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    Quote Originally Posted by poetix View Post
    One thing that really struck me back when I went on a big PKD reading binge in my teens was how vitriolic his dislike of (some) women was. He's a bit like D. H. Lawrence in that: some of his most psychically villainous characters are women who are portrayed as total energy vampires, poisonous neurotics, a menace to the well-being of all around them. It's something other than standard or straightforward misogyny (although I think it is misogynistic), because it meshes in a particular way with the paranoiac worldview. That which was supposed to be a source of comfort and nurture in the world has become its opposite, an intensely localised symptom of the wrongness of reality in general.
    That went beyond the page, iirc. I've heard he was a wife beater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    And it doesn't take much to throw that off kilter and leave us stranded and afraid in a very different, oppressive, threatening universe. One that, as Mark says, is cheap, flimsy. Leering carnival faces from an Ensor painting.

    A night or two on speed or coke and hurl me into those places sometimes for months so I'm not surprised Dick lived there full time.
    I feel like that at least half the time and I stopped doing drugs years ago. Any public space can feel like being behind enemy lines.

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    No
    A self crystallises around
    No
    A self is a discipline
    A refusing
    אַיִן: Name of the Highest Level, Above Height and Above Level. The pregnant emptiness, above even the very negation of limits. "We forget that the spaces between people and things are empty."

    וְאָדָם אַיִן לַעֲבֹד אֶת-הָאֲדָמָה (Genesis 2:5)
    "W'Adam Ayin" - "And the Earthling is Nothing..."

    וַיִּפֶן כֹּה וָכֹה וַיַּרְא כִּי אֵין אִישׁ וַיַּךְ אֶת-הַמִּצְרִי וַיִּטְמְנֵהוּ בַּחוֹל (Exodus 2:12)
    "Wa'yar'e ki Ayin 'Ish" - "and he sees that Not is the Mortal..."

    וְאִם-אֵין לָאִישׁ גֹּאֵל (Numbers 5:8)
    "W'im-'Ein la'Ish Go'el" - and if Not to the Mortal is there a Redeemer..."

    no alien gods, no mysteries. show and prove that it is you.
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    gabber terrorism is fun but not all the time, sometimes you gotta be sophisticated or sulky for the ladies.
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    "Dick was a schizophrenic. Dick was a paranoiac. Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the 20th century, which is saying a lot. Dick was a kind of Kafka steeped in LSD and rage. Dick talks to us, in The Man in the High Castle, in what would become his trademark way, about how mutable reality can be and therefore how mutable history can be. Dick is Thoreau plus the death of the American dream. Dick writes, at times, like a prisoner, because ethically and aesthetically he really is a prisoner. Dick is the one who, in Ubik, comes closest to capturing the human consciousness or fragments of consciousness in the context of their setting; the correspondence between what he tells and the structure of what’s told is more brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo."

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