VALIS, visionary glimpses, and the spiritual practice of writing: a talk with Pamela Jackson, co-editor of the recently published edition of Philip K. Dick's Exegesis.

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  • jami morgan

    The “dream” of the full exegesis online is something many fans discussed, even petitioned for, many years ago in the earliest days of the web. I think Jason, who first ran the PhilipKDick fan site, was leading that charge. As I often tell, Paul Williams was vehemently opposed to that idea and asked me (as a friend) to refrain from fueling the fire. Back then I was willing to get in there and help with such a project, but Paul had just turned the papers over to the Trust and that was that.

    Why was he opposed? He felt the entire mass of the 8-thousand messy pages was “incoherent” and would not serve Phil’s legacy by creating a random web site of the pages.

    I enjoyed hearing Erik describe a holographic, multi-dimensional view of it online, which is EXACTLY how I envisioned it. I think its time will come. With advances in web and online technology, I’m sure some of our Apple-ish “yute” will come up with a fabulous method and if the Trust is willing to share the material, it will happen.

    For now, I’m glad this volume is out. I love the tone of the presentation (front matter) and the flow of the selections I’ve read so far. I must say, it’s pulling me back into the Vast Active Living Intelligence System myself (or as Erick just said, “you can’t help but play.”) Am I willing to take the journey again? Only time will tell. Thank you for all the work and for this interview, too.

    *** ej “jami” author of “A Kindred Spirit” (now in its 4th and final edition)

    Nov 18, 2011 at 3:15 am
  • Frank C. Bertrand

    As someone who has actually interviewed Philip K. Dick, and has met Jason Koornick, I tend to agree with the dubiousness of publishing the complete Exegesis, which hasn’t happened yet. We’ve got Sutin’s version, and now the updated/expanded version. Quantity does not necessarily equate with quality. If it’s going to be done online, which perhaps makes the most sense, the WHOLE work needs to be there, cross-referenced, with annotations, in a “virtual-reality” sort of way. PKD deserves nothing less!

    Nov 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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