson, Hemmingway, Homer, T.S Eliot,
William S. Burroghs, Proust, O' Brien, Swift, Anthony Burgess, Shakespeare
Richard Bandler, Samual J. Dubois, Benjamin Whorf, Edward Sapir, Noam Chomsky, John Lilly
Tesla, Jack Parsons, Marconi,
Clint Eastwood, Crowley, Gurdjieff, Piccaso, Harry Smith, Fellini, Ed Wood
Terence Mckenna, Teilhard De Chardin, Madame Blavatsky,
John Dee, Edward Kelly, Mirandola, Shakespeare, Crowley, Regardie, NLP
Alan Watts, Picasso, Confucius, Crowley,
Leary, Rushkoff, Pesce, Davis, Doctorow, Sirius, Paul Levinson,
SHN & WIE:
Von Neumann, Morganstern, Feynman, Schroedinger, Hamilton, Bohr, Einstein, Charles Fourier, Stibitz, Alan Turing, Eddington,
Derrida, Foucault, Cocteau, Deluze, Baudrillard, Breton, Hegal, Kierkagaard, Hume, Spinoza, Huserl
Alan Watts, Leary, Bucky, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Lilly, Bey, McKenna, Tom Robbins, Norman Mailer, Pychon, Vonnegut,
The TOTT has the limited infallability of the human nervous system as its subject matter, but with RAW's creative ability with languages, and by weaving a whole cloth of truth from spiral bound threads, such as RNA and DNA, Dr. Wislon makes the impossible possible, and pulls the consciousness of the reader out of the book world and into the existential world of experiment, feedback and Hilaritas.