Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Posthumous Interview With Philip K. Dick

Read it right here.
"The symbols of the divine show up in our world initially at the trash stratum."


Blogger X. Dell said...

It's a decent interview in that it honestly expresses Dick's worldview as it really was. The writer didn't distort Phil much, though he hedged on the subject of conspiracy--which of course Dick suspected he might have become tangled up in.

One of the problems I have watching movies based on Dick's short stories is that they seem to exist within a larger-than-life context. Dick's genius was more like Rod Serling's in its ability to exoticize the familiar. Even if set on other planets or in the future, Dick brings the reader face-to-face with a reality that we can recognize from day-to-day.

"Perky Pat," for instance, goofs on the button-down mentality of the rat race. And Dick's (as it turns out to be) prescient use of the Barbie doll to symbolize suburban utopia is not only something we can understand, but identify with.

7:29 PM  

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