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Coincidance Paperback – 1 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: NEW FALCON PUBLICATIONS,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561840041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561840045
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The spelling of the title is not a mistake. It includes: "Dance through Religion for the Hell of It"; "The Physics of Synchronicity"; James Joyce and Finnegan's "Wake"; "The Godfather and the Goddess"; "The Poet as Early Warning Radar"; "Mammary Metaphysics"; "The Married Catholic Priests Convention"; and much, much more...


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A caveat: while this book, like most of Wilson's works, rates a 10 (with me), this probably belongs in the advanced course, and might be beyond people who've never read Wilson before. If you don't know his style, his philosophies and his history, you might get lost in the muck. But, if you've at least made it through his "Illuminatus!" and "Prometheus Rising," then give it a shot. (Reading "Finnegan's Wake" also helps, but you won't have to in order to follow his analyses.)
Describable as one of Wilson's more straightforward exegises, "Coincidance" deals directly with concepts of quantum physics, Joycean symbolism and the "reality is what you can get away with" school of thought.
Bonus points, Wilson wrote this book entirely in "E-Prime," a variation of English with one subtle but significant difference. (In fact, I've written this entire review in "E-Prime" as well. The only exception appears in the quote above, a repeat of the title of one of Wilson's fictional works. Perhaps, if you figure out what makes "E-Prime" different, you might be ready to read "Coincidance" right now...)
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In Coincidance Wilson dissects Joyce, and intersects that with political, sociological, philosophical and theo/asophical essays. The entire book has rapier wit and style, but don't miss the Ode to the Divine Marquis De Sade. The entire books is worth just that.

This is what got me started on Wilson; I'll never regret it.
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Coincidance was first published in 1988. As RAW lived in Dublin, Ireland, for six years during the 1980's, there is a strong Gaelic flavour throughout the book. RAW examines the work of Irish author James Joyce, and publishes for the first time an interview with the legendary Irish statesman Sean MacBride. However, Coincidance is also a collection of RAW essays and even a few poems, written over a thirty year period and collected from such diverse sources as The Realist, Playboy, No Governor, Science Digest, and Fortean Times. Topics covered include synchronicity and conspiracy, religion and physics, the CIA and the Knights of Malta. Individuals discussed include Eleanor of Aquitaine, J.R. `Bob' Dobbs, Albert Einstein, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Hill, Anton Lavey, Stagger Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Ezra Pound, the Marquis de Sade, Kerry Thornley, and Tennessee Williams.

Perhaps the best way to indicate what RAW has to offer is simply to use a direct quote from Coincidance - `The "paranormal" aspect of synchronicities...can be "explained" in various ways, including the Fundamentalist Materialist's favourite non-explanation or pseudo-explanation - mere coincidence'.

A previous reviewer thought that RAW wrote Coincidance `entirely in E-prime' (a form of language where the verb `to be' and its variations are not used). Unfortunately, this is not correct. Parts of Coincidance make use of the E-prime concept, but many of the chapters were originally written as stand alone essays or as sections in other books, and some chapters were written decades before others.

Like all RAW books, however, Coincidance is loaded with real information that can actually alter brain software if processed adequately. For anyone genuinely interested in meta-programming her or his own reality map, this book is a must-read.
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I should start by saying that I am a big fan of RAW and have read pretty much everything by him available in print. And whilst Coincidance is a worthy read for any RAW fan it seems to me to be rather a mixed bag.

I do not shared RAW's fanaticism for Finnegan's Wake. And whilst he references FW in many of his works, there are large sections of Coincidance that are nothing more than RAW's attempt to link FW with...well quite frankly everything.

Coincidance contains an assortment of RAW's published and somewhat hard to find pieces. Throw in to this a whole chapter culled from his Illuminati Chronicles (with a bit of cut-up thrown in to the mix) and you hvw what for me reads like the good, the bad and the indifferent.

One for RAW fans only, especially the FW fanatics.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x988d9468) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982df3e4) out of 5 stars Great essays by the master of schizo-prose 12 Sept. 2000
By Tim Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many of Wilson's books have been accused of being mere fodder for his personal philosophy, incorporating the same jokes and the same sermons into a barely recognizable plot. That is not true, but much of what attracts people to his books is the way that he makes people see things in different perspectives.
This book has essays on physics, Sade, and Joyce. Both Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake are explained in ways that actually make a person want to read the books, while the Marquis de Sade is given his due as the master of disturbing literature.
What makes this book worthwhile for me is the essay on Tennessee Williams comparing him to Sade. I don't remember the play that he is discussing, nor does American Theatre for that matter, but what stands out is a praise for Williams as a true artist - "An artist must put out questions and let the audience figure it out for themselves. An artist is not there to provide the answers. Arthur Miller is not an artist because he spoonfeeds the answers to you. In every play Miller is running for elected office."
I am paraphrasing but in that one argument, I managed to crystalize and express all my doubts about political art - including agitprop, "identity art" and sermons disguised as plays. I knew that I hated these types of artistic expressions, but I always felt like I should like them especially when they agreed with my political philosophy. For that alone, this book is worth buying. You have a 90% chance of finding something in this work that states a constantly debated point so clearly that you wonder why it wasn't said this way to begin with.
50 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982c22ac) out of 5 stars Finnegan's Wake explained... among other things 28 May 1998
By Jon Bastian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A caveat: while this book, like most of Wilson's works, rates a 10 (with me), this probably belongs in the advanced course, and might be beyond people who've never read Wilson before. If you don't know his style, his philosophies and his history, you might get lost in the muck. But, if you've at least made it through his "Illuminatus!" and "Prometheus Rising," then give it a shot. (Reading "Finnegan's Wake" also helps, but you won't have to in order to follow his analyses.)
Describable as one of Wilson's more straightforward exegises, "Coincidance" deals directly with concepts of quantum physics, Joycean symbolism and the "reality is what you can get away with" school of thought.
Bonus points, Wilson wrote this book entirely in "E-Prime," a variation of English with one subtle but significant difference. (In fact, I've written this entire review in "E-Prime" as well. The only exception appears in the quote above, a repeat of the title of one of Wilson's fictional works. Perhaps, if you figure out what makes "E-Prime" different, you might be ready to read "Coincidance" right now...)
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x989b0c78) out of 5 stars Mind shattering and breath taking! 8 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Coincidance Wilson dissects Joyce, and intersects that with political, sociological, philosophical and theo/asophical essays. The entire book has rapier wit and style, but don't miss the Ode to the Divine Marquis De Sade. The entire books is worth just that.

This is what got me started on Wilson; I'll never regret it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97ecae70) out of 5 stars What a wonderful book 9 Aug. 2005
By Eric Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains many wonders. It presents the deepest fruits of Wilson's half century of Joyce studies, as well as a history of alternative religion in America, studies of Allen Ginsburg and Marilyn Monroe, etc. I loved it.
HASH(0x97ef890c) out of 5 stars Coincidance 5 Sept. 2014
By Suzanna M. Marlow - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book as the author examines the wordplay and synchronicities of the works of James Joyce as well as examinations of other authors, metaphysics, and religion. An excellent mind-bender!
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