posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 09:39 PM
I have seen this video before. Interesting that it was taken down. I have read probably the majority of PKD's novels, and am currently reading 'The
Exegesis of Philip K Dick' which he wrote over a long period of time from when he had his mystical experience, some of which is covered in Valis.
I have always been fascinated by Dick. For one, i identify with and enjoy his stories. For another, his philosophy in many ways is unique, yet a lot
of it makes sense to me like few other thinkers, authors or people do. Reading his Exegesis is quite the experience, i can almost feel his madness
rubbing off on me, it is waaaaay out there. Don't get me wrong, a lot of it really hits home for me and makes sense, which is really why if find
reading it unnerving.
I hear him spoken of as a gnostic quite a bit, and he himself agrees in part with that label in his Exegesis.
Among the highlights of the Dick drama to me are; 'Flow My Tears, the Police Man Said', a book he wrote and then later found out was almost
identical in character/plot/storyline to a scene from the 'Book of Acts' in the bible. He also claimed later to meet people who had both the same
names as character from this book, and seemed to him to have very similar qualities to said characters, and living out the final scene of this book in
an identical real life situation. Talk about synchronicity lol
He was 'beamed' with information about his son's health which lead to a hospital visit that likely saved his son's life.
Sure, a lot of what he says is pretty out there, but the combination of madness and mystic which Dick seemed to be rings true to me because i just
feel his vibe is sincere, honest real. And his writing has rung the proverbial bell too often for me to doubt his authenticity. Don't get me wrong, i
think he is confused and delusional some of the time, which makes him so confusing and interesting at the same time. A genius, yet still a bumbling
crazy all too human person.
From the fair amount i have studied him through biographies, interviews, etc. and of course most of all his writing itself, i have come to the
conclusion that he is, in my opinion, the real deal, for better or worse, and unique in that he was a science fiction author that lived a life
seemingly as interesting and strange as the stories that he wrote, which are all pretty strange and amazing to begin with. Blade Runner, Total Recall,
Minority Report, Next, Paycheque, Screamers & The Adjustment Bureau were all movies based on either short stories or novels by Dick. And of course A
He plays around with time often in his stories, as well as reality He writes of something he called 'orthogonal' time in his Exegesis, which he
differentiates from linear time. I don't know what to make of what he writes half the time, or even how to properly explain it. But just when i think
he's lost me, he starts quoting scenes from Wagner's 'Parsifal' and hooks me on again with some insight that clicks and makes my head spin.
He is one of my favorite authors, and persons of interest. Another two things i personally find in his favor are his love of Carl Jung and Plato (as
well as other historical thinkers/writers/philosophers), and the fact that he rebuffed his mother's attempts to get him into Scientology, and makes
some critical commentary against it.
Anyways, good to see some Phildickian love on these forums. Good thread. I like the part where his girlfriend looks embarrassed when the camera pans
to her, yet Dick goes ahead and drops conceptual bombs on the audience from the stage without shame or restraint. Will watch the vid again actually.
Other random fact about Dick, he loved France. One of his favorite novels apparently was 'Madame Bovary' (which i bought at a second hand book store
because of this fact, though admittedly i haven't gotten too far into it.)