So I've got about 11 days between the end of my summer semester and the beginning of the fall semester - just enough time to read one PKD novel. Let's pick a book and read it together. Based on the number of comments the idiocy in the last post generated, I know you're out there, looking for ways to stay out of trouble, so lets do a close read of something - nothing as ambitious as my attempt to blog The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (dont' worry I'll finish that as soon as the Chew-Z wears off), we'll just look at the themes, autobigraphical elements, allusions, literary analysis.
I have some preconditions. I don't want to read any of the later books, as I've read them all pretty recently, and they require too much research. Also, I don't want to read 3 Stigmata, Time Out of Joint, or Now Wait for Last Year. I'd like to read something I'm barely familiar with, or may not have even read, so here are some of my suggestions:
The Simulacra - don't think I ever finished it.
Martian Time-Slip - it's been too long
We Can Build You - a favorite worth revisiting
Dr Bloodmoney - East Bay locales, I could provide current photos
Maze of Death - probably Lethem's most interesting choice to include in the latest Library of America edition
Let's be democratic about this: makes suggestions and cast your vote in the comments section.
Update: Just to clarify, you are not obligated to vote for one of my picks above, you can suggest another novel. We'll decide on a book before the end of this weekend.
Just asked the I Ching which novel we should read, the result:
The present is embodied in Hexagram 43 - Kuai (Resolve): It is required that the culprit's guilt be exhibited in the royal court, along with a sincere and earnest appeal for sympathy and support, with consciousness of the peril involved in cutting off the criminal. He should also make announcement in his own city, and show that it will not be well to have recourse at once to arms. In this way there will be advantage in whatever he shall go forward to.
Any idea what book the oracle is suggesting?
Double Plus Good Update: After a casual tallying of the votes so far, Dr Bloodmoney and Maze of Death seem to be our two nominees, but the vote is quite close. I just looked at my bookshelf to discover I don't own a copy of Dr Bloodmoney.... so Maze of Death it is!