The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection


“They’re the start of a coming race.
Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
—David Bowie, “Oh! You Pretty Things”

Pop-music had always been an important theme for Philip K. Dick and his novels, especially later in his life. Linda Ronstadt (with whom he was a bit obsessed and wrote fan letters to) was a favorite of his, her “look” making its way into novels like The Divine Invasion as the musician “Linda Fox.” And the untimely death of John Lennon sets the stage for the somber Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Continue reading “The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection”

Fourth Wall Revisited: Peeking At The “Script”


My favorite It’s Garry Shandling’s Show began with Garry being told by a psychic that somebody was going to get shot by the end of the episode. So he’s totally alarmed and wants to prevent this tragedy from happening.

What does he do? He gets a copy of the episode’s script and waits between scenes as they’re being filmed, ready to intervene in case the shooting happens. He’s going to proactively foil his own show’s story and save the day by attempting to alter the plot.

Watching this as a teenager, it made complete sense to me. It kinda still does.

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“The Exegesis” Of Philip K. Dick


“What best I can do? Exactly what I’ve done. My voice for the voiceless.”
—Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”

In 2015 I set out to perform a task that in some earlier era I literally could not fathom—reading Philip K. Dick’s almost 900-page Exegesis. While the edition I read was published in 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it was edited down from a far longer unpublished version spanning about eight thousand pages.

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Philip K. Dick On Order Vs. Change


from “How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”
by Philip K. Dick

So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind.

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On Channeling


“Dream, Thursday Night, June 11, 1981: I am with Nancy. She is behaving unusually: she is very active and energetic. I am told that she took something, a medication. She now has an additional mind or psyche in her, that of a man. The names John and Bill are mentioned, and there is some reference to the ending of the BTA novel. I want to take the medication, too, it will happen to me. The medication is shown to me; it is in a cylinder or carton on which writing appears. I can’t read the small print; the only word I can read is the name of the medication (or food, or drug, etc.); it is Ditheon.”
–Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”


So I thought I’d spend a little bit of time discussing my relationship with, and attitudes towards, the topic of “channeling.”

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12.12.18: Gus Gorman, The Matchbook Cover, And The Elohim


“No matchbook cover is going to spell out a message from the Elohim.”
–Philip K. Dick


Let’s parse that starting quote from Philip K. Dick a bit.

What he is not saying is that you can’t glean a divine message from something as banal/trashy/ubiquitous as a matchbook cover.

What he is saying, within the full context of the passage from which I took the quote, is that to glean such a message from something as banal/trashy/ubiquitous as a matchbook cover is a two-part “unlocking” process. Continue reading “12.12.18: Gus Gorman, The Matchbook Cover, And The Elohim”