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The Search For Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick’s third wife Anne R. Dick has written “a biography dressed as a memoir” called The Search for Philip K. Dick which has just been published by San Francisco press Tachyon. Anne and Philip were married for only five years but it was a very vital period in Dick’s evolution as a writer. As poet Jack Spicer said in regards to his own Muse (and this could certainly apply to Dick) “the Martian kept rearranging the furniture in his head.”  In Dick’s case, the Martian was moving at the speed of sound.

Any new book on Dick is an event as far as I’m concerned and this one looks to be a significant contribution to the understanding of one of America’s most underrated and least understood writers of major distinction.

The book, while refraining from literary analysis, is invaluable for Dick fans and scholars because it’s told by the one person he was close to at an important turning point in his career. He wrote or developed roughly a dozen novels during his time in west Marin, including “The Man in the High Castle” (1962), his only novel to win the Hugo Award, science fiction’s biggest prize.

The writer Jonathan Lethem, who included five novels from this period in the Library of America anthologies he edited of Dick’s essential works, calls it Dick’s most fruitful time.

“The river of his literary ambitions — his interest in ‘respectable’ literature — joins the river of his guilty, disreputable, explosively imaginative pulp writing,” Mr. Lethem said in a phone interview. “It’s the most important passage of his career — more masterpieces in a shorter period of time.”

Read the NY Times piece on The Search For Philip K. Dick here. And to purchase it click here.

 

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Chris Burden’s incredible Metropolis 2 coming soon to LACMA

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Both my inner and outer six-year-old are squealing with glee over this absolutely flabbergasting new work by the ultimate Los Angeles artist, Chris Burden.
I can’t wait to see this in person.
 

 
Thanks, Nicole Panter !

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Christopher Hitchens staring down death: Interview on Australian TV

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I’ve always thought highly of Christopher Hitchens even when I’ve disagreed with him. As he deals with his own mortality, I now find him not only brilliant and witty, I find him inspirational. In this interview broadcast the other night on Australian TV, Hitchens discusses living (and perhaps dying) with cancer and his evolution as a thinker. Even with death lurking over his shoulder, Hitchens displays an amazing clarity of mind and fearlessness - a warrior.
 

 

 

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John Cage chats with John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1972)
11.18.2010
10:30 am

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This is nothing too profound, in fact it’s rather goofy and quite amusing to see how giddy the two Johns are around each other, but I’ve never seen this before and have no idea as to its provenance. Anybody?

 

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Richard Dawkins reads hate mail and answers Reddit questions
11.15.2010
12:34 pm

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(via Nerdcore)

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Julian Cope explores the geography of the mystic

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In addition to being a smashing songwriter, singer and memoirist, Julian Cope has spent the past 20 years exploring and documenting Britain’s megalithic heritage: monuments, stone circles, hill forts and barrows. In this documentary made for the BBC, we follow Cope on his journey into the geography of the mystic, a place of ceremony and magic.

The documentary is a companion piece to Cope’s splendid, sadly out-of-print, 1998 book ‘The Modern Antiquarian’. Fortunately, for those of us interested in sacred places he curates a website and you can find it here.

Since launching in March 2000ce, the site has grown to be a massive resource for news, information, images, folklore & weblinks on the ancient sites across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

 

 
Watch parts 2-6 after the jump…

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Anatomy of a Hit and other comics by Peter Blegvad
11.05.2010
11:52 am

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Peter Blegvad is an all around swell songwriter/ poet/visual artist that I’ve long admired. Here are some great cartoons of his that are posted at the Radio Free Song Club which also hosts some songs by Blegvad as well.
 
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More after the jump…

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Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world
11.03.2010
12:08 pm

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Ross Dawson

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Self-described futurist and entrepreneur Ross Dawson projects that newspapers will become extinct starting with the USA in 2017. While this isn’t groundbreaking news, Dawson’s charts and graphs are fascinating in their specificity on when and where newspapers will become obsolete.

I have created a Newspaper Extinction Timeline that maps out the wide diversity in how quickly we can expect newspapers to remain significant around the world. First out is USA in 2017, followed by UK and Iceland in 2019 and Canada and Norway in 2020. In many countries newspapers will survive the year 2040.

Reasons that Dawson presents for the rapid decline of newspapers are:

Increased cost performance of mobile phones
Increased cost performance of tablets/ e-readers
Development of high performance digital paper
Changes in newsprint and print production costs
Uptake of digital news monetization mechanisms
Trends in advertising spend and allocation
Development of open platforms

Checkout Dawson’s graphs and charts on the endtimes for news print media at

rossdawsonblog.com

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Bill Hicks last interview: Austin cable TV 1993

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Bill Hicks on Austin cable television. The show aired on October, 1993, five months before Hicks died.

Bill knows his days are numbered and seems more intent on speaking truth to power than being funny. He’s getting his last licks in, discussing the Waco Branch Davidian masscres and censorship, including Letterman’s chickenshit decision not to air his appearance on The Late Show.
 

 
Waco is 102 miles from Austin and the Branch Davidian confrontation was taking place at the time of this interview. Hicks had visited the site of the compound during the siege. His thoughts on the matter swung wildly from being dismissive of Koresh to outrage at the government over the outcome. Here’s a couple of videos of Hicks talking about the Waco disaster.
 

 
More from Hicks on Waco after the jump…

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Grandpa Woodstock: The world’s oldest flower child lives in a box

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Grandpa Woodstock hosts his show ‘The Flower Power Hour’ from wherever he might be at any given time, whether it’s a box or a cave in Arizona. I like him. This old flower child is a perennial. An American sadhu.

He has a Facebook page. You can check it out here.
 
“I will continue to spread peace and love for the rest of my life.”
Even if peace comes I still won’t stop.”

I like the way Grandpa schools that young fuckin’ punk hippie.

“Now you wanna lay on Grandpa’s bed and smoke the bowl all day.”
 

 

 

 

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