PKD Research Questions

February 27th, 2006 | brainjuice

Like the genius I am, I have put all my Philip K Dick biographies, the Exegesis books etc “somewhere safe.” This means that I cannot find the bastards. And I need a couple of research questions answered by Monday. I’m hoping there’s someone who can help me out:

1) His father, Edgar Dick, reportedly did a radio show in LA at some point entitled “This Is Your Government.” Does anyone know what this show was actually about? It could have been a public service broadcast of some kind, since he was employed by the Department Of Commerce at that point, but I don’t know for sure.

2) Second, and most importantly: was Philip Dick living in LA or San Francisco when he had the first of the main sequence of visions, the one triggered by the icthus, the Christian fish symbol?

I’ll find the fucking books eventually and do all the digging myself, but I particularly need the second question answered so that I know if I have a gap in the story’s spine or not…

I still say that poor damaged bastard was the defining visionary of the 20th Century. Some say it was Lovecraft, but I think Lovecraft was born too late. Phil Dick, the unlucky sod, came right on time.

Answers on a postcard to warrene @ aol.com if you know ‘em. Thanks.


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  1. You can find Warren on Twitter: @warrenellis