In college I became a fan of the writer and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson. One of the more intriguing ideas he introduced me to is “maybe logic” and “E-Prime.” E-Prime is English in which the word “is” is done away with.
1A. John is lethargic and unhappy.
1B. John appears lethargic and unhappy.
2A. John is bright and cheerful.
2B. John appears bright and cheerful.
3A. This is a fascist idea.
3B. This seems like a fascist idea to me.
Wilson’s advocacy for using E-Prime was because he felt it caused people to express less certainty in their words, which in turn would lead to people having less certainty in their thoughts, all of which would lead to people having more flexible minds. A video of Wilson explaining this idea is below.
I believe our pal the Rauschmonstrum relates quite a bit to Wilson’s ideas, since the Rauschmonstrum’s purpose is to serve as a symbol of fluidity and chaos. Inserting him into a narrative causes the narrative to lapse into chaos, which is just the way I like it.
If I had unlimited time I would take thousands of pieces of public domain literature and rework them so that they were Rauschmonstrumified. Alas, I do not have enough time to do this. Therefore I call upon you, my loyal Rausch Pals to help in this task. Storm the public domain by force and deface it with Rauschmonstrum infused revisions. If you are particularly proud of what you have created, send them to me.
Suggestion: Start with the holy books, I’ve already done the Gospels so make your way to the other ones.
—The Rauschmonstrum’s Press Agent—