Friday, May 11, 2007

Proof We're Living in a PKD Novel


Apparently in this case it's 'A Scanner Darkly.' From the AP:

"If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad," said City Councilman Doug Thomas.

Not only did the officer confiscate the pot, in a karmic twist worthy of the Vast Acting Living Intelligence System, he and his wife got so paranoid after making brownies with said cannabis sativa that he called 911 to report an overdose. Of course the scanner caught it all, from the transcript of the 911 call:

Sanchez:I think I'm having an overdose. and so is my wife.
911: Overdose of what?
Sanchez: Marijuana...
Sanchez: We made brownies. and I think we're dead. I really do...
Sanchez: Time is going by really, really, really slow...
Sanchez: What's the score in the Red Wings game?
911: I've got no clue, i don't watch the Red Wings.
Sanchez: I just wanted to make sure this isn't some kind of hallucination I'm having.
Listen to the call here...
Read the AP article here...

"What PKD Story Are We In Today" concept straight-up stolen from palmer_eldritch over at frolix_8

Update: My buddy David Pescovitz over at boingboing remarked in an email, "The fact that he asked her a question about the sports game score to test if he was hallucinating is so PKD it's nuts." That's true, but perhaps it would be even more Dickian if you could hear the operator's metal teeth clicking on the line...

Update 2: This whole episode reminds me of one of Dick's bad trips as recounted by Ray Nelson in Sutin's biography:

"Nelson recalled that during his trip [on LSD] Phil was sweating, feeling isolated, reliving the life of a Roman gladiator, speaking in Latin and experiencing a spear thrust through his body."

Dick recalled the experience in a 1967 letter:

"Fortunately I was able to utter the right words, "Libera me, Domine," and hence got through it. I also saw Christ rise to heaven from the cross, and that was very interesting too (the cross took the form of a crossbow, with Christ as the arrow; the crossbow launched him at tremendous velocity - it happened very fast, once he had been placed in position)."

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Either those were some humongous brownies or that oinker is a true maroon:

"The least physiologically toxic substances, those requiring 100 to 1,000 times the effective dose to cause death, include psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana, when ingested." -- " The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs", American Scientist, Volume: 94 Number: 3 Page: 206

Ragle Gumm said...

You've never felt like the psilocybin mushrooms you ate were going to kill you? There is an interesting PKD link here: see how the officer's perceived reality (he thought he was going to die or was already dead) was more real to him than the reality that you cannot OD on pot - which he probably knew on some level. That's why I like the idea of this guy suddenly hearing metal teeth, as if his desperate attempt to escape his hallucination pushes him further into delusion.

By Darryl Mason said...

The point isn't whether or not you can OD on cannabis, or whether or not the cop knew that it was impossible. At this moment in his reality, he was afraid he was going to die and that was enough to incite such panic that he narked on himself.

I just had to get my girlfriend to read this story out loud to make I wasn't hallucinating. Fantastic stuff.

Thank God the dispatch officer he called didn't decide to mess with his head and give a result for the Red Wings game that was different to the one he could check on TV or radio for himself.

Excellent website BTW.

That Scanner Darkly cover is totally Johnny Depp. With lots more eyes, obviously.

palmer_eldritch said...

The operator sounds so incredulous, it's hilarious. "Have you guys been drinking??!! Are there any guns in the house??!! Do you have any dogs?? Cats??"

Good ad for Vicodin, as well!

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