The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

By Philip K. Dick

  • Release Date: 2011-11-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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"A great and calamitous sequence of arguments with the universe: poignant, terrifying, ludicrous, and brilliant. The Exegesis is the sort of book associated with legends and madmen, but Dick wasn’t a legend and he wasn’t mad. He lived among us, and was a genius."—Jonathan Lethem

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, final work. In The Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called "2-3-74," a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe "transformed into information." In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick’s life and work.

The e-book includes a sample chapter from A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick.


  • Message in a bottle.

    By Varlan Melnikov
    I might have killed PKD by trying to create a fate line for myself that did not involved being immortal or forgotten by death, happiness and the dialectic as a whole. (which I usually refers to as "the grid"). The natural order does not reacts well to the lives spared by medical science of those who were meant to live for only a few months. I lived through a similar experience (down to the lost sibling), and though I can ascertain that what I saw was in no way god, I can't go against the PKD point of view that what was there in 1974 may well not have been there (in the structural code of reality) in 2007. The code of the truth of the original void was nonetheless here. No need of drugs to find it. Only resolve, acceptance of the risk of non-being, and the weight of sufficient suffering to convince you that truth is the only way. But no man is made for truth. We are lies. And joy and happiness only exist because we are, and thus are able to perceive. Without illusion there is no feelings. Without perception, there is less movements. Without movement, there is only non-being as mater and infinity are frauds. There is mind and absolute. I'm the owl that went back into the labyrinth. I have gone to the truth to find a fate, to stop stealing the one of other... And I found in this book that I may well have stolen the fate of someone who found my fateless state as "freedom". In that case, the feedback from the grid came effectively from the future. The system reacting to my attempt of correction by further correcting itself. Including new paradigms into the formula of extension. I bought this for myself, trying to figure once and for all if we were the same soul, reincarnated. If he was saved, then it was not the case, and I might also have been just someone that knew him... Half remembering is a curse indeed. But then again, I could also be just exactly in the same nutcase as his. I just hope I could have met him. We probably would have found much comfort in the way to complete our mutual analysis. If you like this kind of monologues, this book is definitely for you. If you have gone to the grid and discovered it thinking (or sleeping) you might like the light that this book can offer you. But do not be offended by the need of a man to believe in god. What created the universe and what may saves us may be different things. In fact, if you are wise enough to not be searching truth, but happiness, you wouldn't need to read it. The exegesis is for those who have gone too far in their questionings and have encountered truth, or something so near that not knowing is unbearable. But be warned. What is on the other side might not please you, as it is essentially neutral in instinct and practice. We do not all have the luck of being guided once we manage to get "real". Most of those who gets back are scared for life, mentally. Condemned to repeat endless cycles until death. I escaped this by the mean of a friend. Receptive reader, be prepared. There is TRUTH in the exegesis. Sometimes anyway...