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Re: Philip K. Dick

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 19:16:21 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 10:09:03 -0400
Subject: Re: Philip K. Dick 

 >Date: 12 Oct 1999 18:21:33 -0500
 >From: Stephen Lewis <stephen.lewis@tsl.state.tx.us>
 >Subject: Philip K. Dick [was: Re: Abductions: A Funny Thing...]
 >To: UFO UpDates <updates@globalserve.net>

 >>I'm not going to touch "venerable" (makes me feel old!),

 >Oops. Thanks for not being offended Greg.

I was teasing, really. I took "venerable" as a compliment. And
my hair _is_ white.

 >And thanks for
 >responding. I had hoped you'd notice my reference to you and
 >PKD. Not enuf people are familiar with his contributions to
 >SF or UFOs.

 >>"Enjoy," though, wasn't quite the word. My wife (now ex-wife)
 >>went to visit Phil, and found him morose (I'm sure we weren't
 >>the first people to find him that way). He announced that he'd
 >>been to the doctor, and was going to die. I still don't know
 >>whether this was an accurate report of something the doctor had
 >>told him, a fear based on a serious diagnosis, or simple panic.

 >I just recently finished reading the PKD biography by fan
 >Lawrence Sutin. It's towards the end of the book that he
 >mentions you meeting PKD. The biography title is derived from
 >PKD's own book Divine Invasion.

 >Morose wasn't the word most people would have chosen. At least
 >not those I've read of who met him. Quirky, weird, eccentric or
 >some such, maybe.

"Depressed" might be the best word. I didn't know Phil well, and
of course might have seen him, the few times I did, on bad days.

But it's pretty clear from his books that he may well have
suffered from depression. Think of the main characters in
"Galactic Pot-Healer" (that's gotta be one of the worst titles
ever found on any book), "The Divine Invasion," or "A Scanner
Darkly" (surely one of the most unhappy books I've ever read. All
these people are seriously depressed, as are many other
protagonists of his books. Or look at the compassionate portrait
of a depressed Abraham Lincoln robot, in "We Can Build You." One
of my first conclusions, after meeting Phil, was that he put his
own misery into these characters.

 >As an aside - yer lucky he didn't hit on yer (then) wife. He had
 >a history of falling for certain types of women very quickly. He
 >was married a number of times.

Oh, he fell in love with her. And she wasn't even the thin,
dark-haired, angry type so many of his main characters fall for.
He called me -- very weird phone call, this -- to tell me about
it, and to tell me he'd overcome his desire for her.

 >Phil was also a Christian, or rather, a Gnostic. His reluctance,
 >if any, to read Eastern mystic perspectives probably stemmed
 >from that. However, I was under the impression (perhaps falsely)
 >that he was at least semi fluent in some Eastern philosophy.

He may well have been, but didn't draw on any of it in our
lengthy discussion -- or maybe it was his monologue -- about how
to understand his paranormal experiences.

Greg Sandow

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