I received an email from Isa Dick yesterday morning explaining that the estate owns the rights to the Philip K Dick Society Newsletters. I spoke with Laura Leslie, the estate's trustee this morning and she asked that I remove the first newsletter from the blog. Apparently the trust may have arranged for much of the content of the newsletters to be published elsewhere (details of this are very fuzzy but I hope to learn a bit more in the next few days).
I have to say I'm a disappointed - and frankly I don't agree with the estate's decision but I have to respect their wishes. I do hope that the estate makes the contents of the newsletters more widely available sometime soon. Paul Williams worked so hard to keep Dick's legacy on life-support for those first few years after his death and the newsletters represent the first serious examination and appreciation of Dick's work. They're such a great resource for those of us doing serious academic study of PKD's work.
I'm willing to wait until the Newsletters become public domain.
I won't let the newsletters become kipple.
Please keep those messages and well wishes for Paul Williams coming. Either email them to me or post them in the comments section of this post.