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|Esoterica's crackpost historian and longtime friend of BoA:Audio, Adam Gorightly returns to the program to discuss his new book Historia Discordia: The Origins of the Discordian Society. Adam shares the amazing tale of how the book all came together and then provides listeners with a tremendously detailed history of how the Discordian Society started and subsequently evolved. He takes us through Operation Mindfuck as well as explains the Principia Discordia and how it changed over the years.
Adam also talks about the role Robert Anton Wilson had in spreading the 'gospel' of Discordianism as well as Discordian Society co-founder Kerry Thornley and his connection to the Kennedy Assassination mythos, specifically the investigation by Jim Garrison. Additionally, we reflect on how times have changed and how the Discordian Society was really a product of its time in many ways. We learn what became of the various 'players' in the creation of the Discordian Society as well as what Discordianism has become today.
Beyond all that, we discuss Grey Barker's and how he shaped various stories in the world of the paranormal, including how he may have surreptitiously influenced John Keel's account of the Mothman story. Adam also recounts the remarkable story of Ira Einhorn, a counter-culture player who had a hand in the creation of Earth Day, murdered his girlfriend, and then spent years hiding out in Europe. Closing out the esoteric discussion, Adam previews his next book, Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation, due out on October 14th.
In the final 20 minutes of the program, we have our requisite NBA discussion that somehow got missed from the baseball special, where we find out how Adam became a basketball fan in the first place, why he is dangerous close to ditching the Lakers as his favorite team, his thoughts on LeBron James going back to Cleveland, and how to improve the NBA. We also get an update on his beloved San Francisco Giants as well.
For the Gorightly fanatics and collectors, be sure to check out Adam's previous appearances on the program ...
A self described “crackpot historian”, Adam Gorightly has been chronicling fringe culture and conspiracy politics in an illuminating manner for more than two decades now. An active contributor to the zine revolution of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Adam’s byline was a familiar sight in many cutting-edge magazines of the period where he sharpened his literary teeth penning articles on the paranormal, conspiracies, and fringe culture.
His explorations into these arcane waters eventually led to his first book, published in October 2001,The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control and the Manson Family Mythos, which has been described as the mother of all Manson family tomes. This was followed in November 2003 by The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture, the first bio of the legendary counterculture figure, chronicling Thornley’s amazing and tragic life. Adam’s latest offering, The Beast of Adam Gorightly: Collected Rantings 1992–2004, features many articles from Adam’s formative years in the zine scene and onward into the new millennium.
Adam has been a guest on radio talk shows across the U.S., Canada and Ireland including Erskine Overnight, The Richard Syrett Show, The R.U. Sirius Show, The X-Zone with Rob McConnell, From The Grassy Knoll with Vyzygoth, The Blue Rose Report with Miles Lewis, A Closer Look with Michael Corbin, Binnall of America, and Radio Misterioso with Greg Bishop. His articles have appeared in numerous publications such as The Excluded Middle, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, and FourTwoFour, the largest soccer magazine in Great Britain.