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The Last Days of Philip K. Dick Were Like a Philip K. Dick Novel

I had the distinct pleasure of previewing The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem. It’s a hefty tome that collects Dick’s writings, accumulated over the last 8 years of his life, regarding his hard-to-believe visions and experiences.

Had on over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to see why The Last Days of Philip K. Dick Were Like a Philip K. Dick Novel!

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7 Comments on The Last Days of Philip K. Dick Were Like a Philip K. Dick Novel

  1. At one point, this was going to be a two-volume book. However, I can’t find anything that says this is a two-volume book combined into one or this is just the first brick in a two brick set. For the book is quite the brick. PKD sure was expansive.

  2. You are correct — this was originally planned as a 2-volume set. But my failing memory prevents me from telling you whether I read that in this book (of which this would indeed be the first part) or somewhere else. I think the former…but don’t quote me.

  3. The title of the Kindle version of the book suggests that it is the first volume 

  4. Moonbase Alphan // November 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm //

    Interesting. I thought this had already been published 20 years ago. But after digging around, I find that what I recall is a far smaller book called “In Pursuit of Valis: Selections from the Exegesis”

  5. @Paul: Cool.

    @Moonbase Alpha: Yes, that is mentioned in the introduction to this new volume. This (and the second book to be published next year) will be the most comprehensive publication of PKD’s notes. 

  6. This is only the first volume…holy smokes. I’m going to need a bigger bookcase.

  7. (Not sure why, but a previous comment I made after John D’s comment on Wednesday seems to have vanished…) In any case…what I said earlier was: from what I’ve seen in the introduction talking about volume 2, I’m going to need a bigger set of bookshelves!

    Also, a good job on the introduction. It’s a nice view on PKD, the book, his work, what might have driven him to do this massive series of ramblings.

    (I’m betting this will be one that Audible will not tackle. It would probably act as the videotape in the “Ring” stories and films and drive the narrator mad.)

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