Pranks, Pranksters, Trickster & Tricks: An Online Class by RU Sirius

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[Editor’s Note: Joey Skaggs will be dropping in to RU Sirius’ online class during the week of February 18, 2008 (Note new date). So, if you’re registered, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments with him.]

An invitation from RU Sirius: I’ll be teaching a 6 week online course at the Maybe Logic Academy February 11 – March 23, 2008 (Note new dates). Join us!

Pranks and Pranksters, Tricksters & Tricks, an online class at the Maybe Logic Institute Pranks and Pranksters, Tricksters & Tricks

The brilliant ones open up a space in the world for magic(k), ambiguity, and novelty. They encourage us to question authority and better still, they cause us to question reality.

In this course, we will discuss the history of pranks and pranksterism in the contemporary world. We will examine mythical and world historic tricksters like Coyote, Bugs Bunny, Crowley, Puck, Heyoka, Papa Legba, Lucifer, and more. And we’ll explore and discuss the role pranksters and tricksters play in cultures. I will also discuss some of my own pranks and tricks and legendary pranksters Mark Hosler of Negativland and Joey Skaggs will be dropping in on the course to answer questions.

Finally, we will plan pranks, make pranks, and maybe even leave the course with a dedicated prankster cabal. No fooling.

Course texts:

  • Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art by Lewis Hyde
  • Pranks 2 by V. Vale
  • Check here for information about the Maybe Logic Academy and an explanation of how their online classes work.

    RU Sirius is co-editor of 10 Zen Monkeys and author of Counterculture Through The Ages: From Abraham to Acid House. He was a Yippie! in the early 1970s, Editor-In-Chief of Mondo 2000 in the early ’90s, and is currently hosting two attempts to create political organizations — QuestionAuthority and Open Source Party at