The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

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"Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. The exegesis of Philip K. Dick will make this tantalizing work available to the public for the first time in an annotated two-volume abridgement. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780547549255
0547549253
Branch Call Number: 818.5407 D55
Characteristics: xxv, 944 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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DavidLaGraff
Oct 04, 2018

In 1984 I met with the first executor of the PKD estate Paul Williams in Glen Ellen California. Paul was working on finishing the work Radio Free Albemuth. Paul was also working on publishing a book railing against Bob Dylan's conversion to Christianity. Paul and I had a few disagreements as to where Dick was going with the God thing and Paul's somewhat unsatisfying ending won out. The Exegesis was in boxes in an old garage. I took home a few handfuls and began transcribing them. They were written in longhand, tiny script with side notes and were amazingly detailed. It was then I realized that my favorite author got a download into his head that he struggled mightily ever after to get onto paper to help him think about what he saw and felt. It was an amazing experience to have access to this raw material. I personally believed Dick to have found a belief in mystical Catholic Christianity, but this was shot down by all of his former associates. Of course every one has an opinion on these things. Dick was wrestling with God and his friends were teaching students how to talk to rocks. Go figure.

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aberti00
Dec 13, 2013

To understand a similar experience to his (of cosmic consciousness/god/ultimate reality/etc.) see the work of Walter Russell as his experiences are similar.

PrinceBishop Dec 10, 2011

You don't have to be crazy to attempt to read this collection of the ramblings of a speed freak---but it would certainly help. I read the first 40 pages and browsed through the rest. My advice is stick to the novels and short stories.

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