Thursday, August 18, 2011

blurb on the forthcoming Exegesis volume

Dick, Philip K. The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2011. 1056p. ISBN 9780547549255. $49; eISBN 9780547549279. MEMOIR/LITERATURE
The author of 36 sf novels and 121 short stories, the much-revered Dick turned metaphysical as he grew older, spending the last eight years of his life trying to understand what he called “2-3-74”—an experience of the universe transformed into information. He devoted thousands of pages of notes, journal entries, and sketches to this effort, packing some of his thoughts into his final “VALIS” trilogy. Pamela Jackson, who devoted her dissertation to “2-3-74,” and novelist Jonathan Lethem have edited Dick’s vast material to create this final Exegesis. And if you really want to understand what I just attempted to say, you need to read the book. A blockbuster for all fans of speculative literature.

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