July 31, 2021 at 8:39 am

Philip K Dick – Fascinating Rare Interview


“No one has ever trisected the angle in 4,000 years and you’re not going to be able to trisect the angle now. Get away from the blackboard for God’s sake.” – PKD

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This essential interview with Philip K. Dick, was conducted by Charles Platt and recorded in 1979 in Santa Ana, California. An interview sure to be immensely important for any true PKD scholars. This interview was recorded for Platt’s book “Dream Makers: The Uncommon People Who Write Science Fiction.”
Various topics touched upon:

-PKD’s real acid trip (he tried it only one time).
-Platt: “Do you recognize the possibility that you were talking to yourself?” PKD: “Yes.”
-Quakers were about the only group in the world PKD didn’t have some sort of grievance against
-PKD read The World Of Null-A by A.E. van Vogt and found in it great inspiration for his ideas about the perception of reality and reality itself
-PKD perceived his high school geometry teacher as a mechanism
-PKD’s fiction can be incomprehensible if you do not accept his premise (namely that “each of us lives in a unique world.”)
–Martian Time Slip.
-multiple personalities
-When PKD went to a psychotherapist he was told he was an alcoholic (despite his being a teetotaler)
-Why PKD writes about anti-heroes
-“I am inevitably persuaded by every argument that is brought to bare”
-Private worlds
–The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch
–Time Out Of Joint
-Artificial memories / false memories
-The influence of drugs on PKD’s writing was only in the output (using amphetamines he was completing 60 finished pages per day)
–A Scanner Darkly
-The Curiosity of Cats
-Carl Jung and “the collective unconscious”
-“the god of this world is evil”
–Maze Of Death
–Eye In The Sky
-Something is terrible is wrong (when everyone cheers a burning man)
-Empathy for animals (human and rodent)
-The killing of a rat (haunted Dick)
–Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
-lambs and sheep
–Valis (his then latest novel)
-Standing on the shoulders of giants
-Disorder (evil) order (benign)
-PKD claims to have been eccentric but not insane
-“It fired my agent, it fired my publisher” it being the spirit that was possessing him
-PKD’s letter to the Roman Catholic Church about the miracle that occurred
-PKD’s tutelary spirit promised to return PKD to a garden upon his deathbed
-A Chinese finger trap
–We Can Build You
-Archimedes principle
–Faith Of Our Fathers
-Ursula K. Le Guin thought PKD was crazy
-Pre-socratic philosophy

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